BC SUPPORT Unit: Unit Director

Open until filled
Internal / External
BC AHSN Position
Job type
Full time
How to apply

If this sounds like you and you would like to play a role in maximizing the impact of health research in BC, please submit your resume and cover letter online at www.msfhr.org/about/careers. We thank everyone for their interest but only suitable candidates will be contacted. 

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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer and working as a partner of the Unit’s Scientific Director, the Unit Director will provide leadership and oversight of the Unit’s operations and finances in accordance with the CIHR-approved Phase II application, implementation plan and budget. This is a full-time permanent role with direct reports.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall operational leadership for the BC SUPPORT Unit.
  • Leads on the creation and implementation of a series of operational plans and related budgets for the realization of the Unit’s goals.
  • Provides mentorship to the SUPPORT Unit team; establishes a strong team culture and a positive work environment.
  • Works in partnership with the Scientific Director to achieve the Unit’s goals.
  • Is responsible for the overall financial performance of the SUPPORT Unit, including working with members of MSHRBC finance department, to ensure development of an annual operating budget and attainment of planned deliverables within budget resources.
  • Responsible for development of a robust sustainability plan for the SUPPORT Unit, working with the nominated principal applicant (NPA) and Scientific Director.
  • Ensures accountability of the SUPPORT Unit to its funding partners (CIHR and BC Ministry of Health) and related steering committees, and the public. Oversees the formal reporting to funders and stakeholders.
  • Develops strong, collaborative relationships within the health care and health research communities in BC towards meeting the Unit’s goals.
  • Participates in relevant committees at the organizational, regional and national levels, including the CIHR SUPPORT Unit Council.
  • Is a spokesperson for the Unit, representing and promoting the BC SUPPORT Unit in BC and beyond, and with responsibility for building and maintaining strong stakeholder relations.
  • Reports on SUPPORT Unit progress to the MSHRBC CEO and Board; identifies, assesses, and informs the CEO of internal and external issues that affect the Unit.
  • Ensures appropriate representation from BC SUPPORT Unit on related committees and strategies.

Education/Work Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in a related health, health research or business discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant professional experience, with at least 5 in a leadership and supervisory role:
    • Successfully leading time-limited, large-scale, high profile and transformative initiatives and operationalizing business plans.
    • Providing a solid track record of operational leadership within a dynamic and complex environment.
    • Establishing credibility within the academic and broader health research sectors, health care and community sectors, and patient groups.
    • Providing expertise and understanding of the dynamics, issues and perspectives of the health research, health policy, and health care sectors, patients and the research community at the provincial and national levels.
    • Understanding the BC and Canadian health research and health care landscapes, as well as of regional challenges and opportunities.
    • Building, collaborating and managing partnerships, with a diverse group of stakeholders.
    • Delivering superior oral presentations, producing clear and concise written communication and facilitating projects through successful completion.


  • A passion for patient-oriented research and improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system.
  • Manages own work activities and delegates tasks to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Accepting of new initiatives and leads the implementation process amongst team members.
  • Facilitates, guides and mentors individuals and groups towards a vision, while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment and effectiveness.
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing such that messages are understood; understands the essence and subtleties of the communication and intended audience
  • Manages human, capital, financial and information resources so that organizational objectives are achieved.
  • Plans and establishes courses of action for self and others that are results oriented.
  • Continuously identifies and implements improvements in work systems to ensure that the highest possible level of quality service is achieved.
  • Identifies and analyzes situations and problems such that viable solutions are found. Approaches tasks and problems such that total systems and strategies are taken into account.
  • Aware of the interdependence of organizational systems and stakeholders and considers the whole in the formulation of solutions.
  • Responsive to the needs of health care, public, and community stakeholders and customers. Seeks partnership opportunities and actively promotes positive relations.
  • Strives to understand perspectives of team members, synthesizes with own opinion, presents convincing point of view, and resolves conflicts.