Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Director, IT Systems: Wait Time Initiative

Hays is helping the ministry of health and long-term care look for a Director, IT Systems (workopolis, monster) to help them reduce and report on wait times in Ontario health care:

The Director of the Wait Time Information Program is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Wait Time Information System Program strategy, delivery & operations. The Director will build and lead a service-oriented organization to support our clients strategic vision. Direct Reports to this position will include the Business Operations Manager, and several other key management positions now being recruited.

The ‘key responsibilities’ they discuss are:

1. Strategic Planning & Business Planning
2. Communication and Stakeholder Relationship Management
3. Operational Management & Leadership
4. Program Management
5. Product Management

The Good
It’s a senior position with a well-explained project at hand.  Public sector work in health care seems like the kind of thing that someone can feel somewhat proud of, although it’s not always easy to know whether or not something like a wait-time reduction initiative is simply a symptom of the dysfunction, or rather a really strong ‘force for good’.

Sounds like a really good benefit package; this will help to cover what is likely a comparatively low salary:

Excellent Family Benefits package, including one of the top pension plans in Canada, free life insurance at two times salary, and 28 days of paid holidays, 10 paid stat holidays and 18 paid sick days, per year

The process in a government shop is likely to be little formal for my tastes, but that’s what comes from having the public watch your every move and complain when you spend their money on something that’s not of clear benefit — public oversight is a two-edged sword.

The location might be at 900 Bay, which is a decent and central location, although I don’t have any concrete information.

The Bad
Government jobs don’t usually pay very well, compared to the private sector.  However, the overall compensation isn’t always bad, once you factor in the benefits and pension.  Some of that depends on your philosophy.

YMMV
There’s an inherent trade-off in public sector work.  You get to put your efforts into improving the lives of your fellow citizens in some way, and get a pretty decent benefits package and long-term employment future, in return for lower salary than a competitive position elsewhere.  Some people would love to work in t he public sector, others not so much, and that’s something that’s pretty individual, I find.

In Summary
If you’d like a public-sector health-care position, this one covers an interesting subject (wait times), and a senior position (director).  You’d probably want to get more information on the salary and the location before getting too deep into discussions.

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