Director, Professional Practice

  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time Director

Job Description

Reporting to the VP QPP and CNE, the Director of Professional Practice provides visionary leadership and clinical expertise for Professional Practice at Waypoint Centre. As a Tri hospital Meditech partner, this role involves system level collaborative leadership to ensure standardization of practice across the Tri hospital specialty mental health hospitals and as the Waypoint lead at the provincial HIS Clinical Standardization Cluster. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provides leadership, coaching and oversight for the Educators, Ontario Telemedicine Coordinator, Dieticians, Shift Nurse Managers and Professional Practice Leads.
  • Plans, directs, controls the design and implementation of policies, operating plans and processes affecting quality improvement, risks, regulatory compliance, satisfaction, and safety; develops, implements and monitors annual department budgets.
  • Coordinates the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of education and professional practice programs; in consultation with education consultants, designs training as; leads external partnership development with academic partners for student placement and curriculum development.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates professional practice standards reflective of the regulatory colleges or professional bodies and relevant legislation, clinical standards and performance standards; provides leadership and assistance to the development and implementation of program standards; leads improvement efforts in clinical practice using evidence based guidelines and research to achieve clinical outcome goals/targets.
  • Promotes and implements continuous quality improvement principles and practices within the portfolio, supporting and encouraging discipline specific and peer review initiatives.
  • Ensures system level integration through internal Hospital and external partnerships and collaboration; assures strategic linkages with Research and Academics division to support educational needs, collaborates with clinical divisions to assure on-going best practice development and implementation.
  • Provides innovative provincial level leadership as the lead for the provincial HIS Clinical Standardization Cluster; engages and leads committees with external mental health specialty organizations with respect to professional practice standardization across three specialty mental health facilities, provides leadership to the Evidence Based Practice Committee (EBAC) and contributes to corporate strategic direction, long‐term planning, and capital expenditures through participation on key organizational committees. 


  • Master’s in nursing or other healthcare related field, and current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) or other health profession regulatory college; preference is given to candidates with membership in a professional association e.g. RNAO, PPO, CCHL, etc.; additional training/education in leadership is also an asset.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working in a health care environment in a patient care role with five (5) years’ progressive leadership experience preferably within a unionized setting.
  • Experience with program evaluation and new program planning and implementation, with preference for experience within the mental health field in both institutional and community-based settings.
  • Current knowledge of and experience with budget management, business case preparation, and developing teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal with strong analytical and systems thinking skills.
  • Proven ability to adapt readily to change with strong organizational, planning, project and change management skills with strong written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Results oriented work ethic to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and deliver quality, consistent and timely results.
  • Models and promotes core ethical practice, Waypoint Values, and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Preference for proficiency in French/English language.

How do I apply?

Waypoint employees apply through the Employee Self-Service portal at and external applicants apply to by close of business (8:00 am) on November 3, 2020 quoting Job ID WC20-270. Attach your cover letter and resume detailing why you are interested in this opportunity and how you meet the qualifications and key accountabilities specified.

 We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued and respected. Waypoint offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of our recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange an interview, please advise us if you require an accommodation. For planning purposes, please be advised that final screening of all applicants will be completed by November 6, 2020.   All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position, however, due to high volumes only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Penetanguishene, ON