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Knowledge Translation Manager, ParticipACTION

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 24, 2016

Company Overview

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization that helps Canadians sit less and move more. Originally established in 1971, ParticipACTION works with its partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life. As Canada’s premier physical activity brand, ParticipACTION helps Canadians sit less and move more through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, the Knowledge Translation Manager is responsible for leading research and thought leadership activities, analyzing and interpreting findings and developing content for dissemination. The Knowledge Translation Manager acts as ParticipACTION’s Subject Matter Expert in the physical activity sector, translating research and trends into meaningful messages and considerations, enabling the organization to create and implement evidence-based programs and activities. The ideal candidate has extensive industry knowledge, strong project management skills, and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Position Responsibilities

  • Identifying current trends and topics related to physical activity and via a variety of methods leading the annual knowledge plan to ensure the organization is at the forefront of research and knowledge sharing
  • Leading the strategic planning and creation of knowledge products, content and thought leadership activities such as the ParticipACTION Report Card, position statements, white papers, etc.
  • Providing evidence-based recommendations and advice on the creation and development of organizational programs and projects
  • Developing a variety of tools and processes to best perform research and evaluation, continuously reviewing and improving tools
  • Partnering with Service Providers to implement research programs and activities
  • Reviewing publications, journals and other literature to gather information
  • Drafting written updates and facilitating conversations about updates on issues and trends
  • Leveraging research findings and collaborating with other groups to provide content, letters of support and other components of proposals and grant applications
  • Working with other researchers or service providers to organize and conduct focus groups, key informant interviews and surveys; summarizing and disseminating findings
  • Acting as a designated spokesperson for the organization, speaking on behalf of the organization with media and other organizations
  • Coordinating the collation of data and analyzing and reporting on key findings
  • Providing input and support to the development of the organizational evaluation plan
  • Bringing current and established knowledge translation (KT)/exchange (KE)/mobilization (KM) theory, tools and processes to program planning
  • Writing, editing, and presenting research and thought leadership content to a variety of audiences, including academics, the media, stakeholders, corporate sponsors and the general public
  • Working closely with marketing and communications colleagues to develop strategies and plans to disseminate research and findings across all channels (i.e. blog, social media, etc.)
  • Developing and delivering presentations to identified national, provincial and/or local stakeholders and/or conferences as part of knowledge translation plans for various initiatives
  • Based on current trends and topics, leading the planning of project-specific activities for research and thought leadership activities
  • Acting as Project Manager to oversee the conception and carryout of various projects, leveraging a variety of resources to ensure programs are rolled out effectively and in accordance with budgets
  • Establishing and monitoring critical paths, timelines, action plans to deliver research and thought leadership products and initiatives
  • Establishing, building and nurturing strong relationships with various organizations, partners and stakeholders in the physical activity, sport, recreation, and health sectors including public health, academics, etc.
  • Advising on and securing key stakeholder relationships as part of strategy development for specific ParticipACTION projects and activities
  • Establishing and managing advisory committees, panels, working groups and other mechanisms to provide ongoing stakeholder input and advice to projects and initiatives
  • Representing ParticipACTION on panels, committees, working groups and other mechanisms related to partner-led initiatives (i.e. Outdoor Play Working Group, etc.)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Master’s Degree in the area of public health, health sciences, kinesiology, knowledge translation or equivalent area of study with a focus on physical activity is required
  • 5 years of progressive experience within a health, academic or research institution or a specialized setting/complex environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of knowledge translation and mobilization theories and practice, individual and organizational behaviour change and experience with their practical application.
  • Very strong project management skills including excellent attention to detail and ability to manage timelines and budgets
  • Leadership skills to work with diverse teams and partners to develop, plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate knowledge products from conception to public release and dissemination
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Is professional and a strong public speaker, ideally with experience conducting media interviews
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • French language skills are an asset

If you are interested in this position, please send both a cover letter and a resume to The submission deadline is October 24, 2016.