Lead, Person Centred Perspective

University Health Network

Please note that while you may notice the UHN logo or a reference to UHN in this posting, UHN is only hosting this online application on behalf of The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership). The successful candidate will be employed by the Partnership.

Position: Lead, Person Centred Perspective

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

Status: 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

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) is the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy). Its work is guided by the Strategy, which was refreshed for 2019 to 2029 and will help drive measurable change for all Canadians affected by cancer and a future where fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life.

The Partnership works with those on the front lines of cancer care, and people living with the disease, to make system-level changes that improve all aspects of the cancer continuum from prevention, screening and diagnosis through to treatment, clinical care, palliative care and survivorship. Partners include provincial and territorial governments, cancer agencies, health organizations, health-care professionals, people living with cancer and those who care for them, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, governments and organizations.

The Partnership’s work is guided by a commitment to reducing inequities in cancer care for underserviced people in Canada such as those living in rural and remote areas, those with low income and new immigrants, and addressing First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples-specific cancer control priorities and actions, outlined in the Strategy, reflecting Canada’s commitment to reconciliation.

The Partnership is funded by Health Canada. Learn more about the impact being made by the Partnership with partners across Canada at: www.partnershipagainstcancer.ca.

The Partnership’s Cancer Control Division implements programs and initiatives that deliver on the priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. The division is comprised of program teams that specialize in all parts of the cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical care, survivorship and palliative care. The program teams work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, cancer agencies, health organizations, health-care professionals, people living with cancer and those who care for them, to drive practice and policy changes that improve the cancer experience for all people in Canada. All program teams in the division place a special focus on populations in Canada who have less access to timely and effective cancer prevention, services and care, and the teams ensure that all initiatives take action to address the unique challenges faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples affected by cancer.

Overview of Role

The Lead, Person-Centred Perspective supports the Cancer Control Division in carrying out projects and initiatives to achieve organizational priorities. Reporting to the Manager, Person-Centred Perspective, the incumbent will lead the planning and delivery of program/project objectives. As a strong team leader and highly organized professional with proficient time management skills and commitment to collaboration, 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 Accountabilities

  • Ensures effective and proactive internal and external communications in collaboration with partners and stakeholders
  • Leads efforts across the program to develop and monitor project milestones, timelines, budgets, risks and contracts to ensure programmatic objectives and outcomes are met
  • Facilitates the integration of expert advice into program/project work to further project outcomes
  • Actively supports the development of funding agreements and proactively influences direct (and indirect) partners for the achievement of sustainable outcomes
  • Supports partners in establishing project workplans and risk mitigation plans
  • Supports alignment of partner proposals and the Partnership expectations
  • Provides implementation support on pan-Canadian initiatives (e.g., Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer)
  • Supports capturing and documenting of lessons learned on projects
  • Actively manages multiple partner projects
  • Performs other project management activities as requested by Manager

General Accountabilities

  • Supports the Manager in program planning, including the development of the annual work plan and budget, long term plans, and determining the outcomes of projects/programs
  • Works closely with others to contribute content expertise to project opportunity assessments and project plans, and ensures alignment with the Partnership’s goals and priorities
  • Prepares and maintains comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date project management materials/documents and program management artefacts.
  • Builds positive relationships and work with both internal and external partners and stakeholders to accomplish project objectives
  • Contributes to strategic and operational planning
  • Collaborates with staff at all levels to ensure coordination and alignment
  • Provides support for other administrative duties as required
  • Prepares and presents content and/or represents the Person-Centred Perspective team at meetings, both internal and external, and other forums as directed.


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, prioritizes 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

  • Master’s Degree in Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Services Research or other

relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience, preferably in the non-profit or healthcare sector.
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams,
  • OneDrive)
  • Education or experience with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset
  • Previous experience leading program oversight and contract management
  • Cancer-specific knowledge and experience is an asset
  • Proficient in Project Management skills including planning, implementation and evaluation
  • e.g., PMP designation is an asset
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset


May 20, 2022

Please upload your resume and cover letter combined in one file explaining your interest in the position when completing this application.

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

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an organization committed to ensuring accessible services and communications to individuals with disabilities. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please call 416-915-9222 or email us at [email protected]

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