Unit Manager

Your Opportunity:

The city of Grande Prairie is located in northwest Alberta and has something for everyone! We are a growing city with over 60,000 residents and serving approximately 260,000 people in the surrounding trading area. In addition to a state of the art recreation facility, there are many outdoor and indoor activities available at our numerous parks and golf courses. Grande Prairie also has a vibrant arts and culture community, live theatre and a multitude of dining and shopping opportunities. Come to northern Alberta, where the people are warm, you can expand your horizons, and experience the beauty of the North. Alberta Health Services is invested in Grande Prairie with construction underway for a new regional hospital and cancer centre. This Unit Manager position offers a unique opportunity to develop an emergency/trauma program within the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital currently under construction. Targeted opening date in 2019. The opportunity exists for the right candidate to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the patients and staff. Reporting to the Patient Care Director, the Unit Manager is responsible for leadership of the Emergency Department and Trauma Service at the QEII Regional Hospital. The Unit Manager coordinates and provides leadership in the daily operation and delivery of services, develops and recommends the operational plan for designated areas, identifies training needs and ensures skill maintenance programs are provided to staff, monitors and ensures compliance with budgetary guidelines, and provides day-to-day supervision of the nursing, professional and support staff within the unit. In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Remote Retention allowance in place to an annual maximum of $3,000. This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.


Co-ordinates and provides leadership in the daily operation of the portfolio areas, ensuring they follow AHS strategic direction. Promotes and models the Human Resources Management philosophy, policies and practices in consultation with Human Resources. Ensures educational opportunities, orientation and training is provided to meet staff needs. Implements and monitors portfolio budget. Undertakes risk management, quality assurance and utilization activities for designated areas. Promotes effective communication between units, across programs and services, and within the Zone. Participates and provides leadership in direct patient care activities.

Required Qualifications:

Member in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree required. 5 years current, relevant emergency nursing experience required.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Evidence of excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills. Evidence of initiative and flexibility. Evidence of commitment to foster professional growth and effectiveness of unit personnel. Strong commitment to the maintenance and improvement of the health of patients. Evidence of principle-based decision making. Ability to engender a cooperative work environment and spirit. Ability to organize time and resources effectively. Ability to actively listen to patients, staff and physicians to gain understanding and represent their views. Ability to articulate, promote and implement a management process based on program management with extensive delegation to staff. Ability to assess the effectiveness of programs and activities on the basis of quantifiable outcomes. Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times. Ability to promote quality improvement strategies and methodologies to staff. Ability to collaboratively resolve the allocation of resources and other conflicts with other members of the portfolio staff. Ability to function effectively within a dynamic work environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master of Nursing Degree an asset. Relevant nursing management experience in an emergency department an asset.