Knowledge Mobilization Specialist (The Water Institute)

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, ON, CA


Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change is a University of Saskatchewan-led research program that is funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Excellence Research Fund. The Global Water Futures (GWF) program will transform the way communities, governments and industries in Canada, and other cold regions of the world, prepare for and manage increasing water-related threats. A fundamental component of the GWF program is an active, state-of-the-art program of knowledge mobilization (KM) for the benefit of society, the environment, and the economy. Defining research needs with users, and the engagement and communication with stakeholders throughout the research process, is a defining characteristic of the GWF program.

The KM Specialist will support and report to the GWF KM Core Team member from the University of Waterloo. The KM Specialist will be responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on KM activities on a day-today basis with primary responsibility for GWF-related activities, and with secondary responsibility for home university water-related KM activities.



  • Knowledge Management Strategy Development and Implementation
  • ​Knowledge Transfer and Communications
  • ​Networking and Relationship Management
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Reporting and Administration


  • Bachelor’s Degree with particular relevance to knowledge mobilization, or equivalent experience is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred
  • Background in the water or environment sector would be considered an asset
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a position where knowledge mobilization was a key functional role
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse stakeholders across multiple disciplines
  • Knowledge mobilization experience in the university sector would be considered an asset
  • Familiarity with modeling as a tool for knowledge co-production would be considered an asset
  • Strong theoretical and practical understanding of knowledge mobilization approaches and methods
  • Understanding of opportunities and challenges associated with mobilizing knowledge between, and among, researchers and knowledge user groups
  • Understanding of Canadian and international water issues and opportunities
  • Strong familiarity with key water knowledge user groups, and other water sector stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and listening communication skills
  • Superior writing skills, including the ability to prepare “plain language” documents
  • Refined interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to understand, integrate, translate and disseminate research outcomes undertaken in an inter- and transdisciplinary context
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills to enable assessment of complex issues and scenarios of concern to researchers, knowledge users, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently, and to work as a contributing member of a larger team
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • A positive attitude and approach to working with colleagues and a diversity of partners
  • Ability to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally is required