Director of Nursing Leadership

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Director of Nursing Leadership


Kinark Children and Youth (Kinark) provides clinical assessment and intervention to some of Ontario’s most complex and high-risk children and youth. Kinark’s goal is to help children, youth, and families manage the challenges they face today and equip them with the skills they will need to realize a brighter future. Kinark is a leading provider of services and supports for children and youth with complex needs and their families. Services are provided in the areas of Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice. For additional information about Kinark, visit their website at


The Position

Reporting to the Vice President, Program and Services and Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Nursing Leadership (Director) will be responsible for providing the strategic vision, direction, leadership, and guidance for enabling and optimizing the scope of nursing practice at Kinark. The Director will lead and influence the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical service delivery, with an unequivocal commitment to best nursing practices. The Director will advance the alignment and integration of programs and services while promoting a team philosophy which will enhance interprofessional collaboration and contribute to exceptional client-centred care. Additionally, this role will provide leadership in the areas of professional development for the nursing staff and strategic clinical advice and expertise across the organization.


Key leadership initiatives for the new Director will be to:

  • Expand and strengthen the role of nursing as it relates to serving complex and high-risk children and youth
  • Contribute to organizational strategic planning and health system collaboration by enabling and empowering a strong nursing voice  
  • Leverage strategic partnerships with other community services, mental health and addictions providers, government, and academia   
  • Introduce innovative practices that can help to facilitate learning, best practice optimization, and clinical excellence
  • Internalize accountability metrics related to nursing practice, quality of care, and evidence-based decision making   
  • Support and inspire colleagues and partners to collaborate on achieving Kinark’s strategic priorities  
  • Strengthen and build processes across the different program areas, creating strong integrated models of care and organizational strategic alignment  
  • Steer best practices regarding pandemic planning and emergency preparedness as Kinark’s IPAC Lead


The Candidate

You will have 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience ideally in a mental health, judicial or child/adolescent environment. You will provide a strong nursing voice and have a proven track record of building relationships, promoting collaboration, managing change, and seeking out innovative solutions.  As a transformational leader, you will have the requisite knowledge, and a highly developed ability to influence and inspire teams, drive strategic directions, and create energy and enthusiasm for progressive change. In addition to being a member in good standing with the College of Nurses, you will be a strong leader with the ability to continuously raise the quality of care. To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume, quoting the appropriate position title, to Judy Mandelman or Nancy Lismer, at