Our client, MENTOR Canada, the Canadian Mentoring Partnership, is a coalition of organizations that provide youth mentoring. Their work is focused in four areas: research, technology, public education and development of regional networks. Through a collective impact framework, they convene, lead and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward increasing and expanding access to quality mentoring to help every young person fulfill their potential.
MENTOR Canada is seeking a qualified and dynamic Knowledge Mobilization & Training Specialist to effectively engage its network and end users in the development and implementation of knowledge mobilization and training strategy.
The Knowledge Mobilization & Training Specialist will support the development of meaningful tools, resources and training outputs for service providers and stakeholders and will be responsible for building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders to foster new opportunities for meaningful engagement and knowledge transfer and learning across the youth mentoring community.
The incumbent will work collaboratively with the Managers of Regional Partnerships & Networks and will draw on existing bodies of knowledge or evidence from research and other sources, and works with key stakeholders to provide tailored, evidence-informed practical tools and training to facilitate desired changes in youth mentoring practice, programs or policies. Through facilitating the collaborative efforts of service providers, stakeholders and partners, this role uses effective knowledge mobilization and adult learning approaches to encourage the application of evidence/research in practice, program and policy development and implementation of quality mentoring programs.
- Lead or assist in the developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans on assigned national priorities;
- Adapting knowledge into practice and action by supporting the development of evidence-based practices, regional/local program innovations and materials for national dissemination and application;
- Work closely with MENTOR Canada colleagues to engage service providers, partners and stakeholders across Canada, and ensure they have access to MENTOR Canada products, training and services to address their needs, barriers and knowledge gaps;
- Work with MENTOR Canada colleagues to interpret and summarize research findings to form the basis of knowledge mobilization plans, products, tools and training activities to inform practice, policy and program development in the field of youth mentoring in Canada;
- Prepare and deliver effective presentations and training opportunities for stakeholders and service providers;
- Prepare concise, clearly-written reports;
- Adapt written and oral communications and training materials to meet the information needs of different audiences;
- Participate in continuous learning and peer-to-peer learning opportunities with colleagues, partners and networks to advance knowledge and competency of effective knowledge mobilization and adult learning practices in the youth mentoring field;
- Lead collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to negotiate creative, practical and relevant approaches to knowledge mobilization and training for sustainable solutions and change.
- Bilingual English–French (an asset);
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline (e.g., adult education, science, arts and humanities, health administration);
- Understanding of aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation);
- Demonstrated experience working directly with diverse stakeholders across multiple disciplines; direct experience working with youth development and adult learning is preferred;
- Excellent facilitation skills, with specific expertise and skills in effectively delivering webinars, training sessions and workshops;
- Work independently, and work as a contributing member of a larger team;
- Expertise in adult learning principles and delivering training and workshops to adult learners;
- Ability to develop or inform the development of knowledge mobilization products, such as toolkits, learning modules, using feedback from knowledge users;
- Strong organizational skills; experience multitasking and managing multiple priorities with competing deadlines;
- Enthusiastic and high-energy team player;
- Proven project management skills. Innovative and flexible thinking and ability to see projects through from conception to final implementation.