Vacancy #: AP 61/2013

Knowledge Translation Officer
Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research

Term Full-Time (12 months) With possibility of renewal
(Job Group L)

Why Brock?

Our unique philosophy takes students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve this philosophy we endeavour to take our employees beyond the pursuit of just a career. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together. We encourage our employees to utilize their rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides in order to have an engaging and rewarding career. We’re one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with hundreds of millions of dollars committed to new construction and programs. We’re small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. We are looking for qualified people who will bring their expertise and dedication in support of the University’s goals and objectives.

The Opportunity

The Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research (the Centre) is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort dedicated to studying human development across the lifespan, with special strengths in childhood and adolescence. The Centre involves over 60 faculty members representing Social Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, Education, and Humanities, as well as 40 community agencies, who collaborate to investigate psychological, social, health, neurophysiological and educational aspects of life from infancy to old age.

Reporting to the Director and Associate Director, the Knowledge Translation Officer meets with community members, on and off-campus, to communicate information on the variety of research being conducted by the Centre’s members. The Knowledge Translation Officer utilizes knowledge of the Centre’s research to build and maintain research alliances between the community and the Centre. The Knowledge Translation officer will constantly engage with the Centre’s researchers to summarize research activities for a general audience, and make these summaries available to the public and other researchers.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Understanding and communicating the goals and perspectives of both researchers in the Centre, and practitioners in the community
• Expanding the Centre’s links with the community and fostering relationships based on research strengths of the Centre’s members
• Meeting with agencies in the local community, Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa area, as well as at other Universities, to build strong partnerships with the Centre
• Creating and keeping an up-to-date collective report of the Centre’s activities, to summarize research activities for a general audience
• Maintaining the Centre’s website content and promotional materials
• Researching grant opportunities for the Centre, and assisting in the development of knowledge mobilization grant applications for Centre members
• Meeting regularly with Brock’s Development Office to ensure that the Centre continues to be visible both inside and outside of Brock
• Providing administrative assistance to the Director and Associate Director of the Centre as required

The ideal candidate will have:

• A Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with a demonstrated research component and/or related experience working on research projects
• Demonstrated experience working or volunteering in community agencies that focus on lifespan development, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
• Proven ability to read and understand scientific literature, including statistical information
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills and proven ability to understand complex material and translate information for both general and specific audiences
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, reliably and take initiative
• Superior public relations skills and ability to develop and maintain promotional materials
• Strong computer proficiency including: website maintenance/content management, Microsoft Office and presentation software
• Strong organization skills and the proven ability to prioritize multiple projects, work flow and timelines
• Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle

Notes / To Apply :

This position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver. Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, and where available, examples of writing that demonstrate the skills as described above by applying online below. Resumes will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.
We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.
*The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by examining related skills, experience, budgetary restrictions and both internal and external equity comparators.