Knowledge Exchange Specialist

Website The University of British Columbia

Job Description:

The Kx Specialist reports to the Manager, Knowledge Exchange. Knowledge Exchange Unit is part of Innovation UBC, a strategic component of the Vice-President Research & Innovation Portfolio.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages stakeholder maps, identifies key networks and strategic collaborations in priority research areas, and proactively engages with a variety of stakeholders, including community partners, practitioners and decision-makers
  • Collaborates with staff from VPRI, SPARC, Community Engagement, Government Relations teams, and Kx faculty-based hubs to provide seamless support to researchers throughout the Kx continuum
  • Maintains relationships with Kx specialists across UBC and at other research institutions and funding agencies
  • Works with contracted consultants (e.g. graphic designers, professional facilitators); develops and facilitates contracts, oversees work and deliverables
  • Ability to assess own performance and regularly report on project status.
  • Creates and manage a project management document to facilitate organized project implementation
  • Develops and manages the production of an environmental scan to identify university Kx assets, needs and gaps. Develops and manages Kx’s online repository
  • Plans, facilitates and manages consultation processes with non-academic partners to identify Kx opportunities for UBC research
  • Develop discipline appropriate content for the Kx training curriculum in preparation for the KT train-the-trainer program
  • Develops and implements activities to enable the sharing of Kx practices across university Kx
  • Collaborates with UBC Support Program to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) to provide information to researchers across disciplines on potential funding programs for Kx
  • Photography or videography skills and experience an asset.
  • Identifies opportunities to engage trainees (graduate and post-doctoral students) in Kx projects and supervises their work initiative, resourcefulness and judgment.
  • Identifies and proactively engages with researchers working in areas and questions that align with the needs and priorities of non-academic partners
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Develops, manages and implements university-wide training initiatives (workshops, tools, templates) on Kx, working closely with faculty members, experts and external partners in the Kx field
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Engages with Innovation UBC colleagues to advance common projects and to connect UBC researchers with other relevant resources VPRI portfolio

Job Requirements:

  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize assignments and take on a variety of tasks
  • Combines an ability to work independently with an intuitive sense of when consultation is appropriate or when senior leaders need to be engaged on an issue or project
  • Ability to build networks and manage relationships with internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the practice and science of knowledge exchange
  • Experience in a supporting role with researchers in developing Kx strategies is an asset
  • Impeccable oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the MS Office Suite of computer software. Experience/skill editing websites’ back end is an asset.
  • Training in research development is an asset
  • Experience facilitating groups of stakeholders
  • Experience with Kx approaches (partnerships, collaboration, dissemination)
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • Training in research development and/or knowledge exchange is an asset
  • Strong skills in developing and implementing knowledge exchange plans, activities and products
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences and work with people of diverse milieus and backgrounds with respect, tact and diplomacy

Job Details:

Company: The University of British Columbia

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Surrey, British Columbia, CA

Application Deadline: N/A

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