Vancouver Coastal Health

Director, Clinical Planning and Projects, Indigenous Health

Job Description

Job Title: Director, Clinical Planning and Projects, Indigenous Health
Work Site: Indigenous Health -2750 East Hastings


Start Date:



Regular Full Time

As soon as possible


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Salary: $52.11 - $74.90 per hour
Reference#: 165628-esa

Come work as a Director, Clinical Planning and Projects, Indigenous Health with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!


Vancouver Coastal Health is committed to improving the health and access to culturally safe healthcare of the Indigenous people in our region, and we recognize that we all have a contribution to make in reconciliation and healing. VCH’s Indigenous Health team works with staff and physicians across all programs and departments to provide strategic leadership, partner collaboration and community engagement to assist VCH to become a more culturally competent and safe organization.


Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Director, Clinical Planning and Projects to join the Indigenous Health team. Apply today to join our team!

Reporting to the Vice President of Indigenous Health, the Director is responsible for leading and/or co-leading the clinical planning, design and implementation of facilities strategies and projects for Indigenous Health, including management of site master planning, business case and feasibility study development, project planning and solution development, project delivery, budget control, dispute resolution. Coordinates and supports VP’s and clinical leadership team in prioritizing capital equipment and renovations needs and provides clinical project management support for Acute and Community clinical projects. The focus of the role will be to partner with VCH Facilities Management to ensure clinical needs are communicated and adhered to through the project cycle. Liaises with VCH Facilities Management representatives, consultants, vendors, other health agencies and community groups to represent the Organization's interests, directly supervises a team of clinical project managers.


As a Director, Clinical Planning and Projects with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Provide strategic clinical leadership and support for VP’s and the VCH Facilities Management Team to determine priority projects for the Indigenous Health.
  • Manage team a portfolio of facilities and clinical planning and project initiatives, coordinate and resolve conflicts and overlap between projects and other initiatives within the portfolio.
  • Provide supervision, guidance and leadership to designated staff using effective management techniques such as coaching, mentoring, skill development, and performance management. Inspire team toward the achievement of organizational and departmental goals through ensuring the culture is one in which individual competencies can thrive.
  • Develop annual operating budgets for the department, monitor expenditures and perform variance analysis and reporting. Take corrective action as required to address budget and/or expenditure anomalies.
  • Co-Chair the CoC Planning & Projects leadership team by participating in the development and approval of annual goals and objectives, and establishing processes, best practices, standards, tools and templates to be used in the delivery of projects, and development and sustainment of a project management system.
  • Establish detailed project charters, plans and objectives to outline project goals and deliverables, establishes project team structures by identifying needs and skills required, facilitate consensus with stakeholders, and ensure readiness for project implementation including acquiring all necessary approvals to proceed.
  • Manage the strategic and conceptual planning, design and implementation of a portfolio of clinical and facilities projects by working with internal and external stakeholders, consultants and leaders regarding project plans, budgets, scope, progress, status and deliverables.
  • Ensure that appropriate engagement, review and sign-off of project plans and deliverables is achieved; establish ongoing support for initiatives from project sponsors and user groups; keep stakeholders aware of project status and ensure effective communication channels are in place.
  • Negotiate and facilitates consensus with external stakeholders including foundations, the Ministry of Health, and municipalities on issues related to facilities and/or clinical project planning, design, construction and delivery.
  • Maintain a current status report of all projects within the portfolio and report regularly to the VP’s, including details of the project scope, risk status; escalate material variances
  • Support the clinical leaders by providing expert advice regarding potential plans, projects and solutions, preliminary cost, schedule and scope definition, and space allocations.
  • Provide work direction and leadership to others by conveying policies, determining priorities and ensuring issues are resolved and/or escalated to the appropriate level to ensure project deliverables and timelines are met.
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.




Education & Experience

  • Masters’ degree in Health Services Administration, Business Administration or related Masters’ degree.
  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years' recent, related experience in progressively more complex leadership roles, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current registration with the relevant professional College/Association, if applicable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to on-going learning and professional development.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of project delivery processes including planning, design, implementation and evaluation according to current best practice
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage major clinical transformation projects from concept to completion.
  • Demonstrated initiative, judgment and decision-making capabilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and methodologies and ability to coach team members on these skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of capital project budget control and related financial management.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and facilitate consensus with various levels of government and community groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize creativity and innovation in problem solving and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to direct large groups of external consultants, architects and contractors.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct presentations to individual and/or groups
  • Ability to work under pressure with deadlines and changing priorities in dynamic, political environment.
  • Broad knowledge of patient care delivery systems in primary, acute and community settings.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including related software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with Indigenous communities. Strong preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous.

It will greatly assist us with screening if you refer in your application to your Indigenous identity. Recognizing the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people, it is your choice whether to volunteer information. We will hold your application in strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.


As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.



VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Please note that a resume is required to apply to this posting.

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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