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Senior Specialist, Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) Secretariat, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 9, 2016

Vacancy/Poste Vacant: Senior Specialist, Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) Secretariat
Reports To/Supérieur Hiérarchique: Group Manager, Team Lead OPCN Secretariat
Location/Emplacement: Toronto, Ontario
Status/Situation: Permanent Full-Time
No. of Vacancies/Nombre de Postes Vacants: 1 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:

Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat

In March 2016 the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) was launched. The OPCN is led by the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and CCO in partnership with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and the Quality Hospice Palliative Care Coalition of Ontario (The Coalition). The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is an organized partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners. Together, the OPCN develops a coordinated, standardized approach to high- quality, sustainable and person-centred hospice palliative care for all Ontarians, regardless of age or disease type. The OPCN Secretariat executes the mandate of the OPCN, and supports the operational and tactical activities of the OPCN.

The OPCN Secretariat is part of the Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives (CPQI) portfolio at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). CPQI brings together cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end of life care into a single organizational entity. While CPQI focuses mainly on the delivery of cancer care, we recognize the importance of caring for the whole patient and working towards an integrated health care system. With this in mind, the OPCN is a provincial network whose goal is to improve the standards of palliative care and access to palliative care across all care settings and all diseases.

The Secretariat staff are responsible for collaborating and engaging with stakeholders such as members of the OPCN Governance Structure, as well as Local Health Integrations Networks, Community Care Access Centres, Provincial Organizations, Regional Cancer Centres, etc. Effective regional engagement and relationship building are essential to executing the mandate of the OPCN.

The Senior Specialist, Regional Engagement, OPCN Secretariat will report into the Team Lead, Regional Engagement, OPCN Secretariat.


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

  • Working under the supervision of the Team Lead, analyze business requirements and define project activities, deliverables, and develops regional work plans
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with OPCN partners to design, plan, and execute work in support of program goals
  • Develop and present materials for review and informational purposes using excellent written, verbal, and graphical communications skills, with ability to express complex concepts effectively
  • Participate and lead, where appropriate, meetings with internal and external stakeholders to ensure consistency in work and identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Lead project and program activities, including working with internal and external partners, leading advisory/working groups and project teams to operationalize and monitor tasks, and milestones
  • Make recommendations with respect to related policies and procedures
  • Work with OPCN Secretariat team to develop yearly strategic operations plans and monthly/annual reports
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange and proactively shares knowledge across teams, as appropriate
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses to support project and/or program goals, as required
  • Provide project management expertise and best practices
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • A Masters degree in Health Sciences, Health Administration, Business Administration or related field (Masters preferred) plus 5 year experience
  • An understanding of Ontario’s healthcare system with particular emphasis on palliative care, primary care and, population health approaches, public health theory and practice, and provider engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct literature searches, and compile into summaries and briefs
  • Experience engaging and working with stakeholders such as LHINs and health service providers; engaging patients, caregivers, First Nations and special populations an asset
  • Experience applying project management methodologies (PMP or equivalent experience an asset)
  • Experience working directly with external stakeholders and clinical experts to deliver quality improvement initiatives
  • Experience developing complex documentation through a formal approval process
  • Experience in knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) with a clinical audience
  • Must be creative and forward thinking
  • Must be detail-oriented with strong problem solving, critical thinking and negotiating skills
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment, as well as independently and interact comfortably with all levels of organization and personnel
  • Excellent organizational skills; responsible and highly motivated; must be able to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and effectively anticipate and respond to issues as they arise
  • Proven ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders to establish trust, credibility and respect
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated proficiency in English grammar and spelling
  • Superior ability to analyze and define problems, evaluate alternatives, find solutions, and make decisions
  • Excellent presentation, technical writing, facilitation and training skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook; experience with Project and/or SharePoint would be an asset

Closing Date/Date Limite: September 9, 2016

To Apply:

Please apply via the Cancer Care Ontario Careers Site at the following link: