The Executive Director (ED), Patient Safety is responsible and accountable for effective oversight of programs, initiatives, and activities within the Patient Safety portfolio under Quality and Healthcare Improvement. You will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic plans, patient safety risk management and quality assurance strategies that enable AHS in its efforts to become a highly reliable organization. You will identify key opportunities and challenges, and determine actions to implement to improve patient safety. You will enable AHS to support a culture of safety, continuous learning and improvement as you create reliable systems and processes for healthcare across Alberta. In this role, you will set the framework for patient safety risk management to identify circumstances that place patients or clients at risk, act as liaison in any external reviews and assist AHS in implementing recommended actions. The ED leads with identification of critical incidents, adverse, and use the appropriate methodology to report, analyzing, and monitor adverse events and trends in patient feedback to identify areas of improvement and use change management skills while engaging key stakeholders to implement evidence-informed practices and processes. Your excellent communication and relationship-building skills will help you foster and maintain effective working relationships with key internal and external partners, committees, and task groups where you will provide leadership by influencing organizational direction and collaborate with others to meet organizational goals. The ED manages the operating and capital budgets for the department, ensuring the prudent use of human, fiscal, and material resources.
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare related discipline. Diploma, certificate, or courses in quality improvement and patient safety. Professional license, certification, or registration in related field. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in a clinical discipline such as nursing or an allied health profession. Minimum five (5) years’ management experience with progressive leadership responsibilities, preferably within a large and complex healthcare setting.
Leadership skills, including a demonstrated ability and comfort with decision-making responsibilities. A demonstrated ability to manage change and create innovative solutions for complex and diverse issues. An ability to manage resources in a complex environment. An effective communicator with strong organizational skills, customer-focused orientation, and a commitment to providing a quality services. The ability to inspire and build confidence in others, to coach and teach your teammates, and foster cooperation amongst and build solid relationships with internal and external key stakeholders, including public agencies, government, boards, committees, and other partners. Proven track record of anticipating future opportunities and challenges and proactively positioning the organization to respond accordingly.
Master’s degree in healthcare related field or business administration.