Specialist, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Control


This position is part of the Strategy Division.  This division oversees and integrates Strategy Development and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Engagement and Outreach, Digital Innovation, and Corporate Communications to drive the Partnership’s work, increase our ability to achieve our key goals and outcomes, and to enhance collaboration with our partners. The responsibilities of this Division also include advancing progress of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis strategy through active engagement and involvement with partners and stakeholders.

Reporting to the Manager, Strategy and Programs, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Strategy, the Specialist will provide direct support and leadership to partners in eastern Canada. This includes monitoring activities related to the strategic advancement of funded initiatives, organizing key partner meetings, supporting partners in delivery of their work plans that align with the funding agreements and identifying opportunities to scale up and spread existing work.  In addition, the position will work collaboratively with internal colleagues to support the objective of embedding the First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer strategy across program work.

Mandate-specific accountabilities

  • Support partnership development and engagement and maintain strong partner relations
  • Work with partners to identify shared priorities that align with the Partnership’s goals and support the Partnership’s strategic priorities; monitoring partners’ priorities, strategic plans and activities to identify opportunities for collaboration and co-created plans
  • Identify, forecast and assess provincial/territorial, national and international trends and advancements in cancer control; determine implications for the Partnership, First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, and shared priorities
  • Work across the Partnership to identify opportunities for linkages between First Nations, Inuit and Métis partner priorities and new or existing work at the Partnership Identify areas of intersection and/or synergies between the Partnership and key external partners, and drive the strategic action needed to integrate these into the Partnership’s work
  • Contribute to organization-wide initiatives to foster integration, high performance, and program effectiveness and impact, and achievement of outcomes and goals
  • Remain informed of program content, status, updates, and findings, and act as a source of substantive information to internal and external partners
  • Develop trusted relationships with key decision makers at all levels and across all teams in the organization

Essential skills and attributes

  • Excellent knowledge of federal, provincial, and/or territorial health policies, governments, political structures and processes; understanding of jurisdictional challenges and differences between regional cancer systems and within First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Care Systems
  • Excellent knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis governments and organizations, and demonstrated experience working with indigenous partners and stakeholders
  • Experience in strategy and policy development, and in research and analysis
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders at national, provincial and/or territorial levels
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, with experience leading projects through all facets of the project management life cycle
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both official languages an asset
  • Self-starter who demonstrates adaptability and flexibility
  • Knowledge and experience working with social media and web-based tools and technology an asset
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products

Experience and education

  • Master’s degree in Health Administration, Health Policy or related field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience planning and implementing projects with stakeholders

Apply now

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter combined in one file in Word or PDF format to:

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Details

Reports to:

Manager, Strategy and Programs, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Strategy


Toronto or East Coast

Employment category:

Job level:


Posting date:

May 28, 2019

Closing date:

July 4, 2019


Full-time until end of March 2022