Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Manager, Government Relations

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

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is actively recruiting for a Manager, Government Relations to join our Public and Professional Affairs department.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Public and Professional Affairs, the Manager, Government Relations, will help lead the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s (CPhA) advocacy efforts with federal government officials. In this role, the Manager, Government Relations, will monitor the federal political landscape and provide strategic advice to the organization on opportunities to advance CPhA’s issues and priorities. The incumbent will be an integral part of the Public and Professional Affairs team and will work closely with policy, communications and engagement colleagues.

Duties and Tasks

  • Monitor federal and provincial public policy, and legislative, regulatory and political issues in relation to health care and the pharmacy sector
  • Support provincial advocacy initiatives through provincial association partners
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key elected and non-elected government officials
  • Organize and meet with Members of Parliament and other government officials
  • Build a strong and lasting advocacy program that will increase CPhA’s profile on The Hill
  • Coordinate direct advocacy campaigns such as lobby days
  • Inform management on government relations issues
  • Assess current issues and provide options/recommendations for positions, actions, strategies and partnerships
  • Prepare briefing notes on key issues for stakeholders/partners, CPhA’s Board and Advocacy Committee
  • Coordinate and prepare submissions to government consultations (pre-budget, election platforms, etc.)



  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, arts, or other relevant combination of education and experience


  • In-depth working experience in government or in government relations commensurate with the level of manager.


  • Strong knowledge of federal government processes, parliamentary procedures and intergovernmental dynamics
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • Understanding of the health-care system an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to carry multiple unstructured projects with tight timelines to completion within a changing environment, and to work successfully with different types of people in various organizations and levels
  • Enjoy working in a team environment and know how to engage colleagues across departments
  • Flexible, cooperative and able to take initiative
  • Proven ability to build a network of contacts
  • Ability to display a commitment to and advocate for diversity and inclusion
  • French language skills an asset

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 offers matching RRSP 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, in confidence, to prior to August 3, 2021.
  • 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.