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Director, Northern Ontario Health Information Network

Competition Number: 2007- 409 - TV
Position Title: Director, Northern Ontario Health Information Network
Salary Grade: To Be Determined
Unit: Professional Activities
Location: On site at Sudbury or Thunder Bay campus
Category: 5 year contract (renewable)

Competition Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will continue until the position is filled.


A new medical school for the whole of Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a joint initiative between Lakehead and Laurentian Universities. With main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, the school has multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario, in large and small communities. The School contributes to improving the health of people in Northern Ontario.

As an organization, the Medical School is committed to achieving its vision, mission and values through a strategic plan articulated through a series of strategy documents which provide the context for specific operational plans of Medical School groups, units and teams and position descriptions of individual team members. This position's contribution will be measured by its ability to contribute to the achievement of the goals, vision and mission of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The Director, Northern Ontario Health Information Network (NOHIN), reports to the Vice Dean, Professional Activities. The Director will provide visionary leadership to establish and manage a comprehensive, effective, streamlined and excellent health information service for the whole of Northern Ontario. While primarily focused on students and faculty of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the health care practitioners served by the Northern Ontario Virtual library, there are opportunities for NOHIN to collaborate with NOSM's host universities, Laurentian and Lakehead, as well as all hospitals, health care institutions and government agencies, to expand services to all health care professionals located in Northern Ontario. This incumbent will be part of the NOSM Senior Leadership Group.


Specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

Establishing NOHIN

1. Establish the NOHIN by merging the services, resources and staff of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Health Information Resource Centre and the Northern Ontario Virtual Library, which currently exist as separate entities
2. Provide innovative and dynamic leadership for the NOHIN;
3. Create and communicate a strong vision and mission for the NOHIN that support and enable NOSM's key directions and initiatives;
4. Formulate a multi-year strategic plan;
5. Prepare reports, analyses and budget submissions that provide data on which to make recommendations and decisions regarding staffing levels and funding for resources;
6. Administer a large and complex budget that will flow from a substantial number of sources;
7. Identify and pursue opportunities for additional sources of funding;
8. Develop partnerships and foster excellent co-operation and communication between the highly diversified and complex user population that will form the NOHIN - NOSM, the Universities, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, teaching hospitals, smaller hospitals and health care facilities, the two Northern Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), and the health care professionals;
9. Provide leadership by advancing new and innovative methodologies in the dissemination of health information to support e-learning, teaching, research and clinical practice across a vast geographic area; promote the utilization of state of the art electronic communication and information technology such as webcasts, videoconferencing, telemedicine, streaming media and networking;
10. Promote the continued development, delivery and evaluation of information literacy instructional programs to ensure an effective level of information literacy among all NOHIN users;
11. Oversee acquisition of health information resources with particular emphasis on electronic resources; provide leadership in implementing digital library services, to ensure highly effective access to health information resources irrespective of location;
12. Formulate policy for, and ensure evaluation of the NOHIN's resources, programs and services


13. Lead and mentor NOHIN staff to be highly productive and innovative in a collegial working environment; encourage the development of teamwork and leadership skills among staff members; promote good communication by facilitating open discussion and the development of a cohesive and highly motivated team who share a common commitment to outstanding user services;
14. Lead the development of goals and objectives within the NOHIN staff; facilitate the development of collective accountability for, and monitor progress towards, achieving these goals;
15. Define staff responsibilities and assignments and supervise NOHIN staff, either directly or indirectly; set performance standards and coordinate the evaluation of staff members' performance; ensures the ongoing identification and implementation of appropriate staff training and development;
16. Maintain a current knowledge of evolving technologies for the provision of information services to diverse constituencies;
17. Provide leadership on health information issues at the medical school, the affiliated universities, and the provincial level in Northern Ontario;
18. Work collaboratively with the eLearning and Technology Units to ensure that health information dissemination across the NOHIN is seamless;
19. Participate actively in the eStrategy Steering Group in the strategic planning and integration of advances in learning with technology, simulation and informatics across the NOHIN;
20. Assume a senior management role, as a member of the Senior Leadership Group, to ensure that NOHIN activities and services are consistent with and integrated into an overall NOSM process of continuous improvement;
21. Chair the NOHIN Advisory Group and promote effective liaison to ensure that the NOHIN meets the needs of the entire NOHIN user population;
22. Represent the NOHIN on Medical School, University, community, provincial and national committees as appropriate;
23. Provide effective advocacy for the NOHIN within NOSM, the hospitals, LHINs, other health organizations and health professionals in Northern Ontario;
24. Collaborate actively with health sciences libraries, particularly those that form the Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries and the AFMC Library Group



  • Master's degree in library science or an advanced degree in information sciences or other appropriate field from a recognized university with Canadian accreditation


  • 10 years of increasingly higher levels of responsibility and leadership, preferably in an academic health sciences library;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget, planning, personnel management and library operations
  • Record of achievement in the development and implementation of new educational technologies and innovative library services;
  • Demonstrated success in generating external support through grants and contracts;
  • Evidence of professional leadership and scholarly productivity through national participation at a leadership level, presentations, and publications ;
  • Evidence of strong written, verbal and presentation skills including the ability to effectively communicate in both technical and non-technical environments, as well as academic and clinical environments.

Personal Suitability

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and promote a shared vision across a large geographic area with diverse user populations
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a highly complex organizational structure
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Outstanding personnel management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work consultatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, university and hospital administrators, government officials, and the public.


  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English (verbally, written and comprehension).
  • French language skills would be a considerable asset.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and the names of 5 references, quoting competition # 2007- 409 -TV to:

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Attention: Human Resources
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Fax: (705) 671-3880

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to equity in employment and encourages applications for all qualified applications, including women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled with the strictest of confidence,
only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.