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CH&E Specialist (Knowledge Broker), Centre for Addictions and Mental Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 2, 2013

Job Number: 707915
Category: Education
Positions Available: 1
Years Experience Required: 3
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted Date: Sep 18, 2013

CH&E Specialist (Knowledge Broker)
Evidence Exchange Network, Provincial System Support Program

Position Description:

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) supports system-level coordination of the development, implementation and monitoring of evidence-informed practices for mental health and addictions services in Ontario and facilitates knowledge exchange. Core functions of the program include: health promotion and prevention; knowledge exchange and communications; supporting the implementation of evidence-informed programs and practices; and understanding and evaluating efforts through performance measurement and implementation research. The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is situated within PSSP at CAMH. EENet is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario. The EENet community includes researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. The network promotes the use of evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. EENet is providing knowledge exchange and implementation support to the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP-ON), a provincial, multi-organizational initiative. The DTFP-ON has produced tools for the addiction treatment system in Ontario, and there is an opportunity to move towards implementation of those new tools developed.

Reporting to the Manager, DTFP Implementation Team, the Knowledge Broker will play a key liaison role for the implementation of quality improvement initiatives, working in close collaboration with project leads, stakeholders, partners and the DTFP Implementation Team. The successful applicant will be responsible for identifying and engaging potential service providers to participate in pilots for those tools ready for implementation during the 2013/14 fiscal year, supporting the development of pilot implementation plans for the tools, and providing consistent support in designing, implementing and evaluating the pilot initiatives. The Knowledge Broker will also support the development of long-term implementation plans for full provincial scale up of these tools as well as other DTFP products slated for completion. This position will also increase engagement in knowledge generation, improve access to the best available research evidence to support decision-making and share what is learned from each pilot initiative with service providers, the DTFP Steering Committee, other stakeholders and with the system more generally. Emphasis will be placed on use of a coordinated implementation approach, utilization of evidence-based methods of implementation, and working towards laying the groundwork for broader implementation of DTFP results across the system. This position will also be responsible for a variety of knowledge exchange activities associated with EENet that fulfill identified knowledge exchange needs in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system, including contributing to the development and implementation of knowledge exchange strategies and providing guidance, tools and training for the development and application of knowledge exchange plans for projects involved with EENet; tailoring material appropriately to enhance understanding and uptake; and building and maintaining collaborative relationships with user groups to ascertain their knowledge needs and preferences. You will have an understanding of the social determinants of health and the principles of health equity and how they apply in the context of implementation science, evidence and knowledge exchange. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. The position is located at 33 Russell Street in Toronto, and will involve occasional travel to pilot sites in Ontario.


The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Health Services, Knowledge Translation Research or a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years’ related experience. You ideally possess specific training and experience in the science and practice of implementation, knowledge translation and exchange, and conducting research. Experience includes management of complex projects; facilitation of groups; adult education and training; development of work plans, budgets and communication plans; as well as literature search, quality appraisal, applicability assessment and interpretation. Understanding of implementation science and knowledge exchange conceptual models, frameworks and strategies; and experience with implementation science and knowledge exchange methods, with demonstrated ability to research, analyze and develop implementation science and knowledge exchange strategies, would also be assets. Experience working within research and/or government environments is considered assets. You will have demonstrated skills in project management, time management, interpersonal communication, and problem solving. Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage a diverse task load are required. You must be proficient in web-based tools and MS Office software, including spreadsheet and presentation applications, and comfortable with web and social media technologies to foster engagement. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and possess the ability for self-directed learning, but is also able to collaborate well with team members with excellent networking, leadership, relationship building, interpersonal and listening skills to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and to facilitate the development of partnerships. Established relationships and demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with marginalised communities is essential. Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity, inclusivity, respect and cultural competence is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language are assets.

Please Note: This full-time, contract position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit. The contract end date for this position is March 31st, 2014.
Salary Range:  $29.74-$40.12 per hour

Please apply online at

Closing Date: October 2, 2013 by 5pm
File Number: 13417E

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.