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Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Posting No.  Position title:    Knowledge Broker
Reports to:    Director, Knowledge Exchange

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms. CCSA is looking for a Knowledge Broker, reporting to the Director of Knowledge Exchange.  This position is accountable for leading, coordinating and identifying stakeholders/partners from across Canada and beyond to work collaboratively to identify best practices and to facilitate the application of evidence in policy development and practice using effective Knowledge Exchange approaches.  Working together with Research and Policy analysts responsible for identifying the best available research and experiential knowledge, the Knowledge Broker supports the Partnerships & Priorities Project Manager (Priority Lead) by advising on the partners and Knowledge Exchange strategies appropriate for a particular priority.


  • Engage and coordinate multi-stakeholder teams in conjunction with the Partnerships & Priorities division to assess Knowledge Exchange requirements, identify opportunities, and develop Knowledge Exchange strategies and approaches tailored to specific audiences;
  • Responsible for the multi-directional exchange of information between Knowledge producers and users, and the development and evolution of CCSA's Knowledge products, services and Knowledge management infrastructure;
  • Translate Knowledge syntheses and best practice reports into key messages and develop Knowledge Exchange products and tools, including newsletters, fact sheets, tool kits and videos; and
  • Continue to identify and promote CCSA's Knowledge Exchange strategies, ensuring the Centre is recognized as Canada's leading substance abuse Knowledge Exchange centre of excellence.


  • Master's or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Science, Arts & Humanities, Health Administration or Business);
  • 6 to 10 years of related experience;
  • Experience and/or expertise in the field of alcohol and substance abuse an asset.
  • Understanding of all aspects of Knowledge Exchange (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, dissemination, exchange, management and evaluation);
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from medical research; able to succinctly summarize research findings and develop communications products from this information for a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to develop or inform the development of Knowledge products such as toolkits, newsletters and policy briefs;
  • Demonstrated experience in applying best practices in Knowledge Exchange (e.g., communications, education/training, toolkit development, marketing and stakeholder engagement);
  • Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships/collaborations between medical and non-medical groups;
  • Systems thinker: ability to develop understanding of systems issues and stakeholders in alcohol and substance abuse and other related fields;
  • Possess strong analytical skills; process and results-oriented; and
  • Excellent Interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in French is an asset.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to, no later than September 12, 2008.  We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.