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Advisor, Ethics and Professional Affairs

Ottawa, ON
Medical Professionalism
Reports to:
Director, Ethics and Professional Affairs
Permanent / Fulltime

Overall job purpose:

The Advisor, Ethics and Professional Affairs is responsible for providing policy, research, and coordination support for the activities and initiatives within the Ethics and Professional Affairs portfolio of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Key responsibilities:

Formally reporting to the Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs, and working closely within a team on initiatives related to Ethics, Medical Professionalism, Physician Health, and others across the organization, the Advisor’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to shaping and coordinating the growing Ethics and Professional Affairs portfolio.
  • Develop and execute project plans, including the management of scope, timelines, budget, risk.
  • Lead and/or support the development of appropriate policy and partnerships relevant to Ethics and Professional Affairs.
  • Coordinate and support the preparation of documentation for the CMA Committees on Ethics, as well as working groups created to guide the development and implementation of ethics, medical professionalism, and physician health activities; Contribute to the development and execution of initiatives that arise from these groups.
  • Engage with and act as liaison with internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the CMA, including, but not limited to, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada; Seek opportunities to develop and collaborate with stakeholders on endeavours in medical professionalism that are of mutual interest to the CMA.
  • Act as a brand (CMA) ambassador for and thought leader to the CMA, represents the CMA and promote its activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with partners and stakeholders.
  • Assist the Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs, as required, in executing the objectives and initiatives of the Ethics and Professional Affairs portfolio.

Key skills and competencies:

Core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Customer/member focus
  • Results oriented
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • English required, French considered an asset

Additionally, the following skills are required:

  • Outstanding scientific and independent judgement
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated skills in managing committees and conferences, from administration to logistics
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Project management experience considered a significant asset
  • Position requires flexibility to work overtime and travel/attendance at meetings or events


  • Graduate degree in a discipline relevant to health sciences and/or ethics


  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge and experience in research, policy development, data management and analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), and project-level results reporting
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the medical profession culture and governance

Date Posted:

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer and will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and hiring processes.