Director, Negotiations Branch / Director, Primary Health Care Branch

  • Ministry of Health
  • Apr 14, 2021
Full time Director

Job Description

Director, Negotiations Branch

Director, Primary Health Care Branch

Ministry of Health

Do you want to make a difference in the health care system in Ontario? Are you an experienced leader looking for a challenging opportunity to employ your collaborative and strategic leadership skills? Consider these executive leadership positions in the Ontario Health Insurance Plan Division and play a key role to achieve better health outcomes for Ontarians.

The Ministry of Health is seeking strategic leaders with exceptional relationship management skills to build and maintain credible and collaborative partnerships with individual providers, professional associations and health care provider organizations. If you are passionate about the health care sector and you can provide leadership and direction for planning, priority setting and negotiations, then consider this opportunity.

About the Positions:

As Director, Negotiations Branch, you will use your strategic leadership and superior negotiation skills to lead a branch and play an integral role in planning, priority setting and negotiation of accountability agreements with individual providers and health care organizations.

As Director, Primary Health Care Branch, you will provide oversight of primary health care programs and services, manage primary health care models and advance the primary health care agenda in Ontario. You will also develop important relationships and linkages with intra/inter-ministry colleagues, partners and clients within the health system.

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 continued 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.

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, merit-based, 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.

The OPS is an accessible employer and offers accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process.

What can I expect to do in these roles?

Director, Negotiations Branch

  • Provide leadership in the planning, development and implementation of sound negotiation strategies and processes related to the delivery of physician and primary care programs and services.
  • Lead the development of mandates and strategies within the division and assemble teams drawing on a wide range of internal and external resources.
  • Provide advice and oversight of agreements and contract management approaches for a variety of providers and services.
  • Direct the development of effective, timely communication strategies and share information with internal/external stakeholders on outcomes, and government directions.
  • Influence, negotiate and develop strong, productive partnerships and relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate political acuity and superior communication and interpersonal skills to lead consultations and brief ministry executives.

Director, Primary Health Care Branch

  • Ensure that contract commitments are met and that appropriate mechanisms are in place for contract development, implementation, monitoring, compliance and evaluation.
  • Work in partnership with key partners across the health care system including provincial associations, Home and Community Care Support Services, provincial agencies and community groups.
  • Review business plans and funding opportunities to manage accountabilities and commitments of funded entities.
  • Execute issues management strategies and protocols, and provide timely expertise to support communications and media relations activities.
  • Provide advice to both internal and external audiences on primary health goals and objectives for strategic policy development and executive decision-making.

How do I qualify?


  • You are a proven leader currently working at a director-level or considered an advancing leader who is ready for director-level roles.
  • You have executive leadership experience in building teams, mentoring staff and delivering results in a fast-paced and high-profile environment.
  • You are collaborative with the ability to plan strategically and communicate a vision to those around you.
  • You champion new initiatives and encourage autonomy and your teams to be creative and challenge the status quo.
  • You support and promote a positive team environment which fosters a culture of excellence and creates an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible work environment.
  • You are skilled at providing advice and briefings to senior executives.

Relationship/Stakeholder Management:

  • You have experience building and fostering strategic partnerships and collaborative networks to promote specific objectives and strategic direction.
  • You have the ability to get stakeholders to the table, deal with them tactfully and respectfully, manage their expectations, and facilitate cooperation among them.
  • You have superior negotiation skills for engaging stakeholders in productive discussions and to arrive at a negotiated agreement.
  • You have the ability to anticipate potential issues that stakeholders may have and to seek increased understanding of viewpoints.
  • You act with integrity and promote transparency and accountability.

Job-Specific and Health-Sector Knowledge

  • You have excellent knowledge of the health care system and, specifically, physician models of practice, related legislation, regulations and current contracts.
  • You are familiar with accountability agreements, decision-making structures, procedures and standards.
  • You have excellent knowledge of effective negotiation practices and techniques to negotiate agreements.
  • You understand contract management, collective agreements, workplace legislation, human resource policies, directives and guidelines.
  • You have knowledge of financial planning, and budgeting, and management expertise sufficient to lead/support the development of financial plans that are sound and support the negotiation mandate.

Partnership Building, Judgement, and Political Acuity

  • You demonstrate the ability to assess the potential of industry and political acceptance of recommendations and decisions regarding negotiations.
  • You have proven success in negotiating and managing complex, sensitive and high-profile issues.
  • You have the experience to solidify new partnerships and build stronger relationships with existing partners.
  • You have a proven track record in leading external stakeholder engagements.

Location: Toronto (Central Region)

Salary: $130,930 - $175,070 Per Year

Job Term: 2 Permanent

Please apply online, only, by Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 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.

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Toronto, ON