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Vice President, Clinical Partnerships and Hospital Relations

 Job Posting

Competition Number: 2023-1765-TC
Position Title:   Vice President, Clinical Partnerships and Hospital Relations
Unit: Clinical Partnerships and Hospital Relations
Location: Thunder Bay
Term: Up to five (5) years (renewable)
Competition Closing Date: Review of applications will begin October 16th 

Based in Thunder Bay and representing NOSM University in the Northwest, this new position is aligned to a leadership structure representative of a university. After proclamation in April 2022, NOSM became Canada’s first independent medical university and is expected to grow, expand, and evolve its medical and allied health professions education and research. The extensive geography of Northern Ontario and the expanded role of NOSM University means it is not feasible for the President, alone, to represent the University across all of Northern Ontario. The Vice President, Clinical Partnerships and Hospital Relations will act for the President in the Northwest and be supported by a new unit based in Thunder Bay.

This position is 3-4 days a week (0.6-0.8 FTE) expanding to full-time as necessary and based in Thunder Bay.

This position is not eligible for tenure.


Tasks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee and advise the President on all clinical partnerships and hospital relationships across Northern Ontario including oversight of Faculty Affairs, the Physician Workforce Strategy and the liaison with the Northern Ontario Academic Medical Associate (NOAMA).
  • Contribute to administrative governance of NOSM University with membership in the cabinet and Executive and Management Leadership Groups.
  • Be engaged in the ongoing development and maintenance with Northern Ontario’s two Academic Health Sciences Centres (AHSC) including but not limited to management of the bi-lateral agreements between NOSM University and Health Sciences North (HSN) and between NOSM University and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).
  • Where appropriate represent NOSM University on the boards of the Academic Health Science Centers s or any other high-level clinical organizations and hospitals.
  • Liaise with the leaderships of the Northern Teaching Hospitals, Ontario North.
  • Act as the NOSM University representative and lead the development of a pan-northern Academic Health Sciences Network North.
  • Represent NOSM University in discussions, negotiations and relationship building and maintenance with the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association and the Physician Clinical Teachers’ Association.
  • Have oversight of the Faculty Affairs portfolio including of the Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs.
  • Have oversight of the Associate Dean Physician Workforce Strategy.
  • Liaise with the appropriate Units, including Learner Support Services and Human Resources, on triaging Learner mistreatment issues that arise in the clinical setting in relation to student placements, affiliations and maintaining and positive and healthy the learning/working environment.
  • Advise the President on matters and issues relating to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), Ontario Health and Clinical relations.
  • Establish and maintain clinical partnerships which advance the Vision and Mission of the NOSM University.
  • Maintain a high profile with assigned communities and partnerships by attending and speaking at external/community events on behalf of NOSM University and the President predominantly in the Northwest.
  • Represent the University and the President in fundraising efforts in Thunder Bay, donor relations, and municipal affairs.
  • Represent the President and the University as appropriate in relations and negotiations with Lakehead University.
  • Working with the President and Vice President, Administration be the “on the ground” presence for future planning (capital, new build, alternate locations) for the NOSM University campus.
  • Maintain and nurture positive relationships with all other Northwestern Ontario Colleges, Universities, physicians, hospitals/health services, communities and community organizations.
  • Represent the University and/or the President at assigned ceremonies, conferences and with audiences and stakeholders of the University.
  • Communicate and disseminate the University’s message and position on issues to the Northwestern Ontario media as delegated by the President.
  • Assumes the President’s responsibilities during the President’s and other Vice Presidents’ absences.
  • Coordinate events and activities, as requested by the President.
  • Provide briefings on issues and matters as requested by the President.
  • Serve as a member of the University Senate.
  • Attends NOSM University Board of Governors meetings as required.
  • Other duties as determined and assigned by the President.



  • Must be a physician with an M.D. from an accredited Canadian Medical School although international MDs will be considered if in practice in Canada.
  • In good standing with a Canadian Medical Regulatory Agency and a certificant in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and/or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or equivalent.
  • Must be eligible for a faculty appointment at NOSM University.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an academic setting with progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience at senior-level management;
  • Knowledge and familiarity of Canadian Medical schools; Hospitals and Academic Health Science Centers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels in a large, complex institution, as well as with various external communities, to facilitate positive and collaborative processes and initiatives coupled with measurable programmatic deliverables;
  • Experience effectively managing organizational change;
  • Record of relevant, quality scholarly activity, including publications and/or leadership in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Experience in managing complex issues with appointments, reappointments, workload and performance, promotions and recruitment of clinical faculty.
  • Understanding of human rights, patient care and accountability of clinical relations regarding the learning environment and regulation of health care professionals working in clinical settings with faculty status at NOSM University.
  • Experience with University models of clinical structures such as Departments, Sections etc.
  • Experience and understanding of alternative funding plans in Ontario.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of personal workload, as well as the workload of employees under his/her direction and takes responsibility for decisions and action. Takes pride in the work that is accomplished and understands the function of tasks within the larger picture of the organization. Ensures deadlines are met and work is completed properly.
  • Superior Communication– Creates a culture of positive communication which leads to fluid process flow of work tasks within the portfolio. Ensures that communication is clear and concise.
  • Commitment to Health and Safety Leadership- Works in compliance with all applicable health and safety legislation and established policies and procedures, which includes ensuring that all health and safety training for employees is complete and up to date.
  • Decision Making – Makes concrete, well-informed and thought-out decisions that support the overall organization. Has the ability to make quick, effective decisions even when data and details are limited. Ability to use sound reasoning when faced with various issues.
  • Resource and Fiscal Management – Uses resources such as human capital, supplies, products, materials, and other useable items effectively and with foresight to available and limited funds. Makes sound decisions regarding resource allocation.
  • Anti-racism and Cultural Sensitivity – Promotes an inclusive environment exemplified by openness and humility towards learning about all cultural groups. Models’ behavior to promote a collegial work environment among all staff.
  • Leadership – Works well with a wide range of individuals to provide support, coaching, encouragement, and direction. Engages in regular, structured discussions with employees in order to encourage and improve individual employee performance and attain organizational objectives. Identifies employee’s strengths and weaknesses and provides long-term direction and support regarding areas of growth.
  • Results Orientation – Able to focus on desired outcomes, and the means by which they are achieved by meeting and or exceeding standards based on past performance, goals, and objectives, as well as the performance and/or achievements of others.
  • Collaboration – Creates and fosters a work environment where ideas are shared, and units work together to achieve organizational goals.
  • Innovation – Continues to seek out opportunities to improve organizational processes and the delivery of medical education.


  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English (verbally, written and comprehension)
  • French/Indigenous language skills would be considered asset

Review of Applications will begin at 5 p.m. on October 16, 2023.

The position will remain open until filled.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume along with verification of academic accomplishments quoting the competition number  #2023-1765-TC  to:

NOSM University
Attention:  Human Resources
935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6
Fax: (705) 671-3880

NOSM University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, or require an accessible version this posting, please contact Human Resources via email at

NOSM University invites applications from all qualified individuals. NOSM University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOSM University needs to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applications need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

“Yes, I am a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”

“Yes, I am not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada but I am legally eligible to work in Canada.”

“No, I am not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or otherwise legally eligible to work in Canada.”

While all responses are appreciated and will be handled with the strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.