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Chief Policy and Research Officer


The Canadian Physiotherapy Association provides resources, education, advocacy and knowledge translation to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians.

Reporting to the CEO, The Chief Policy and Research Officer plays a critical role in advancing the organization’s work and efforts to grow the relevance/position of physiotherapy in the Canadian healthcare system. Specifically, the CPRO will take a leadership role in developing CPA’s annual policy agenda, serve as a leader, partner, and trusted voice in physiotherapy and healthcare policy discussions with stakeholders, design, develop, and manage policy and research projects, reports, and initiatives to advance CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda, and manage and lead the organization’s Policy and Research team to execute these projects.


Key Duties:
• Leading CPA’s policy and research efforts;
• Ensure CPA stays abreast of key policy changes and relevant external issues that could impact on CPA / physiotherapy in Canada;
• Proactively leading the development of CPA’s annual policy agenda, including identifying and scaling new and innovative policy ideas and reforms that are aligned with CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda;
• Designing, managing, and overseeing all policy and research projects needed to advance CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda with a relentless commitment to excellence, including but not limited to:
o Policy statements and other key healthcare reports
o Major research initiatives aligned with CPA’s policy, research and advocacy needs;
o Analysis of all healthcare policy initiatives from the various levels of government and the insurance industry;
• To develop and lead a robust approach to evaluating CPA’s activities to demonstrate the impact and value of what physiotherapy contributes to the health of Canadians and the overall healthcare system;
• Proactively working with Marketing / Communications and Advocacy in telling the story of physiotherapy / CPA;
• Writing on-going blog posts and opinion pieces on new policy issues and considerations (or for CPA leaders – President, CEO, etc);
• Serving as the organization’s lead outward-facing policy and research expert;
• Working proactively with CPA’s CEO, and Leadership Team to identify opportunities for collaboration and to ensure policy and research efforts complement other work across the organization (national marketing campaigns, division engagement, etc); and
• Other duties as required by the CEO.

Advocacy and Knowledge Translation
• Managing, motivating, and coaching the organization’s Policy and Research team and the work driven by its members by setting strategic direction, establishing clear goals, assigning and adjusting key projects, and fostering a collaborative team relationship;
• Recruiting and managing external consultants as needed to support on CPA’s policy and research projects;
• Building and sustaining a robust network of national policy experts who advise and inform CPA’s work;
• Leading organizational efforts to help develop and ensure that all communications, advocacy, and policy work is grounded in sound research and data (Op-Eds, letters to the editor, media statements, talking points for the media, committee / conference presentations, etc).

Policy and Communication:
• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with policy leads at all levels of government / insurance industry;
• Providing strategic and trusted thought leadership on physiotherapy / healthcare policy issues and priorities affecting physiotherapy in partnership with external partners and stakeholders;
• Having a deep knowledge of current provincial and federal legislation, policy, and research and being able to proactively identify policy opportunities that CPA might capitalize on to build the position of physiotherapy in the healthcare system;
• Identifying policy developments that should be shared with CPA stakeholders and collaborating with the advocacy team to share these developments (i.e., through webinars, convenings, conferences, etc.); and
• Representing CPA at conferences, on committees, and in discussions with national partners.


• Minimum five (5) years professional experience in the field of healthcare policy
• Minimum five (5) years in not-for-profit or association management;
• Masters level or equivalent studies in areas such as public health policy, public administration, or healthcare policy;
• Background in physiotherapy practice would be considered an asset;
• Experiences policy leader with an in-depth understanding of Canadian health policy or related policy roles within the provincial and federal levels
• Demonstrated knowledge of leading, supporting, developing and managing a team;
• Demonstrated knowledge of managing and building a network of relationships with stakeholders, including senior management, government departments, and other associations;
• The ability to initiate and lead complex policy and research projects
• Ability to read, analyze, and synthesize healthcare data and research, and be adept at turning policy ideas into legislative and policy proposals;
• Exceptional professional writing and copy-editing capabilities;
• Bilingual in English and French is an asset.


• Indoor office environment;
• Standard work week as defined in the employment agreement;
• 1-2 times per year requirement to travel to meetings across Canada;


Email your resume, cover letter and a portfolio to Megan Labonte at no later than 12PM ET on November 22, 2019.
The CPA thanks everyone for their interest but will only respond to applicants selected for an interview.