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Research Assistant, Health Quality Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 9, 2012

Health Quality Ontario is an independent agency and is funded by the Government of  Ontario through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Position Title:  Research Assistant  
Department:  Public Reporting  
Reports To:  Manager, Public Reporting  
Location:  130 Bloor Street, Toronto  
Number of Positions:  3  
Status:  One year contract  
Posting Period:  May 1, 2012 – May 9, 2012  
Competition Number  2012-013
Position Summary:
Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is seeking motivated candidates for the position of Research Assistant.  The Research Assistant provides key support in helping HQO achieve its public reporting goals.  Reporting to the Manager, Public Reporting and the Project Leads, the Research Assistant is responsible for carrying out research activities, including but not limited to systematic literature reviews and environmental scans of quality and public reporting activities across Canada and internationally.  
The position is a one-year contract with a strong probability for renewal, located in Toronto. Some travel within Ontario may be required.
1. Ensure high-quality delivery of assigned projects according to agreed upon deliverables,
timelines and resources.
2. Conduct systematic literature reviews and environmental scans primarily on, performance
measurement indicators, quality improvement and public reporting in long-term care, home care, primary care, acute care and other topic areas:   

  • Identify, collect and organize evidence and information from academic and grey literature and credible internet  sources
  • Critically appraise and synthesize evidence and information into written and oral reports and summaries
  • Identify and document relevant activities and initiatives in other sectors and jurisdictions
  • Maintain and archive documentation of articles, search strategies, etc.

3. Assist with production of HQO Public Reports, as directed:

  • Summarize public-reporting results in different formats (including written and graphic) for a variety of audiences
  • Assure quality (e.g. fact-checking)
  • Assist in preparation if additional materials such as abstracts, FAQ documents, briefing notes, and visual aids
  • Participate in project planning and coordination as required

4. Provide administrative, coordination, and communications support and actively liaise with internal and/or external stakeholders as directed.
Position Requirements:
Education and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. health sciences).  Masters degree preferred.
  • Research experience in health services or policy, public or social policy, public health, social or  behavioural health studies, or a related field is required.  Experience with Ontario’s healthcare  system is an asset.

Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, in particular MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio and Access. Experience with statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS),  bibliographic software (e.g., Reference Manager) and  MS Project is an asset.  
  • Able to quickly learn new software applications.
  • Pays close attention to detail.
  • Familiar with research design and methods, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Knowledgeable of scientific and non-scientific literature search engines, familiarity with  bibliography formats is required.   
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and critical thinking.  
  • Superior English written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Demonstrates strong organization skills including document version control.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and reliability, including prioritization of workload and timely completion of tasks.
  • Good interpersonal skills with an emphasis on being a team player and good conflict resolution skills.
  • Able to work independently, think creatively, and exercise good judgment in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Able to exercise tact and discretion and maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a covering letter and resume to by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date, quoting the above competition number.  We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an  interview will be contacted.  
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