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Health Policy Communications Specialist, Women’s College Hospital

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed
to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

An exciting Permanent Full-Time opportunity as a Health Policy Communications Specialist (Competition
#120.15) exists in the Strategic Communications department and Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions & Virtual Care, reporting to the Director, Communications & Marketing and the Vice President, Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

Summary of Duties including, but not limited to:

Health Policy Writing & Research

  • Draft talking points/speeches for the VP Medical Affairs in support of the Women’s College Hospital
  • Institute for Health Systems Solutions & Virtual Care (WIHV)
  • Prepare briefing notes as needed on policy documents, reports and statements relevant to health system solutions work within WCH
  • Organize and compile information to create power points for health policy and health system presentations
  • Work closely with members of the research team such as summer students, volunteers, research assistants and research coordinators to find supporting research, data, statistics, etc.
  • Actively monitor the health system environment and engage closely with the VP Medical Affairs on emerging system issues
  • Conduct secondary health policy research to support the work of the VP for Medical Affairs Convert primary health data sources into graphs, tables and bullet point format
  • Verify information obtained from various data sources (e.g. statistics, patient stories, quotes, etc.) to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Keep current with relevant health policy developments and publications

Media Relations & Social Media

  • Proactively identify and organize media opportunities to profile VP Medical Affairs and WIHV, pitch stories to local, national and international media as appropriate
  • Respond to media inquiries as related to VP Medical Affairs and WIHV, escort on-site media, manage story follow-up etc.
  • Write press releases, media advisories, fact sheets and other materials to support the above Draft non-academic written material for publications such as magazine columns, op-eds, and commentary articles for VP Medical Affairs
  • Manage social media presence for VP Medical Affairs and WIHV Support the Strategic Communications team as required

As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.


  • Bachelor’s degree or certificate in public relations, communications or equivalent field required Masters in health policy, public health, or public policy preferred
  • 5 years experience in health policy and/or communications
  • Experience in government, health care and the public sector is an asset Demonstrated interest in health policy and advocacy
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Ontario’s and Canada’s health system
  • Strong media relationships and understanding of media relations processes Excellent verbal, written, listening and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take complex information and distill it for lay audiences
  • Detail-oriented with strong analytical, planning and project-management skills
  • Ability to work in a complex environment that has a wide range of objectives, stakeholders and operational factors
  • A responsible self-starter with the ability manage multiple projects on tight timelines and work within the team environment and independently
  • Proficient in MS Office suite of products: Word, Excel, Power Point as well as Adobe Acrobat Pro Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all

Posting Date: June 19, 2015

Please forward resumes via email to with your name and the competition number
120.15 in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 120.15)

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.