The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) is inviting applications for a contract position: Research and Knowledge Translation Specialist

LOCATION: Toronto, with the opportunity to work from a virtual office

The incumbent will work collaboratively with members from the COO and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network on a First Nations Opioid Research Study. This position will offer the successful applicant a challenging and rewarding opportunity to contribute to reports and knowledge translation materials, as well as assist in dissemination strategies for research deliverables by engaging with First Nations leadership, health care providers, and diverse external stakeholders.


  • Work in close collaboration with the Chiefs of Ontario Health Department and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, and act as a liaison between the Chiefs of Ontario, the project research team, participating First Nations communities, and various working groups involved in opioid research.
  • Develop a knowledge translation and dissemination strategy to communicate significant findings of the Opioid Research study to First Nations leadership, health care providers, communities, patients and families, to support them in interpreting findings and develop recommendations for practical application of findings to policy and practice.
  • Contribute to the development of communication products such as research summaries, policy briefs, reports, newsletters, infographics and plain language tools for community use.
  • Aid in the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts, presentations and other research deliverables, in collaboration with the research team.
  • Assist in the coordination of the COO First Nations Opioid Surveillance Steering Committee meetings and prepare minutes, agendas, and other supporting materials as needed.
  • Participate in virtual meetings as required. Travel may be required, dependent on pandemic travel restrictions.
  • Assist with project knowledge translation presentations at First Nations events, such as the annual Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum, PTO/IFN meetings, or Leadership Assemblies.
  • Build relationships with external partners and carry out stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Perform literature reviews and environmental scans as needed.
  • Write briefing materials, reports, and memos to inform and/or request approval from the Chiefs of Ontario.
  • Consistently demonstrate courteous, cooperative, and helpful behaviour to all contacts, internal and external.


  • Experience developing knowledge translation and research dissemination tools;
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and publication software expertise (e.g. InDesign, Microsoft Publisher) to produce infographics, reports and other knowledge translation documents.
  • Certified in OCAP® principles or willing to complete certification;
  • Experience, knowledge and awareness of First Nations ways of learning, traditions, cultures and values; First Nations health systems and impacts of federal and provincial health policies;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills with the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and manage multiple projects;
  • Must be trustworthy, reliable and able to maintain confidentiality;
  • Must be organized, able to work independently and as a member of a team, and dedicated to technical accuracy with strong analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Capacity to work from home in a virtual environment.
  • Additionally, the following qualifications and skills are also considered to be an asset:
    • Understanding of opioid use disorder and treatment.
    • Experience working with First Nations communities and organizations
    • First Nation language
    • Understanding of epidemiologic concepts and methods and experience with administrative databases (e.g. ICES data)


Education: Minimum post-secondary degree in epidemiology, public health, health services research, or other related field, with 2 years of health-related research experience and/or a graduate degree an asset.

Duration: January 18, 2021 – September 2021, on a part-time contract basis (0.6 FTE) with possibility of extension.

Deadline: Closed

Send letter of application, resume, an example of a research related writing,  and 2 professional references marked confidential to: Ashley Nardella, Chiefs of Ontario