University of Alberta

Program Coordinator- Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100837699
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research. We also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children’s Hospital to provide leading edge clinical care. We are dedicated to the advancement of child health through the delivery of exemplary education, research, and patient care. Further information on the Department of Pediatrics can be found at

The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) operates with the mandate to support and foster the development of evidence­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses aimed at high priority issues in health, advancing the methods of conducting RCTs, evidence syntheses, providing training and mentoring to health professionals, trainees and students and conducting knowledge translation activities to help inform clinical and policy decisions.

ARCHE is looking for an individual to work with the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Knowledge Translation (KT) Platform. The major roles and responsibilities of the position will encompass managing the KT Platform’s program of stakeholder engagement, including collaborative research projects, and the Platform’s communications activities.  The successful candidate is responsible for identifying and stewarding multiple partner and stakeholder relationships. The person in this role will assist with defining and implementing new engagement practices and approaches to ensure the success of all initiatives including ongoing research projects. The Program Coordinator develops approaches to engagement, collaboration, and innovation to create improved value for the Platform and its stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Managing all activities of the KT Alberta Community of Practice.  This will require excellent ability to communicate, work collaboratively, and maintain momentum and enthusiasm in the face of ambiguity and shifting timelines.  This includes:

  • Developing and maintaining professional relationships between self and stakeholder organizations, policy/decision makers, researchers, care providers and networks by: linking decision makers, researchers, and care providers with each other so that they are able to better understand each other’s goals and professional cultures; identifying/responding to opportunities for assembling groups to engage in topic-specific issues;
  • Leading the planning of community-building events in consultation with the Platform Lead, Assistant Director, other platform staff and community stakeholders;
  • Coordinating networks within the KT Alberta community, organized around specific interests;
  • Advising on the development of the platform’s business and strategic plans and assistance with reporting;
  • Designing and implementing mechanisms for evaluating the platform’s work.

2. Coordinating communications support for KT Platform activities.  This will require excellent communication and writing skills for a variety of media and audiences. This includes:

  • Managing the communications support for clients of the KT Platform’s consultation services: providing advice on plain-language writing, graphic design, maintaining a roster of consultants, etc.; liaising with stakeholders to identify and implement measurable, evidence-based KT interventions; preparing a multitude of customized documents and materials in support of KT activities; designing and facilitating stakeholder consultation sessions to share KT tools/products and seek stakeholder input to shape effective KT media strategies;
  • Managing the social media presence, blog and other communication materials.

3. Coordinating high-level, complex research activities and analysis specific to knowledge translation.  This coordination will require a high degree of knowledge about the science involved in this work as well as highly developed abilities in management and communication.  This work includes:

  • Setting objectives and timelines for each project;
  • Determining which resources are needed and drawing on the knowledge of clinical and methodological experts;
  • Overseeing operations and quality of work regarding all areas of research project execution;
  • Supervising research team of article retrieval personnel, research assistants, project coordinators, librarian and statistician.

4. In addition to coordinating the platform’s stakeholder engagement and communications stream of work, the incumbent will be required to independently carry out scholarly work, including:

  • Writing research papers, preparing presentations and publications;
  • Presenting analytical research at seminars, stakeholder meetings, and conferences;
  • Applying for research funding as a co-applicant only.

5. Other related duties as required


  • PhD preferred; minimum of a Master’s degree with 3 to 5 years of health research experience;
  • Experience with the principles of knowledge translation and implementation, and building and maintaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders to achieve common goals;
  • Experience in a complex working environment dealing with multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for a variety of media (print, web, video, advertising) and audiences;
  • Experience with independently coordinating complex communication strategies;
  • Experience with independently coordinating large research projects, including proposal preparations, project coordination, and ability in writing and editing scientific manuscripts;
  • Strong leadership skills and management skills to lead projects and people;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an environment characterized by ambiguity, shifting timelines and priorities, and multiple projects underway simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated excellent skills in oral and written communication;
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills and proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.  Attention to the accuracy of grammar, spelling and punctuation is imperative;
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to meet project deadlines;
  • Skilled in facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and problem solving.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full-time grant funded position has a one year appointment with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits, and an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888 per annum, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications will be considered as of December 17, 2018, however the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Compose a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the AbSPORU KT Platform’s mandate to support and foster the development of evidence ­informed practice and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your curriculum vitae. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.