Saskatchewan Medical Association - Careers

19th DEC

Director, Physician Advocacy and Leadership

Permanent Part Time • Saskatchewan Medical Association • , SK

The Position

The Saskatchewan Medical Association is looking for a physician leader who advocates on behalf of the profession both on an individual and collective basis, and is passionate about creating opportunities for Saskatchewan doctors to reach new levels of excellence and professionalism in an environment of collaborative and continuous learning. This position is based in Saskatoon and will report to the CEO. This position is at minimum a half-time position so as to enable continued engagement in other aspects of professional practice.

At the SMA, we influence health-care transformation through advocacy and collaborative leadership. Physician leadership, integrated team-based care, and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and patient-centred care are foundational aspects of a first-class health-care system and what we envision in Saskatchewan.  A great system needs great doctors who are enthusiastic about working creatively to meet the needs of patients and the public.

The Role

The Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership has many dimensions and requires many skills. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Strong physician advocacy including opportunities for students, residents and physicians to learn, experiment, and evaluate;

  • Physician leadership development;

  • Quality improvement methods and approaches, including the use of data and analytics in improving practice as well as evidence-based practice tools and techniques;

  • Inter-professional collaboration;

  • Accountability for excellence; and

  • Resource stewardship.

The Attributes

The primary qualification is a genuine passion for and commitment to professional excellence. We are looking for a physician who advocates for the profession, is respected by peers, and creative in approach.  The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to mobilize and inspire others;

  • Ability to mentor new generations of physicians and physician leaders;

  • Experience in quality improvement and patient-centred care including a strong focus on evidence-based practice;

  • A keen understanding of Saskatchewan practice environments, and particularly the challenges of non-urban practices. Familiarity with legislation and policies relevant to physicians is fundamental to this position; and

  • Ability to work collaboratively with non-physician partners (e.g., Ministry of Health, health regions, Health Quality Council, and other professional associations).

Additional qualities include:

  • A broad understanding of health and health care and a vision for what Saskatchewan’s health-care system should be;

  • Ability to plan, implement and manage complex projects, with a clear vision of the desired outcomes and metrics for evaluating progress; and

  • An interest in new patient-centred care modalities (e.g., telehealth, co-developed EHRs, self-management tools, patient portals).

Candidates must hold, or be eligible for, a full independent practice licence with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

The Organization

The SMA is governed by a member-based Representative Assembly, with a progressive and collegial Board of Directors that advances the organization’s purpose and strategy. As a member of our senior leadership team, the Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership will influence policy and practice within and outside the organization.  The director will play a key role in supporting and moving forward the organization’s vision and objectives.

We are committed to progressive employment practices and will support the director in his or her own continuing professional development. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate the transformation of Saskatchewan’s health system, and to make Saskatchewan the best place to practice medicine.

To Apply

Expressions of interest, with a current resumé, can be submitted in confidence to Ms. Bonnie Brossart, CEO at

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