Program Manager, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer 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 CPAC’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 CPAC 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.

The Program Manager, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Strategy supports the Strategic Partnerships Division in carrying out projects and initiatives to achieve organizational priorities.  Reporting to the Manager, the incumbent coordinates and provides support to deliver on 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 CPAC’s overall vision to reduce the burden of cancer.

There are two positions available.

Core responsibilities and activities


  • Provides direct support and leadership to partners with respect to advancing CPAC’s funded initiatives,
  • Collaborates with funded partners to ensure delivery against the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control outcomes
  • Actively engages funded partners to drive shared priorities that align with CPAC’s goals and support the strategic priorities, and monitors partners’ progress against workplans and commitments for CPAC’s outcomes
  • Directly engages with funded partners to support delivery of the work against the funding agreement and work plans, including assessing the status of work and co-creating resolutions to challenges to ensure continued progress
  • Works closely with CPAC’s regional leads to directly contribute to the development of strategies in support of the delivery of work aligned to strategic outcomes and/or new initiatives. Ensures that the First Nations, Inuit and Métis  priorities are captured in all projects/programs
  • Works internally across CPAC to ensure coordinated response to the identified self determined priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners
  • Works closely with others to share information in a timely manner to ensure financial matters are managed
  • Actively identifies, forecasts, and assesses provincial/territorial, national, and international trends and advancements in cancer control, determines implications for Partnership, First Nations, Inuit And Métis  partners, and shared priorities
  • Collaborates across CPAC to identify opportunities for linkages between First Nations, Inuit And Métis  partner priorities and new or existing work at CPAC
  • Identifies areas of intersection and/or synergies between CPAC and key external partners, and drives the strategic action needed to integrate these into CPAC’s work
  • Contributes to organization-wide initiatives to foster integration, high performance, program effectiveness, and impact toward the achievement of outcomes and goals
  • Maintains knowledge of program content, status, updates, and findings
  • Acts as a source of substantive information to internal and external partners
  • Builds and develops trusted relationships with key decision makers at all levels and across all teams in the organization
  • Assists the Director, and division teams, as required
  • Performs other duties and ad hoc projects as required


The Partnership  has core competencies which describe the behaviours we expect to be exhibited by staff. While the role overview and accountabilities describe what the successful incumbent will do, the competencies describe how we expect them to do it.  The competencies are a key element to how CPAC measures performance. There are five universal competencies which need to be exhibited by all staff.

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 and qualifications

  • University Undergraduate Degree in Health Administration, Health Policy, or other relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience, preferably in the non-profit or healthcare sector
  • Education and/or experience with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is a requirement
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive)
  • Proficient in Project Management, e.g. PMP designation would be an asset
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset
  • Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates, please self-identify in your cover letter. We will hold this information in the strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.

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, First Nations, Inuit, & Métis Cancer Strategy


Downtown Toronto (work from home until the expected return to the office in 2022)

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:

June 24, 2022

Closing date:

July 8, 2022