Job posting: Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, Alliance for Healthier Communities

  • Application Deadline: August 2, 2021
  • Organization: Alliance for Healthier Communities
  • Annual Salary: $62,469 plus group health benefits and HOOPP
  • Term: Full-time, fixed-term employee contract until March 31, 2023.
  • Office Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of a vibrant network of community-governed primary health care organizations. Alliance members serve diverse communities across the province of Ontario, and they are rooted in the communities they serve. They share a commitment to advancing health equity through the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.

  • Our Vision: The best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.
  • Our Mission: We champion transformative change to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities facing barriers to health.

POSITION

The Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Specialist will be based at the Alliance and be part of the Alliance Research and Evaluation team. The primary project that the KM Specialist will work on is the National Safer Supply Community of Practice (NSS-CoP), an initiative led by the London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC) in partnership with the Alliance and the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD). The KM Specialist will report to the Director, Research and Evaluation (Alliance) and the Program Manager (LIHC).  The NSS-CoP’s objective is to build capacity for safer supply prescribing as one approach on a continuum of care to support people who use drugs who are at risk of overdose and other harms related to the highly contaminated illegal drug supply. The KM Specialist will be instrumental in building this community of practice, alongside team members from LIHC and CAPUD, and engaging with stakeholders, including current or former people who use drugs, from across Canada and from across sectors (e.g., community health, regulatory colleges, pharmacy, hospitals, social services).

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engages stakeholders and members from across sectors, such as community health and social services, primary care, pharmacy, hospitals and corrections.
  • Responds to enquiries about safer supply and requests for new membership.
  • Fosters participation in the community of practice and connections between members and stakeholders.
  • Develops mentorship opportunities for prescribers and for safer supply program team members.
  • Collaborates to create harm reduction and safer supply-related resources, including building and maintaining a web-based library.
  • Identifies gaps in knowledge and barriers to safer supply implementation and develops strategies, tools, and knowledge products and/or activities to address them.
  • Contributes to the organization and facilitation of knowledge mobilization and capacity building activities, including workshops, webinars, and a conference.
  • Supports the NSS-CoP advisory council.
  • Develops communication tools to engage and inform NSS-CoP membership.
  • Supports the development of evaluation tools to assess the impact of the NSS-CoP
  • Collaborates with communication teams (Alliance, LIHC, CAPUD) to plan and implement knowledge mobilization initiatives using various platforms, e.g., social media, print, e-bulletins, etc.
  • Works with other harm reduction and safer-supply related initiatives to support their work, leverage resources, and promote knowledge sharing across organizations and regions. This may involve travel across Canada.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant area of study or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a communications or knowledge translation role, or similar.
  • Superior analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and translate complex information and experience for different audiences in a variety of formats, including verbally, in writing, and through social media.
  • Highly comfortable working in a complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector context.
  • Ability to navigate difficult conversations with diplomacy, transparency, and a commitment to the core values of NSS-CoP (harm reduction, equity, and anti-oppression).
  • Ability to conduct work in keeping with the Alliance’s commitment to anti-oppression, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Competency framework.
  • Navigating multi-sector and interdisciplinary communities with diplomacy and tact.
  • Familiarity in the use of Microsoft Office software applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and familiarity with website development and maintenance.

ADDITIONAL ASSETS

  • Experience in website design, conference planning, social media, and proficiency in other languages.
  • Demonstrated exposure or lived experience amongst Alliance’s four priority groups (Indigenous, Francophone, racialized, with a focus on the Black communities, 2S&LGBTQ+).

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. E-mail your cover letter and resume as one (1) document in confidence to resumes@allianceON.org(link sends e-mail)
  2. Put “Knowledge Mobilization Specialist 710-072021”in the subject line of your email.

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is an equity employer and encourages applications from Indigenous peoples and individuals from racialized groups, francophone communities and people of all sexual orientations and genders and persons with disabilities. Fluency in both French and English is an asset.

Upon request, reasonable accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants in advance however, only those under consideration will be contacted. 

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