Health Care Advocacy and Policy Officer


Health Care Advocacy and Policy Officer

National Association of Federal Retirees
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: November 25th 2017
Deadline: January 24th, 2018

The National Association of Federal Retirees is the largest national advocacy group representing pensioners, their partners and survivors, from the public service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and federally appointed judges. We are a not-for-profit association with over 180,000 members in 80 branches across Canada and are supported by over 800 volunteers. Our National Office is in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information about the Association, please visit

The Association’s National Office is currently seeking a Health Care Advocacy and Policy Officer to serve as our subject matter expert on health care policy and benefits. She/he is responsible for monitoring and researching relevant policy related to health care and seniors and identifying opportunities to shape public policy; drafting policy briefings, position papers and submissions to various levels of government and organizations; and producing internal and external communications materials for various platforms and audiences, including advocacy or lobbying campaigns. She/he will work with other National Office staff to plan and implement advocacy events, and also supports and assists representatives on relevant health and dental committees.

The incumbent also serves as the Association’s senior health advisor, responding to complex health care and benefits-related client inquiries that are beyond the scope of the National Office client service associates.

The incumbent will build relationships with stakeholders, support the advocacy work of the Association’s branches and provide guidance to Association volunteers.


As an ideal candidate, you have:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role (preferably in a not-for-profit, advocacy focused organization)
  • Significant knowledge of Canadian federal and provincial health care systems and public policy issues affecting seniors and federal retirees
  • An in-depth understanding of employee and pensioner health and dental benefits plans, including plan design, administration and negotiation practices
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • The ability to interact and communicate professionally and effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, members and volunteers
  • Fluency in English and French

In addition, the following would be considered significant assets:

  • Knowledge of the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and Pensioners Dental Services Plan (PDSP)
  • Knowledge of the federal government labour, benefits practices
  • Experience working in a political environment, preferably at the federal level
Additional Information

The Association offers an excellent benefit package, including a group RRSP plan and health and dental coverage. If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity, please submit your resume.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Information
National Association of Federal Retirees
865 Shefford Road,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1J 1H9

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