Health Quality Ontario Lead, Special Projects, Evidence Development and Standards Full Time in Toronto, ON

Health Quality Ontario

Branch Toronto ON CA

Lead, Special Projects, Evidence Development and Standards
Toronto, ON

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Position Title: Lead, Special Projects

Department: Evidence Development & Standards

Reports To: Vice President, Evidence Development & Standards

Location: Toronto

Number of Positions: 1

Status: Regular, Full Time

Posting Period: August 13- August 27, 2015

Competition Number: 2015-066

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 Lead, Special Projects, is responsible for assisting with strategic initiatives and works closely with the management team in the Evidence Development and Standards (EDS) branch to identify and plan for opportunities related to evidence synthesis, the development of quality standards in health care, health technology assessment best practices, building related capacity and knowledge within the branch. The Lead, Special Projects is accountable for supporting the successful delivery of work within EDS. This includes working with the Management team to develop a program strategy, identify requirements to deliver on the strategy, and where appropriate, engage with stakeholders in various branches of HQO and parts of the health system to support its effective delivery. They will also provide leadership and direction to other members of the branch to achieve deliverables detailed in the workplan and Accountability Agreement. The Lead, Special Projects will identify and make recommendations to HQO senior management about future opportunities related to health technology assessment, evidence appraisal and synthesis, and the development and implementation of quality standards.


Special projects

 Assists with the development and implementation of the branch strategy. Working with the Evidence Development and Standards management team to develop guidelines for the assessment of health technologies and the development of quality standards.

 Collaborates with other branches to participate in the development of processes to ensure that a single approach to evidence synthesis is used across the organization.

 Leads the implementation of specific initiatives, most of which are time-limited and strategic in orientation including the development of white papers to support Senior Leadership Team decision making regarding the investment of resources in particular initiatives.

 Works with the Manager, Operations in collaboration with others on the Evidence Development and Standards management team and staff across the organization, to develop project implementation plans related to the delivery of projects for which the Lead, Special Projects will have primary responsibility

Policy development and advice

 Leads and participates in policy development for the branch (e.g., may draft a conflict of interest policy for expert advisers).

 Develops and refines strategy to direct special projects and HQO’s evidence-based recommendations mandate. Advises the VP, and management team on policy and strategic direction in relation to the branch’s work.

 Monitors current and emerging policy and trends within Ontario and in other jurisdictions related to the incorporation of evidence into health systems.

 Works directly with HQO’s Director of Policy and Strategy on organization-wide strategic initiatives where required.

 Prepares proposals, issue papers, and collaborative reports, as required for special projects or as directed.

 Although not a management position, the Lead, Special Projects will attend Evidence Development and Standards management meetings.

Relationship building and partnerships

 Acts as a branch representative on external committees, as directed by the VP of Evidence Development and Standards

 Develops relationships with peers and associates across the HQO organization, researchers and representatives of other organizations that appraise and synthesize evidence and/or conduct health technology assessment to understand health system issues, share information, and resolve issues

 Working with external partners in new areas of activity for the branch and improving existing partnerships; working with individuals outside Health Quality Ontario to develop a strategy to produce new evidence that is highly relevant to improving the quality of care in Ontario.


To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:


Minimum Educations Requirements:

 Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Preferred Educations Requirements:

 Master’s degree, ideally in health services research, epidemiology, health policy or a related field

Key Competencies:

 Ability to think strategically – i.e., to see opportunities for how the organization and in particular the EDS branch can better support improving the quality of health care in Ontario

 Ability to write clearly and concisely

 Proficiency in MS Office Suite in particular Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel

 Attention to detail – to ensure accuracy and avoid gaffes.

 Ability to work collaboratively to achieve goals through facilitation, problem solving, decision-making and conflict management skills; team player, flexibility.

 Initiative and independence – the ability to take appropriate action and anticipate organizational needs.

 Objectivity, integrity – the ability to seek and weigh opinions and evidence – compromising where necessary on ways and means but not on principles or goals.

 Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to resolve team conflicts, exercise diplomacy, achieve consensus and work effectively with internal staff

 Excellent judgment in setting priorities, identifying issues and determining action required; adept at balancing major concurrent tasks and projects.

 Strong organizational skills and project management skills

 Ability to work autonomously in determining work objectives and can work in a self-directed manner as defined within the overall context of the project plan.

 Diplomacy and tact – the ability to deal effectively with colleagues, stakeholders and the public.

 Adaptive presentation style and craft messages appropriate to background, interest, language, culture, and reading levels of diverse audiences, including the general public, health professionals, policy makers and researchers.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a covering letter and resume to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date, quoting the above competition number as well as your 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

For additional information on Health Quality Ontario, please visit our website at www.hqontario.ca.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-08-17
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