Senior Director - Nursing Practice and Education

Unity Health Toronto
Across all three sites in Toronto, Ontario
$78.54 - $102.11/per hour
Closing date
Jul 25, 2022
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Job Details

Job Title: Senior Director, Nursing Practice and Education
Work Type: Full Time Permanent Position
Job Category: Management
Site: Across All Three Sites
Salary Range: $78.54 - $102.11/per hour
Closing Date: 6/20/2022

Organizational Overview
Unity Health Toronto is one of Canada’s largest Catholic healthcare networks situated throughout the most
populous city in the Nation. We serve patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care,
spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute
through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and
education. As an organization we are led by our mission to provide compassionate physical, emotional and
spiritual care to all in need and we do this through advancing world-class education, research and
innovation while centering in our efforts individuals and communities that experience disadvantage in
access to care services.

Unity Health Toronto is comprised of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital & Providence
Healthcare. As a health network we are bound together by our vision: The best care experiences. Created

Job Summary
Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Programs and Chief Nursing and Health Disciplines Officer, the
Senior Director, Nursing Practice and Education will form a kay part of a dedicated leadership team
charged with overseeing interprofessional teams and interdisciplinary roles across Unity Health to support
all clinical staff in the delivery of safe, competent, ethical person/patient focused care. In contributing to
the oversight of professional practice the Senior Director will define, influence and support all aspects of
clinical care provision in alignment with the mission, vision and values of Unity Health Toronto. In this
achieving this the successful incumbent will work collaboratively across the organization to set standards
of care delivery, define clinical roles, scope of practice, performance expectations and accountabilities of
clinical staff. This collaborative work will encompass all domains of practice inclusive of clinical care,
education, research and leadership.

The Senior Director of Nursing Practice and Education is the primary Nursing management and leadership
role, responsible for Nursing practice and education across Unity Health. Working in collaboration with
counterparts of the Interprofessional Practice Department, the Senior Director will lead and model for their
team members to act as a resource, advocate, facilitator and coordinator in all matters of Nursing
professional practice and education. The Senior Director will lead the development of Nursing profession
for 3000 nurses at Unity Health Toronto by establishing both a vision and strategic plan for the profession
as well as leading the adoption of a Professional Practice Framework. The incumbent to the Senior
Director role will play a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based
interventions, knowledge translation and dissemination activities that align with Unity Health Toronto’s
strategic direction.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Senior Director, Nursing Practice and Education provides overall strategic leadership and management
of Nursing Practice, Innovation, Standards and Professional Leadership through fulfillment of the

 Oversees the development and implementation of short and long term plans which support the
advancement of nursing practice across Unity Health aligned to the Best Practice Guidelines and
that includes promoting an environment that supports evidence, knowledge translation and
knowledge-based practice;
 Influences the vision and sets corporate direction and manages the implementation and maintenance
of standards to ensure the safe, effective and efficient delivery of excellent care to all patients across
Unity Health;
 Leads the development and revision of Nursing related professional practice documents including:
clinical protocols, policy & procedures, clinical practice guidelines, medical directives and preprinted
 Identifies and supports educational strategies to enhance staff knowledge with respect to
professional nursing practices and patient care;
 Provides leadership and direction to drive initiatives and priorities geared towards improving
professional practice;
 Initiates and develops respectful and collaborative working relationship with peers and associates
across all disciplines, including physicians and administrators with the primary goal of fostering a
high quality, productive and satisfying work environment that will drive positive outcomes for
 Leads the team of Nursing practice to ensure representation of Nursing on corporate and local
initiatives, committees and working groups related to clinical practice, education, research, strategic
planning, quality and other corporate level initiatives;
 Advises the Chief Nurse and Health Disciplines Officer, the Executive Committee, program
leadership and other teams on matters of professional practice and student education;
 Facilitates effective inter-professional participation when addressing and resolving professional
practice issues and contributes to overall structures for inter-professional collaboration across the
 Supports the development of nurses through leadership for nursing mentorship and coaching
programs and opportunities for new staff and overseeing and coordinating the Nursing student
 Enhances the scientific base of clinical practice of Nursing, by developing and supporting
knowledge translation strategies around evidence-based practice and research utilization that can
increase quality and enhance Nursing scope of practice as well as advance education programs;
 Disseminates knowledge through scholarly and professional venues, including published papers in
journals and reports, posters and oral presentations at conferences;
 Provides oversight and leadership for advanced Nursing practice roles across the Hospital; and,
 Acts as a resource for Nursing staff and leadership on regulatory professional requirements,
standards and changes to scope of practice and competency including acting as a liaison with the
College of Nurses of Ontario and professional associations.

Candidate Qualifications:
 Current registration College of Nurses of Ontario
 Master's Degree in Nursing/Health Discipline required
 Demonstrated advanced level knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and standards of
practice of Nursing;
 Recent related experience in a progressive academic health sciences centre, with a minimum of five
years in field of Nursing practice/education and academic experience;
 Minimum of three years’ experience in management role;
 Appointment, or eligibility for appointment, with the University of Toronto;
 Experience indicative of an ability to shape and implement a vision, and manage organizational and
system change necessary to improve health through innovation in practice;
 Previous accomplishments advancing Nursing practice through establishing good working
relationships with the physicians, community partners, academic partners and other program or
service providers through demonstration of exemplary partnership, consensus-building, conflict
resolution and negotiating skills;
 Demonstrated commitment to professional and staff development and to the enhancement of
academic excellence for nurses, which includes creating dynamic learning environments within a
hospital environment;
 Demonstrated excellent facilitation, conflict resolution and oral and written communication skills;
 As a highly visible, driven and charismatic leader for Nursing, has a strong track record of
establishing external relationships, which facilitate and enhance the image of Nursing at a regional
and national level;
 Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with professional colleagues, within and across
 A passion for excellence, which elevates the abilities and competencies of the various patient care
providers; and,
 A strong and effective advocate for Nursing who is able to clearly articulate Nursing-specific issues
in the context of an academic health science center.

Please send all resumes & cover letters to or apply directly to

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists. All internal candidates must be in compliance with Unity Health Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.


Unity Health Toronto serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care while investing in world-class research and education.

Unity Health Toronto’s commitment to anti-racism, equity and social accountability is essential to our ability to provide exceptional care experiences and to drive research and academic excellence.  Our deeply held values of human dignity, compassion, excellence, community and inclusivity drive us to continuously nurture an environment that is inclusive and compels us to work in opposition to racism and discrimination as continuing barriers to people’s ability to access health services and to realize their full potential in employment and in life.

We are committed to creating an environment where all of our people feel welcome and valued while being themselves.  We strive for an environment where our people are empowered to share different perspectives that will inspire creativity and innovation that will support our ability to contend with the challenges of today’s health-care environment.  We encourage applications from qualified candidates and especially welcome applicants who are Indigenous, Black or Racialized, persons with disabilities, people who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

We are committed to accessibility in the candidate application and selection process. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements of the vacant position. Applicants are asked to please make their accommodation requirements known when contacted.

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