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Northern Zone
Central Zone

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We provide health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. 

Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, volunteers and learners. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.

We are currently seeking Zone Medical Leads for our Northern Zone and our Central Zone.

Led by the Vice President, Medicine and working within a co-leadership model with our Vice-President, Operations, our Zone Medical Lead is the most senior and executive medical position in each Zone. They are jointly accountable for providing the vision and leadership required to align and implement strategic planning, and deliver and evaluate a quality, accessible, sustainable and integrated health system. Our Vice President, Operations and Zone Medical Lead function as part of a dyad executive leadership model in which a clinical operation and medical leader are partnered in a shared decision-making relationship. In general, our Vice President, Operations provides an operations perspective and our Zone Medical Lead ensures a clinical focus as they jointly make all major decisions and recommendations. 

Our Vice President, Operations and Zone Medical Lead jointly establish planning for the effective and efficient implementation, operationalization, management, and monitoring of provincially integrated clinical care initiatives and services; as well as quality improvement and measurement programs. Additionally, the dyad provides executive leadership for the administration of zone-specific matters. Our Vice President, Operations and Zone Medical Lead will enable and support a provincial health system that is undertaking change, continual improvement, process reengineering and innovation to deliver on its commitment to excellence and enhanced performance. The dyad also conducts rigorous performance management and improvement. Specific responsibilities for our Zone Medical Lead include activities related to quality and safety, physician workforce planning, recruitment, appointments and credentialing, and physician performance and physician leadership development. 

About you:
You are a MD (with or without specialty) with evidence of past and ongoing leadership training and five or more years of experience in a senior leadership capacity.  You are involved or have been involved in the planning and delivery of medical programs and services, preferably throughout several locations with multiple partners and stakeholders.  Provincial committee experience is preferred.  Your leadership approach involves engaging, mentoring and empowering teams and stakeholders in a collaborative, participative manner.  This methodology has led to your success in developing operational plans and achieving objectives.   You can speak to your successful record of achievement as a leader, including extensive experience in improvement and innovation in service delivery in a large and diverse range of health functions. You have exceptional communications and presentation skills and you exercise tact and diplomacy, and ability to navigate complex relationships with multiple stakeholders to achieve objectives. Your repertoire includes proven competency in resource management, budgeting and long-term financial planning.  (CCPE/MBA/CHE is preferred)

To express your interest:
If you are interested in this opportunity with NSHA, please forward your resume / curriculum vitae to Caroline Gates at  


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