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Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker, Program Training and Consultation Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Closed - no longer accepting applications
Reports to: Team Lead, Knowledge Development & Exchange, PTCC and Manager, PTCC
Location: Downtown Toronto Subway location on University Ave
Status: Full-Time Permanent Employment 
No. of Vacancies: One hire

Position Summary:

The Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) is the lead Ontario provincial tobacco control resource centre responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating tobacco control capacity building and knowledge exchange programs and services in support of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy (SFO).   Funded by Public Health Ontario, PTCC is a partnership of Cancer Care Ontario, the University of Waterloo, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Sudbury & District Health Unit.

Our programs are targeted to Ontario tobacco control staff working in local public health agencies, the staff and volunteers of community partner agencies, including community health centres, other NGOs, and family health teams.  

To build the capacity of tobacco control practitioners to deliver effective tobacco control initiatives PTCC offers a variety of carefully designed programs and services such as:

  • technical assistance, training & resource development
  • knowledge development and exchange to increase the use of research and practice-based evidence
  • media relations training and consultation services through the Media Network
  • referrals to other SFO funded resource centres

Please see our website for more details:

We require a Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker to coordinate  three provincial Communities of Practice (CoPs) comprised of local public health professionals, NGO staff and researchers. CoPs facilitate knowledge exchange, cross-province communication, and support among practitioners.  They aim to build capacity to integrate research and practice-based evidence into public health programming.  They are also intended to enable PTCC to better and more efficiently identify knowledge gaps and coordinate capacity building activities in areas that practitioners identify as high priority or in which extra information and support are needed. In addition, the Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker will be responsible for helping to identify new knowledge exchange strategies that could be introduced to enhance and build upon the CoP model.

The Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker will report to the Team Lead, Knowledge Development & Exchange and the Manager, PTCC and will work on the Learning through Evidence Action and Reflection Networks (L.E.A.R.N.) Project team.

The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Lead the development of processes, procedures and strategies to enhance the functioning of the Communities of Practice, by applying knowledge exchange theories and introducing activities to improve relationship-building, knowledge-sharing and use, and researcher participation
  • Assist community leaders to plan and facilitate meetings and develop an annual community learning agenda, while ensuring an evidence-informed approach
  • Lead planning and coordination of face-to-face meetings; provide logistical support for teleconferences and online meetings
  • Administer and encourage the use of online collaborative spaces and other innovative technologies that support the CoPs
  • Support establishment of new CoPs as resources permit
  • Develop methods for identifying the communities’ knowledge gaps
  • Facilitate the identification, access, interpretation and translation of research evidence into local policy and practice
  • Scan and disseminate peer-reviewed and grey literature on key topics of interest to CoPs on a regular basis, and maintain inventories of articles
  • Promote the use of research-based evidence in decision-making
  • Assist with identification of new and existing evidence-informed practices, programs and policies in tobacco control, and support local public health staff to self-document and disseminate details of evidence-informed practices
  • Lead the development of evidence-informed products that can be used by local and provincial programs to implement better practices in tobacco control. Coordinate the evaluation of these products.
  • Support the development and implementation of a PTCC knowledge development & exchange strategy, including initiatives to enhance academic partnerships to collaborate on knowledge exchange activities
  • Develop communications products (e.g., newsletters, website content, and manuscripts for journals) regarding the Communities of Practice
  • Support the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the CoPs as well as the evaluation of new knowledge exchange initiatives.
  • Participate on committees and working groups, as appropriate.
  • Other tasks, as required.


  • Masters degree in health, behavioural or social sciences is required, ideally with training in public health,  knowledge exchange or adult education and at least three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of health promotion and public health theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the tobacco control system in Ontario
  • Knowledge of theories and strategies in the fields of knowledge exchange and continuing education an asset
  • Expertise in community building, networking, and knowledge exchange
  • Experience with preparing literature reviews
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research in a health field
  • Effective consensus-building, facilitation, negotiation and consultation skills
  • Superior organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, arrange information and files in a useful manner and develop group operating procedures and processes
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently, using sound judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write in clear and concise plain language
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software and other online tools used for collaboration
  • Experience with coordinating communities of practice or professional networks an asset
  • Experience working with a number of knowledge exchange methods with an emphasis on hosting or using web-based platforms, online communities and collaborative spaces and other social media technology an asset
  • Ability to speak fluently in both official languages an asset

Apply online at

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, please prepare a basic, text-based version of your resume to paste into the text resume application box.  Then, near the end of the application process, even after clicking on ‘Submit’, you will be invited to attach up to three separate files to your application.  Please make one of these attached files your formatted resume in either a .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format.

More about Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario 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 more than $750-million in 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.
Our website is at:
We are guided in most part by the Ontario Cancer Plan at:
Information about Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program managed by Cancer Care Ontario can be found at:
Cancer Care Ontario manages the medical procedures wait times information system for all Ontarians at:
View our listing of all CCO current postings at:

Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP pension plan employer, see the details at: