Interim VP of Mental Health

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

LHH Knightsbridge


Interim VP of Mental Health

Reports To SVP Clinical Programs

Duration: 3- 6 Months

Location: GTHA, ON

Open to a 4- or 5-day week

Hybrid working

Our client, a prominent health services provider, is looking for an experienced professional to help them navigate through a period of transition. In this assignment you will be tasked with operational leadership of a large set of programs whilst providing a strategic review and key insights to the executive team. Our client is looking to over hire this role on an interim basis to help them drive through significant change across the portfolio and elevate the value and impact of the services.

You will lead excellent patient care at the hospital, creating shared leadership, accountability, care pathways and service to the client & their partner organizations. This role is ideal for experienced healthcare professionals with a strong background in operational planning and policy implementation, experience working in team settings to enhance the interdisciplinary approach to service delivery procedures, and agility in working across hospital and community settings. You will need to be a specialist in Adult Mental Health program leadership of both in-patient and out-patient programs.


  • Assess the people, policies, processes, and procedures, providing key insights to the SVP.
  • Drive through change in the portfolio to improve the patient and staff experience.
  • Coach, engage and support a diverse team through a period of transition and transformation.
  • In collaboration with the Medical Director, measure all dimensions of hospital quality including efficiency, effectiveness, and patient satisfaction and evaluate the organization’s performance against benchmarks.
  • Scan the environment to identify and clarify patient/client needs and expectations and develop hospital operational plans accordingly.
  • Support the hospital managers in implementing and measuring best practices in their area of responsibility.
  • Create and facilitate an environment of collaboration that fosters personal growth and promotes a sense of community, autonomy and decision-making at the point of care and service.
  • Promote learning opportunities to develop hospital staff competence, confidence and cultural competency.
  • Lead process redesign initiatives related to Mental Health and Substance Use services.
  • Search out best practices and look for opportunities to implement them at the hospital.
  • Champion innovative ideas and reasoned risk taking. Make innovation happen.
  • Promote an environment of innovation by embracing diversity, creativity, change and dialogue.
  • Break down structural barriers and ensure the best use of available resources in a flexible and accommodating manner.
  • Work with leadership of the hospital’s community partners to explore how best to optimize resources, create collaboration on learning and development, and broader program models for mental health and substance use.
  • Develop a hospital program/service budget and monitor the application of resources to ensure provision of quality is and services.
  • Be accountable for value-added practices and processes.
  • Continually emphasize the principles of patient focused care and service.
  • Address organizational and systemic obstacles that impede team members from providing the best possible care.
  • Work with leadership of the hospital’s community partners to develop a longer-term leadership and governance model for integrated mental health and substance uses services.
  • Develop programs and services that build community in collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • Seek partners who enhance our services, further the Hospital’s Strategic Plan and promote the seamless delivery of care for the patient and family.


  • Masters’ Degree in relevant profession required.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years recent relevant experience in adult mental health program leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a team-based approach to decision-making and to move decision-making to the point of service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of process re-design and continuous quality improvement techniques required.
  • Self-directed, courageous and highly motivated with the ability to influence and achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to lead coach and motivate others in practice innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare, monitor, analyze and evaluate operational and capital budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the vision of hospital and community integrated Mental Health and Substance Use programming.
  • Proven success in business development and growth and being able to manage competing demands in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish trusting and meaningful relationships with internal and external.

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LHH Knightsbridge Interim Management is a service to help our clients address a wide range of scenarios including leadership support due to sudden departures, driving key change initiatives or leading transformation projects. Our interim executives step in with minimal downtime to meet specific objectives and deliver results. All have held senior positions in the past and have now chosen to offer their unique depth and breadth of experience to organizations on a limited engagement basis.

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We are an equal opportunity employer; we welcome applications from people with disabilities, and we can provide accommodations during hiring processes. We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated and respected, as well as responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

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June 2024