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Director, Professional Practice: Standards, Regulatory Policy and Programs

The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) is a regulatory college under the Health Professions Act. Our mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registrants. Our core values are integrity, respect, accountability and professionalism and we are committed to meeting and exceeding the College’s legislative responsibilities by using a Right-touch regulation approach.


Do you want to be supporting change and translating strategy into results? All while generating a culture committed to continuous improvement and challenging the status quo?

This role was envisioned to elevate the standards of practice, regulatory policy and programs portfolio of the College to an integrated and strategic level. Reporting to the chief professional practice officer, you will bring your expert skills, knowledge and practical experience to provide outstanding leadership to initiatives.

What You Will Do

  • Cultivate collaborative relationships while providing expert regulatory and strategic advice as it relates to the role's portfolio to the CRNA senior team, employees and external stakeholders
  • Provide solution-based collaboration with the CRNA departments and other regulatory bodies on issues of concern
  • Participate in internal and external committees and working groups
  • Contribute to the legislative, standards and bylaw consultations as required
  • In consultation with stakeholders, translate the CRNA’s strategic plan into an effective professional practice department strategic direction and operational plan
  • Implement and evaluate system processes consistent with Right‑touch regulation and ensure proportionate, fair and timely decision-making
  • Provide direction and oversee regulatory policy, program, process decisions and consult with legal counsel as required
  • Support public protection by leading and overseeing the development, implementation and administration of regulatory policies and ensure they are evidence-informed, accurate and relevant
  • Participate in and provide leadership in identified professional practice support projects as required
  • Oversee the design, implementation and evaluation methodologies for the public, stakeholder and registrant participation in gathering input and feedback on regulatory policy
  • Develop, deliver and maintain comprehensive orientation to support the professional practice department functions and operational practices
  • Provide mentoring to staff in the professional practice department
  • Provide coverage in the absence of the chief professional practice officer or as delegated
  • Support the chief professional practice officer in preparation for Council activities and reports
  • Provide input into budget planning and resource allocation

What You Possess

  • A bachelors degree in nursing
  • A masters degree in a health-related field is required
  • A combination of equivalent education and experience will be considered
  • Be a current registrant of the CRNA in good standing or eligible for registration
  • Have 10-14 years of progressive management experience and nursing practice in either clinical, administrative, education or research, including policy development and implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to translate a strategic plan into effective operational plans
  • A successful track record in mentoring and coaching
  • Experience leading successful change management initiatives
  • Willingness to address issues directly to constructively resolve conflict and build trust
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, synthesize information, develop options and mentor others in determining the best direction
  • Proven ability to exercise independent judgement and decision-making. In addition, proven ability to work with confidential information and use sound judgement in its safekeeping and disclosure
  • Excellent critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to challenge the status quo in a professional and collaborative manner
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Excellent communication skills (including facilitation and presentation) to express ideas, engage various stakeholders and influence action. An active listener who possesses a clear and concise writing style
  • Proven ability to work with people in a positive and motivational manner

What We Offer

  • An ongoing full-time employment opportunity
  • A competitive salary
  • Extended health and dental benefits package, including several resources to support mental health and financial wellness
  • An excellent defined benefit pension plan
  • Currently in a remote work environment and offer a hybrid work opportunity
  • A 7.25-hour workday from Monday through Friday
  • 12 general holidays and an annual holiday break when our office is closed for the last week in December
  • Earned vacation days at a monthly rate that equates to 20 days per year to start
  • On top of it all, we provide an annual self-directed staff development fund to support life-long self-learning and self/family personal health and wellness and services
If this position sounds like a good fit for your skills, we invite you to submit a resume via email quoting file PPS-1500 to crnacareers@nurses.ab.ca by Aug. 28, 2022. Thank you for your interest.

Conditions of Employment

The CRNA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to its community and employees. The CRNA recognizes that vaccination is effective in reducing COVID-19 transmission and, as a COVID-19 hazard control measure, has made vaccination a condition of employment.

All new employees, contractors, and volunteers joining the organization will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless exempt based on a human rights protected ground. Proof of COVID-19 immunization record will be required prior to start.

Satisfactory criminal record check is required.