Specialist, System Performance


The Cancer Systems and Innovation Division supports initiatives to improve equitable access, to better experiences and outcomes, and to advance reconciliation throughout Canada’s cancer system. The division enables system change with data, research, innovation, and modelling. Work of the division is primarily accomplished through partnerships across Canada to implement evidence-informed and co-developed solutions, encompassing everything from prevention and screening to diagnosis and clinical care through to palliative care and survivorship.

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 storytelling, data visualization, messaging, dissemination, and communication. The Specialist will also be responsible, 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 and activities

  • Holds accountability for the development of system performance content, from planning, researching, writing, and mobilizing knowledge, to inform 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.
  • Collaborates with program teams and partners to incorporate an equity lens to the work, as well as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis perspectives.
  • Identifies new partnership opportunities to advance equity measurement and reporting in Canada and maintains strong relationships with these partners.
  • Enhances the Partnership’s digital storytelling approach, using quantitative and qualitative information, patient and provider experiences, and data visualizations.
  • Develops reports, infographics, presentations, and other knowledge mobilization products to drive system change.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 practice, 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

  • Inclusion: Contributes to a work environment where all people feel safe, have a sense of belonging, feel valued for their differences, and are empowered to participate and contribute freely.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork- Works well with others both internally and externally to achieve individual goals, team goals, and/or organizational goals. Understands that a combined effort leads to greater results than those achieved by individuals.
  • Organizational Awareness: Contributes by aligning actions with the organization’s goals, core functions, needs, and values. Understands how the organization functions internally and externally in the broader system.
  • Design-Thinking: Designs solutions with the end user in mind. Clearly defines problems to address the real needs. Adopts an iterative approach to designing solutions, integrating ideas or feedback generated at various stages.


  • 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 and race, ethnicity or Indigenous identify data.
  • Extensive experience in written communication and storytelling for diverse audiences (lay public,
    health system administrators, scientific community, etc.), including digital writing skills (including website content, report writing, presentation development).
  • Experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset.
  • Experience working with equity-deserving populations is an asset.
  • Aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data, synthesizing evidence.
  • Experience in health system performance measurement, including development, interpretation and application of indicators.
  • 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).
  • 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


Hybrid. The Partnership’s head office is in downtown Toronto. Candidates can work anywhere in Canada.

Employment category:

Permanent and 12 month fixed-term contract

Job level:

Level 6 salary range: $80,624 - $109,080 per year; Compensation offered will be based on an assessment of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, while ensuring internal equity.

Posting date:

June 14, 2024

Closing date:

July 17, 2024