Chronic Pain Network Engagement Lead

Are you passionate about social mission organizations? Do you have a background in patient or community engagement? Do you have an interest or experience in supporting people who live with chronic pain? This might be the job for you.

About you

You understand people and are passionate about making a difference working collaboratively with others. You've got experience supporting the involvement of people with lived experience of chronic health conditions and/or disabilities in research and in mobilizing the knowledge generated by it. You have excellent presentation, communication and organizational skills, being both process-oriented and results-driven. You understand and apply an anti-oppression, equity-seeking orientation in all aspects of your work.

You are at ease working in partnership with people from a wide range of backgrounds, lived experiences, and social contexts. You're also right at home collaborating with health care providers and researchers, bridging these different contexts and cultures. You are well organized, have experience supporting Working Groups and other Committees with planning and follow up. You're able to spot opportunity and move forward on executing ideas.

The position is full time for four years (potential for extension) through a contribution to Pain BC from the Chronic Pain Network (CPN). The CPN is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The CPN has several intersecting goals including moving research knowledge into action, training and mentoring of health professions and researchers and informing policy change; all of these goals will depend on engagement of people with lived experience. You can learn more about the CPN here.

About the role

This role will be responsible for recruiting people who live with pain to engage with the CPN and its initiatives, supporting them through their involvement, and participating in the evaluation of the engagement work. The role will convene and facilitate Working Groups and co-design opportunities for engagement in the mobilization of research knowledge into practice, policy and other applied contexts.

The work will be done under the umbrella of the Pain Canada Action Network, a new, national multi-stakeholder initiative supported by Pain BC. The Engagement Lead works collaboratively with members of the CPN and its partners, as well as Pain Canada and Pain BC teams. The interim reporting relationship will be to the Executive Director of Pain BC.

The role's specific tasks will evolve, being shaped by the opportunities and priorities of the CPN and the network's partners and members, including those with lived experience. Overall accountabilities include:

  • Recruit people living with pain (PLWP) from diverse communities across Canada to participate in CPN Committees, Working Groups and other mechanisms for engagement; co-design and provide orientation and ongoing coordination support to members
  • Co-Chair the Lived Experience Working Group of the CPN, including co-design of agendas, co-facilitation of meetings and follow up on action items
  • Participate, as needed, on other CPN Committees and Working Groups, in order to advance meaningful engagement of PLWP across the Network
  • Mentor PLWP in the CPN and support co-mentoring among network members,
  • Co-develop and implement plans to facilitate the engagement of network members to participate in mobilizing the knowledge from pain research into practice, education and policy
  • Build capacity among researchers, policy makers and health care professionals, including advising on engagement resources, developing or sharing tools, developing and/or delivering training

What you bring

  • Education, training, and experience that may include community development, outreach in a social purpose context, "patient engagement" in research or equivalent
  • Confidence with convening, facilitating and coordinating groups
  • Initiative on follow up and ability to spot opportunities for action
  • Experience in anti-oppression, decolonization, anti-racism and other rights-based frameworks and their relevance for research and knowledge mobilization
  • Tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
  • 7+ years’ recent related experience
  • Lived experience with chronic health conditions and equity-seeking communities is considered an asset to this role
  • Proficiency with a virtual working environment (slack, zoom) and the MS Office suite

Core competencies

  • Critical thinker with a strong bias for engagement and co-creation
  • Demonstrated skills in engaging people with lived experience as essential partners in research, health professional education, system design and policy advocacy
  • A clear understanding of the connection between engagement, knowledge mobilization and health outcomes
  • Self-awareness and emotional maturity - ability to maintain composure under pressure, balance multiple competing priorities and navigate difficult conversations
  • Service orientation - focuses on the experiences of people with lived experience, partners and other stakeholders in their interactions with Pain Canada
  • Takes a collaborative approach to solving problems and making decisions
  • Effectively informs and influences where needed
  • Excellent communicator in both written and oral forms (with bilingualism in English and French an asset)

Salary, hours and location of work

This is a full-time, work-from-home position (37.5 hours a week) with flexible hours given that the role will be interacting with partners and PLWP across multiple time zones. Infrequent interprovincial travel may be required. The initial salary for this position ranges from $60,000 to $75,000 with a competitive benefits package including four weeks of paid vacation, health and dental coverage with a flexible health spending account, a remote-work stipend and an employer-provided RRSP match.

While this role will work on the CPN and under the Pain Canada banner, the successful candidate will be employed by Pain BC. Pain BC is committed to the principles and practices of an inclusive and equitable employer. We encourage applicants from communities which are structurally marginalized based on race, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

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