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Senior Leader, Health System Planning - BC Cancer - Provincial

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Senior Leader, Health System Planning

BC Cancer

Provincial, BC

The Senior Leader, Health System Planning is a key leadership role within the Strategy, Planning and Implementation team at BC Cancer. Reporting to the Director, Strategy, Planning and Implementation, the Senior Leader works collaboratively with clinical and operational leaders within BC Cancer and across health organizations to identify cancer service delivery needs and ensure an overarching comprehensive planning approach to service delivery. In alignment with the priorities established by BC Cancer and the Ministry, and in collaboration with other Senior Leaders within the Strategy, Planning and Implementation team, the Senior Leader is responsible for supporting current and ongoing service delivery strategies and developing enhanced innovative delivery models, through leveraging opportunities. This role significantly influences policy and process development related to health system planning and clinical service utilization across multiple health authorities and health partners through strategic projects and activities. This position also requires a deep understanding of the healthcare system and the importance of data-driven decision-making.

Work with Purpose

It would be enough if this opportunity were only about driving forward BC Cancer's vision of a world free from cancer. But this is more: It is about being part of the team that is responsible for the strategy, planning and delivery of initiatives in BC's 10-year Provincial Cancer Action Plan. We are an extraordinary team while applying leading practices in project and change management, engagement, and transformation. It is about you bringing exceptional skill, optimism, and creativity - to work alongside some of the world's best providers and researchers to transform cancer care. It is about making a positive difference to the one in two British Columbians whose lives are touched by cancer.

We are looking for two passionate and experienced leaders to join our portfolio in supporting system planning and evaluation for cancer care services. One of the roles will focus on system-level reporting and evaluation, and one of the roles will focus on health system planning. These roles offer ample opportunities to showcase the depth and breadth of your BC health system knowledge and translating that through meaningful engagement into actionable plans to improve the cancer care system. You are a problem-solver and agile leader with a strong track record in delivering and completing priorities across the complex health sector.

Why This Role Matters

This position is an opportunity to spearhead transformative change in the fight against cancer in BC. At BC Cancer, we are creating a team that sets the standard for excellence. This position will play a pivotal role in implementing the strategic direction, planning, and delivery of initiatives within BC's 10-year Provincial Cancer Action Plan. But it does not stop there. Here is what this role envisions:

  • Be a part of a Dynamic Portfolio: You will be a part of the portfolio responsible for strategy, planning, and the successful implementation of initiatives. Your work will be at the forefront of BC Cancer's vision.
  • Fostering Exceptional Teams: We are not just looking for a leader; we are looking for someone who can assemble an extraordinary team to plan, deliver and enhance cancer care outcomes. Together, with Centre and Provincial leaders, you will use leading practices in engagement, project management, and change management to support transformation across BC Cancer and the cancer care system.
  • True Engagement: We are committed to creating a culture that encourages people to do their best work through partnerships. True engagement is at the core of what we do. As a member of this portfolio, you must be dedicated to drawing on the expertise and experience of those working within the system, with a sense of urgency and purpose.
  • Leading with Purpose: We are looking for leaders who embody the values BC Cancer holds dear. Your work will go beyond the constraints of the positions or structure we are building, it will have a lasting impact across the entire cancer care system.
  • Collaboration with the Best: You will work alongside some of the world's finest cancer care providers and researchers. Together, you will drive innovations that will transform cancer care and make a real difference in the lives of countless individuals and families.

Join Our Journey

If you are ready to be part of the Strategy, Planning and Implementation team at BC Cancer, apply today. We are eager to meet individuals who bring the right skills and the right spirit to shape the future of cancer care. Together, we will take on the challenge and make a real impact.

What you'll do
  • Lead the development and monitoring of special projects, making planning process decisions to ensure alignment with BC Cancer, PHSA and the Ministry of Health's (MoH) strategic priorities. Clinical service plans cover cancer services which are provincial in scope.
  • Provide leadership on a variety of initiatives, including assuming the leadership, financial, HR and operational responsibility for projects, as delegated by the Director. Oversees the development of project charters and monitors timelines and project deliverables. Plans and implements complex projects and initiatives. Utilizes and models effective change management strategies to achieve systems-level transformation.
  • Organize and facilitate engagement initiatives, including focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and surveys, to elicit input and recommendations from a wide variety of people internal and external to the Health Authority, including operational directors and medical leaders, educators, clinical and professional discipline leaders, and patients and families.
  • Support and lead subcommittees, working groups and project teams. Works closely with provincial partners in developing, implementing, and using provincial data and indicators related to program outcomes.
  • Serve as a resource for health organizations and acts as a liaison for provincial collaborators across the province. In collaboration with the Director, implements action plans, tools and key communication systems for engaging stakeholders about best practices. Establishes input/feedback mechanisms for partners and other interested parties, evaluates, and makes recommendations on practice and systems.
  • Represent BC Cancer on local, provincial, and national committees and liaises with organizations as required. Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities, collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a wide range of partners and other interested parties including clinicians, allied operational leaders, government agencies, and other health authorities.
  • Establish local plans and priorities, and provides operational oversight for a team of analysts, resource planners and project staff in operational service planning, special projects, and evaluation activities. Ensures key MoH financial accountability requirements are met for special projects.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to assigned staff and clinical leaders in using effective management techniques and business practices to support the achievement of required outcomes and ensure adherence to accreditation, regulatory, and safety standards.

What you bring

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in Health Administration, Business Administration, Nursing or an applicable health discipline plus five (5) years recent, related experience managing complex, multi-partner/party healthcare programs in increasingly senior leadership positions with responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of service delivery within a health care or related environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management and business analysis within a healthcare environment. Working knowledge of the provincial health care system.
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer software applications, including Microsoft Office. Experience working with networks, coalitions and multi-partnered projects in a healthcare environment, considered a significant asset.
  • Ability to motivate and influence leaders, physicians, and staff at all levels to embrace and take action on transformation initiatives. Diplomatic negotiation and interpersonal skills and ability to influence.
  • Ability to provide leadership to a variety of project teams in an environment in which issues are constantly surfacing and priorities fluctuate routinely as new initiatives enter the portfolio. Ability to work independently and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work. Demonstrate analytical and creative problem-solving skills, written and presentation skills, and acute awareness of the consequences of actions. Demonstrate ability to facilitate and negotiate. Demonstrate ability to bring about change in a proactive manner. Demonstrate ability to work effectively under pressure with changing priorities and deadlines.

You have:
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Support team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
  • Work collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
  • Have commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
$106,026 - $152,413 per year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
Provincial Hybrid Position - There is an expectation to be on site 1-2 days per week at one of the provincial centres and travel to Vancouver as required.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday; 0900-1700
Requisition Number:

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments' unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey-one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of May 31, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday - Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

About BC Cancer

BC Cancer’s mandate covers the full spectrum of cancer care from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to research and education, to supportive and palliative care.


Government Health Care

Application closing date is 2024-08-07

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