Knowledge Exchange & Network Engagement Lead – Fife House Foundation – OHRN

Toronto, ON

$62,720 – $72,080 a year

Organization: Fife House Foundation Inc.

Program: Ontario Harm Reduction Network

Position: Knowledge Exchange & Network Engagement Lead

Reports to: Director

Location: Fife House Head Office, Toronto

Salary range: $62,720 – $72,080

Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN)

OHRN is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is a program of Fife House.


People who use drugs are treated with dignity and respect, free of judgment, and receive effective care and support when accessing services across Ontario.


To enhance the capacity of service providers and organizations to effectively serve people who use drugs by providing training, education and networking opportunities.

OHRN is a knowledge hub in harm reduction and chairs two provincial sub-networks.

(1) The Outreach Network (TON)

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (AIDS Bureau) funded harm reduction positions

  • Harm reduction workers (TON-W)
  • Program managers (TON-M)

(2) Public Health Units – Harm Reduction Community of Practice (PHU-CoP)

Public Health Unit naloxone and drug strategy leads


This position takes the lead in supporting the sub-networks and in the development and curation of resources to further OHRN’s educational and capacity building objectives. By collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to assess new developments, you will determine appropriate knowledge exchange priorities, opportunities and resources for making information relevant to OHRN’s audiences.


  • Liaise with, and foster strong connections to, harm reduction workers in sub-networks
  • Lead the flow of information and consistent communication to, from and between members of the sub-networks
  • Conduct needs assessments, analysis of data, identification of trends or issues, and provide recommendations to address issues
  • Identify capacity-building opportunities targeting harm reduction workers (e.g., knowledge translation/exchange, and skills development)
  • Develop tools and resources to support educational and capacity building efforts
  • Fosters relationships with people who use drugs for involvement in the development and delivery of online and in-person training, videos, and other educational resources
  • Facilitation of online and in-person meeting and webinars
  • Assistance with program planning, administration, reporting and evaluation
  • Keep up-to-date about socio-political factors and technical knowledge that impact harm reduction work at the local, regional and provincial levels


  • Experience building relationships with individuals and stakeholders at local, regional, and provincial levels to inform or implement projects
  • In-depth knowledge of drug use issues, resources and services at the local, regional and provincial levels within Ontario
  • Minimum 3-4 years of health promotion experience in community based organizations
  • Demonstrated ability in designing and facilitating in-person and online meetings, public speaking and workshop facilitation, with a consideration of adult learning principles
  • Experience in the development of knowledge resources such as webinars, videos and facts sheets
  • Skilled at identifying, interpreting and synthesizing information
  • Good writing, editing and communication skills for explaining complex material to diverse audiences, with attention to detail and consistency
  • Deep understanding of, commitment to, and involvement within, a harm reduction framework
  • Awareness of, and experience with, the intersections of social and cultural determinants of health
  • Ability to be tactful and sensitive to confidential matters
  • Able to work independently and flexibly as a member of a small team
  • Solid computer skills and unafraid of new technology or platforms
  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence


  • You will be part of a small team of friendly, open-minded, and dedicated colleagues
  • Based in Toronto, you will be expected to spend time in the office; traditional office hours will be required but occasionally some work can be done outside those times
  • We operate in a Windows-based computer environment
  • Some exposure to Fife House clients/resident members in distress or crisis
  • Ability to occasionally travel on planes, drive long distances, be away from home for up to 2-3 days at a time and carry equipment (laptops, projectors, print resources)


Please upload a single pdf document that includes a one page cover letter, expressing your interest in the position, and an up-to-date summary of experiences and qualifications. Please name the file ‘OHRN_KENELead_Firstname_Lastname’.

Please apply no later than 5:00pm, August 30, 2019.

Fife House/OHRN are committed to employment equity and encourage applications from people who currently use substances or have a history of substance use, people with culturally diverse backgrounds, members of the LGBTIQ2S+ communities, people living with HIV/HCV, or people who have experience with sex work, incarceration and housing insecurity. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Fife is committed to providing accommodations throughout all parts of the hiring process – please let us know if you require any.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $62,720.00 to $72,080.00 /year

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