AOHNA Executive Director Position - Now Accepting Applications

Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association

Executive Director Position


Overview of the Organization

The Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association (AOHNA) is a non-profit organization representing occupational health nurses working in Alberta. The AOHNA is a specialty practice group of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). The mandate of the AOHNA is to promote healthy working environments, protect the health of workers, and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

The AOHNA is comprised of regional chapters governed by a Provincial Executive Committee.  Regional Chapters are as follows:

  • Northwest Chapter - Grande Prairie & area
  • Northeast Chapter - Fort McMurray & area
  • North Central Chapter - Edmonton & area
  • Central Chapter - Red Deer & area
  • South Central Chapter - Calgary & area

The AOHNA is an organization made up of Registered Nurses in the specialty of Occupational Health Nursing. The AOHNA is a specialty practice group of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).

The AOHNA is an organization made up of Registered Nurses in the specialty of Occupational Health Nursing.
Our mission is to promote healthy working environments, protect the health and safety of workers and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
Our vision is to provide continuing growth, development and expertise opportunities for Occupational Health Nurses, thereby creating:

Nursing Expertise at Work: Healthy Workers, Healthy Business


Status: Not-for-profit professional association, operating in accordance with the Societies Act.

Staff: 1 part time contract support position  (0.4 FTE)

Board: Volunteer executive board composed of association members (12-14 board members)

Chapters: Five throughout Alberta

Members: approximately 264

Volunteers: active across the province, supporting chapters and serving on subcommittees

‪National Affiliations: 

The Opportunity

‪The association is excited to build capacity for membership and occupational health specialty nursing practice with the addition of an Executive Director. Reporting to the provincial executive board, the Executive Director (ED) is accountable for the general direction of AOHNA and the overall management and leadership of day-to-day operations. The ED is responsible for raising the profile of AOHNA and the specialty practice of occupational health nursing profession in Alberta, executing the strategic plan, generating the annual budget, reporting on financial and operational matters, and ensuring AOHNA resources are used in a responsible and sustainable manner.

This is a one-year renewable .4 FTE ~ 16 hours per week contract position located in Alberta


‪Organizational Leadership

  • ‪Takes direction from the Board while providing leadership, guidance and support to the Board
  • ‪Together with the Board President, represent AOHNA and Occupational Health Nursing specialty practice profession to related provincial and national bodies
  • ‪Build alliances and partnerships with external stakeholders (e.g. government, employers, other occupational health nursing jurisdictions and post-secondary institutions)
  • ‪Develop strategic plans in alignment with the organization’s long-term goals
  • ‪Act as spokesperson for the organization
  • ‪Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders

‪‪Operational Management

  • ‪Enhance the membership experience and relationship with the association
  • ‪Maintain strong member-centric approach to serving members on a day-to-day basis
  • ‪Be proactive and future-oriented on behalf of the membership
  • Explore opportunities for research grants and fund development
  • ‪Ensure effective communication between AOHNA and membership and external bodies

‪‪Strategic Leadership and Financial Acumen

  • ‪Create and operationalize strategic initiatives, aligned with Board’s strategic and associated long-term goals
  • ‪Accountable for high-level reporting (management discussion & analysis , annual budget, quarterly financial updates) to the board and for distribution to membership
  • ‪Provide direction with executive board on growth of new revenue streams

‪‪Build an inspired and engaged association

  • ‪Provide leadership, coaching and mentorship to the executive team
  • ‪Create a corporate culture that is positive, engaging, respectful, and productive.
  • ‪Be accountable for the organization’s functions through direct leadership or oversight
  • ‪Direct and ensure effective management of support functions


Candidate Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of occupational health nursing specialty practice
  • ‪A minimum of three (3) years of executive leadership and human resources experience is considered an asset
  • ‪Must have governance experience - leader interaction with a Board practicing governance principles is ideal.
  • ‪Must have experience at a professional association or not-for-profit organization
  • ‪MBA desired, however equivalencies will be considered, COHN (C), CRSP or CPHR designations or eligibility for the designations is considered an asset
  • ‪Proven ability to work collaboratively and develop effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • ‪Business and financial acumen is a must, as is experience with strategic planning
  • ‪Must have a strong public presence and be an effective public speaker, demonstrating strong communication skills (written and spoken word, media relations, and presentations)
  • ‪Must be comfortable as a change agent, responding effectively to a changing landscape
  • ‪Must have exceptional interpersonal and time management skills, wh ich includes the ability to take self-directed initiative.
  • ‪An extensive, established professional network of business and HR leaders would be considered an asset.


‪To Apply

‪If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume to the AOHNA Executive Director Selection Committee. Please include your cover letter and resume in the same document and send to

Respectfully, inquiries from search firms will not be considered at this time.

This competition will close end of business day, August 8, 2017

‪We would like to thank all applicants who apply for this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please

Job Type: contract, .4 FTE position

Required education:
‪Bachelor's in Nursing, Administration or Health Sciences

‪Required experience:
‪3 years of executive leadership

Compensation will be discussed with potential candidates and commensurate with experience