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Knowledge Broker--Nutrition and Mental Health Research; Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, Dietitians of Canada and Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 1, 2016

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, Dietitians of Canada and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are seeking an experienced Knowledge Broker for a one-year, part-time contract position to support the CIHR-funded project “Bridging the Divides: Integrating Knowledge from a National Multi‐Stakeholder Consultation Identifying Nutrition and Mental Health Research Priorities.”

Project Description

In 2014, the project partners completed a national, multi-stakeholder consultation that identified four major nutrition and mental health research priorities in Canada: (1) identifying needs, gaps and barriers with respect to community-based nutrition and mental health programs and services; (2) defining service provider roles in nutrition and mental health care to enhance cross-sector collaboration; (3) investigating the intersection of nutrition, mental health and social determinants to inform systems-level policy decision-making; and (4) exploring effective methods of knowledge mobilization to strengthen the impact of new and existing research. The Bridging the Divides project will focus on engaging stakeholders across the nutrition, mental health, research, and policy sectors to encourage action on these research priorities. The Knowledge Broker will develop and disseminate a range of knowledge products tailored for diverse audiences, plan and deliver a series of webinars to raise awareness of the research agenda, and organize face-to-face workshops to foster connections among researchers and other stakeholders with the intention of facilitating new research partnerships. The Knowledge Broker will report directly to the project Steering Committee, comprised of the three organizational partners.

Duties of the Knowledge Broker​

  • Work with the project Steering Committee and Advisory Committee to finalize a knowledge mobilization plan;
  • Develop, disseminate, and evaluate a range of knowledge products related to the four identified research priorities;
  • Publish content to an online hub that houses the knowledge products;
  • Maintain a contact database to facilitate project communications and promote linkages among interested stakeholders;
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis to identify interests, expertise, leadership roles, and level of support in relationship to the research priorities;
  • Work with stakeholders to identify their needs in implementing research and help build their capacity through facilitating connections with other stakeholders;
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a series of webinars and face-to-face stakeholder bridging workshops across Canada to engage diverse stakeholders in nutrition and mental health research; and
  • Prepare a final project report.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • University degree (Master’s level preferred) in a related field and/or commensurate experience;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience related to nutrition, mental health, and knowledge translation;
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating knowledge exchange strategies;
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., researchers, health professionals, the public, health care managers, private industry) to develop relationships and achieve shared goals;
  • Superior organizational, project management, and communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Experience planning meetings, webinars, and workshops;
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge products for a range of knowledge users, such as toolkits, newsletters and policy briefs;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, communications/design software and social media;
  • Motivated, strategic thinker;
  • Ability to multitask and work collaboratively as a member of a small team;
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and accountably in a positive manner; and
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from nutrition and mental health research and to succinctly summarize research findings in plain language.

Bridging the Divides is a national project — work location is negotiable. Some travel may be required. The work schedule is flexible and requires approximately 35 hours per month.

How to Apply

Please submit resumes by 5 pm on Friday, April 1, 2016, to Scott Mitchell, Director, Knowledge Transfer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z8, by e-mail to [email protected], or by fax to 416-977-2813.

We encourage applications from all individuals with relevant experience, including people with lived experience of mental illness and family members.

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.