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Senior Strategist, Stakeholder Relations, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 28, 2013

Vacancy/Poste Vacant: Senior Strategist, Stakeholder Relations
Reports To/Supérieur Hiérarchique: Director, External Relations
Location/Emplacement: Downtown Toronto Subway Location On University Ave
Status/Situation: Permanent Full Time
No. of Vacancies/Nombre De Postes Vacants: One Hire
Posting Date/Date D’affichage: February 1, 2013
Closing Date/Date Limite: February 28, 2013

Position Summary/Résumé du Poste:

The Senior Strategist, Stakeholder Relations will be responsible for providing strategic and tactical counsel to CCO portfolios and Executive Team members in order to ensure program and corporate objectives are met. With a comprehensive and intimate understanding of the Ontario healthcare sector, the successful candidate will build external relations plans and provide appropriate guidance internally to ensure proper stakeholder alignment to CCO’s initiatives. This position reports to the Director, External Relations, and works with employees at all levels of CCO and externally.


  • Provide counsel, support, and guidance to CCO portfolios and Executive Team on environmental factors and opportunities that may affect CCO’s key areas of focus.
  • Support the Executive Team and CEO with the identification and development of CCO’s priority external partnerships.
  • Provide counsel to CCO portfolios in their external relations and partnership activities to assist in achieving their program goals and objectives.
  • Develop strategic and integrated stakeholder outreach strategies and plans for CCO portfolio initiatives, that align with the portfolio’s program priorities and mandates, and that contribute to their awareness and success.
  • Create materials and presentations for interactions with CCO’s partners.
  • Anticipate, monitor, and analyze policy and legislative changes that have the potential to impact CCO and its operations.
  • Gain and maintain an intimate understanding of CCO’s external partners, their needs, their positions, and their policies.
  • Establish and utilize performance indicators and measurement tools to assess impacts of stakeholder relations activities and facilitate continuous improvement.
  • Identify and analyze relevant external public policy work and disseminate to appropriate CCO portfolios.
  • Provide support to CCO’s interactions with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Engage directly with CCO’s external partners, and lead key strategic interactions.
  • Support and lead the advancement of key CCO public policy initiatives.
  • Monitor stakeholder needs, public opinions, and trends, and ensure appropriate response and action.
  • Support CCO decision making to ensure positive stakeholder responses.
  • Understand, and advise internally on, the needs of key healthcare stakeholder groups, including administrators, clinicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Represent the department internally on committees and working groups.
  • Manage budgets and external contractors.


  • Completion of a relevant degree in political science, healthcare policy, public administration, business management, or related discipline, with seven to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a medium to large organization.
  • Exceptional understanding of the Ontario healthcare system and sector, with a comprehensive knowledge of the roles and authorities of its organizations, companies, agencies, partners, stakeholders, and leaders.
  • Ability to think strategically, turn vision and objectives into tactical plans, and execute external relations strategies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and relationship-building skills in order to interact well with all internal and external stakeholders, including front-line professionals, senior administrators, senior government officials, industry leaders and to maintain effective linkages with all levels of senior managers and content specialists.
  • Proven ability to successfully lead formal partnership development between healthcare, not-for-profit, academic sectors, public, and industry.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Highly organized with priority setting and workload management skills to coordinate multiple concurrent issues and projects.
  • Exceptional problem solving, consensus building and client management skills.
  • Self-motivated, with track record of taking initiative.
  • Ability to work under high pressure.
  • Exceptional political acuity.
  • Proven record of leading and inspiring teams.
  • Effective and confident presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects from design to execution.

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More about Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) -- an Ontario government agency -- drives quality and continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care for key health services.

Known for its innovation and results driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.

Our website is at:

We are guided in most part by the Ontario Cancer Plan at:

Information about Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program managed by Cancer Care Ontario can be found at:

Cancer Care Ontario manages the medical procedures wait times information system for all Ontarians at:

View our listing of all other CCO current postings at:

Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP pension plan employer, see the details at: http://www.hoopp.c