The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) is looking for a qualified and motived individual for the position of Research and Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Opioid use and Related Harms research project in the Research and Data Management Sector. The position will work in close collaboration with the Chiefs of Ontario and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, project research team, participating First Nations communities, and various working groups involved in opioid research.  This position will offer the successful applicant a challenging and rewarding opportunity to create 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.

LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario, with opportunity to work from home virtual office.


  • Develop a knowledge translation and dissemination strategy to communicate significant findings to First Nations leadership, health care providers, and communities, to support them in interpreting findings and develop recommendations for practical application of findings to policy and practice.
  • Develop communication products which respectfully integrate First Nation knowledge, ways of knowing, stories, and lived experience, within and alongside communications tools such as infographics and other data visualization materials
  • Assist with Community Engagement in recruiting people with lived experience to form an advisory committee for the project.
  • Prepare literature reviews, research summaries, policy briefs, reports, newsletters, infographics and plain language tools for community use, presentations and other research deliverables, in collaboration with the research team.
  • Coordinate meetings for research partners and related committees, prepare minutes, agendas, and other supporting materials as needed.
  • 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.
  • Write briefing materials, reports, and memos to inform and/or request approval from the Chiefs of Ontario.
  • Consistently demonstrate courteous, cooperative, and helpful behavior to all contacts, internal and external.


  • Education: Minimum post-secondary degree in epidemiology, public health, health services research, or related field; 2 years of health-related research experience and/or a graduate degree an asset;
  • Experience with First Nations communities and organizations, knowledge and awareness of First Nations ways of learning, traditions, cultures and values;
  • Knowledge of First Nations governance, health systems, social determinants of health, and impacts of federal and provincial health policies;
  • Experience with a variety of research methods; large data sets , quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs;
  • Proficiency developing knowledge translation and research dissemination tools using a variety of office software, including MS Office, and publication software expertise (e.g. InDesign, Microsoft Publisher) to produce infographics, literature search engines, bibliographic software (e.g. Endnote) reports and other knowledge translation documents.
  • Certified in The Fundamentals of OCAP® or willing to complete certification;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills with the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and manage multiple projects, with attention to technical accuracy, and possess strong analytical skills;
  • Capacity to work from home in a virtual environment. Travel may be required.
  • The following qualifications and skills are also considered to be an asset:
    • Understanding of opioid use disorder and treatment
    • First Nation ancestry/language
    • Understanding of epidemiologic concepts and methods, and experience with administrative databases (e.g. ICES data)

Duration: December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023, on a full-time contract basis with possibility of extension based on funding availability.

Deadline:  Open until filled

Successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Send letter of application, resume, an example of a research-related writing, and  two professional references marked confidential to:

Ashley Nardella
Chiefs of Ontario