Patient Navigator, Lung Cancer

April 27 2021
Industries Non-profit organisation - NPO
Categories Health, Medical, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D, Scientific and Regulatory affairs, Clinical data, Statistics, Biostatistics, Medical and pharmaceutical information, Research and development, Nursing, Administration, Management, Other Health Professionals, Management staff, Auxiliary Services, Medical records
Toronto, ON

Imagine a future where people living with lung cancer have a fighting chance, where no one loses a loved one to asthma, where people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) live their lives to the fullest, where older adults don't lose their independence in life, and where future generations don't suffer the debilitating effects of lung disease.

The Lung Health Foundation is committed to making this future a reality. And this new future starts now.

The Lung Health Foundation's mission is to improve the lung health of Canadians, and we will achieve this through:

  • Groundbreaking research;
  • Policy and practice change;
  • Urgently needed programs and support; and
  • Public education around lung health issues.

And at the heart of it all? Helping those who have been impacted by lung disease.

With an exciting new strategic vision to help Canadians breathe, the Lung Health Foundation is looking for its first Lung Cancer Program Lead to bring the necessary experience, passion and creativity to make a significant difference in the lives of lung cancer patients and their caregivers.

Reporting to the Manager of Patient Partnerships and Community Programs, the Lead will plan, develop and implement navigation tools, program supports and resources that will improve the health and quality of life for patients living with lung cancer within Ontario and across Canada. With a patient-centered approach, this position will aim to give people living with lung cancer a fighting chance by working to eliminate the barrier of stigma and increase survivorship. Given the clinical nature of the role, the Lung Cancer Supports and Program Lead should have related experience in oncology.

This role is outward-facing working directly with providers, health system partners, community partners and patients in designing, executing and evaluating implementation efforts.


Collaboration, Communication & Linkages:

  • You will work closely with other members of the programs and services team and demonstrate your effective leadership by sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues while also, recognizing and demonstrating trust in colleagues and their contribution
  • You will support the team and our organizational goals as you participate in cross-functional work, ensuring the needs of lung cancer patients and their caregivers are being considered and integrated into activities

Lung Cancer Support Groups – Patient & Caregiver:

  • Much of this role at the outset will be in:
    • contributing to the design and delivery of lung cancer programs with a focus on patients and caregivers. This includes responsibility for the lung cancer support framework to ensure it is responsive to the needs of lung cancer patients and caregivers
  • fostering and growing our lung cancer support program including support groups for lung cancer patients and caregivers with an aim to achieve an efficient, effective and sustainable program
  • With accessibility as a key consideration, these support groups will be offered in a variety of formats, including in-person, over the phone and through moderated online platforms. The model will aim to achieve equity in lung cancer supports throughout all regions of the province, across jurisdictions and mindful of vulnerable communities that experience disparities and inequities to their health
  • You will also have a direct role as a community liaison for education, screening, diagnosis and treatment to individuals and groups

Clinical & Evidence-based Specialist:

  • You will continue to maintain relevant knowledge and skills related to the role of Lung Cancer Supports and Program Lead
  • You will be a valued source of clinical knowledge and evidence-based information that will inform our work
  • You will be uniquely positioned to identify healthcare gaps that exist (from a patient and caregiver perspective) that can be addressed through advocacy work around policy, practice and system change
  • As the hub of our lung cancer outreach activities, you will be responsible for:
    • providing telephone, email and from time-to-time, face-to-face consultation with patients and/or caregivers to assist them in understanding their diagnosis, treatment options, and resources available
    • providing advice and guidance on partner organizations, community resources, multidisciplinary care processes and supportive services
  • developing relationships with referring providers; offering educational sessions to inform practitioners of lung cancer lead role and the services provided
  • identifying new opportunities for collaboration and/or partnerships

Patient Submissions:

  • Review Lung Cancer drug submissions to Ontario's Committee to Evaluate Drugs on behalf of Ontario patients and caregivers
  • Support the data collection process through online surveys and telephone interviews (as needed)


  • This is a Monday-to-Friday, full-time (35-hour/week) position, but there will be times when working outside of business hours is needed
  • This is a new and growing area of the Lung Health Foundation, and as such, the Lead will work to help shape the program and their responsibilities within this role


  • As a healthcare provider (i.e. nurse, social worker or other), you're looking for an opportunity to continue making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers. Building from your five or more years' experience working directly with patients and caregivers within the cancer care continuum you're ready to build a patient-focused program on a national scale
  • You are motivated to help decrease the complexity of behaviour change to improve the quality of respiratory care. You do this through relationship building, applying implementation best practices and executing well planned, aligned and coordinated activities across project work
  • People like to work with you because you're creative and openly share your ideas and thoughts
  • You value your role to inspire your colleagues and are committed to grow as a leader
  • You are driven, resourceful and collaborative
  • You understand the value in striking a balance between the importance of rigor with respect to evidence, processes, and approaches and the importance of being pragmatic in addressing the needs of the patients and caregivers through our lung cancer program
  • Project management is one of your many skills
  • You're highly organized and have strong attention and appreciation for detail
  • You know how to build, maintain and grow strategic connections and partnerships
  • Fluency in French is an asset

We're also looking for people who share our values:

  • To lead with courage and passion
  • To act as one unified and integrated team
  • To be nimble, open and quick to adapt
  • To demonstrate genuine integrity
  • To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the patients and caregivers that we exist to serve; and to each other…the members of our LHF family


Beyond the good feels you'll get from making a real difference in the lives of the one-in-five Canadians living with lung disease, we offer:

  • collaborative and creative environment
  • robust benefits package, including an RRSP matching program
  • flexible work environment
  • we help you grow - both professionally and personally

As a Toronto-based organization with a national scope, we may consider, for externally-focused roles, remote work based on the strength of the candidate and organizational needs. In such cases, the candidate must be also willing to travel as required.

The Lung Health Foundation is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, we will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

The Lung Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the province where we operate. At the Lung Health Foundation, we value the insights and innovation that diverse and inclusive teams bring to work.


If you are interested in this opportunity and have the skills and experience required, we invite you to apply through our careers page at and in your cover letter please include the position title you are applying for. We appreciate your interest in this opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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