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Community Health and Education Specialist (Knowledge Exchange), Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 15, 2011

Initial Assignment:  Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Social Epidemiological Research

Position Description:

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit is an Ontario-based research network co-sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.  The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit contributes practical and useful evidence to inform tobacco control policy and practice. Reporting to the Executive Director, the CH&E (Community Health and Education) Specialist (Knowledge Exchange) will provide overall leadership, coordination and continuity for OTRU in the expansion of its knowledge exchange activities to increase the degree to which evidence is incorporated for use by the policymakers and program developers and practitioners engaged in the Smoke-free Ontario Strategy and to promote the use of practice-based knowledge in the development of evidence.

The CH&E Specialist will assist OTRU in integrating a knowledge exchange perspective into its research and evaluation activities, by e.g., defining key audiences, building Knowledge Exchange into the full life cycle of projects, identifying possible knowledge products and support evaluation and research staff in their Knowledge Exchange activities. The CH& E Specialist will also manage OTRU’s Knowledge Exchange Advisory Group (KEAG) process, including convening meetings with provincial and regional partners, administering the KEAG survey and coordinating follow-up meetings to specify needs and identify further interactions with OTRU. Other responsibilities include initiating  a review of knowledge exchange activities to determine opportunities for increased interactivity with key organizations and individuals; collaborate with the OTRU Management to support  the development and dissemination of knowledge products, including print- and web-based media and the OTRU website; developing and coordinating knowledge exchange seminars and webinars for a variety of internal and external audiences; assisting the OTRU Directors and Principal Investigators to expand their interactivity, leadership role and profile in tobacco control; convening meetings to identify and focus discussions on current and emerging issues in tobacco control, evidence in support of various courses of action, and areas of needed research and evaluation; and the ongoing review and updating of OTRU monitoring updates. The incumbent will act as an internal advisor and resource to develop a coordinated program of knowledge exchange in research, evaluation and related activities to achieve optimal impact on tobacco control by increasing the relevance, uptake and use of research and evaluation. This position is responsible for the integration of knowledge exchange throughout the entire organization. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements.  This position is currently located at 33 Russell Street.


The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, or Communications with a minimum of 3 years applied experience in Knowledge Exchange, Communication or related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Knowledge and experience in tobacco control and related public health areas is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to cultivate internal and external relationships is required. The ability to explain complex issues in plain language both verbally and in writing is essential, as is the ability to translate complex Research findings into accessible formats.  This position requires a self starter and team player with outstanding oral and written communication skills; outstanding social skills; energetic and grounded; excellent time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities, and manage multiple, conflicting deadlines; ability to exercise extensive judgment, initiative and innovation in decision making. The incumbent must have the ability to work independently and demonstrate leadership in designing and implementing an organization-changing Knowledge Exchange strategy. You are proficient in web-based tools and MS Office software, including spreadsheet and presentation applications. Candidates will possess the ability for self-directed learning/working, as well as collaboration and teamwork. The ability to work effectively with diverse clients and staff is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.

Please Note: This 12 month full time contract position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range: $28.94 to $39.05 per hour

Please forward your resume to:
Human Resources
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4
Fax:  (416) 583-4316

Please remember to include the File Number when applying.

Posting Date:    July 26, 2011
Closing Date:    August 15, 2007
File Number:     #11405

We encourage applications from people currently underrepresented in the workforce, including people who have experienced mental health and substance use problems.