Planning & Integration Consultant
North West Local Health Integration Network - Thunder Bay, ON

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The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is one of the 14 LHINs in the Province of Ontario with a mandate to plan, integrate, fund and manage performance of LHIN funded health service providers. Recently the responsibilities and accountabilities of the North West LHIN were expanded and as a result we are excited to recruit new positions to join the talented team in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Planning & Integration Consultant

Reporting to the Director, Health System Design and Development, the consultant serves as a resource for community stakeholders including the management of community issues and concerns, as well as providing support to other LHIN program areas to identify and implement appropriate communication and stakeholder engagement methods. Responsible for analyzing and identifying gaps and barriers in the local health system, integration activities and coordination. Assisting with the management of complex planning projects, developing and supporting implementation strategies to improve efficiencies, performance and outcomes.

Key Accountabilities
1.Assists with and coordinates the delivery of LHIN community events including planning and logistics.
2.Identifies, selects and uses appropriate planning approaches, such as: needs-based predictive models and community input, to be used in the development of the Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP) and health capacity planning.
3.Promotes high-quality research, develops planning methodology and provides leadership for actionable, measurable results-driven improvement strategies.
4.Conducts effective stakeholder consultation related to planning, assessed impact of planning recommendations and decisions, advances integration activities, and promotes consensus among stakeholders for action required.
5.Provides group support to division planners/staff and assists with meeting deliverables and priorities during project assignments.
6.Manages project plans and budget allocations for planning, integration and coordination initiatives.
7.Develops innovative approaches for provider partnerships and selects among alternative approaches to achieve integration goals.
8.Works with providers and stakeholders to develop strategies and activities for integration and coordination.
9.Conducts analysis and prioritizes opportunities for local system integration and coordination in alignment strategic priorities. Identifies and maximizes horizontal and vertical linkages with partners.
10.Participates in and contributes to provincial and inter-LHIN planning and integration activities.
11.Provides and manages technical planning input towards the analysis of health improvement initiatives.
12.Builds internal and external collaborations and partnerships to advance the planning and integration activities and initiatives.
13.Negotiates with stakeholders and health service providers around integration, coordination of services and enhancements of health outcomes through agreements and planning projects.
14.Monitors and evaluates planning and integration coordination outcomes.
15.Shares leading practices on integration and coordination with other LHINs and participates in provincial dialogue on integration methods and performance evaluation.
16.Provides advice and input from the integration perspective to the development of health care system funding plans for stakeholders, planning & integration team, and the senior leadership team.
17.Other duties as required.

-Post-secondary /Masters Degree in health administration, health planning, business administration or relevant field.

-Minimum 3 to 5 years of related experience.
-Demonstrated experience with facilitation techniques and processes, including experience developing and facilitating large complex sessions involving diverse stakeholders.
-Demonstrated experience working effectively in partnership with broad range of individuals and organizations of diverse backgrounds, preferably within the health care sector.
-Significant planning experience, preferably within a health-care environment.
-Proven skill and success in managing large, complex planning projects.
-Ability to select and apply multiple planning methodologies as appropriate.
-Excellent project management skills including budgeting, planning and communication.
-Superior interpersonal and relationship management skills, supported by excellent written and oral communication skills.
-In-depth understanding of the Ontario health-care system, its stakeholders, programs and issues.
-French language an asset.

For full details on this position and more information on the North West LHIN, please visit our website at Please e-mail your resume and cover letter, by December 2, 2012.