Job Posting: Knowledge Exchange Coordinator – Women’s Shelters Canada

Women’s Shelters Canada is hiring a Knowledge Exchange Coordinator who will play an active role in advancing the work of our Knowledge Exchange program for domestic violence shelters across the country. For more information and to apply, visit: https://charityvillage.com/jobs/knowledge-exchange-coordinator-coordinatrice-de-l%c3%a9change-de-connaissances-in-ottawa-ontario-ca/

Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) brings together 14 provincial and territorial shelter organizations and supports more than 550 shelters across the country for women and children fleeing violence. WSC was created by the provincial and territorial shelter associations who identified a need for a unified voice on the issue of violence against women at the national/federal level. Together, we have become a national, collaborative voice for systemic change with the goal of ending violence against women and children. WSC works from an intersectional feminist framework. You can read more about our vision, mission, and core values on our website. WSC is a small, growing organization with a current team of five.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE

The Knowledge Exchange Coordinator plays a key role in advancing the work of WSC’s Knowledge Exchange program. This program focuses on creating opportunities for shelters and provincial/territorial shelter associations to connect with each other and share knowledge, resources, and promising practices that can support their work and strengthen the sector.

Specifically, the Coordinator is responsible for the development and dissemination of a variety of written knowledge exchange tools and resources, such as newsletters, practice summaries, and infographics. The Coordinator also provides support to other knowledge exchange activities as needed. The Coordinator is expected to work from an intersectional feminist framework to carry out the work of the organization and achieve the overall mission and strategic plan for the organization.

The Coordinator reports to the Knowledge Exchange Manager and also works closely with the communications team. The Coordinator interacts regularly with other members of staff, shelter staff from across the country, and representatives from the provincial/territorial shelter associations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The list below includes the main responsibilities associated to this position. Responsibilities may vary over time according to the ongoing and emerging initiatives of WSC, as well as the skills and interests of the successful candidate.

Developing & disseminating written knowledge exchange tools and resources (50%):

  • Updating and managing WSC’s Practice Exchange Project. This includes developing an effective process for identifying promising shelter practices, working with shelters to summarize their promising practices in an accessible format, and sharing this information with other shelters.
  • Developing and writing 5 editions of WSC’s shelter newsletter per year. This includes identifying a theme and content for each edition, drafting text, and working with the communications team on design and production.
  • Working with WSC’s research and communications teams to make research findings available to shelters and to the public in an accessible format (e.g. drafting infographics, creating toolkits).
  • Maintaining an online calendar of events relevant to shelters.

Supporting other knowledge exchange initiatives (40%):

  • Assisting the Knowledge Exchange Manager with the implementation of the Community of Practice on Harm Reduction.
  • Identifying and setting up a discussion tool to support WSC’s communities of practice.
  • Managing outreach and registration for the PEACE program.
  • Providing logistical support for other WSC knowledge exchange activities, including webinars, communities of practice, and in-person gatherings, as needed.

Other areas of responsibility (10%):

  • Assisting with the development of funding proposals related to knowledge exchange.
  • Liaising and building relationships with the provincial/territorial shelter associations as well as with individual shelters and other stakeholders and partners.
  • Providing input to and participating in the implementation of WSC’s collaborative work.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • 2-3 years of education and/or work experience in a relevant field (such as adult education, communications, knowledge translation, etc.)
  • Experience developing a variety of written materials for the purposes of public education, including newsletters, blog posts, practice or research summaries, toolkits, infographics, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information to a diverse audience in a clear and accessible manner
  • Experience conducting outreach and building relationships with a variety of partners
  • Experience developing and conducting surveys and interviews and using findings to shape program operations and content
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively as required
  • Self-starter with an ability to think strategically and problem-solve
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively
  • Experience working from an intersectional feminist approach

Desirable:

  • Bilingual in English and French
  • Knowledge of the gender-based violence and/or shelter sector
  • Experience organizing in-person and virtual events
  • Experience facilitating workshops, webinars, or other learning events
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation

COMPENSATION & DURATION

Annual salary is between $52,000 – $60,000, based on relevant experience. An employee benefits package is included with this position. This is a 3-year contract with possibility of renewal.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter explaining why this position is of interest and how your experience and skills will enable you to excel in this role. If available, applicants can also submit or link to one relevant work sample (e.g. a newsletter, blog, infographic, or practice/research summary that you have written). A work sample is not required to apply.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 20th. Please apply through CharityVillage. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

WSC practices employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace that supports the participation of all employees. We offer accommodations to applicants throughout our hiring process, upon request.

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