Policy & Advocacy Division
Target Hiring Range: $200,000 to $250,000
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) serves Ontario’s hospitals and is committed to building a better health system for patients and families. Through advocacy, knowledge translation, labour relations and improved access to data and analytics, the OHA is enhancing the services it provides to members. As a committed partner in the health care system, the OHA emphasizes the importance of evidence-based policy development, analysis and strategic thinking.
The OHA is seeking a Vice President of Policy and Advocacy responsible for leading a diverse team of high performing professionals who work to deliver on the OHA mandate of achieving a high performing health care system.
You are a proactive long-term thinker with an ability to build and nurture stakeholder relationships and lead change using collaboration and motivation. You have a proven ability to knit together analytics, health policy, legislative and regulatory analysis with strategic communication and government relations. You are a great listener and coach, and your communication style, energy and self-confidence motivate people to work with you. You thrive in a fast-paced environment, and you have a strong sense of accountability for your work and the service that you and your team provide to your colleagues, the organization, members and partners.
Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President is responsible for providing leadership and management to the staff team, including people leaders (5) and professional staff (20) within the Policy and Advocacy Division.
Working closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors, you will develop and execute innovative, high impact strategies and activities to advance the Association’s advocacy efforts in support of members and their partners and identify engagement and leadership opportunities to strategically position the OHA as an influential leader in shaping the future of Ontario’s health care system. You will continue to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones with key community stakeholders, particularly OHA Members, elected officials, public-service leaders and health care partners. As a member of the senior management team, the Vice President participates in planning, managing and evaluating the OHA’s performance. The work of this position is done in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
You will provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight in respect of the following areas:
Policy and Advocacy
· Issue management, policy development and advocacy respecting system capacity, health human resource challenges, and integrated care to address post-COVID recovery and facilitate system transformation
· Annual pre- and post-budget advocacy strategy, including development of OHA submission and outreach to government
· In collaboration with members, academic partners and the provincial government, development of new funding methodologies to incentivize performance management, quality improvement and integration of care
· Focused research initiatives and analytics to identify emerging issues and support evidence-based advocacy
· Hospital accountability initiatives (including annual funding/planning and accountability agreements) and related compliance/oversight issues
· Legal and legislative issues (including analysis, submissions to government and advice/implementation supports to hospitals)
· Physician and professional issues in collaboration with stakeholder partners and government
· Advocacy and support to members on quality/safety, risk and public health emergency management issues
· Development of hospital governance guidance, tools and educational resources to members
· Member engagement with senior leadership through six Provincial Leadership Networks (Mental Health and Addictions; Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation; Medium-Sized Hospitals; Small Rural and Northern; Physician Leadership; and Financial Leaders) to address current issues and inform OHA policy & advocacy strategies.
Hospital-Based Research and Education
· Implementation of new strategic mandates to facilitate fully integrated:
· Evidence-informed advocacy to federal and provincial governments in support of enhanced investments in hospital-based research
· Liaison and outreach to government and sectoral partners to advance solutions to current and emerging educational issues in the hospital setting
· Member engagement with senior leadership through OHA Committees and Working Groups to inform strategic priorities and key initiatives
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
· Government relations and outreach on behalf of members with the provincial government, OHA partners, and other stakeholder organizations across the health care system
· Pre- and post-election advocacy strategies and public-facing campaigns informed by member engagement, environmental scans, research and public polling
· External communications function for OHA, including bulletins, social media, website and other channels to provide news, information, and resources to members
· Internal communications function for OHA, including preparation of key corporate publications (e.g., Annual Report), branding and marketing of products and services
· Member and stakeholder/government webinars and events to promote knowledge transfer and consensus-building on emergent issues
· Media and issues management ranging from day-to-day issues at individual hospitals to systemic issues requiring a provincial response
You are a dynamic and insightful leader with proven advocacy experience working with primary decision-makers within government and across the health care system. You have significant demonstrable experience with long-term public policy development and advocacy, excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders. You have excellent communication, presentation, and facilitation skills. You are an effective team player, a disciplined self-starter and can concurrently manage and drive results on multiple projects in a fast paced and sometimes unpredictable environment.
A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Health Administration, Law or a related discipline, combined with demonstrated related work experience and a minimum of eight years leadership experience, with progressive responsibilities is required.
The ideal candidate is dynamic, positive, collaborative, persuasive, resilient, driven and results-oriented and displays the values of Humility, Discovery, and Passion.
Are you interested in helping build a better health system for Ontario?
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) can offer you a fulfilling role, an inspiring and creative place to work, and the opportunity to change the healthcare system for the better, while having a lot of fun in the process. We’re also committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity, where diversity is celebrated.
You may know that employee engagement is key to the success of any business, and that’s why OHA is proud of our 100% employee engagement rate. We’ve also been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada (five times!). Our 2022 Best Places to Work award from Human Resources Director amplifies our commitment to a culture that upholds DEI, mental wellness, and compassionate leadership.
Who is the OHA?
We’re a not-for-profit association whose purpose is serving Ontario’s hospitals to build a better health system. Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Established in 1924, the OHA serves as the voice of the province’s public hospitals, supporting them through advocacy, knowledge translation and member engagement, labour relations, and data and analytics.
The OHA is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community. We welcome applications from Black individuals and Persons of Colour, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community. OHA is committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.
The successful applicant must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the Government of Canada) or have a valid vaccination exemption pursuant to the Human Rights Code. Further, they must provide proof of vaccination (or a valid exemption) prior to the start date, provide updated information as necessary, and comply with any ongoing vaccination-related requirements.
Potential applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter by December 5, 2022. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.