Senior Policy Lead

  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • Aug 21, 2018
Full time Policy Analyst

Job Description

Join CFHI as a Senior Policy Lead!

Are you passionate about healthcare improvement in Canada? Are you highly self-motivated with a commitment to continuous improvement? Do you enjoy working in a dynamic team?

If this sounds like you, join CFHI and let’s make change happen!  Based in Ottawa, CFHI is a federally funded not-for-profit organization that identifies proven healthcare innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with staff and external stakeholders to improve health and care for all Canadians.

CFHI is seeking a full-time permanent Senior Policy Lead to join our dynamic team!

As a key member of the Corporate Strategy and Development team, the Senior Policy Lead participates in the development of and is accountable for implementing activities and processes aimed at identifying and analyzing health system policy issues; federal and provincial/territorial health priorities; innovations in health services and care; and potential partnerships for CFHI program planning and delivery. Additionally, the Senior Policy Lead is accountable for the development and implementation of activities related to stakeholder engagement and selection of programs. Major program activities and deliverables include:  

  • Scoping, scanning and identification of policy relevant healthcare and health system issues and priorities 
  • Proactive scanning and scouting of promising healthcare delivery innovations (and innovators), including organizing open calls 
  • Implementing processes to systematically gather input from CFHI stakeholders to inform programming 
  • Preliminary assessment of proposed programs against criteria 
  • Contributing to the development of programming 
  • Commissioning of policy research and analysis  
  • Identification of potential partners for specific programs, and  
  • Organizing external events, such as roundtables, in-person exchanges, focus groups and deliberative dialogues that bring together patients and families, care providers, and policy- and decision-makers in healthcare and other relevant sectors around priority topics.   

Are you the right person for the job?

If you have the following experience and skills required to succeed in this role, we want to hear from you!

  • Relevant Master’s degree in health policy or a combination of experience and education.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ progressive experience in health services and policy research, including at least three (3) years in a supervisory/management role, preferably in a healthcare delivery organization or a not-for-profit organization.
  • Bilingual in French and English is mandatory (English and French communication at Advanced, “C” level).
  • Familiarity with professional associations and not-for-profit organizations in the healthcare field is an asset.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, particularly as it relates to summarizing multiple and complex sources of information, so they are useful for CFHI decision-making, healthcare managers and policymakers. 
  • Advanced competencies in analysis, issues management, system-wide thinking, finance, and human resources management skills.
  • Understanding or willingness to learn quality improvement approaches and methodologies.
  • Ability to develop, construct and implement strategic plans in the health sector.
  • Ability to analyse influences on policy from multiple actors.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of key health topics and innovations of international importance.
  • Understanding of techniques of health financing, low-cost planning and public-private partnerships.
  • Ability to access and understand multiple sources of data, research and grey literature, produced by data organizations and those devoted to systematic reviews.
  • Complex problem-solving skills requiring probing for information to determine the nature of the problem; developing unique solutions; comprehension of highly complex material. 
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including experience developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and networks of significant numbers of stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory skills and commitment to objectives consistent with CFHI’s core values. 
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to large and small audiences.
  • Ability to work well in a small, dynamic and highly motivated team.
  • Ability to develop knowledge in different content areas.
  • Advanced computer and software skills including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, electronic mail, databases and calendaring. 

Tell us your story.

We want to know how you think you can add to CFHI’s work and help shape our vision of better health and care for all Canadians. Send a cover letter and your résumé to CFHI’s Human Resources team at no later than September 23rd, 2018.

CFHI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of Employment Equity. We encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Job Category

Policy Advisor


Ottawa, ON