Manager of Policy, Research and Government Relations

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is looking for someone to join our outstanding staff team in Ottawa as manager of policy, research and government relations. Could you be the right person for the job?

The manager of policy, research and government relations is responsible for identifying and responding to key issues relating to oral health and the dental hygiene profession. This involves providing guidance and leadership to support the evolution of the profession based on policy, analysis and research. The manager monitors publications and communications from government, organizations, researchers and the media to ensure that CDHA has well-articulated and evidence-based policy and positions to support our advocacy strategy. Representing the association, the manager collaborates with stakeholders to advance the interests of dental hygienists and the general public.

As a qualified candidate, you are a registered dental hygienist or you have a university degree in public health, health administration, government relations or a related field. You have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a health policy environment at a management level, and/or experience in research, advocacy and government relations. You have strong knowledge of political and government policy-making processes, structures and current priorities.

Your key skills include:

  • The ability to analyze and identify key issues and prepare briefing notes
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent project management skills & ability to manage several projects simultaneously;
  • The ability to work with a large degree of independence, initiative, and resourcefulness;
  • Strong computer literacy and database search skills; and
  • Proficiency in data management and analysis.

At CDHA, we are proud to have what we believe to be one of the brightest and most dedicated employee teams around! We work hard together to create a work environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and work satisfaction for all of our employees.

CDHA offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is located in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario, and is full time, indeterminate.

To submit your expression of interest, send your resume and a cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the position, along with your salary expectations, to no later than Thursday, March 21, 2019. Interviews are anticipated to take place the week of March 25, 2019.

Please contact Melanie Martin, director of dental hygiene practice, with questions at 1-800-267-5235 /

For more information, read the full job description here