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Senior Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 2, 2015

Vacancy/Poste Vacant: Senior Analyst
Status/Situation: Temporary Full-Time (Until March 31, 2016)
No. of Vacancies/Nombre De Postes Vacants: One Hire  
About us

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 employees are our greatest asset.  They bring our vision to life, embody our culture, represent what we stand for and most importantly, are the face of CCO.
We are committed to creating an environment where you are inspired to do your best work, feel valued for the work you do, and have an opportunity to make a difference. To enable a culture that fosters a sense of community where we work together and support each other for a better future, we embody the following People Values:

  • We are rooted in integrity
  • We are driven by accountability
  • We are empowered by our partnerships
  • We are unified in our purpose

Our People Values are essentially how we do our work and how we treat each other.  As a people-centered organization, we are looking for employees who model our values so that together, we can create the best health systems in the world.  
Position Summary/Résumé du Poste:

Prevention is part of the Prevention & Surveillance Unit within the Prevention and Cancer Control (P&CC) Portfolio at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).  P&CC brings together cancer prevention, screening, surveillance and research into a single organizational entity.  The Prevention program serves to provide high quality cancer-related prevention advice and supporting tools for Ontarians that are equitable, evidence-based and effective in changing behaviors. It provides tools, evidence and measurement expertise to increase uptake of evidence-based prevention initiatives by individuals, health care providers, government, etc. and to monitor progress towards cancer prevention at the population level.
The Senior Analyst will provide expert strategic and analytical support to the Manager, Prevention Policy and Stakeholder Engagement.  This work will aid Prevention in developing programs and strategies and providing policy advice.  The Senior Analyst will take a lead role in the Smoking Cessation Initiative in the Regional Cancer Programs in addition to carrying out other responsibilities as assigned by the Manager.   Main responsibility involves guiding the development and implementation of an integrated smoking cessation intervention for ambulatory cancer patients in Ontario’s cancer centres.  

The key responsibilities of this position are/Les principales responsabilités de ce poste sont:

  • Provide assessment, advice, and contribute to the prevention strategy, activities and business planning process to assist Prevention & Surveillance in alignment with the prevention activities in the Ontario Cancer Plan, CCO’s Strategic Plan, P&CC Strategic Plan, and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s priorities.
  • Lead and support the development of Regional Cancer Program (RCP) Smoking Cessation Initiative, operating plan, work plans, and performance indicators; synthesize information from various sources to determine issues and risks for attention of senior management.
  • Review and analyze research and evidence to provide recommendations to management and support the development, implementation and maintenance of the Smoking Cessation Initiative.
  • Establish, lead and support an expert advisory committee and various work groups to support regional smoking cessation program development and continuous improvement through the engagement of external stakeholders.
  • Lead and support monthly business meetings and educational opportunities for regional smoking cessation champions through a community of practice.  
  • Contribute to the smoking cessation centre of excellence within CCO’s Prevention & Surveillance Unit
  • Conduct needs assessments and complex environmental scans by consulting with internal/external stakeholders, experts and researchers, retrieving and reviewing relevant literature, collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information/data for program and project development.
  • Prepare briefing notes, issues, gaps and options analysis papers, briefings and presentations; providing recommendations for appropriate policy decisions/solutions to senior management.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the business planning cycle including resource planning.
  • Manage small project teams as an informal team leader.
  • Participate and provide expert support to assigned project teams by performing complex analytical tasks.
  • Proactively recommend ways to improve service and/or operations and work with others to generate new ideas to resolve issues.
  • Identify risks, resolve most problems independently, and escalate more complex issues to leadership on a timely basis
  • Lead and foster individual and team improvements; promote teamwork to achieve group goals
  • Lead or provide substantial support in all aspects of project lifecycles, including workflow and process redesign activities, RFI/RFP development and evaluation, coordinating system design, build and testing work and implementation activities
  • Provide updates on tasks via discussion and status reports in written, verbal and graphical form as required. 


  • A graduate degree in health promotion, health sciences,  health policy, public health, public administration, adult education or related field or recognized equivalent
  • Ten or more years of related program implementation or project management experience
  • Experience with policy analysis and public health or healthy public policy development, strategic planning and/or chronic disease prevention  
  • An understanding of Ontario’s health promotion and health care systems with particular emphasis on population and public health approaches
  • Experience and knowledge of Ontario’s cancer system and smoking cessation best practices are an asset
  • Experience with program and system evaluation as well as indicator development is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including senior management, scientists, health care providers, information technology specialists and external partners in a multi-disciplinary environment with varying levels of expertise
  • Ability to approach problems pro-actively and recommend practical solutions to a wide range of complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare briefing notes, reports and policy papers for a variety of audiences and  the ability to create and deliver effective presentations
  • Ability to work autonomously in setting objectives and expectations
  • Ability to develop, mentor and coach team members
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multitask and prioritize assignments to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic fast-paced environment with a degree of uncertainty or ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Advanced skills in MS Office applications, particularly in MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Sharepoint

Closing Date/Date Limite: February 2, 2015

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