Improvement Lead

Employment type: Permanent

Location: Saskatoon

Hours of work: 37.5

Competition number: 21-13

To apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to by 8am on December 1st.

The Health Quality Council is committed to equity in its policies and practices. HQC supports diversity in its learning and work environments and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity practices. We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. HQC is actively seeking to reach a diverse pool of candidates and strongly encourages First Nations, Métis and Inuit, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to apply.  

Position summary

HQC is looking for a proactive, organized, and collaborative person to join the our team. We are searching for someone who can build strong relationships and has a flexible can-do approach. You bring curiosity, great communication, teamwork skills, and have a patient but keen interest in systemic change.  An Improvement Lead at HQC contributes to the mission and vision of the organization by:

  • Establishing and maintaining key relationships by building trust, understanding community needs, and working collaboratively with system partners and community-based partners.
  • Building capacity, capability, motivation, and energy for change.  
  • Curating information, knowledge, and evidence to identify and inform improvement opportunities.

Reporting relationships

The employee will report to the Program Director. There are no direct or indirect reports to this position.

Knowledge and skills

  1. Growth Mindset: Demonstrated interest, commitment, and ability to learn new things and teach and coach acquired skills to others.
  2. Change Management: Knowledge and ability to apply structured change management and engagement methods to transition individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state.
  3. Quality Improvement Science: Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, quality improvement concepts, tools, and methods, including measurement and reporting.


  1. Adaptive Capacity: Participates and advocates the advantages of change.
  2. Continuous Improvement: Keeps current in own field of expertise.
  3. Decisive Insight: Breaks down problems, analyzes problems to reach decisions, uses strategies, and conducts in-depth analysis to solve problems.
  4. Building Partnerships: The ability to build relationships, collaborate effectively, and solidify relationships.
  5. Strategic Thinking: Understands strategies, thinks in strategic (future-oriented) terms, and aligns own priorities to organizational objectives.


  • Master’s degree in a health-related discipline, education, engineering, social sciences, business or public health administration or statistics and three years of work experience, preferably in a health environment, or;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline, education, engineering, social sciences, business or public health administration or statistics and five years of work experience, preferably in a health environment.
  • Training in quality improvement science, tools, and methods (e.g., Lean Leader Certification, Lean Improvement Leaders Training or other) would be considered an asset.
  • Employees must also provide and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.
  • Employees must be fully vaccinated or will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.