JOB POSTING - Director, Children’s Acute and Sub-Specialty; Saskatchewan Health Authority


Position Title: Director, Children’s Acute and Sub-Specialty
Location: Saskatoon
Reporting To: Executive Director, Maternal and Children’s Provincial Programs
Date: September 25, 2018

Primary Focus

The Director, Children’s Acute and Sub-Specialty is a key leader in Saskatchewan health care, partnering with system leaders to achieve our province’s healthcare goals. Reporting to the Executive Director, Maternal and Children’s Provincial Programs, the Director is responsible for contributing to the development and achievement of strategy by articulating gaps and needs. The Director supports strategy through the development and execution of operational and business plans, including cascading, monitoring, reporting, and course correction of same. The Director demonstrates strong leadership to enable an innovative and positive working climate and a client-centric culture. The Director must work cross functionally within the portfolio and across the organization to support operations. The Director will develop partnerships and work closely with system and community partners.

Job Context

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is the largest employer in Saskatchewan with a budget of over $3.8 billion, employing approximately 40,000 staff and is responsible for the delivery of health care to the province.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority infrastructure and services consist of:

  • 64 hospitals with 2,500 acute care patient beds

  • Approximately 9,000 long-term care beds

  • Provincially coordinated quality, patient-centred care services, such as acute hospital-based care, long-term care, mental health and addiction services, primary health care, public health and many other community-based clinical programs designed to promote and maintain the health of the population

Operating in a complex and dynamic healthcare environment, the Director, Children’s Acute and SubSpecialty will have specific accountabilities, which are aligned to that of the Executive Director, Maternal and Children’s Provincial Programs, to support the achievement of the portfolio’s functions, responsibilities and accountabilities.

As a key leader, you are accountable for the following:

  • Providing leadership, direction and implementation, including development, execution, monitoring and reporting, of operational plans, that align to the strategic plan and health authority priorities and directives

  • Building and maintaining effective relationships and partnerships

  • Developing and demonstrating leadership capabilities and commitment to the culture of patient first and continuous learning.

Specific Accountabilities

The specific accountabilities of the Director, Children’s Acute and Sub-Specialty include:

  • Accountability and responsibility, including but not limited to, strategic advisement and operational decision making, for the following portfolio functions:

  • Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital and children’s programs offered within, including but not limited to: Children’s Emergency Department; Children’s Acute Inpatient Care; SubSpecialty Programs (Post-Operative, Children’s Outpatient Programs, Dialysis, Oncology), Child Life Programming, Volunteer Programs and Repatriation Programming/Transport.

  • Clinical accountability for the creation of provincial programming related to pediatric services offered in tertiary and sub-specialty settings including but not limited to, the standards of care, benchmarks, accreditation, training/education programs, remote presence, resource development and support of network partners.

  • In partnership with provincial children’s networks, leads the accountability of sub-specialty services provincially.

  • Participates in, and leads as appropriate, Executive, Quality and Operational Councils.

  • Provides leadership in the transition of pediatric clinical pathways, research and standards of care provincially through network partners.

  • Collaborates and partners within community/primary care and rehabilitative/complex programs to ensure appropriate alignment of programs and seamless transition of patient care.

  • Leads provincial initiatives to support provincial approaches to pediatric care, data collection, program development, benchmarks and improvement initiatives.

  • Plan, organize, implement, monitor, evaluate and report of position responsibilities, including course correction as necessary.

  • Contribute to the development of the strategic direction for the area, through influencing and advising on current and emerging issues and trends.

  • Develop initiatives, strategies and tactics to effectively and efficiently support and achieve the portfolio’s strategic initiatives and the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s strategic plan.

  • Develop and implement operational plans for programs and services to achieve business and operational objectives.

  • Develop and manage portfolio budget.

  • Serve as a key advisor on portfolio functions and issues, working directly with the Executive Director on management and organizational issues.

  • Build and strengthen relationships, partnerships and alliances that support strong engagement and cross functional management throughout the organization.

  • Develop and lead a skilled and engaged team through effective communication and team work.

  • Lead collaboratively in a unionized environment, including respecting and working within the terms and conditions of collective agreements.

  • Provide on-call coverage on a rotational basis.

  • Direct supervision of staff including hiring, orientation, performance evaluation, development planning, discipline and dismissal.

In delivering these accountabilities, the Director, Children’s Acute and Sub-Specialty will:

  • Be a champion of patient and family centred care.

  • Be sensitive and attuned to stakeholder and community processes and needs.

  • Ensure the portfolio is compliant with relevant legislation and other directives.

  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence, people and change leadership capabilities to lead and motivate a team to accomplish goals.

  • Champion the Saskatchewan Health Authority brand and reputation to build and promote trust and confidence.

  • Embed safety through their area to develop a culture of safety and achieve zero harm.

  • Motivate and champion continuous improvement and a learning culture.

  • Understand the labour environment and collective bargaining agreements and processes.

  • Adopt a coach approach to lead and develop others.

  • Create an engaged workforce through a culture of physical and psychological safety.

  • Promote and practice cross functional operations and foster a culture of collective leadership.

  • Commit to a diverse, culturally competent and culturally safe health system and representative workforce.

  • Champion healthcare sustainability by encouraging and embracing innovation, best practice and collaboration.

  • Work with others to enhance the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s reputation for excellence in care, research and education, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Organization Structure

  • Supervisor’s Title: Executive Director, Maternal and Children's Provincial Programs

  • Direct Reports: 7

Working Conditions:

Physical Effort & Environment:

This position operates in a normal office environment where some physical effort is required to carry equipment/materials to various sites for meetings. Frequent walking to various locations is required in this position. However, there will also be extended periods of time in a sitting position during travel across the province as well as during meetings that s/he will be required to attend. The work requires considerable amounts of time at the desktop computer with extended periods of visual concentration at a display monitor. Frequent travel is required throughout the province.

Sensory Attention:

High level of attention to detail is required for legislation, budget, communications, contracts and statistics. Much of the time is spent in meetings where focused attention is required to understand and identify the real issues and to resolve conflict. Considerable concentration is required with a number of key priorities that have tight timelines to have sustainable results achieved. Focused attention is required when meeting with client groups. Attention shifts frequently between multiple competing demands.

Mental Stress:

The new Saskatchewan Health Authority will be a very dynamic, highly complex and rapidly changing environment. This position requires the ability to manage stressful situations, and resolve conflicting and demanding issues and priorities. There may be a high level of public, professional and political scrutiny on the decisions made by the incumbent. There are regular and ongoing demands for decisions, actions and results, many of which may be unplanned, taken with limited information and involve many competing factors (patient safety, employee/physician priorities, political and financial implications, ethical decisions and impact on stakeholders.)

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