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Senior Manager, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 17, 2011

Job Purpose

The Senior Manager, Public Issues leads advocacy strategies at the local and the provincial level to support the organization’s mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

  • Work with internal partners to advise and develop proactive advocacy strategies to support the organization’s mission, both provincially and locally
  • Provide advocacy advice and analysis to internal and external stakeholders and recommend strategies to address emerging cancer control issues
  • Establish and build upon existing relationships with key politicians and their staff, overseeing the development of correspondence, background papers and other policy documents
  • Collaborates with the communications team to assist with media advocacy issues, such as acting as spokesperson on specific cancer control issues
  • Oversees the research and drafting of issue specific policy analysis backgrounders and papers
  • Works as liaison with committees and coalitions related to advocacy, including participation on a number of pan-Canadian teams on collaborative advocacy initiatives
  • Manages the development, establishment and organization of community mobilization programs on cancer control issues
  • Manages the development of tools for organization-wide and public use to further advocacy priorities
  • Responds to public enquiries related to the Society’s position or action on certain issues
  • Other projects as assigned

Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Manages staff performance in relation to goals established for the department and for individual achievement.  Meets regularly with staff to review progress against plans.  Coaches, guides and problem solves with staff to support them in achieving their commitments.  Identifies and initiates required training & recruitment needs.

Fiscal Management Responsibilities

  • Plans and manages budget, including ongoing tracking and variance reporting and follows appropriate financial policies and procedures

Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • Works in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations. (Use or wear any protective equipment or devices required, Report any incidents, unsafe conditions or health and safety contraventions to your manager, and do not use equipment in any way that may endanger any worker or volunteer.)
  • Reviews and complies with the Canadian Cancer Society’s health & safety policy


  • Post secondary education, preferably in public administration, health promotion, political science or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5-7 years of experience and expertise in policy analysis, government relations, communications, issues/crises management and community mobilization.  Experience with a government, non-profit or community health organization an asset
  • Solid understanding of a range of cancer control issues, public policy development and advocacy techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Has established strong relationships, exudes confidence in managing those relationships and as a spokesperson representing organizations in the public eye
  • Demonstrated supervisory/leadership experience to coach and develop a small team of professionals
  • Experience in budget/fiscal management
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational, time management, project management, problem-solving, and analytical skills.  Flexible and able to deal with competing priorities and reach sound resolutions
  • Strong knowledge of MSOffice (Word/Excel/Outlook)
  • Knowledge of Canadian Cancer Society policies, procedures and terms of reference
  • A successful criminal record check
  • Non-smoker

Working Conditions

  • Fast paced, evolving priorities and work environment
  • Multiple meetings with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Handles multiple priorities and interacts with many clients both internal and external to the organization
  • intermittent evening and weekend work usually around major initiatives (3-4 times a year) although at times can be unexpected
  • Some travel required approximately 4 times/year
  • Makes themselves available to others as needed and responds as necessary
  • May work independently
  • Responds to inquiries from the media and general public (in person, on phone or via e-mail)
  • May work under tight deadlines
  • Works with confidential information

Direct Reports

  • Managers a small team of public issues specialists

In return for your contributions we offer a starting salary in the high 60K range, excellent benefits and the opportunity to work in a caring and progressive work environment. 

Qualified non-smokers are invited to send their resume and cover letter, quoting job #OHPE-128 by March 17, 2011 to:

Human Resources
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

For more information about this and other opportunities to become a member of our dynamic team, please visit our website at and go to Careers, under About Us.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.