HealthCareCAN is the national voice of action for health organizations and hospitals across Canada. We advocate in support of health research and innovation; to enhance access to high-quality health services for Canadians; and we empower health professionals through our best-in-class learning programs.
|Job title||Government Relations and Policy Analyst|
|Reports to||Vice-President, Research and Policy|
A member of HealthCareCAN’s Research and Policy team, the Government Relations and Policy Analyst promotes the organization’s vision, mission, values and goals and contributes to the operations of HealthCareCAN in accordance with the organization’s strategic directions and policies as determined by the Board of Directors. Reporting to the Vice-President, Research and Policy, the Government Relations and Policy Analyst is committed to working in partnership with key stakeholders to drive healthcare innovation in support of research and policy by:
- Advocating for government funding programs and policy support for healthcare innovations aimed at priority areas;
- Advancing knowledge and innovative practice by convening health stakeholders; and,
- Creating one advocacy voice for the full continuum of healthcare delivery organizations across Canada, influencing federal, provincial and territorial governments and advisory bodies.
Major responsibilities include: analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating government policy and reports; monitoring trends and issues; preparing, reviewing and revising HealthCareCAN policy positions; liaison with members of parliament, government officials, key stakeholders and HealthCareCAN members, managing projects; and providing consultation and information to the Vice-President, Research and Policy and the President and CEO.
Duties and Responsibilities
Government Relations (approximately 50% of time allocated to this objective)
- Support the organization’s advocacy and government relations strategy, initiatives and promote HealthCareCAN’s positions at the national level. Help to position HealthCareCAN as the “go to” voice of Canada’s hospitals and healthcare facilities.
- Prepares reports and presentations to Government, the House of Commons and Senate committees in consultation with the Vice-President, Research and Policy and the President and CEO.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with members of parliament, federal government officials, political staff, key health policy influencers, and opinion leaders.
- Establishes and maintains effective relationships with counterparts and other staff in partner organizations, coalitions, and with other national stakeholder associations.
- Represents the organization and presents HealthCareCAN’s positions at external meetings and functions, making presentations as required.
- Provides information and consultation to members and stakeholders, making presentations as required.
- Provides analysis and input on national and provincial/territorial health policy issues as well as analysis of meetings and activities.
- Monitors and reports developments on issues by maintaining contacts, including with parliamentarians and government officials to share information.
- Other related duties, as required by the Vice-President, Research and Policy and the President and Chief Executive Officer.
Policy Analysis and Development (approximately 50% of time allocated to this objective)
- Conducts research and analysis on priority health issues.
- Prepares research briefs, position papers, policy and discussion papers, briefing notes, pre-budget submissions, reports, memoranda and presentation materials on key and emerging policy issues.
- Develops policy positions in consultation with key health system stakeholders.
- Identifies and recommends effective HealthCareCAN responses to opportunities in the health research and policy field.
- Develops and manages specific projects in support of HealthCareCAN’s strategic research and policy priorities including the development of project plans, timelines and budgets.
- Monitors trends and developments in pan-Canadian health system research and policy issues and analyzes the need for policy development.
- Positions and advances HealthCareCAN’s mandate and strategic priorities with key internal and external stakeholders.
- Contributes to inter-association working groups for projects on key issues in support of HealthCareCAN strategic priorities.
- Attends meetings, makes presentations, and provides support for the initiatives of the Board of Directors and HealthCareCAN stakeholder forums or coalitions.
- Researches and prepares reports, background papers, correspondence and memoranda in preparation for HealthCareCAN stakeholder forums or meetings.
- Supports decision-making by identifying, analyzing and reporting on trends through contact with members, health organizations, governments, and other national groups.
Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Master’s degree in Health Administration, Public Administration, political science, or equivalent.
- A minimum of 5 years of directly-related experience in government relations and policy analysis or development in the health sector at the federal level.
- Demonstrated understanding of political and government processes and cycle, national parties’ priorities and their relationship to academic health sciences centres and health organizations across Canada.
- Successful past track record of engagement of members of parliament, senators, and staff in political offices.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, including presentation skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with individuals holding different viewpoints.
- Excellent research, analytical and synthesis skills.
- Flexibility and willingness to take initiative.
- Tact, political-astuteness, an “avant-gard” thinker, and a high-level of interpersonal judgement in complex political environments.
- Proven project and time management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and values which facilitate successful performance in a team-based environment, including but not limited to cultural sensitivity, an ability to resolve conflicts and build consensus, and respect for all.
- Very high level of attention to detail.
- Proven ability to assume leadership for high-visibility projects.
- Ability to manage competing priorities and work independently.
- Ability to synthesize a broad range of concepts (including abstract and complex) information and issues related to health policy.
- Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset.
- The ability to travel in support of HealthCareCAN
- Experience with not-for-profit and/or charitable organizations, particularly within a health environment is considered an asset.
Please submit your resume and cover letter as one document to JMitchell@healthcarecan.ca by June 14, 2020.
If at any stage in the selection process you require special accommodation, please let us know the nature of the required accommodation. HealthCareCAN is an equal opportunity employer who values the diversity of individuals in our programs and services.
Due to the high volume of applicants, we can neither confirm receipt of nor respond to inquiries regarding your application. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.