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Team Leader, Knowledge Development and Exchange, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Vacancy: Team Leader, Knowledge Development and Exchange
Reports To: Director, Population Health
Department: Prevention & Screening
Location: Downtown Toronto, Subway Location on University Avenue
Status: Permanent Full-Time

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is an umbrella organization that steers and coordinates Ontario’s cancer services and prevention efforts. As the provincial government’s chief cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario directs over $700-million in public health care funding for cancer prevention, detection and care. The agency also operates screening and prevention programs; collects, monitors and reports information about cancer and cancer system performance; develops evidence-based standards and guidelines for health care providers; and works with regional providers to plan and improve cancer services.

Position Summary:

Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government’s cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer and make sure that patients receive better care every step of the way.

The Team Leader, Knowledge Development and Exchange is viewed as an expert in public health practice with a focus on tobacco control knowledge exchange, with a well-rounded expertise and knowledge of public health practice at local, regional and provincial levels. The Team Leader will:

  • Lead and manage knowledge development and exchange activities (research and evaluative studies, practice-based knowledge documentation, communities of practice, intervention research project development, systematic reviews) and knowledge management system design, implementation, evaluation and development through providing project specific vision, goals and objectives to the project team, addressing operational issues, and assisting with staff and consultant supervision.
  • Provide expertise and vision for knowledge development and management across PTCC, and contributes this to the Population Health Unit and PTCC-partner led initiatives
  • Develop a broad view of tobacco control specific and public health knowledge and leads a team that systematically accumulates and revises core content for use by PTCC and its clients to advance evidence-informed practice and to create various technical assistance and training materials, curricula, fact sheets etc.
  • Assume responsibility for the development of selected knowledge products (e.g., backgrounders, systematic reviews, fact sheets and other research summaries, web material)
  • Proactively share knowledge across PTCC teams, partners and clients, as appropriate


  • Strong knowledge on a variety of public health issues (with an emphasis on but not limited to tobacco control), strategies, program theories and approaches, community organization, theories of health behaviour change, communities of practice, approaches to engaged scholarship and community-based participatory research principles, and knowledge development and management techniques
  • Strong knowledge of knowledge development and exchange concepts and an ability to successfully execute collaborative problem-solving contributing to practice-based knowledge
  • Functions at a high level of autonomy and works in a self-directed manner, yet under the overall direction of the PTCC manager, in determining work objectives
  • Delivers excellent tactical and critical strategic thinking to PTCC team members, government and non-governmental clients
  • Works with senior management to address highly complex problems by providing evidence-based strategies
  • Accurately defines cross-disciplinary issues relevant to tobacco control and public health
  • Reviews own and task team’s work upon completion for adequacy in meeting milestone objectives and achieving long-term desired organizational results
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior management, external partners (such as the Ministry of Health Promotion, the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, the Ontario Lung Association) and customers/vendors
  • Ability to work well with people from different disciplines with varying degrees of technical experience
  • Develops and presents material for review and informational purposes and expresses complex concepts effectively
  • Plans, develops and coordinates multiple projects. Such projects may include intervention development research projects, development of new communities of practice, and development of knowledge products.
  • Manages assigned project staff, including allocation of staff resources, delegating, scheduling and prioritizing of staff workloads
  • Identifies, facilitates and provides opportunities for staff development
  • Monitors the deliverables of the team to ensure milestone and on-budget completion
  • Develops and documents policies and procedures related to knowledge development, exchange and management
  • May manage tasks associated with operational and project functions (e.g. communication, resource allocation, web site)
  • Engages stakeholders (such as funders, partner organizations and staff of local public health agencies) to determine expectations and define project goals
  • Identifies benefits that will be realized upon or following project completion, as appropriate to the scale and scope of the project
  • Assumes responsibility for engaging public health staff and other stakeholders in determining project priorities
  • Manages projects of a high priority, complexity, long-term duration, system-wide scope which span various functional areas of the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy
  • Manages multiple projects, including intervention research projects, development of new communities of practice, and development of knowledge products concurrently
  • Demonstrates strong systems thinking, as well as critical strategic and tactical thinking skills

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Graduate Degree in health, behavioral, or social sciences is required, ideally with training in public health, community psychology, or knowledge exchange.
  • Training in public administration or project management
  • Public health, community health, tobacco control, health policy, media advocacy experience
  • Capacity building through professional education, training, technical assistance and network supports
  • Thorough knowledge of program and project management, including performance measurement
  • Ideally, a minimum of five years of relevant experience in roles related to capacity building and knowledge exchange
  • Demonstrates experience in engaging communities to identify priorities (for action or research), experience in coordination or management of small-scale research projects, and writing grant proposals for programs
  • Demonstrates experience in developing graphical models to explain concepts or mechanisms of action
  • Functions with a high level of autonomy in setting objectives for a team, managing expectations and tracking progress
  • Demonstrates experience in providing direct supervision to staff, and managing a budget
  • Has experience working with manager on budget, resource allocation and performance monitoring tasks
  • Consistently demonstrates appropriate choices and means for communication
  • Recognizes the audience to whom he/she is communicating and addresses appropriately (e.g. appropriate level of technical language)
  • Demonstrates experience with presenting materials internally and abroad to large audiences of 50+

Job Requirements And Specialty Skills:

  • Keeps abreast of new scientific and professional practice developments and recommends their incorporation
  • Has strong knowledge of job functions of various client groups throughout the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy
  • Experience leading vendor management and contract negotiation for knowledge product development, evaluations, etc.
  • Typically is responsible for a range of projects or initiatives of between $100K and $500K
  • Applies excellent written, verbal, and graphical communications skills
  • French language oral and written skills an asset
  • Applies strong project management knowledge and skills

Leadership And Supervising:

  • Uses in-depth understanding of team dynamics (e.g. listening, soliciting opinions, eliciting creativity) to maximize team results
  • Seeks to improve team/ work group performance by encouraging other team/ work group members to contribute to team tasks
  • Manages a modest project team and individuals with ability to mentor and affect desired results
  • Expresses positive expectations of team members and communicates with them in a positive manner
  • Provides developmental feedback to team members on a continual basis
  • Works with manager to conduct performance reviews of team members
  • Helps resolve conflicts within a team or between teams, both internal and external to CCO, by encouraging or facilitating beneficial resolution
  • Advances the interest of the organization by serving on teams that are external to CCO (e.g. collaborations with other resources centres, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, Ministry of Health Promotion, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Agency of Canada, local health integration networks, universities, etc.)
  • Participates and contributes on project teams or committees by assisting in the development of guidelines, procedures, standards, and monitoring
  • Actively involved with organizational committees and stakeholders

More about Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government’s cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer and make sure that patients receive better care every step of the way.

The information on our main website is at

View our listing of all other CCO current job postings at

Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP employer, with details at

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