Knowledge Exchange and Mobilization Specialist, Foundry

Work Area: 
Foundry - 1045 Howe
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


Reporting to the Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Foundry the Knowledge Exchange and Mobilization Specialist, Foundry provides knowledge exchange and mobilization (KEMb) expertise to Foundry – a provincial initiative with the goal of providing youth and young adults with enhanced access to integrated services. As a member of the Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) team, the position supports the Foundry network, Foundry central office and provincial, national and international partners in the identification of knowledge needs and the translation and mobilization of evidence and expertise into policy and best practice in order to improve outcomes for youth and young adults and support implementation of integrated youth service (IYS) networks. The position will also support the development of evidence-informed knowledge products that can be used and delivered through a variety of mediums (e.g., paper-based, multimedia) and communication channels such as policies and procedures, education and training programs, online instructional services that support the delivery of integrated care for youth and young adults. The position works with multiple stakeholders internal and external to the Foundry network (e.g., youth, families, service providers, policy makers, planners, Foundry centres, etc.) to identify their IYS knowledge needs and translate these needs into deliverables. The position also plans, coordinates and implements specific KEMb projects ensuring that initiatives are aligned with organizational goals, objectives and priorities.


Demonstrated understanding of knowledge exchange and mobilization approaches (e.g., networking, product development, engagement activities, dissemination, co-production, evaluation, etc.)
Demonstrated ability to design, organize, facilitate and evaluate knowledge sharing events such as stakeholder meetings, webinars, community forums and other engagement activities.
Demonstrated success in knowledge mobilization project delivery and execution of project management methods.
Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge products such as infographics, newsletters, fact sheets, web content, lay summaries, presentations and/or video stories.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate and promote collaboration and change management, and work both independently and within a team environment.
Knowledge and understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the PHC’s signatory to the Declaration of Cultural Safety and Humility.
Ability to synthesize information from stakeholders to inform knowledge products and online learning content design, delivery and communication.
Demonstrated familiarity with use of online learning and knowledge exchange platforms.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills. Expertise in plain language writing is an asset.
Ability to identify learning and knowledge needs and develop knowledge exchange strategies, activities or products.
Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills.
Ability to prioritize, and to plan, coordinate, and organize work.
Ability to operate required equipment.
Ability to travel for meetings as necessary.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Master’s degree in health sciences, social sciences, health research, communications, policy or related field plus five (5) years’ recent, related experience in the knowledge exchange and mobilization and facilitating collaboration with a wide range of stakeholder groups or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience


Develops, plans, implements, and evaluates knowledge exchange and mobilization strategies in collaboration with the Director and other Foundry central office staff, that support the knowledge generation, management and implementation of integrated youth service best and wise practices.

Working with the Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) team, develops and disseminates related knowledge content, products, communications and promotional materials to support the translation of findings on evidence-based IYS best practice into shareable knowledge products (i.e., Learning Management System, website content, social media, reports, policy briefs, and plain language summaries).

Works with the Director and the KTE team to develop and implement a capacity building and knowledge exchange program (i.e., learning centre) to support the delivery and implementation of evidence-based and wise practices for IYS for the Foundry network and provincial, national and international audiences including policy makers, planners, clinicians, peer support workers, youth and families, etc.

Works with Director to develop and implement the Federation of Integrated Youth Services Networks, a national association of existing, emerging, or proposed networks of integrated youth service centres/hubs developed in Canadian provinces or territories. Leads the coordination of meetings for the Federation and other KE events, consultations, meetings, conferences or symposiums either in person or web-based, prepares materials, leads and facilitates discussions and workshops and/or arranges speakers.

Develops and maintains long-term relationships with key partners internal and external to Foundry to strengthen connections, identify information needs, share information, and create opportunities for partnership by building alliances with partners, broadening reach and engaging new audiences, and identifying common interests and needs through sustained connection and engagement processes.

Liaises with stakeholders and experts internally and externally to identify and meet knowledge/information needs. Works to incorporate knowledge needs into processes for the generation of new knowledge alongside Foundry research, evaluation and policy teams and incorporate into policies, procedures, guidelines, reference materials, learning materials and other knowledge products.

In collaboration with the Director and other Foundry staff, identifies and develops indicators to monitor and evaluate uptake and integration of new knowledge for intended audiences, compiles information and advises on adaptation and further development of the capacity building and knowledge exchange program. Recommends, develops and implements improvements to KT and KEMb strategies.

Plans, coordinates and implements special projects as required. Supports Foundry leaders and teams in the identification of knowledge need, generation of new knowledge and opportunities for knowledge sharing and implementation to support improved IYS practice and care. Consults regularly with Foundry centres and Foundry central office leaders regarding progress and outcomes.

Provides facilitation, coordination and/or support as required to organizational committees, improvement groups and operational/implementation groups.

Track, monitor, analyze and report on KT and KEMb activities to Foundry centre teams, Leads, Directors and other stakeholders as required to support program improvement and decision-making.

Performs other related duties as required.