Director, Professional Practice

Guelph, ON

At Guelph General Hospital, we are committed to our Mission of  providing exemplary and equitable care for and with our community. 

Living our values is important here and if you want to join a team that is compassionate, inclusive, respectful, collaborative and inspired, you can see more details about the position currently available below.   

Current Rate of Pay: Min $70.74 - Max  $88.43

Current Shifts: Primarily Days

Position Summary:

Reporting to the VP of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive, the Director of Professional  Practice plays a critical role in developing, promoting, and supporting best practices across nursing and allied health professions (including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, social work, respiratory therapy, etc.), Infection Prevention and Control and various specialty areas within the hospital. The Director of Professional Practice demonstrates leadership, expertise, and knowledge regarding practice guidelines, standards, policies, and procedures to achieve optimal outcomes for new initiatives, professional development systems, utilization management, evaluation, and improvements to quality and safety in the care of patients.

Collaboration is not just a part of our work; it is at the heart of it. As the Director, you will work closely with all levels of the organization to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our staff, patients and caregivers. The incumbent will lead efforts to foster inter-professional collaboration, enhance clinical competencies, and ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care and education across disciplines by establishing and developing a professional practice framework aligned with organizational goals and priorities and a quality framework. Your ability to collaborate will be instrumental in meeting key patient safety and quality care requirements and developing quality improvement plans.

This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. The hospital reserves the right to modify the job description based on business needs, offering you the potential for continuous growth and development in this role.

In this role, you will:

  • Have ongoing opportunities to learn and grow with a generous professional development program via our education assistance fund and in-house development programs
  • Have access to an amazing total rewards package which includes competitive pay, health and dental benefits, Short and long term disability and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) where we match your contributions by 126%
  • Be a part of an organization committed to the well-being of our workforce
  • Support the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team’s commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression through our actions
  • Be a part of a team of high performing health care professionals

Guelph is the perfect location for health care professionals seeking to make the most of life’s experiences. From our expansive trails and waterways to internationally recognized arts and cultural events, to diverse restaurants and craft breweries, the Royal City has something for everyone 

  • It’s one of Ontario's most robust and growing economies
  • You will have access to excellent schools which include a university and college
  • There are multiple centres of faith reflected in the community

Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in a Health Related discipline
  • Minimum five years experience in a clinical/professional practice leadership role
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses preferred
  • Experience with process improvement methodologies
  • Good standing membership in a relevant professional association
  • Demonstrated success in program planning and evaluation
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict management skills and expertise in influencing and negotiating effective quality of care processes and resolution of issues and disputes
  • Strong understanding of healthcare roles, scopes of practice, and healthcare-related legislation (e.g., RHPA, QCIPA)
  • Demonstrated ability to access, interpret, and synthesize evidence-based practices
  • Demonstrated skill and ability in project management and facilitation and advanced knowledge and techniques related to performance improvement and quality management techniques, tools, and principles (e.g., FMEA, RCA)
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze fiscal, patient care data and statistics, along with excellent PC application skills
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication, critical thinking, analysis, consultation, and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting high-quality, interdisciplinary work environments that result in safe, quality, patient-centered outcomes
  • Education and experience applying lean quality improvement tools and techniques. Experience in organizations with well-established business process management systems is preferred.
  • Proven track record of managing complex change in organizations and facilitating highly productive partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Evidence of leading successful project teams with outcomes that create a lasting and significant impact on improved performance.
  • Business development experience preferred, and a track record of fostering innovation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to utilizing research evidence and contributing to new knowledge generation through participation or leadership of research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of patient flow and bed allocation processes, including working knowledge of infection control guidelines as they pertain to patient flow decision-making
  • Proven facilitation, communication, relationship-building, collaboration, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development

Come and join our team if you are looking for an exciting opportunity where you will be supported and empowered. 

All positions at GGH contribute to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. GGH is committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment which provides equal opportunities to people with disabilities. In pursuit of GGH’s vision of together, a healthier community for everyone, all employees are responsible for practicing the values of being compassionate, inclusive, respectful, collaborative, and inspired to provide the highest quality care and experience for patients and their families.


Guelph General Hospital

Guelph General Hospital

Save Lives and Improve Yours

If you’re looking for a place where you can feel at home while making a positive difference in the lives of others, you belong at Guelph General Hospital (GGH).

At GGH we provide you with the complex care equipment of a large hospital while retaining our small-city community ties, so you don’t feel lost in the shuffle.

We believe in a workplace that nurtures people and their unique skills, where differences are appreciated and allowed to flourish. Alongside our core values, diversity, equity, and inclusion are key elements of our goal to ensure the well-being of our patients, visitors, staff, and the community.


Working in the Royal City

Guelph is the perfect location for health care professionals seeking to make the most of life’s experiences. From our expansive trails and waterways to internationally recognized arts and cultural events, to diverse restaurants and craft breweries, the Royal City has something for everyone.


Life at GGH

We understand that it can be challenging to balance work and personal life. We’re here to make every effort to help our staff at GGH.

  • Competitive pay
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Vacation
  • Statutory holidays
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
  • Wellness Centre & Programs
  • Educational Support


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