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Legal Expense Assistance Plan Advocate, Rn

November 6 2017
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt., Labor - Employment
Toronto, ON

Vacancy ID#: 2017-44

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Type: Permanent Full-time

Date: October 27, 2017

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health professionals and 16,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is seeking to hire a Labour Relations Officer (Legal Expense Assistance Plan Advocate, RN) to join our Legal Expense Assistance Plan Team. This position works within the boundaries of ONA's governing and administrative policies, vision and strategic outcomes, and team standards. The successful candidate will administer and deliver the Legal Expense Assistance Plan (LEAP) in the representation of ONA members at Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) Tribunals, and coroners' inquests in a quality-conscious and cost-effective manner and acts as a Nurse resource to the LEAP team.

This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:

  • Reviews and handles RHPA Tribunal cases.

  • Writes highly-detailed, persuasive submissions for ONA members regarding various regulatory college matters.

  • Acts as an expert RN resource to members of the LEAP team; advising with regard to technical knowledge, practice issues and understanding of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) practice standards.

  • Provides counseling and advice to ONA members through the LEAP Intake Line.

  • Attends CNO Council meetings and provides a written report to LEAP team and ONA leadership.

  • Assists members to understand and reflect upon regulatory college standards and their own accountabilities as health-care professionals.

  • Attends meetings at the CNO representing members as requested.

  • Identifies trends that may impact the provision of LEAP, expanding knowledge/expertise on allied health and other regulated professions.

  • Occasionally represents on the LEAP Advisory Committee.

  • Assists in membership education and communications with respect to LEAP.

  • Consults with legal advocates on LEAP team when necessary to ensure members' rights are protected.

  • Participates in team meetings.

  • Uses ONA database to record and search for case information.

What we are looking for:

The successful candidate will possess -

  • A Registered Nurse (RN) designation is required.

  • A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of experience practicing as a front-line nurse.

  • Experience providing written and/or oral advocacy at professional regulatory tribunals (or equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to ONA).
  • LL.B or Juris Doctor (JD) preferred.

  • Comprehensive understanding of College of Nurses practice standards.
  • Familiarity with the Regulated Health Professions Act and Nursing Act.

  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written; demonstrated ability to write logical, persuasive, detailed submissions.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to show empathy and patience while providing counseling and advice to members.

  • Experience with teaching/coaching/mentoring is an asset.

  • The successful candidate must be flexible, adaptable and able to work well with others in a rapidly changing work environment.

  • Must have demonstrated advocacy and an "activist's heart."

  • Adept in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Windows and have a basic knowledge of database application.

  • Ability to speak other languages is considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be able to travel, possess a valid driver's license and have access to an automobile for business use.

If you would like to be part of a team that provides crucial legal services and consistently receives excellent reviews from ONA members, visit our website and apply today!

Please submit your resume to ***********@***.org by end of day November 9, 2017. Please include the vacancy ID#2017-44 in the subject line.

The Ontario Nurses' Association is committed to employment equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ('AODA'). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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