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Knowledge Mobilization Expert (Knowledge Broker)

Organization

The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans (CPCoE) was established to conduct research and help improve the well-being of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans, and their families, suffering from chronic pain.  According to Government of Canada research, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans are twice as likely to have chronic pain compared to the equivalent Canadian population.  Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the CPCoE is a not-for-profit organization was launched by McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (HHSC) on 1 April 2020.

Knowledge Mobilization Expert (Knowledge Broker)

Knowledge mobilization is about sharing multiple types of evidence, including research and experiential, that can lead to impact (outputs, uses and outcomes). Knowledge mobilization experts are those who know how to utilize partnerships, synthesize findings, and tailor various mobilization approaches to make change happen.

Qualifications

•           Master’s or PhD degree in health sciences, social sciences, health research, science communication, health policy or related field or extensive applied experience in a profession, service delivery/policymaking organization or as a service user in health or social care;

•           significant experience fostering relationships with a range of stakeholders demonstrating effective knowledge transfer; and

•           experience developing knowledge mobilization products or events with proven improvements to practice and/or policy.

Knowledge

•           An excellent understanding of knowledge mobilization approaches and their anticipated impact e.g. networking, product development, engagement activities, dissemination to professionals and the public, commercialization, co-production, evaluation and so on;

•           knowledge of the health research process, how to interpret and critically appraise research findings; and

•           knowledge of various mobilization avenues and how to modify outputs to ensure uptake from various stakeholders such as researchers, clinicians, patients, Veterans, and policy makers

Skills

•           Building and maintaining strong relationships with multiple stakeholder groups, including those with lived experience,

•           Establishing mechanisms (networks, consultations, relationships) for continuous knowledge sharing of end-users needs, knowledge gaps, and evidence-informed practice guidance

•           Developing tailored knowledge products such as infographics, newsletters, fact-sheets, lay summaries, presentations, peer-reviewed publications, etc.

•           Designing, organizing, facilitating, and evaluating knowledge sharing events such as stakeholder meetings, webinars, community forums and other engagement activities

•           Producing content for web and social media accounts

•           Critically analyzing research findings, identifying key results from research evidence and succinctly summarize findings in plain language

•           Writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic style in French and English

•           Presentation, teaching, group facilitation.

•           Evaluation of knowledge mobilization processes and outcomes

Competencies

•           Apply sound judgment and make decisions, often on short notice.

•           Be flexible to changes in project direction and pitch in when extra support is needed

•           Prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure

•           Being positive, tactful, and diplomatic when working with others

•           Working independently and in a team of diverse stakeholders

•           Ability to challenge and/or to reconcile differences

Other

•           Willingness to travel.

•           Training in sex- and gender-based analysis would be an asset

•           Bilingual English+French is required

Salary bracket: $85,000 to $95,000

Please forward your cover letter and resume to info@vcp-vdc.ca referencing ‘KM' in the subject line.

CPCoE is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, women, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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