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

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 22, 2010

Vacancy: Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker
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 leading the development, implementation and coordination of tobacco control capacity building and knowledge exchange programs and services in support of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy (SFO). Funded by the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, PTCC is a partnership of Cancer Care Ontario, the University of Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Sudbury & District Health Unit. PTCC is managed from the Population Health Unit, Department of Prevention & Screening at Cancer Care Ontario.

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.

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

  • technical assistance, training & resource development
  • knowledge development, exchange and programming 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 two to three provincial Communities of Practice (CoPs) comprised of local public health professionals, researchers and non-governmental organizational staff. In addition, the Health Promotion Specialist, Knowledge Broker will be responsible for developing a theoretical framework to improve the functioning of existing CoPs and guide the development of new CoPs. CoPs facilitate knowledge exchange, cross-province communication, and support among practitioners. They are intended to enable PTCC to better and more efficiently coordinate capacity building activities (e.g., consultation, training, and resources) in areas that practitioners identify as high priority or in which extra information and support are needed.

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:

  • Develop a theoretical framework for the L.E.A.R.N. communities of practice (which includes detailed step-by-step guidelines on establishing CoPs and facilitating their evolution)
  • Lead the development of processes, procedures and strategies to help ensure the effective functioning of the Communities of Practice
  • Assist community leaders in leading the development of a community learning agenda, and work with community leaders to ensure evidence focus of community meetings
  • 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 technologies that are used to support the CoPs
  • Support establishment of new CoPs as resources permit
  • Develop methods for identifying the communities’ knowledge gaps for which solutions are required
  • Facilitate the identification, access, interpretation and translation of research evidence into local policy and practice
  • Scan 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, working with PTCC staff and stakeholders at the local, provincial and national levels
  • 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.
  • Disseminate scientific and grey literature information and products to targeted audiences
  • Develop communications products (e.g., newsletters, website content) regarding the Communities of Practice
  • Support the development of a PTCC knowledge development & exchange strategy
  • Participate in ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess the implementation and outcomes of PTCC activities
  • 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 or community psychology 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 transfer
  • Experience with preparing literature reviews
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research in a health field
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and planning, and development of group operating procedures and processes
  • Effective consensus-building, facilitation, negotiation and consultation skills
  • Superior organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects
  • 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 verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • 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
  • Ability to speak fluently in both official languages an asset

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 over $600-million in public 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.
  • The information on our website is at
  • We are guided in most part by the Ontario Cancer Plan, which can be inspected 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; which can be examined more closely at
  • View our listing of all other CCO current job postings at
  • Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP pension plan employer, see the details at

On Resume Format: If you elect to apply, please prepare a basic text-based version of your resume for pasting into the application box provided for text resumes. 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 one of .doc, .rtf, or .pdf formats.

All submissions are to be emailed to [email protected]. Submissions are accepted until April 22, 2010.