Director of Operations – Full Time Position 

About the job 

Willow Lodge Association is a non-profit organization that is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors elected from the community. Presently operating a 61 bed Nursing Home licensed by the Department of Health. 

Willow Lodge is a registered Eden Alternative® home. 


Tatamagouche is situated on the Northumberland Strait 50 kilometers north of Truro and 50 kilometres west of Pictou. The village is located along the south side of Tatamagouche Bay at the mouths of the French and Waugh Rivers. 

Tatamagouche is bucking the trend of rural decline, and has actually experienced a significant population increase over the past few years. The present community leaders, merchants and ordinary citizens alike are busy restoring century homes and opening new businesses. A state-of-the-art library was completed in 2012, and a new soccer field, a baseball diamond and a running track have all been recently completed. A new P to 12 School opened in September 2019. The old Tatamagouche Creamery has been restored (2010) into a heritage centre (Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre), inviting tourists to explore the area’s history. Tatamagouche has much to offer: a great Trans Canada Trail that runs along the Waugh River with Patterson’s Wharf as a picnic destination, a busy Farmer’s Market, a restored grain elevator with quaint shops, a conference and retreat centre (Tatamagouche Centre), a scenic municipal park overlooking the water (Nelson Park), a completed performing arts centre (Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre), and a cultural centre that recognizes both local and nationally acclaimed artists (Fraser Cultural Centre). We are very proud of our village’s vibrant and fascinating history, and very confident in our bright future. It is a great place to live and bring up a family. 


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Operations is responsible for the overall management and operation of Willow Lodge’s Environmental, Food Service and Maintenance Departments and performing a variety of routine building operations and maintenance functions. As a member of the senior management team the Director of Operations of this position is required to participate in a number of leadership activities related to the operation of the organization including strategic planning, policy and procedure development, acquisition, utilization and monitoring of both fiscal and personnel resources. 

S/he will play an active and effective roll to maintain The Eden Alternative® Philosophy. 

Education and Experience: 

Degree in Engineering or related discipline. 

Previous experience in construction or building maintenance. TEL (902) 657-3101 Members of FAX (902) 657-3859 CCANS & HANS 

It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul, it is kindness. 

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Senior Management Role. 

Emergency Measures Training 

Aware NS Management Training 

OH&S/WCB Management Training 

Nova Scotia Safety Council Training 

If interested, send resume with cover letter to Janine Jaconelli, Executive Director. Email: [email protected] 

Application will be accepted until 4pm on October 30, 2019. 

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. 

RNs and LPNs


We are looking for nurses to join our team! These positions include rotating shifts in a long term care home. Graduate to opportunity program available.


Willow Lodge has a longstanding excellent reputation and encompasses the Eden Alternative to Care Philosophy which makes it a wonderful place to live and work. We are a 61 bed facility with dynamic care partners.


Salary is competitive. We will assist you in any way we are able to help connect you into this quaint village. Tatamagouche is a picturesque community along the north shore of Nova Scotia. The only rural community in the province that is growing! It is a thriving and involved community.


As a team leader, you will be involved in all aspects of unit activities in the provision of nursing care to the resident. The Nurse actively participates in the nursing process to meet the specific needs of residents as individuals ensuring current gerontological practice. The Nurse practices within the scope of the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics as defined by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia or the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills:


–          Graduate of an approved Nursing Program and current registration with CRNNS or CLPNNS, Current First Aid and CPR

–          Demonstrate competence in assessments, clinical care, and care planning

–          Demonstrate a caring and compassionate attitude toward residents, recognizing Willow Lodge as their home

–          Demonstrate interest and ability in a leadership role

–          Excellent communication skills along with ability to adapt and cope with change

–          Demonstrate initiative in gerontology and self-growth in this field

–          Physically able to perform job duties with minimum supervision

–          Medication administration, give direction and support


If this position interests you, please submit a letter of application along with your resume.



Job Summary:

Continuing Care Assistant is responsible for providing direct and indirect Resident care under the supervision of the Charge Nurse and/or Director of Resident Care.  The CCA works within his/her scope of practice and follows established facility policies and procedures while providing care, and coordinates resident care with other departments within Willow Lodge.




  1. Must have completed Continuing Care Assistant’s Course.
  2. Must embrace the Eden philosophy in alleviating the 3 plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
  3. Must be physically and mentally suitable for employment.
  4. Must demonstrate effective communication skills – verbal, oral and written.
  5. Must demonstrate initiative in gerontology and self growth in this field.
  6. Must be excited about change & contribute to changing methods of care
  7. Must demonstrate ability to be a team player.
  8. Computer skills an asset or must be willing to learn.
  9. Must accept and use constructive feedback for personal & professional growth.



Please apply in writing with résumé to Lisa Hodder, DOC


Only applicants with required qualifications will be interviewed.

Casual Floater –Environmental Services (Laundry Services, Housekeeping) & Food Service (Dietary Aid)


Job Summary:

Environmental Care Partners are responsible for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and tidiness within Willow Lodge and maintaining an adequate supply of clean linen and clothing.


Food Service Care Partner is a team player who displays understanding of the needs of our Residents, while providing a pleasant dining experience.


General Qualifications, Knowledge, Education and Skills:

  1. High School diploma desirable or equivalent
  2. Must have WHMIS.
  3. Completion of Alzheimer’s Course an asset.
  4. Must demonstrate a personality compatible to this position with a genuine concern for the elderly and mentally/physically challenged.
  5. Must be in good physical and mental health.
  6. Must demonstrate effective communication skills, oral, verbal and written.
  7. Must demonstrate initiative.
  8. Must be able to work every second weekend.
  9. Experience working with the elderly and mentally challenged adults considered an asset.
  10. Good people skills.
  11. Must demonstrate initiative.
  12. Must be able to take direction and accept constructive feedback.


Food Service Knowledge, Education and Skills:

  1. Must have Food Handlers Course.
  2. Must have some experience in food preparation and an understanding of special diets.
  3. Must be able to follow direction in providing Residents diets.
  4. Must be flexible.


Submit letter of application to Director of Operation, John Sellers; [email protected]


Only applicants with required qualifications will be interviewed.