Project Manager

  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Whitby, ON, Canada
  • Feb 27, 2018
Full time Manager

Job Description

Position Details


Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient and consultation services for people with complex mental illness. Our patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. We engage in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system and are proud to work with partners across the continuum of care. If you thrive on innovation and positive change, and share our vision of Recovering Best Health, Nurturing Hope and Inspiring Discovery, Ontario Shores is the place for you.

Position Summary *

In October 2016, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced its intention to ask Ontario Shores and Lakeridge Health to take on collaborative leadership roles with mental health and addiction services (respectively). Working with system partners to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of a regional mental health and addictions (MHA) system, which is focused on improving performance and achieving the system’s mental health and addictions-related strategic aims as outlined in Central East LHINs IHSP 4. Both organizations were asked to work collaboratively to advance these complementary and intertwined systems.

The incumbent reporting to the Director, Strategic Initiatives will provide project, and change management to the successful implementation of the Central East LHIN Regional Mental Health and Addiction Plan (the “Plan”), as set forward by the Mental Health and Addiction Plan Executive Committee. The position also serves as a leader, coach, and expert in project management to ensure that the various action groups successfully plan, execute and manage the elements of the various initiatives. 

The incumbent will be comfortable interacting with a broad range of senior, point of care, and community service providers.  The strong communication, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and change management skills the successful candidate brings to the role will be critical.  The ability to think strategically in order to provide leadership in ambiguous situations will be instrumental in helping to ensure alignment and prioritization of project work with the Central East LHIN strategic aims.

The person will also be responsible for providing support to the action groups, including preparation of agendas, meeting material and minutes.

As a Project Manager, you can expect to:

  • Work with project lead to develop project plans defining project scope, assumptions, risks, goals and deliverables, and financial resources
  • Identify areas where the project may be at significant risk and make recommendations to mitigate risk
  • Establish the project team and infrastructure to support project implementation and sustainability
  • Communicate with, and ensure active engagement of, project lead, various committees, and action groups throughout all project phases
  • Ensure that project outcomes align and move outlined goals towards intended targets
  • In collaboration with project lead, manage change in project scope, identify potential risks, and develop contingency plans
  • Incorporate LEAN principles and concepts into project planning and implementation
  • Establish and sustain effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to facilitate and influence project management
  • Develop proposals, business cases, briefing notes and reports
  • Manage project budget and escalate budget requests or reallocation accordingly

Qualifications Required and Preferred


  • Minimum requirement for an undergraduate degree or in health care, business administration or relevant discipline  (Masters degree an asset)
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) designation or working towards designation

Experience, Knowledge & Skills

  • 5-7 years’ experience in a project management type of role, including change management and stakeholder engagement
  • Advanced knowledge of PMI project management practice standards, tools and methodologies
  • Understanding of quality and process improvement concepts
  • Experience in a complex fast paced environment is required
  • Proven ability completing projects with little authority over others is required
  • Proven ability to assess inquiries and problems, and to exercise good judgment in taking appropriate actions
  • Good understanding of health care service delivery models and emerging issues and priorities
  • Effective planning, organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Relationship building and proven knowledge of and experience managing complex and multi stakeholder projects
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide variety of health care and administrative professionals
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources to formulate recommendations and excellent report writing skills
  • Strong facilitation and presentations skills, and ability to manage group process
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer applications, including Microsoft Office products e.g. Project, Visio, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project budget and escalate budget requests or reallocation accordingly

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