Quality Improvement & Safety Leader

locationKentville - Nova Scotia (NS),

atNova Scotia Health Authority

Estimated salary $75,845 - $100,775 a year

Job Description:

Req ID: 101605
Location: Western Zone, South Shore Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: QISR Quality Patient Safety WZ
Type of Employment: Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: MGMT/NON-Union
Posting Closing Date: 17-Dec-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the Western Zone Director Quality Improvement, Safety and Patient Relations; the Quality Improvement & Safety Leader will provide leadership within NSHA’s overall provincial and zone programs for quality, safety and accreditation; and responsibility to implement all aspects of comprehensive quality, patient safety, patient engagement, risk and accreditation plans to achieve the best outcomes in health care program and service delivery, safe care and continuous improvement to meet or exceed all accreditation requirements.


  • Undergraduate degree from a health care profession program/discipline
  • Master's level preparation in a clinical health discipline, Health Services Administration, Business Administration or a related program an asset
  • Appropriate licensure/membership in professional organization
  • Certificate or training related to quality, patient safety, risk management, or related program
  • Certified Health Executive is an asset
  • A minimum of five to seven years of quality and patient safety leadership experience, which includes 5 years of relevant clinical experience in a health care environment including expertise to critically review health records as part of the quality review process
  • Experience in planning and implementing a variety of strategic activities related to accreditation, safety, quality improvement, infection control and prevention practices, risk management and patient engagement, provided across several locations with multiple partners and stakeholders and while ensuring appropriate
  • Experience engaging teams, leaders, medical staff, clinicians, patients/clients and stakeholders in a collaborative, participatory manner which supports the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the Quality & System Performance portfolio and the organization
  • Experience and demonstrated expertise in data management, data analysis and statistical manipulation; excellent report writing and presentation skills; application of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and graphics software required; and experience in project management and program evaluation an asset
  • Demonstrated high degree of independent decision making, creativity, self-direction, motivation, change management and team building/ leadership skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency to autonomously assess situations, draw rational conclusions and develop relevant action plans with appropriate stakeholders and follow-up regarding implementation
  • Critical analysis skills (including but not limited to critical incident analysis, risk assessment and Failure Mode & Effects Analysis)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Hours of Work

    • Temporary Full-time Position; 75 hours bi-weekly
    • Beginning December 21, 2020 with an expected end date of December 15, 2021
    • These dates are subject to change

    Salary Information

    $75,845 - $100,775 annually

    Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

    Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

    • Criminal Record Check
    • Proof of education & training certifications
    • Proof of any additional required qualification
    • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
    • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
    • Proof of SIN number

    Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit - MGMT/NON-Union position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

    Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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