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Knowledge Broker - Autism Research Centre (ARC)  

Category Research  
Req Number RES-21-00056  
Open Date 12/24/2021  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Part-time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 0.60 

Posting Close Date 02/13/2022 


Position Title: Knowledge Broker

Status: Temporary Part-time (up to 0.60 FTE)

Start Date: Immediately

End Date: February 2023

Supervisor: Evdokia Anagnostou

Program: Autism Research Center

Salary: Grade 5 ($29.96/hr to $37.55/hr)


The Autism Research Centre (ARC) is looking for a Knowledge Broker to join the POND Network team. The Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network is a large research initiative carrying out biomedical studies aimed at improving long-term outcomes of children with ASD, ADHD, OCD and ID. The primary role of the Knowledge Broker will be to support knowledge dissemination and patient engagement activities. Examples of this kind of work include managing website content and social media channels, helping to organize an annual Parent Information Day, creating lay-friendly and actionable resources to raise awareness and promote study findings as well as building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders to foster new opportunities for meaningful patient engagement across the network. This is a temporary part-time (0.5 to 0.6 FTE) 12-month contract. Opportunities for renewal are based on funding availability and performance. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, execute and evaluate knowledge dissemination and exchange plans using a range of methods
  • Manage the POND Network website content and social media presence 
  • Facilitate the design, development and execution of stakeholder engagement events including annual parent information day, meetings, and other public-facing activities
  • Develop content and knowledge products with stakeholder input to support information sharing (e.g., research lay summaries, newsletters, fact-sheets, infographics) 
  • Foster stakeholder engagement and positive working relationships with Network members and partners, including enhanced opportunities for the Patient Advisory Committee (PAC)
  • Assist Network members with knowledge dissemination activities, as needed
  • Stay abreast of best practices in knowledge exchange and patient engagement to inform activities


Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • MA/MSc in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Health/Research communications, Health Policy or a field related to pediatric rehabilitation required
  • Possess an excellent understanding of all aspects knowledge exchange (generation, synthesis, product development, dissemination, exchange, evaluation); certificate training and/or demonstrated experience in knowledge translation is an asset
  • Knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an asset
  • Experience in designing, organizing, facilitating and evaluating knowledge exchange events such as stakeholder meetings, webinars, community forums and other engagement activities
  • Experience building strong relationships with stakeholders and maintaining them over time
  • Experience developing creative knowledge products such as infographics, newsletters, fact-sheets, lay summaries, presentations and/or video stories
  • Website management and/or building experience 
  • Experience managing web content and social media accounts 
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from evidence and succinctly summarize findings in plain language
  • Ability to adapt to changes in project direction and pitch in when extra support is needed
  • Possess excellent communication skills and are positive, diplomatic and tactful when working with others
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team of diverse stakeholders
About the Organization Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth with disabilities, medical complexity, illness and injury. All of our work is guided by our strategic plan, Transformative Care, Inclusive World: Holland Bloorview 2030. The plan:

To get a glimpse as to who Holland Bloorview is, we invite you to watch the Dear Everybody, This is Holland Bloorview video. Video:

Holland Bloorview is committed to fostering a climate of inclusion, diversity, equity accessibility, and anti-racism (IDEAA). This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we seek to create an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. To help in our journey towards fully reflecting the communities we partner with, we welcome and encourage applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas within our community. Holland Bloorview is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting or 416-425-6220.  

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