October 7, 2020

Job Opportunity - Knowledge Translation Sr. Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society

Acting as a resource to internal and external partners, the Knowledge Translation Sr. Specialist helps ensure that cancer prevention and survivorship research evidence is adapted, transferred and exchanged in a way that best meets the needs of a variety of audiences, including donors, researchers, clinicians, health system administrators, policy makers, CCS staff and people living with cancer. This is a new role that is key to the mandate of the Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support (CCPS), an exciting initiative launching in early 2021, with a vision to be a national hub of research and innovation for cancer prevention and survivorship that accelerates research into action and drives progressive system change, ultimately improving health outcomes for all Canadians. 

An expert in stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation (KT) and evaluation strategies, the Sr. Specialist will lead knowledge syntheses of research findings, development of stakeholder engagement and dissemination plans as well as the creation and evaluation of a variety of knowledge products. Working closely with a small team of passionate knowledge mobilizers, the Specialist will also play a role in increasing awareness of CCPS by developing new, and nurturing existing, relationships with cancer prevention and survivorship researchers and implementation partners, both in BC and across the country.


  • Monitors research and other sources of evidence and information (e.g., academic publications, grey literature, program evaluations) in cancer prevention, support and survivorship, prepares literature reviews and synthesizes research findings relevant to the work of the Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support for internal and external audiences
  • Independently identifies emerging issues in cancer prevention, support and survivorship from a range of sources, assesses implications, analyzes gaps and summarizes recommendations for piloting programs, in collaboration with partners. Prepares reports, briefings, and presentations on these findings.
  • Translates and adapts research findings into a diverse range of audience-friendly knowledge products (e.g. website pages, eNewsletters, social media posts, video transcripts, slide deck presentations, infographics, blog posts, discussion guides, speaking notes, etc.).
  • Monitors best practices in KT and advises on effective methods to improve the use of research evidence by system and policy decision makers as well as community organizations
  • Leads development of dissemination plans for internal CCS projects and supports overall KT plan development of research teams affiliated with CCPS
  • Contributes to the development of the CCPS’ KT plans to drive increased awareness and supports tactical implementation and evaluation
  • Builds and nurtures relationships and liaises amongst content experts in cancer prevention and support programs/policy and related research to promote collaborative efforts in moving research into policy and practice
  • Works with digital strategist to implement online cancer prevention and survivorship communities and drives engagement through creating online posts and moderating discussions
  • Delivers presentations on evidence related to cancer prevention, support and survivorship either in person or through 
  • Independently manages assigned projects, proactively anticipates and mitigates risks and exercises judgment in bringing sensitive or challenging issues to management
  • Develops and oversees work plans and project plans; provides input into planning process and oversees budgets as required.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • University Degree at the Master’s level in a related field such as health science, health policy, public policy, health systems management, political or social science or an acceptable combination of education and experience
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of recent, related experience in knowledge exchange, knowledge translation or research coordination
  • Recent and relevant experience in project management
  • Experience conducting health research and program evaluations
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft office software such as Microsoft Project, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams and SharePoint
  • Experience with digital knowledge exchange activities is an asset
  • Previous experience in healthcare and/or academic setting is an asset
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and prepare knowledge syntheses 
  • In depth understanding of research methodologies and evaluation methods
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for both print and digital media, including plain language writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of cancer control with a focus on cancer prevention and survivorship
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a remote team environment

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations by October 18, 2020. Apply Here