Deadline April 10, 2012
Position title: Knowledge Broker
Reports to: SHRTN Operations Manager
Network: Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) Knowledge Exchange (http://www.shrtn.on.ca) part of the SHRTN Collaborative
Term: contract position for fiscal year with strong possibility of renewal (April – end of March)
Position: full-time (7.5 hours / day)
Location: East end Ottawa (Bruyère Research Institute) preferred but will consider applications from across Ontario
The Knowledge Broker works as a facilitator to support the needs of SHRTN members (caregivers, researchers and policy makers). The Knowledge Broker works within a team of SHRTN Knowledge Brokers and collaborates with the SHRTN Secretariat, Community of Practice (CoP) / Community of Interest (CoI) leaders, the SHRTN Information and Library service team and SHRTN members to implement initiatives and activities that support the needs of the network and its members.
- Provide a range of support to each assigned CoP/COI/LIT including assistance with: applications to become or renew status as a CoP/COI; annual goal setting; use of communication technology; leadership and succession planning; membership recruitment; knowledge transfer; development/delivery of knowledge dissemination events and tools; developing partnerships with other CoPs/COIs/LITs; identifying research and resource needs; and evaluation planning.
- Train or support members in use of available web-based tools used in the network such as video conferencing (OTN), Web based events (Adobe Acrobat Connect), Google Apps, etc.), and other collaboration tools such as web conferencing, webinar, e-conferencing and other collaborative communications software.
- Liaise with SHRTN Information Specialists to scan or find sources for new research and resources that meet the needs of CoP members.
- Develop knowledge transfer and exchange strategies that identify/develop:
- Target audiences: change champions, opinion leaders, clinicians, service provider organizations, the research community, regulatory bodies, policy makers and professional associations representing care of seniors in the long-term care setting and in the community.
- Key messages from research evidence relevant to the audience.
- Materials/tools/mechanisms that support the strategy.
- Plan and facilitate meetings and other events – using different formats and technologies, including face-to-face, teleconference calls, video-conferencing and e-meetings.
- Locate, distill, adapt and implement Knowledge Translation and Exchange activities to identify and foster adoption of new research, tools and resources that meet the needs of assigned communities.
- Work with each of the assigned communities to assist them in development of annual goals with particular emphasis on those which further researcher/ research user interaction.
- Work with other Knowledge Brokers to consider annual initiatives of each CoP/COI and LIT, identify priorities and develop strategies to achieve the agreed upon goals.
- Develop an annual work plan which reflects the goals and priorities of knowledge brokering relative to each of the supported communities.
Networking, Communications and Marketing
- Create opportunities to network with other members and potential new members.
- Identify, create, and maintain communication channels within and among assigned communities as well as with the wider seniors’ health community and other network partners.
- Promote SHRTN-KE, CoPs/COIs/LITs and knowledge transfer among stakeholders (paid and unpaid caregivers, researchers, policy makers, educators, students, and various health and consumer advocacy organizations) throughout Ontario.
- Work with SHRTN evaluators, CoP leaders and the SHRTN secretariat to establish and implement evaluation plans.
- Identify/develop evaluation strategies and methods for communities to apply to their own knowledge transfer activities.
Education & Experience
- Minimum of Baccalaureate degree in a relevant field required; Master’s degree desirable.
- Knowledge of current health care or related research and knowledge translation concepts acquired through either a post- secondary program and/or 5 or more years of relevant experience.
- Knowledge and understanding of evidence-informed practice and decision-making.
- Experience working with healthcare practitioners, researchers/academics, government officials, administrators and patient/consumer groups.
- Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with others to achieve shared goals.
- Experience with: organizing and chairing meetings; providing secretariat support to committees and planning learning events such as workshops and conferences.
- Proficiency (written and spoken) in both official languages is desirable..
- Data collection and analysis.
- Problem-definition and problem-solving.
- Group process/problem-solving; facilitation; participatory decision-making processes.
- Electronic technology and related software (word processing, email, spreadsheets, databases).
- Collaboration software (webinar platforms, html email services, Google docs, calendars, survey services).
- Oral and written communication including effective writing for websites, newsletters, promotional materials and other publications.
- Graphic design and effective presentation of information in a variety of contexts (web, print, tools) and differing audiences
- Working with website editing software to manage web content amendments
- Practice in knowledge exchange (e.g., communications, education/training, toolkit development, marketing, stakeholder engagement) with multi-disciplinary groups.
- You enjoy working in creative, flexible environments where initiative, good ideas and authentic collaboration through teamwork are valued.
- You are interested in learning and practicing both online and in-person knowledge exchange facilitation in cooperation with a team of skilled knowledge brokers.
- You demonstrate high quality standards and a commitment to continuous improvement in your work.
- You bring excellence to internal or external community members through excellent interpersonal skills, aimed primarily at focusing efforts on discovering and meeting their needs for information and advice.
- You operate in keeping with an understanding of the healthcare sector, market dynamics and priorities, and the SHRTN's role in regional and provincial systems of innovation.
- Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, with a salary range of approximately $58,500 to $68,500.
Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.
Application and Information Request
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and cv to Briana Seguin by April 10, 2012
Briana Seguin, Administrative Assistant, SHRTN Secretariat, Tel: 613.562.6262 ext 1654 Email: [email protected]