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CH&E Specialist 801984 (Knowledge Broker), Provincial System Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Toronto, Ontario
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Job Number: 801984
Category: Provincial System Support Program
Positions Available: 1
Years Experience Required: 3
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted Date: Apr 12, 2017
Position Description:

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) supports system-level coordination of the development, implementation and monitoring of evidence-informed practices for mental health and addictions services in Ontario and facilitates knowledge exchange. Core functions of the program include: health promotion and prevention; knowledge exchange and communications; supporting the implementation of evidence-informed programs and practices; and understanding and evaluating efforts through performance measurement and implementation research. Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is situated within PSSP at CAMH. EENet is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario. The EENet community includes researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. The network promotes the use of evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges.

Reporting to the Supervisor, EENet (Health Promotion Resource Centre), the Knowledge Broker will apply your expert knowledge of the theory and practice of knowledge exchange and writing in supporting the development of a public-facing, web-based application regarding mental health promotion. You will play a lead role in providing knowledge users with research informed content and actions to promote their mental health and well-being. In this primary role, your ability to understand and synthesize research will be integral to your process of developing content such as mental health assessments, tips and actions for improving mental health across the lifespan, and other tailored content for the web site. The Knowledge Broker will work collaboratively with clinicians, end users, research scientists and other stakeholders to identify and communicate best practices/proven strategies in the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness. This role will include building and maintaining collaborative relationships with knowledge users to ascertain their knowledge needs and preferences. You will also conduct rapid reviews that are responsive to the decision-making needs of researchers, policy makers, and health care decision-makers across Ontario and engaging with stakeholders to facilitate the application of evidence to effect timely, relevant, evidence-based decisions, The application of innovative, timely and responsive methods to identify and communicate best practices/proven strategies is an essential element of this role. You will have an understanding of the social determinants of health and the principles of health equity and how they apply in the context of evidence and knowledge exchange. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at the Russell Street site and other duties may also apply.  

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Health Services, Knowledge Translation Research or a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years’ related experience. Experience includes management of complex projects; adult education and training; development of work plans, budgets and communication plans; as well as quality appraisal, applicability assessment and interpretation, and development of literature reviews/ rapid reviews. Understanding of knowledge exchange conceptual models, frameworks and strategies and experience with a range of knowledge exchange methods (e.g. communities of practice, newsletters, workshops, online collaborative spaces, online repositories) with demonstrated ability to research, analyze and develop knowledge exchange options and strategies would be considered an asset. Experience working within research and/or government environments is considered an asset. You will have demonstrated skills in project management, time management, interpersonal communication, and problem solving. Strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage a diverse task load are required. You must be proficient in web-based tools and MS Office software, and have experience in developing web sites and social media technologies to foster engagement. Individuals will be required to have excellent written communication skills and editing training will also be considered an asset. You are comfortable writing new content by interviewing subject matter experts and summarizing research. You have strong skills in clarifying and/or reorganizing existing content and structure. You are able to clarify meaning, eliminate jargon from writing and ensure new and pre-existing web site content is up-to-date, research informed, fact-checked and appropriate for the audience including professionals and the general public. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and possess the ability for self-directed learning, but is also able to collaborate well with team members with excellent networking, leadership, relationship building, interpersonal and listening skills to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and to facilitate the development of partnerships. Established relationships and demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with marginalised communities is essential. Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity, inclusivity, respect and cultural competence is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language are assets.
Please Note:     This full-time, contract position until March 31st, 2018 is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.   
Salary Range:   $31.44 - $42.41 per hour

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