Director, Nursing and Health Professions

The Director, Nursing and Health Professions is a new and impactful role in the Ministry of Health, for a seasoned leader to provide strategic advice and nursing expertise to the Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice and Assistant Deputy Minister, on a wide range of provincial health policy and program-specific issues relevant to nursing.

The new Director will have the unique opportunity to spearhead innovation in nursing workforce initiatives, building strong partnerships with nursing groups, leaders, committees and associations in order to develop strategies related to proactive workforce planning, recruitment and retention of nurses across health sectors.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative and collaborative. A responsible leader is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability and courage in how they interact with others. An individual who models ethical behaviour, and who is honest and capable of making difficult choices. An innovative leader is someone who leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. An individual who inspires others, values continuous learning and encourages development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centred outcomes and promotes an environment of inclusivity. A leader who consistently works to confront bias and systemic barriers while understanding the importance of creating a more diverse and accessible workplace.

OPS commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable. Diversifying leadership teams is a top OPS priority with the goal to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) in leadership positions.

To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.

The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply and encourages applications from Indigenous and racialized individuals and persons with disabilities.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

The OPS offers employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice and Assistant Deputy Minister, you will:

  • Provide nursing expertise and strategic advice on health and nursing resource policy.
  • Direct the Branch in monitoring, analyzing and assessing a broad range of nursing issues, trends and directions in order to establish nursing policy.
  • Activate a robust internal and external stakeholder approach, inclusive of patients, caregivers and point-of-care professionals.
  • Ensure alignment between other branches within the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, as well as external stakeholder groups.
  • Lead the development of innovative strategies, policies and programs related to the retention and recruitment of nurses across all sectors, ensuring clear return on investment of these initiatives.
  • Provide financial and human resources leadership to the Branch, including hiring permanent, project and contract staff.

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership

  • You have experience as an executive in a large, complex organizational environment, leading teams of managers and professional staff to deliver results.
  • You have developed, managed, and implemented large-scale and multi-faceted strategies that are comprehensive and effective in accomplishing a specific organizational goal.
  • You are proven to be an innovative leader, with a background in transformation, who can plan strategically and communicate a vision to your team.
  • You are an inclusive executive and have successfully fostered a respectful and engaging work environment. 

Relationship and Issues Management

  • You have proven credibility within the nursing community and with key health sector stakeholders.
  • You have collaborated and worked fairly, openly, and constructively with partners in the health care industry, to build consensus on contentious issues.
  • You are able to effectively assess the needs and interests of internal and external stakeholders and use this knowledge to determine the most effective techniques for building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
  • You have a strong sense of political acuity and can anticipate, and respond to, sensitive situations.

Technical Expertise

  • You are a current member in good standing and Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Master’s degree required; PhD preferred.
  • You have extensive knowledge of the nursing field and an understanding of the critical issues and concerns faced by nursing professionals.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of health care services, populations, trends, models of service delivery and funding.
  • You can apply your knowledge and experience to facilitate the implementation of inter-professional collaborative care models of health care delivery.
  • You have experience with human resources management policies, practices, procedures and collective agreements to effectively manage staff.

Bonus info section:

  • The OPS uses multiple methods to assess candidates for executive positions; these may include resume screening, interviews, assignments, psychometric assessments, simulations and reference checks.

Location: Toronto, Ontario


Job Term: Permanent

Please apply online, only, by Tuesday, December 6, 2022, by visiting Please follow the instructions to submit your application.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the Executive Recruitment Unit at Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.