Specialist, System Performance


The Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling and innovations such as digital healthcare. This division monitors emerging health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care and informs internal partners on innovative approaches, international best practices and compelling evidence to support key partnership decision-making. The division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. This division also leads data collection, analysis and reporting to Canadians on the performance of the cancer system and the progress of the Partnership and its partners in delivering on the eight priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

Overview of role

The Specialist, System Performance is part of the team responsible for designing and developing ground-breaking knowledge products that inform critical cancer system improvements across Canada. Reporting to the Manager, System Performance the Specialist will take a lead role in developing new system performance content. This includes a particular focus on developing strategies to enhance the impact of the content including innovations in story-telling, data visualization, messaging, dissemination, and communication. The Specialist will also be responsible, for working with other teams, to ensure the content reflects cultural competence and addresses the needs of at-risk and underserved populations across Canada.

Core responsibilities & activities

  • Holds accountability for the development of system performance content, from planning, researching, writing, and mobilizing knowledge, to informing cancer control decision-making
  • As content lead for assigned knowledge products coordinates the content development through collaboration with program teams, jurisdictional and system partners and expert advisors, and ensures strategic alignment to the Canadian Strategy for
  • Cancer Control and the Partnership’s business plan
  • Enhances the Partnership’s digital storytelling approach, through the use of quantitative and qualitative information, patient and provider experiences, and data visualizations
  • Develops reports, infographics, presentations and other knowledge mobilization products to drive system change
  • Collaborates with program teams and partners to incorporate an equity lens to the work, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives
  • Conducts literature reviews and environmental scans, in support of cancer system performance analysis and reporting, and contributes to the synthesis of results
  • Leads the development of new indicators or revision of existing indicators. This is done in consultation with experts and partners both within and outside the Partnership
  • Supports the development of data specifications, in collaboration with the Analytics team, to support the cancer agencies and other partners in interpreting specifications and submitting information
  • Designs surveys and other information-gathering tools, collects and interprets results, prepares analysis plans, and presents a synthesis of results
  • Works cross-functionally on projects and initiatives at the Partnership, providing measurement and reporting advice, as well as coordinating content development, writing and contributing to data analysis activities.
  • Builds strong and supportive working relationships with partners across the country, working with these partners to collect and report system performance data
  • Supports working groups, expert panels, and other groups supporting the System Performance work including meeting planning and scheduling, content preparation, facilitation of discussion, presentation of material, documentation of action items, and recording of minutes
  • Supports knowledge mobilization activities for System Performance work


  • As a content specialist for performance measurement keeps abreast of the latest trends, knowledge, and evidence on the topic.
  • Builds and maintains a network of expertise to gain knowledge on best practices, seeks out opportunities for advancing the Partnership’s priorities and actions
  • Prepares communication and presentation documents related to System Performance work
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners, maintaining excellent communication through written, virtual and in-person interactions
  • Assists the Director and Division as needed
  • Performs 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

  • Master’s degree in Health Administration, Health Sciences, Public Health, Business Administration, Economics, Health Informatics, or other relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience, preferably in the non-profit or healthcare sector. Training in and/or experience with health equity is an asset
  • Experience in health system performance measurement, including development, interpretation and application of indicators
  • Extensive experience in written communication and storytelling for diverse audiences (lay public, health system administrators, the scientific community, etc.), including digital writing skills (including website content, report writing, presentation development)
  • Aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data, synthesizing evidence
  • Experience in research, including conducting systematic literature reviews and environmental scans
  • Experience in information dissemination and knowledge mobilization
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive)
  • Experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset
  • Bilingual in 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, System Performance the Specialist


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:

24 month contract

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 30, 2022

Closing date:

July 15, 2022


Competition is closed; screening and interviewing is underway