Professional Practice Specialist

Professional Practice Specialist (Full-Time Position)

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Date Posted:

Position Overview 

CSHP is seeking a dynamic and experienced pharmacist for a full-time staff position. We are looking for someone who is passionate about excellence and safety in pharmacy practice and enjoys inspiring and supporting others. Under the direction of the Chief Pharmacy Officer, the Professional Practice Specialist will contribute to the suite of professional development resources for CSHP members, the development of policy statements for purposes of advocacy, and provide support to other areas of CSHP where the perspective or advice of a pharmacist would be valuable. 

As the successful candidate, you will have a demonstrated record of understanding issues that are relevant to hospital pharmacy practice. You have knowledge of issues that are not only at the grassroots level of hospital pharmacy, but also of those that are found at level of the healthcare system. Your understanding and appreciation of the integration between knowledge translation and quality improvement helps you to mobilize knowledge by selecting appropriate strategies to connect CSHP’s members with information and tools. Your ability to concurrently manage several projects and work with staff and volunteers located across Canada will be a key factor to your success. 

Ideally, you will have experience as an employee of a pharmacy association, regulatory authority, government department or academic institution. Volunteer experience demonstrating your interest in giving back to the pharmacy profession is a definite asset. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the development of practice resources for CSHP members 

  • Manage multiple, key projects related to pharmacy practice, as assigned by the Chief Pharmacy Officer, or arising from committees or task forces 

  • Coordinate and support committees or working groups of subject matter experts to complete projects—this includes recruiting subject matter experts from CSHP’s membership 

  • Create organizational knowledge (e.g., by gathering and analyzing data and information, sharing knowledge, and problem-solving) for key projects on professional practice or enquiries from other organizations 

  • Draft or revise documents required for assigned projects, stakeholder consultations or other work related to professional practice based on research conducted, input of committees, task forces, working groups, and CSHP members 

  • Contribute to advocacy efforts, providing the relevant professional content and perspective 

  • Contribute to CSHP’s engagement with government or other organizations by conducting research and analysis of the topics of interest 

  • Contribute to consultations from external stakeholders 

  • Respond to inquiries from CSHP current and potential members on professional practice issues and Society business 

  • Assist in promoting the benefits of membership in CSHP 

  • Participate actively in meetings and continuing education symposia of the Society at a national and branch level 

  • Perform such other duties as are prescribed from time to time by the Chief Pharmacy Officer 


  • You are a pharmacist with at least 5 years of pharmacy practice in a hospital setting and some experience in associations, government, health administration or academic institutions. 

  • You have successfully completed a hospital pharmacy practice residency or advanced degree in pharmacy-relevant field. 

  • You have a demonstrated record of understanding issues that are relevant to hospital pharmacy practice—those at the grassroots level of practice, and also of those that are rooted in the Canadian healthcare system.  

  • You are a self-directed, innovative thinker with a demonstrated ability to translate strategic thinking into effective action plans. 

  • You are politically astute and have experience working with volunteers. 

  • You are extremely organized and capable of concurrently managing multiple projects.  

  • You have exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. 

  • Experience in conducting research is an asset. 

  • Fluency in English and French is an asset. 

How to Apply

We hire top talent, recognizing that our accomplishments are achieved through the commitment of dedicated individuals. If you think your personality, skills, education, and experience make you the person for this position, we’d love to hear from you.  

The CSHP office is in Ottawa, Ontario, but the position can be held by someone working remotely. Please email your cover letter and résumé to Christina Adams, Chief Pharmacy Officer, at by Thursday March 4th, 2021.  

About CSHP 

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) represents pharmacy professionals working in hospitals and other collaborative health care settings who seek excellence in patient care through the advancement of safe and effective medication use. A non-profit organization, CSHP offers its over 3,000 pharmacist and pharmacy technician members a national voice through advocacy, education, information sharing, promotion of best practices, conferences, facilitation of research, and recognition of excellence. The Society publishes the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, conducts the Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Survey and accredits pharmacy residency programs across Canada. 

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.