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Governance Consultant

College of Nurses of Ontario

Job Title:                        Governance Consultant

Team:                                    Governance & External Relations

Job Status:                     Permanent

Eligibility:                      Open to any qualified applicant


Governance Consultant

Provides governance expertise and supports Council (Board of Directors) and committee functions in the effective administration of governance processes. Provides support to the Director of Strategy, Registrar/ Executive Director & CEO and Council President in relation to Council and committee functions. Coordinates the development, implementation, and maintenance of a broad range of governance focused policies and practices. 

  • Provides expertise, advice and recommendations related to a broad range of governance and board issues.
  • Establishes, manages and monitors communications to promote and facilitate an effective flow of information within the Strategy team, Leadership Team, staff, Council and Committees.
  • Conducts research on best practices and governance trends of the regulatory environment, provides analysis, makes recommendations and implements, as approved; builds and maintains an effective network of business relationships in regulatory governance field to share expertise and inform board to support best practices.
  • Monitors and evaluates the implementation of governance policies and directives and recommends improvements to achieve the College’s overall strategic objectives.
  • Provides oversight of Council and Committee governance processes and ensures all activities are consistent with legislation and CNO policies and practices, including the Council member nomination process, orientation and ongoing education, Council/Committee performance, and appointment and election activities.
  • Provides governance training and support on governance operations and projects for staff including the Registrar/Executive Director & CEO.
  • Creates and updates process manual, as required, to document administrative workflows and processes related to Council and Committee activities ensuring currency and completeness of information.
  • Engages and be informed by various external partners/parties including government, regulators in Ontario and other jurisdictions and other partners in the system to ensure governance projects and initiatives are aligned with CNO’s Strategic Plan, key performance indicators and risk-based regulation.




Education and Experience 

  • Completion of post-secondary education in business, political studies, law or a related discipline.
  • Accreditation related to governance (for example: Accredited Director granted through Chartered Governance Institute of Canada, or designation granted through Governance Professionals of Canada) or comparable continuing education program through a post-secondary institution.
  • Five years of related work experience in managing or coordinating Board and Committee-related activities.
  • Experience developing and monitoring complex governance-related initiatives and work plans.


Organizational Competencies


Consistently demonstrate CNO’s Staff Core Competencies:

  • Innovation – Curiously cultivate new ideas with a desire to learn and a collective focus on the best outcome.
  • Integrity – Conduct every interaction with fairness, honesty, and mutual respect.
  • Collaboration – Work with the right people at the right time to make the best-informed decision.
  • Well-being – Care for the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of ourselves and others


Job Competencies, Knowledge, Skills

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking synthesizes and analyzes researched information for patterns, trends, discrepancies and relationships related to governance best practices; leverages analysis and knowledge of in-depth knowledge of relevant by-laws, CNO policies and processes, previous similar situations to inform conclusions.
  • Consulting and Advising: applies broad understanding of the overall organization, its strategic goals and major functions; understanding of governance processes, governance model rules of order and evaluation when understanding and seeking feedback of current issues, processes and requirements; helps relevant partners/parties to consider recommendations; considers a range of factors, options and solutions to address Council and Committee needs; identifies process improvements and future implications.
  • Problem Solving: utilizes high level of understanding of relevant legislation such as Regulated Health Professions Act and Nursing Act, regulations and by-laws in identifying and analyzing key governance issues and trends; evaluates impacts, risks, and benefits; provides options and solutions and adjusts to address any changes to the problem.
  • Project/Program Management: applies knowledge of project management tools and methodologies to coordinate continuous improvement projects focused on Council and Committee governance processes; establishes and monitors project plan and timelines; identifies opportunities, evaluates project/program outcomes against expectations.
  • Relationship Management: builds, engages and develops collaborative relationships in process improvement initiatives; adept at creating networks and partnerships that build credibility and trust; consults with key partners and relevant parties to seek feedback and get support to inform future direction.
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency in technology such as Microsoft Office, Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Pulse), Nasdaq Boardvantage, and collaborative tools, such as SharePoint, Zoom, OneDrive, MS Teams.


Hiring Range:            $120,562 – $128,116

Full Salary Range:     $120,562 – $144,674

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume by July 12, 2024, at 4:00pm ET to via UKG Pro.

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Our DEI Commitment

The College of Nurses of Ontario protects the public by promoting safe nursing practice. We strive to be diverse, inclusive, fair, equitable and accessible by addressing barriers and promoting dignity and respect for all.  If you require Code-protected accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please contact citing “Request for Accommodation” in the subject line.

Land Acknowledgement

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of many Indigenous communities across Ontario which continue to be home to Indigenous peoples.

CNO’s office is in Toronto, on land that is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.