Reporting to the Lead, Development & Philanthropy, Foundry, the Writer, Special Projects, Foundry, provides writing and project support to Foundry

  • an initiative with the goal of providing youth and young adults with enhanced access to integrated services, thereby easing transition points for youth and their families. The Writer, Special Projects performs a variety of duties related to coordinating, writing and editing major knowledge products, manuals, guides and education material for a variety of audiences. The Writer, Special Projects works with and acts as a resource to interdisciplinary project teams, committees, working groups, including internal and external stakeholders at all levels. The Writer navigates complex healthcare and social contexts with diplomacy and achieves project goals and deliverables through effective facilitation, communication and consensus building techniques.


Ability to conduct academic literature reviews using a variety of databases (e.g., PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, etc.) and summarize findings in narrative format (e.g., manuscripts, reports, guidance documents, continuing medical education materials, etc.).

Knowledge of grant facilitation and writing, editing, assembling and submitting grant proposals to CIHR and NIDA/NIH.

Ability to interpret and communicate clinical terminology, research data and statistical language.

High level of computer literacy, including proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and reference management software (e.g., EndNote). Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.

Excellent stakeholder relation skills, including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to navigate conflicting views and perspectives.

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy.

Self-directed with strong writing, analytical, and research skills.

Ability to prioritize, multi-task and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment, and effectively manage urgent and long-term deadlines.

Ability to work and learn independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate as part of a larger team.

Familiarity with concepts related to youth mental health public health research and the social determinants of health.


Master's Degree in Health Sciences, Public Health or Science plus a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years' of recent, related experience working in a healthcare or nonprofit setting (e.g., medical writer, grant facilitator, research coordinator or project manager) including experience in project management, report writing, grant writing and communications or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional relevant training or certification is an asset (e.g., formal training in grant writing, editing, or technical writing certification; membership in a professional writing society).


Leads the research, writing, editing and approval process on a variety of writing projects, including, but not limited to: manuals and guides, toolkits, clinical care guidelines, practice tools, education courses, education and training materials, evidence reviews, policy briefs, grant proposals, stewardship and progress reports, briefing notes, project summaries, presentations, website copy, and press materials. Projects and project teams may be local, provincial, national or international in scope.

Develops project plans, tracks project progress, and monitors and reports to the project lead and/or team on status and major issues/obstacles encountered in execution of writing projects. Makes recommendations regarding any changes to project scope, rationale for change, seeks approval and/or consensus from the project team and proceeds as needed.

Conducts literature reviews, identifies relevant research findings, and assesses quality of research findings using established methodologies. Interprets and summarizes research findings clearly and accurately, and in a format tailored for the intended audience.

Executes writing projects according to established methodologies, ensures successful and coordinated completion of projects, and ensures readiness of final product for dissemination and/or implementation.

With support from the project lead and project team, assumes a high degree of responsibility for ensuring that final products are of high quality, accurate, and compliant with local, provincial and national standards of practice, and professional codes of conduct.

Acts as a key resource and content expert to project lead(s), the project team, internal and eternal stakeholders, and the organization at large throughout the lifespan of major writing projects.

Navigates complex healthcare and social contexts and conflicting perspectives that may exist or emerge when working with interdisciplinary committees/working groups. Acts with professionalism and diplomacy.

Aids project lead(s) and project team in collaborative decision-making through effective and respectful communication, facilitation, consensus building techniques and development of decision-making aids or tools. Establishes positive working relationships with all members of the project team in order to ensure successful outcomes and cooperation.

Manages several writing projects simultaneously, each involving a distinct scope of work and project teams. Balances competing priorities and shifts tasks as needed to ensure the timely and accurate completion of all writing projects. Provides work direction to students and other designated staff as required.

Provides grant writing and facilitation support as needed. Duties may include development, assembly and submission of large-scale grant funding proposals and related documents (e.g., letters, budgets, reference lists, appendices, curricula vitae) according to specific institutional guidelines.

Provides advanced editing and writing support to the organization as needed.

Performs other related duties as required.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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