Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Director, Advocacy & Policy

Department: Public & Professional Affairs
Reports to: Vice-President, Public & Professional Affairs

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is actively recruiting for a Director, Advocacy & Policy to join our Public & Professional Affairs department.  

We are a fully remote workforce and are looking for someone who is able to be fully productive, efficient and effective in a remote environment.

Job Summary

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking and influential person that will lead CPhA’s efforts in shaping healthcare policy and managing federal government relations activities.  This role is ideal for someone who is passionate about making a substantial impact in the healthcare field and has a strong background in advocacy, policy development, and strategic government relations.

Duties and Tasks

  • The Director, Advocacy & Policy will be responsible for, but not limited to:
  • Advocacy Campaign and Policy Oversight: Spearheading the development and implementation of compelling advocacy campaigns and policy initiatives that promote the interests of Canadian pharmacists, pharmacy and the healthcare sector.
    • Ensuring these initiatives align with CPhA's strategic goals and effectively influencing public policy.
  • Strategic Leadership: Collaborating with the executive team to formulate and execute comprehensive strategic plans for advocacy, policy development, and government relations.
    • Providing expert insights and advice on policy trends, legislative changes, and strategic opportunities.
  • Government Relations: Building and maintaining robust relationships with key federal government stakeholders, including Members of Parliament, Senators, political and department officials, and relevant government agencies.  
    • Acting as the primary representative of CPhA in critical governmental meetings and public events.
  • Team Management and Development: Overseeing the policy staff, providing guidance, mentorship, and leadership.
    • Encouraging a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence in all advocacy and policy endeavors.
  • Collaboration with Communications: Working closely with the communications team to ensure a unified and effective message across all campaigns and policy statements.
    • Assisting in translating complex policy issues into clear, impactful messages that resonate with a variety of audiences.
  • Performance Measurement: Regularly assessing and reporting on the effectiveness of advocacy efforts and policy initiatives.
    • Utilizing data and feedback to continually refine and enhance strategies.
  • Occasionally travelling as required



  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, or a related field.


  • Proven track record in advocacy, policy development, or a related role.


  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing complex projects.
  • Strong relationship-building skills with an ability to engage and influence diverse stakeholders and government officials.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation abilities.  Bilingual (English/French) is highly desirable.  
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Canadian healthcare system and pharmacy practice is highly desirable.
  • Ability to display a commitment to and advocate for diversity and inclusion

Salary Range

  • $95 - $115,000

Why CPhA

  • The work we do makes a difference in people’s lives.  
  • We’re a group of people who are passionate about the health and well-being of all.  We take our work seriously, but we still take time to share a good laugh.  
  • We care about your health and well-being.  CPhA pays for your medical/dental benefits, Employee Assistance Plan and provides regular wellness sessions and resources
  • We care about your financial health.  CPhA provides a pension plan with matching contributions and access to a financial advisor.
  • We care about your work-life balance.  CPhA offers generous paid time off and our office is closed between Christmas and New Years.

How to Apply

  • If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, we invite you to present your resume along with cover letter, in confidence, to
  • If you require an accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please inform Human Resources
  • While we appreciate all interested applicants, only those individuals who are legally permitted to work in Canada will be considered
  • At the Canadian Pharmacists Association, we recognize, value and celebrate diversity, inclusion and equity.  Our Diversity & Inclusion Framework is embedded in all our processes, policies and employee initiatives.