Director of Care

Oak Ridges Hospice (ORH) will be the first hospice residence to open in Durham Region, Ontario in the spring of 2021. We believe in providing compassionate care to people who are in the last stages of their end-of-life journey. With the support of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we will support our residents and their loved ones in a tranquil, home-like setting that honours their lives and respects their dignity.

 Director of Care

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Care (DOC), oversees the delivery of quality clinical services at Oak Ridges Hospice (ORH) by working collaboratively with the ED, the Medical Director and Saint Elizabeth’s Health Care to deliver compassionate care to our palliative residents and their loved ones.

Saint Elizabeth’s Health Care (SEHC) will provide the nursing and personal support workers (psw) staff for ORH; they are responsible for the recruitment, hiring and supervision of the nursing staff.  The Director of Care works closely with SEHC to ensure that the culture and quality of service delivery are aligned with the mission, vision and values of ORH.

The Director of Care:

  • Fosters a culture of teamwork, compassion and respect that creates  effective collaboration between the direct employees and Medical Staff of ORH, and the staff provided by SEHC to promote a client-centered approach for decision-making and quality hospice care;
  • Liaises with residents and their loved ones to ensure strong communication and support is available to our clients;
  • Oversees the delivery of nursing and psw services provided by St. Elizabeth’s Health Care (SEHC) nurses and psw’s and ensures that the highest quality of compassionate care is being rendered in:
    • Clinical services
    • Quality and risk management programs
    • Training and education of staff
    • Performance management of staff
    • Policies and procedures not covered by SEHC for clinical staff;
  • Works with the Executive Director in monitoring and evaluating the contract with SEHC;
  • Manages the inventory of supplies and services related to the delivery of clinical care;
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop the clinical budget and oversee the expenditures of the programme;
  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director and the Communications and Fund Raising Coordinator to support public speaking and donor events as well as the Coordinator of Volunteers in supporting the volunteers;
  • Liaises with the Intake Coordinator for new admissions and makes final decisions on same;
  • Collaborates with other organizations in the delivery of hospice and palliative care services, including Durham Hospices in Whitby and Clarington;
  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director to ensure that wherever possible, one senior person is  available in the hospice Monday through Friday during business hours in case residents or loved ones wish to speak with a senior person;
  • Has responsibilities that require an effective senior leader who is capable of cultivating relationships that are collaborative rather than hierarchical and who is capable of meeting a wide ranging set of concurrent and dynamic challenges

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This position:

  • Is permanent part-time
  • Is located in Port Perry, Ontario
  • Offers a competitive salary and benefits


  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing
    • Master’s degree in Nursing, Education or Health Administration preferred
  • Current Registered Nursing Certificate of Competence issued by the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Certificate in Hospice Palliative Care, or Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education certificate or commitment to pursue
  • Minimum 3 years of clinical experience in palliative care, with hospice experience ideal
  • Minimum3 to 5 years management experience including leadership, administration, supervision of staff and working with volunteers, program development/ evaluation, risk management, health & safety
  • Knowledge and experience in working with palliative clients and their families
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary care processes, commitment to team work and ability to collaborate effectively
  • Experience working with a wide variety of community service providers
  • Effective verbal and written communication and ability to provide clear direction.
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • The ability to work flexible hours/travel to regional meetings.
  • Provision of Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screenings.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, with application review beginning in early November. Please submit your covering letter and resume to, noting “Director of Care Application” in the subject line.

Oak Ridges Hospice is an equal opportunity employer. In addition, accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Please identify your requirements in your application if you require an accommodation.