Ontario Nurses' Association
  • Healthcare: Nursing
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager) N/A 2019-10-18 2019-11-01

 Nursing Research/Nursing and Health Policy Officer 

Vacancy ID#: 2019-51

Location: Toronto, ON

Type: Permanent Full-time

Group/Grade: Bargaining Unit 1/Officer Grade

Rate: $96,457.82

Date: October 18, 2019

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is seeking to hire a Labour Relations Officer (Nursing Research/Nursing and Health Policy Officer) to join our Negotiations Team. Reporting to the Manager II/Team Lead, this position is responsible for researching and analyzing information, consulting with stakeholders and experts, developing options and recommendations on a wide range of policy initiatives. The Officer analyzes impacts of external developments on membership and identifies opportunities to advance ONA's goals and objectives. This position may involve representing ONA on collaborative research projects, at policy forums and at meetings with government. The incumbent will create survey tools, evaluation frameworks and may develop research proposals. The Nursing Research/Nursing and Health Policy Officer promotes ONA priorities regarding healthcare and nursing policies, ensuring ONA's Nursing and Advocacy is recognized and respected.

This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:

Works closely with ONA Nursing Leadership to develop and implement effective research and investigation to support ONA's goals and objectives.

  • Fosters relationships with both internal and external stakeholders that strengthen support for the work and encourages broad participation in ONA's research efforts.
  • Is knowledgeable and current on legislative and regulatory developments and identifies issues of interest or concern to ONA members.
  • Monitors, captures, filters and organizes information and data into databases to ensure strategic and valuable information is available when needed. Analyzes information and data, and produces briefing papers and reports as needed.
  • Presents findings in various forums including Executive and/or Board meetings, meetings with College of Nurses Council and/or government officials, key external stakeholders and other staff level meetings.
  • Responds to requests to create survey tools, evaluate initiatives and analyze research proposals.
  • Responds to requests from the Chief Negotiator to review relevant research, evaluate other nursing collective agreements pertaining to safe staffing and workload management and support collective bargaining priorities.

Communicates both internally and to external organizations regarding relevant and topical nursing and health policy issues.

  • Writes and/or edits relevant committee/policy communication with members.
  • Develops policy papers as needed.
  • Contributes policy/research news to ONA publications.
  • Contributes to the development of relevant committee and policy work.

Acts as a resource person to the Negotiations Team(s) and Professional Practice Team as required.

  • Acts a resource person to the Central Negotiations Team(s) as required.
  • Acts as a resource person to the Professional Practice Team as required.
  • Acts as a resource person to the Union on professional practice and health policy matters.

What we are looking for:

The successful applicant must possess:

  • College or University education in an approved Nursing, Social Science or Health Policy program, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Knowledge of the College of Nurses, the self-regulating body for RNs and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) in Ontario.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in interpreting and applying relevant legislation (Regulated Health Professions Act, Nursing Act, Long Term Care Homes Act, Public Hospitals Act, etc

Additional Skills & Abilities 

  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Registered Nurse designation is preferred.
  • Extensive and progressive experience (3 - 5 years) in nursing research and/or health policy work.
  • Extensive knowledge of researching and investigating techniques, methodology, strategies with demonstrated experience in a research capacity.
  • Extensive knowledge of nursing and health care policies and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated and proven ability to work in a team environment. Collaboratively as a team member.
  • Good knowledge of trade union, nurse and health care workers employment issues and the general environmental conditions of nursing and health care providers. A thorough understanding of and commitment to trade union philosophy.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, strong facilitation and presentation abilities, and skill in communicating across differences with respect and awareness.
  • Strong writing skills, understanding of clear language, and experience producing written materials (policy papers, outreach materials, articles, proposals, etc.).
  • Must be flexible, adaptable and able to work well with others.
  • Must be able to deal effectively with a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, ONA members and outside agencies.
  • Adept in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Windows and have a basic knowledge of database application
  • Ability to travel throughout the province and carry a valid driver’s license

Please submit your resume to by end of day November 1, 2019. Please include the vacancy ID# 2019-51 in the subject line.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at 

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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