The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Sep 06, 2018Full time
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of substance use (including alcohol, cannabis and opioids) and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve the health and safety of Canadians. An NGO organization with a national focus, CCSA's vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use. It is the mandate of the Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM) division to facilitate, lead and participate in identifying, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective impact and action toward shared goals. The Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (AD-SPKM ) reports to the Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM). The AD-SPKM is responsible for assisting the Director in leading CCSA's Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization portfolio, including the support, implementation and maintenance of CCSA's Integrated Knowledge Mobilization Framework. The AD-SPKM provides managerial support, guidance and leadership to the SPKM team, and where appropriate, provides expertise in the field of knowledge mobilization. The AD-SPKM is a member of CCSA's Operations and Directors Committees and collaborates with other colleagues within CCSA as well as external partners to support organizational priorities. Responsibilities Actively collaborates with Director, SPKM in the development and implementation of strategic directions and associated budgets for the CCSA priorities and the SPKM division. Provides strategic advice to the Director related to potential decisions regarding partnerships and knowledge mobilization. Represents the Director internally and externally, as assigned, when Director not available. Seeks strategic opportunities and creates initiatives that position CCSA to meet its objectives and enhance the impact of its work. Ensures updating and implementation of the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Framework, with a specific focus on uptake of CCSA products. Develops, implements and ensures ongoing success of KMb Plan based on the Knowledge Mobilization Framework. Identifies measurable indicators aligned with the KMb Framework including short, medium and long term goals and ensures data collection is occurring. Ensures that KBs are trained on and meet objectives of the KMb Framework. Coordinates and oversees project teams, as determined by the Director, to meet organizational priorities. Provides day-to-day mentoring and development to the Knowledge Brokers (KBs), National Priority Advisors, (NPAs), and Project Coordinators (PCs). Ensures quality control of all SPKM projects by reviewing and providing feedback on the work products (e.g., reports, proposals, presentations, etc.) and project charters prior to final approval by the Director. Coordinates the regular updates to senior leadership and Executive Office regarding the status of SPKM projects, activities and other initiatives. Participates in and contributes to the Performance Leadership Coaching and Development and work plan development processes involving SPKM team members. Assists in the hiring of KBs, NPAs and PCs. Represents CCSA on working groups and expert advisory committees. Other responsibilities as assigned. Qualifications Master's or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Science, Arts & Humanities, Health Administration, Adult Education, Nursing, or Business). Minimum of 5 years of proven experience in strategic partnerships and knowledge mobilization, and management experience with staff and projects. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Proven expertise in all aspects of Knowledge Mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, critical appraisal of evidence, product development, dissemination, exchange, management, implementation and evaluation) and partnership development and engagement. Proven abilities as a systems thinker: ability to develop understanding of systems issues, complexity theory, and partner/stakeholder engagement in substance use and addiction and/or other related fields. Demonstrated effectiveness in applying best practices in Knowledge Mobilization. Demonstrated success in leading or facilitating individual and organizational capacity development related to evidence-informed decision-making and Knowledge Mobilization. Proven ability to engage diverse audiences and build effective partnerships/collaborations between organizations representing diverse views, disciplines, and sectors. Demonstrated experience in mentoring professional development of staff. Experience and/or expertise in the field of substance use and addiction or other chronic health conditions. Proven strong analytical skills; process and results-oriented. Skill in writing documents tailored to various audiences, including plain language writing. Ability to organize/prioritize workload and take initiative. Assets Project management experience in both the public and private sectors. Experience working in or with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. Knowledge of and/or experience with concepts, approaches and practices relevant to stakeholder engagement and management. Bilingualism French and English. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. CCSA activities and products are made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views of CCSA do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a resume and covering letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.