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Manager, Knowledge Mobilization, Information Management Information Technology, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 30, 2015

Job ID 15-0073

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario (PHO/Agency) is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

For more information about PHO, visit

Position Details    

  • To lead the planning, development and management of an integrated suite of knowledge mobilization services (including knowledge translation and exchange (KTE), education and professional development, locally driven research, and evaluation) in order to foster change and innovation in individual practice, within organizations and at the system level.
  • To bring management expertise and leadership to enabling public health policy, program and practice change in close collaboration with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • To build capacity in the public health sector, by managing the Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) program and coordinating PHO’s student placement program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and advisory services in the planning and management of PHO’s knowledge mobilization services; seeking to generate knowledge (LDCP), implement knowledge (KTE), enhance receptivity and capacity (education and professional development) and evaluate our impact.
  • Advances a common understanding of KTE across PHO and supports its application to KTE activities, including strategic advice and expertise; specialized support such as tools and resources, training, professional development; assistance with product or service design; and dissemination strategies.
  • Works closely with program areas across PHO to ensure that the outcomes of PHO’s research and knowledge development activities enable action.
  • Develops innovative approaches to measure our impact and influence on policy, program and practice change, evaluate our products and services, and report on our successes and challenges to PHO management, program areas and stakeholders.
  • Provides strategic oversight and directs staff in the design and conduct of evaluation activities; in particular, formative evaluation of innovative tools, programs and implementation/process, short and long-term outcomes of priority services.
  • Facilitates academic student placements to make PHO a preferred placement opportunity and to assist with developing the next generation of public health professionals.
  • Provides oversight for PHO’s Rounds, elearning and other professional development activities, ensuring that they are responsive to current and emerging needs, adopting best practices, innovating and have required tracking systems in place (e.g. for Continuing Medical Education credits).
  • Ensures the alignment and integration of elearning modalities into both the internal and external PHO environments, guiding activities that are innovative and responsive to the needs of the audience.
  • Develops and fosters partnerships with organizations that relate to the unit’s functions and client groups, to ensure the relevance and quality of our services, access expertise and appropriately position PHO for success and innovation.
  • Leads the planning and management of PHO’s LDCP program to support research and program evaluation for local public health unit clients. This includes planning and delivery of cycles for priority setting; process development and delivery of research and program evaluation support; resources and tools to support the development of collaborative, relevant and scientifically sound projects; and ongoing engagement and communication with program participants.
  • Leads the management of currently funded LDCP contracts (transfer payment agreements) to ensure effective administration and to proactively identify, assess, mitigate and minimize potential risks related to fund management, reputation, or project failure.
  • Develops unit’s operational plan and goals, defines budget, service and performance indicators and ensures consistency in corporate requirements and approval processes for financial, human resources, information technology, operational and business planning functions.
  • Aligns unit goals, objectives and activities with other public health system improvement goals and objectives; contributes to the development and implementation of the department’s mandate and operating procedures; identifies new projects that fit PHO’s mandate and recommends internal process improvements and solutions.
  • Manages and directs staff, to ensure congruence with PHO’s internal policies and procedures, professional standards, Collective Agreement requirements and other relevant standards, legislation or regulations, including: providing direction and leadership in the implementation of new techniques and standards; assigning staff and implementing work/vacation schedules; setting clear responsibilities and objectives and evaluating performance; advising on training needs, participating in recruitment and selection of staff; dealing with disciplinary issues and responding to grievances in conjunction with PHO’s Human Resources management programs.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong network of knowledge services, education and academic contacts and collaborators, able to harness capacity and networks to support strategies and plans.
  • Demonstrated skill in building and supporting collaborations, across multiple organizations, locations and functions to achieve common goals.
  • Sound knowledge of Ontario’s public health sector, its professional groups, standards, organizations and priorities.
  • Skilled in managing multiple projects and delivering measureable results.
  • Excellent problem recognition and solving abilities with minimal supervision on a range of complex tasks.
  • Effective planning and organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet milestones.
  • Knowledge of innovative models for knowledge translation and exchange, notably online and distance learning models.
  • Knowledge of various computer systems and software programs including: MS Office, SharePoint, Adobe Suite and Articulate.

Education and Experience

  • Masters’ level education in the areas of public health, health sciences, public policy, knowledge translation or equivalent area of study.
  • Demonstrated understanding of knowledge translation and mobilization theories and practice, individual and organizational behaviour change and experience with their practical application.
  • Five years of progressive work experience and proven leadership expertise, in planning and managing a program or function within a health, academic, or research institution or a specialized setting/complex environment.

Job Status: Full Time Regular
Posting date: 3/6/2015
Closing date: 3/20/2015
Street Address: 480 University Avenue
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario [ON]

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://www.publichealthontario/careers and click on the job title.  

Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.