JOB POSTING - Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization for Children's Healthcare Canada & Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)
Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization
This newly created position is responsible for leading the development of strategy, implementation and evaluation of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s flagship knowledge mobilization program and assets. Sharing evidence and accelerating implementation of high quality, child, youth and family centred healthcare is a defined priority of our organization, and a highly valued member benefit. In line with our organizational values, this individual is expected to demonstrate collaboration, courage, and fresh thinking as they conduct their day to day responsibilities.
Pan-Canadian partnerships represent a significant opportunity to grow the reach and value of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s knowledge mobilization strategy, and as such, this position will play an important role building and maintaining relationships across the continuum of care (including research and academia) in children’s health.
A partnership of significant importance to this role is SKIP - Solutions for Kids in Pain. SKIP is a newly formed Knowledge Mobilization Networks Centre of Excellence which is co-directed by Children’s Healthcare Canada. This individual is an identified Knowledge Broker within the structure of this NCE and will play an important role facilitating knowledge exchange and dialogue among diverse stakeholders, with a particular focus on national health organizations, patient and family groups and policy makers.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Facilitate knowledge exchange and ongoing dialogue between knowledge producers (researchers) and knowledge users (members, policy makers, patients and families).
Continuously establish, build and sustain productive working relationships with stakeholders and partners
2. Children’s Healthcare Canada Knowledge Mobilization Program
Developing, implementing and evaluation a sophisticated knowledge mobilization strategy to accelerate the implementation of quality improvement initiatives in member organizations, and advance defined priorities within our organizational strategy.
Seek partnerships within the research community to develop novel approaches to knowledge mobilization.
Managing and executing current knowledge mobilization activities, including the weekly webinar program.
Coordinating with other Children’s Healthcare Canada’s programs and staff to:
Working with the Communications and Engagement Specialist, oversee the production of weekly blogs and newsletters to support KM activities
Working with the Communications and Engagement Specialist, leverage Children’s Healthcare Canada events to support KM activities
Working with the Associate Director, Strategy and Engagement, create deliberate linkages between the KM strategy and Children’s Healthcare Canada’s Value Networks
Working with the Government Relations Specialist, support the identification of subject matter experts to advance advocacy priorities (as needed)
3. SKIP - Solutions for Kids in Pain Knowledge Mobilization Networks Centres of Excellence
Initiate, develop, and implement activity plans and strategies as they relate to SKIP’s identified priorities
Engage and support regional Children’s Healthcare Canada members within the network to access, adapt, and implement evidence
Identify knowledge users to champion efforts in their institutions and support SKIP efforts
Develop relationships and understanding of processes that can be leveraged to facilitate knowledge mobilization at the system level. This would include organizations that develop healthcare standards, accredit healthcare organizations, quality councils and others.
Empower stakeholders through capacity development through the provisions of resources, training, and mentoring within Canadian health institutions
Lead collaborative efforts to facilitate organizational change by removing barriers to evidence-based decision-making and promoting a culture that values the use of the best available science in policy and practice
Facilitate institutional commitment to pain management through ChildKind certification
Monitor the process of implementation, evaluate knowledge mobilization progress, and support sustainability of knowledge mobilization efforts
Qualifications and Position Requirements:
A minimum of Masters Level education in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, health administration, communication, or equivalent)
Experience working on collaborative projects with researchers, health professionals, partners and/or other stakeholder groups/organizations, including patients and families
Expertise in gathering evidence, critically appraising the validity of research findings and quality of evidence, synthesizing information, and interpreting the information in terms of the bigger picture
Demonstrated project management experience
Strong practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation)
Experience in developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans, activities, and products
A demonstrated passion for the promotion of child health and genuine interest in up-to date research evidence
Ability to work as part of a collaborative team as well as take initiative independently
Ability to interpret and identify key results from health research, and to summarize research findings in plain language
Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships and collaborations between diverse groups from a variety of sectors
Skilled mediator and team builder
Superior interpersonal, communication, and motivational skills
Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred
Please submit your CV and cover letter to: Doug Maynard, Associate Director, Business Development (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Children’s Healthcare Canada is a national organization that accelerates excellence and innovation in health systems caring for children and youth. Our members deliver health services to children and youth, and include regional health authorities, children’s tertiary/quaternary and rehabilitation hospitals, community hospitals, children’s treatment centres and home/respite care providers.
Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) is a newly formed knowledge mobilization network centre of excellence (incorporated as a not‐for‐profit organization), based at Dalhousie University and co‐led by Children’s Healthcare Canada, that seeks to bridge the gap between current treatment practices and available evidence‐based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions.