Professional Practice Leader, Social Work - Academic Education

Job Title
Professional Practice Leader, Social Work
Job Details
Union: Non-Union
Department: Academic Education >> Co-ord of Prof Practice
Social Work
Reports To: Director
Job Category: Healthcare Professional
FTE: 0.5
Shifts: Day
Shift Duration: 8's
Status: Part-Time Permanent
Number of Positions: 1
Site: General Site, 4001 Leslie Street
Salary: $44.07 - $53.09 /Hour
Post Date: November 23, 2020
Closing Date: December 22, 2020

Position Summary

Professional Practice Leader, Social Work, Interprofessional Practice
Your goal in this position is to promote the advancement of the Social Work profession within the domains of practice, education and research. In partnership with the team of Professional Practice Leaders (PPL) and the Collaborative Practice Leader (CPL) you will facilitate evidence-based practices to support the delivery of integrated patient and family centred care and the advancement of the Hospital’s strategic initiatives through teaching and learning and/or transforming care through research and innovation.
In this role, you will mentor your Social Work colleagues across the organization and will provide consultation to clinical programs including providing support to managers, directors and the organization.
In this role you will facilitate, lead and maintain the student placement programs. In addition, you will promote excellence in Social Work practice and Patient and Family Centred Care at all sites and will develop linkages with external academic partners such as University of Toronto, regulatory bodies and related social work associations. This position supports the Hospital’s academic mandate by advancing care through teaching and learning and/or transforming care through research and innovation. This position contributes to the shared responsibility of ensuring health and safety policies are followed to provide for a healthy environment for patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and families.

On a practical level, you will:

  • Provide expert advice on corporate practices and processes pertaining to Social Work
  • Monitor and interpret relevant changes in standards, legislation and scope of practice as it pertains to Social Work within the organization with regards to impact and implementation
  • Chair practice-related committees as required and provide expert advice regarding sensitive Social Work matters
  • Lead systems that address and monitor evidence-based practices in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop and implement education plans, in collaboration with the Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs), Clinical Team Managers (CTMs) and other internal stakeholders to meet educational requirements for practice competencies as required
  • Design effective systems and processes, with our academic partners, to develop, coordinate and evaluate student education and clinical placements
  • Lead the integration of evidence-based practice into policies, guidelines and standards of Care for Social Work practice and interprofessional care in partnership with the organization’s leadership.
  • Collaborate with academic partners to develop and participate in relevant research, as defined by our patient population
  • Provide leadership on key projects related to patient safety and care including Social Work initiatives and clinical education


  • Master of Social Work degree
  • Registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Cross-appointed or eligible for cross appointment to Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto or other accredited University
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in clinical practice relevant to NYGH with specific current clinical knowledge in an acute care practice setting
  • Passionate and demonstrated knowledge of Social Work practice within a patient/family centred care (PFCC) environment including experience with PFCC approaches
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and active listening 
  • Strong leadership and problem-solving skills and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and communicate with external stakeholders and internal staff members at all levels in a professional and courteous manner
  • Self-directed and are able to deal with multiple stakeholders while managing multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to use effective decision-making within a complex clinical environment
  • Highly skilled and experienced in fostering a culture of effective teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated participation in relevant research activities, with the ability to cultivate a best-practice environment for Social Work
  • Member of the Ontario Association of Social Work
  • Bilingualism in French/English an asset

What We Offer:

Working at NYGH means working with a dynamic team of fellow healthcare providers, staff, and volunteers in one of Canada’s leading hospitals. This is a Part Time Regular position, 37.5 hours biweekly, 8-hour day shifts, day shifts in the Interprofessional Practice department. We offer a highly competitive total compensation package which includes pay in lieu of benefits, vacation pay and the opportunity to join the Hospital Pension Plan.