Lead, Strategy


The Strategic Partnerships Division leads engagement of partners in Canada’s health system and broader cancer community who are key to implementing practice and policy changes that deliver on the priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. The division works with the Partnership’s program teams and system partners to develop work plans, monitor progress, and regularly assess new and evolving work to ensure it aligns with the eight priorities of the Strategy. The division also leads communications activities to strategically support and profile the work of the Partnership in driving forward the priorities of the Strategy across partners, stakeholders and the public. The division also oversees a special agenda of working alongside First Nations, Inuit and Métis to drive forward People-specific priorities and actions, outlined in the Strategy, by co-developing and implementing solutions to improving cancer care for those in these communities.

Overview of role

The Lead, Strategy supports the Strategic Partnerships Division in carrying out projects and initiatives to achieve organizational priorities. Reporting to the Manager, Strategy the incumbent leads the delivery of program/project objectives. As a highly organized professional with strong time management skills, this position delivers on the tasks of the job while contributing to the Partnership’s overall vision to reduce the burden of cancer on all Canadians.

Core responsibilities & activities

Program specific responsibilities

  • Ensures strategic alignment and integration of the Partnership’s work and supports the implementation of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control throughout the planning, management and delivery of the Partnership’s work. This includes focusing on outcomes to maximize the value and relevance of funded work across the cancer system
  • In alignment with the Integrated Planning Framework, provides input into development of key organizational planning processes such as the 5-year business plan and annual corporate plan
  • Leads the development of strategic recommendations that guide project delivery by considering a variety of information sources, best practices, approaches, and viewpoints while bringing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens
  • Develops and implements strategic frameworks to guide decision-making (e.g. business drivers, prioritization framework, readiness assessment and sustainability frameworks and tools, SWOT assessments, etc.)
  • Leads programs through project initiation and opportunity assessments to support decision-making and prioritization from an enterprise lens This includes continuous improvement of related tools and processes
  • Provides strategic advice to programs/project teams throughout the project lifecycle. This includes reviewing expressions of Interest, readiness assessments, project proposals, project evaluations, and other documents to ensure project alignment with the Partnership’s priorities, implementation best practice and other strategic integration considerations
  • Responsible for maintaining enterprise view of work, including conducting enterprise health assessments to ensure senior management is well-informed on current status of work and any enterprise level risks/mitigation options
  • In collaboration with the Performance team, contributes to organizational performance measurement strategies
  • Facilitates connections and discussions among cross-functional teams to identify gaps or overlaps related to the Partnership’s delivery of its priorities and commitments
  • Develops contract and agreement documentation related to projects and internal priorities

General responsibilities

  • Acts as primary contact and source of information for internal and external stakeholders regarding program/project content, status, and findings.
  • Prepares and presents content and/or represents the Strategy team at meetings, both internal and external, and/or other forums as directed.
  • Assists the Manager with other duties and ad hoc projects as required


The Partnership’s core competencies are a key element to reviewing performance. While the duties and responsibilities of a position tell you the “what,” the competencies tell you the “how.” We have developed five universal competencies which we expect to be exhibited by all employees regardless of level or position, as well as five leadership competencies which we expect to be exhibited by staff in people management positions.

Universal competencies

  • Inclusive – values diversity and applies an equity lens; consciously thinks about who needs to be included
  • Agile – is constantly adapting to partners, priorities and outcomes; is committed to continuous learning and improvement; promotes new ways of doing things
  • Collaborative – partners and builds strong relationships; works effectively with team members, focusing on delivering individual contributions to meet collective outcomes
  • Outcomes-focused – focuses on the ultimate impact, priorities work with a focus on underserved groups
  • Systems-thinking – connects the dots between their work and the broader system, has political acuity

Experience & qualifications

  • University Undergraduate Degree in Public Health, Business Administration, or other relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience, preferably in the non-profit or healthcare sector. Additional experience with organizational strategy development, implementation science or business planning is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams)
  • Proficiency in MS Project is an asset
  • Proficiency in Project Management, e.g., PMP designation is an asset
  • Education or experience with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset

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. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.

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

Position Details

Reports to:

Manager, Strategy


Hybrid/Remote. The Partnership’s head office is in downtown Toronto. Candidates can work anywhere in Canada with the expectation to travel to the head office on occasion.

Employment category:


Job level:

Level 6 salary range: $77,523- $104,885; Compensation offered will be based on an assessment of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, competencies and experience, while ensuring internal equity.

Posting date:

September 1, 2022

Closing date:

September 7, 2022