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Switchboard Operator

St. Michael's Hospital - Unity Health Toronto

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted February 5, 2021.

The St Joseph’s Health Centre (SJHC) Call Centre provides 24×7 operations answering internal locating calls as well as external callers’ inquiries. The Switchboard Operator/Call Centre Agent is responsible for effectively and efficiently handling internal and external telephone calls, patient inquiries and emergency calls in order to directly contribute to the professional and positive image of the Hospital.  The Switchboard Operator/Call Centre Agent should be flexible to work regular as well as early and late hours to provide 24×7 switch board and locating coverage.


  • Operates switchboards and works as part of a team to effectively handle incoming telephone calls, including locating system and paging service equipment and effectively respond to emergency calls for cardiac, trauma, and fire.
  • Performs computer searches for patient information.
  • Provide direct assistance to visitors, patients and their families at the Reception desk.
  • Uses computer technology to update the on-call schedules daily, Hospital Directory, and data entry of information for dispatch and faxing.
  • Operates the overhead emergency paging system, as per Hospital procedures.
  • Maintains a positive image of the Hospital in telephone and personal.
  • Review performance metrics with Call Center Team Lead to achieve optimal operation goals communication, with patients, vendors, staff, visitors and external callers.
  • Has knowledge and familiarity with the Hospital’s services and personnel, thereby having ability to direct calls to the appropriate party or provide accurate information.
  • Responds appropriately to others in difficult/sensitive situations.
  • May perform other duties as requested.


  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English communication and reading skills in order to effectively communicate and/or respond to patient, visitor, or staff inquiries as required.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the Hospital’s terminology, services, personnel and processes is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Switchboard & Locating tools and processes, such as Meditech, Centrak, Dukane is an asset
  • Recent experience in a call centre environment is a strong asset
  • Excellent record of reliable attendance and punctuality is a must
  • Keyboarding (>40 wpm) with working knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with proven success in working in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and use of good judgment in all areas required by the position.
  • Well-developed organizational skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks appropriately.
  • Ability to maintain composure while performing multiple tasks.
  • Maintains a positive image of the Hospital in telephone and personal communication, with patients, vendors, staff, visitors and external callers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Mission and Values of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position, sitting for extended periods of time, excellent eye and hand coordination while speaking and listening, and typing for an extended period.

As the department operates on a 7×24 basis, flexibility is required to work morning, day, evening or night shifts as well on weekends on a rotational basis as per the specific needs of the department.

The position has a guaranteed assignment of 2 shifts every 2 weeks.