Director, Knowledge Transfer & Exchange

The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts research on the causes and consequences of work-related disability. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers.

The Institute is seeking an individual for the position of:

Director, Knowledge Transfer & Exchange

The Institute for Work & Health is an acknowledged innovator in knowledge transfer methods. As a member of the Institute’s executive team, you will be responsible for our continued global leadership in this field, ensuring that our research evidence is available, understandable and usable for decision-makers. You will direct a team of communication and knowledge transfer professionals in building vibrant relations with leaders in organized labour, employer communities, health care, disability management and insurance professions, and regulatory authorities. Candidates for this position will have enthusiasm for, and appreciation of, the qualities of an applied research organization. You will have a strategic eye for the creation of evidence-based knowledge products that will improve the safety and health of workers in Ontario, matched by excellent talents in project management. You thrive in a role that demands creativity and innovation.

Duties and responsibilities

The Director, Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, will be responsible for:

  • strategic leadership of the Institute’s knowledge transfer program
  • direction of a team of knowledge transfer and communication professionals
  • leadership in maintaining and strengthening the Institute's relations with a diverse community of partners and stakeholders
  • integration of knowledge transfer principles in the design and implementation of individual research projects
  • development of new products and formats for the communication of research evidence to Ontario stakeholders
  • oversight of the editorial standards, productivity and timeliness of the Institute's communication program
  • program management, including annual planning, budget management and the assessment of strategic opportunities
  • project management duties as required
  • establishing annual achievement objectives and monitoring progress towards those objectives

Skills and experience

Qualified candidates for this position would be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • at least five to 10 years of experience in positions of progressive responsibility in research communications, knowledge management or knowledge transfer
  • very strong program management skills, including demonstrated talents in identifying and developing strategic opportunities
  • experience in the design and delivery of knowledge transfer services in an active research organization, or experience in integration of research evidence in policy development or program design
  • insight into the potential uses of information technology to improve the scale and scope of the Institute's knowledge transfer and exchange activity
  • appreciation of the success factors in a high-performing applied research environment
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • superior people skills in motivating and mentoring talented staff and well developed interpersonal skills for work with a wide range of external stakeholders
  • graduate education in a relevant research discipline would be desirable
  • program measurement and evaluation skills would be desirable
  • experience in one or more fields of professional practice within the Institute's mandate would be an asset

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted until June 29, 2017 or until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application by mail or e-mail to:

M. Cicinelli, Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9

The Institute, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research in two areas: the prevention of work-related injury and illness and the prevention and management of work disability. The Institute also has an active knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers.

The Institute for Work & Health is committed to excellent working conditions and a cooperative team environment for its employees. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.

We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted. For more information about our organization, visit our website at: The Institute for Work & Health operates with the support of the Government of Ontario.