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Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

Manager, Quality Standards Implementation



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Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care in Ontario, evaluating the effectiveness of health care technologies and services, providing evidence-based recommendations, reporting to the public on the quality of the health system, and supporting the spread of quality improvement throughout the system.

THE OPPORTUNITY                                                                                           

Are you a passionate health care manager looking for an exciting opportunity to shape  high quality care for all Ontarians?   The Quality Improvement Branch has an opening for a dynamic individual to provide leadership in the Quality Standards program.  The Quality Standards are concise sets of evidence-based practice statements with associated quality indicators that HQO develops for topics identified as high priority areas for quality improvement in the Ontario health system.

The Manager, Quality Standards Implementation provides leadership, coordination, mentorship and content expertise to a diverse team for all aspects of the implementation and adoption of the Quality Standards program.  The Quality Standards Implementation team develops custom implementation plans, including adoption and evaluation plans for each standard, based on research into promising initiatives, interviews with key stakeholders and front-line providers, and the latest research on implementation science.

The Manager, skilled in stakeholder engagement, is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships and collaborating with other departments/branches across Health Quality Ontario as well as with other partners and organizations from across the health care system, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The manager will lead the development of tools and resources (clinical guides, order sets, resource materials, web-based tools, etc) for the components of the Quality Standards Implementation recommendations for which HQO is accountable for executing.  The Manager also contributes to other components of the Quality Standards program, including assisting in the selection of topics, supporting the Ontario Quality Standards Committee, supporting patient and public engagement in the Quality Standards program, and participating in the development and execution of an evaluation strategy.

The Manager is also responsible for hiring, supervising, and leading a dynamic team of staff members, including team leads, specialists, and analysts.  The manager is an active participant of the broader QI and HQO management team with demonstrated expert skills to manage projects, people, time and other resources to achieve agreed-upon goals and targets, under strategic and policy direction and is knowledgeable about how QI efforts contribute to the overall goals for improved quality in Ontario.


Leadership and Staff Management

-       Act as a role model providing team leadership, mentorship and management support to team members

-       Manage an overall program of work, both within the Quality Improvement and with system partners

-       Actively contribute as a member of the QI Management team and support the achievement of overall QI, and where required cross HQO goals and objectives

-       Supervise the day-to-day activities of staff, assigning and directing work, providing mentorship and advice and overseeing work produced by staff, resolving issues, ensuring ongoing work quality and monitoring workloads

-       Provide guidance and support the Team Lead with staffing requirements, and strategic support to the design and delivery of major program deliverables

-       Manage staff through performance reviews, setting objectives and personal development plans, mentoring, providing practical support and advice on day-to-day work, creating a strong culture of team work, ensuring staff have access to appropriate training opportunities and undertaking disciplinary and grievance procedures as required

-       Identify staff performance issues/areas of concern, developing and recommending improvement plans and/or corrective courses of action

-       Participate in appropriate training and development activities and encouraging and supporting the development and training of other staff

-       Recruit and supervise program and project team members within an approved staffing structure to facilitate delivery of the program

-       Support operational and reporting activities including ensuring consistency and compliance with corporate human resource, procurement, financial and general administrative policies and approval processes

-       Foster and support the development of an overall culture consistent with the values of HQO. Collaborate well with other managers and colleagues across the QI branch and HQO


Relationship Management and Partnership

-       Apply knowledge of the roles, authority and priorities of the various external stakeholders in the health care system to manage operations and develop operational strategies/solutions in the context of the system as a whole

-       Collaborate with internal and external project teams, partners, government, working groups, committees, and colleagues on projects and deliverables

-       Ensure alignment of program activities with HQO’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan and the work of the other branches within HQO

-       Develop collaborative working relationships with senior leaders, peers and employees across the HQO to identify opportunities to share information, resolve issues and collaborate on projects and initiatives

-       Develop effective working relationships with industry colleagues to remain current on industry best practices, emerging trends and/or shifts in regulatory requirements

-       Implement policies and procedures, monitoring progress against the strategic plan and adjusting plans and strategies in line with a changing environment

-       Contribute to leading Quality Improvement Branch strategic, operational and business plans



-       Employ written and oral communication skills in order to develop a range of materials including project status reports, executive correspondence, reports, presentations and a wide variety of other materials for third parties

-       Ensure effective and timely communication with committees, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other stakeholders

-       Support the Vice President and Director in acting as a key contact point for the unit’s area of work, which often requires liaising and networking within HQO and with external partners

-       Attend relevant meetings where the Manager will be required to carry out presentations and provide information to committees and/or stakeholders on Quality Improvement processes and current activities

-       Work with the Communications team to develop and maintain a communication strategy for the work of the unit

-       Establish and maintain effective working relationships and engagement with internal teams and external colleagues

-       Represent the unit at conferences meetings and events and report back to colleagues as appropriate

-       Produce and present evaluation and progress reports to the Senior Management Team and HQO’s Board, when required


Planning and Organization

-       Contribute to business planning as an active participant in the program teams

-       With the Director, and in consultation with other stakeholders, develop and implement the annual work plan, translating strategic program objectives into actionable projects

-       Support the Director in the planning, monitoring and allocating work for the unit to ensure delivery according to the agreed timetable, high standards and allocated budget

-       Set targets and monitor performance and quality assurance

-       Ensure that the planning and co-ordination of resources and processes delivers on business plan commitments

-       Implement measurement and evaluation tools, methods and processes for the unit’s activities

-       Work closely with senior staff to inform the future strategic direction of the branch



-       Manage and monitor budget and financial performance for the work of the team

-       Report on variance from approved budget and recommend or take action to manage expenditures within approved levels

-       Support the commissioning of external work and overseeing the management of contracts and working relationships with external field evaluation partners as appropriate

-       Support the Vice President and the Director in strategic and budget planning for the branch



To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:


  • Undergraduate degree in a Clinical health discipline Health Sciences, Systems Engineering, Health Administration, Business Administration, Health Informatics, or equivalent
  • Master’s degree in a health discipline (e.g., nursing, health science, health policy, health informatics or health administration), or in a discipline relevant to quality improvement, preferred
    • A degree resulting in an Ontario college-regulated healthcare professional designation is highly desirable


  • 7+ years of experience working in the health or public sector (e.g. health system strategy, policy development and implementation, bridging evidence and practice, knowledge translation), with evidence of progressive leadership
  • Minimum of 3+ years managing people and teams
  • 10+ years clinical care delivery experience, preferred
    • 3+ years of experience as a manager in the health or policy field leading quality improvement initiatives and/or other significant change, preferred
    • Experience that cross multiple sectors of the health field (Acute, community and primary care, LTC), an asset

Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Change Management Certification
    • Certification in one of the following: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, SME Bronze Lean Certification, IHI Improvement Advisor Certification, American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certification, IDEAS Advanced Learning (9 day) Program or Introductory (2 day) Program, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) certification or other Quality Improvement equivalent.
    • 3+ years of experience as a manager in the health or policy field leading quality improvement initiatives and/or other significant change.
      • Certification in a Clinical Specialty

Key Competencies:

  • Excellent understanding of Ontario’s health care system, including gaps between actual and ideal care, reasons for these gaps and understanding of potential mechanisms available to close them
  • Excellent understanding of the challenges related to translating evidence to practice
  • High level of tact and diplomacy to enable effective working across organizational boundaries and to influence without authority
  • Ability to effectively manage, mentor and motivate direct reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build constructive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and experience in building consensus
  • Excellent analytical skills.  In particular, the ability to take relatively amorphous concepts and express them precisely, in a measurable way
  • Highly organized with priority setting and workload management skills to coordinate multiple, concurrent issues and projects and provide direction to staff
  • Able to effectively respond to multiple, changing demands and tight timelines
  • Ability to negotiate, motivate and respond flexibly to complex and challenging situations


Key Organizational Competencies:

  • Think Strategically. Able to relate the theory and practice of strategies that support, implement and drive relevant HR principles and best/leading practices
  • Develop People. Exhibits a commitment to developing others. Demonstrates outstanding team building to build a high functioning and high performing team
  • Act as one organization. Works cooperatively in teams, harnessing the best out of team members, and resolving conflicts. Maintains a strong presence as a leader
  • Nurture partnerships and relationships.  Able to develop, cultivate and leverage positive working relationships and partnerships, both internally and externally. Values diversity and demonstrates respect for others
  • Build credibility through commitment to ethical behaviour. Exercises sound judgement and is decisive, including confidential/sensitive situations where the use of discretion is required
  • Being Agile by proactively shaping and thriving in complex and changing environment


Our Values:

  • Respect. Considerate of the feelings, wishes, rights, roles, and traditions of those who we interact with and work in the system
  • Integrity. Honest, trustworthy and forthright in all that we do
  • Collaboration. Foster strong partnerships with all our stakeholders & work together to achieve positive and lasting change
  • Excellence. Producing robust and relevant reports; Promoting new ideas


Location: Toronto

Duration: Regular, Full-Time

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a covering letter and resume to by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, quoting competition number 2017-060 as well as their name. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Health Quality Ontario is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please contact Human Resources.

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Health Quality Ontario (HQO)
Posting Date: 25-Apr-2017Medical/Healthcare Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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