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Job Description


Established in 2010, the IHSTS provides a unique, funded, risk-tolerant, non–aligned enterprise capable of enabling transformative approaches underlying health system change and sustainability.  IHSTS gathers, develops and shares evidence about British Columbia’s health care system to inform decisions that impact health care quality, cost and sustainability.  While IHSTS possesses some of the perspectives needed for being a catalyst for sustained positive systems improvement, we are open to embracing other perspectives to achieve this purpose.

The adoption of scientific and medical innovation requires different approaches if health system change is to be affordable. Space to explore innovative ideas and approaches to comprehend and test the implementation of change in health care is needed if innovation is to enable medical advance.  However, change from within prevailing health service is difficult. A safe, trusted and trusting environment is necessary with respected leadership and willing followership, access to “levers” and incentives for system change, and a culture of “creating the possible” through managed risk and evidence-driven information. Visit

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chair of the IHSTS Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer for the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability will lead, champion, and facilitate the creation of novel and alternative approaches to advance a health system transformation and sustainability agenda.

The CEO will build a network of researchers, research organizations, policy makers, communities, and health delivery and practice decision-makers to support and accelerate the creation of novel approaches to the challenges of health system change and sustainability.

The CEO requires a broad understanding not only of the systematic barriers to health system sustainability in the Canadian context, but also the opportunities afforded by an “open mind” and appreciation of evidence deriving from local, national and international health sectors.  Being an innovative leader, the CEO will foster effective partnerships with key health policy and practice leaders (including the Ministry of Health and Health Authorities) through establishing an environment characterized by earned respect, trust and shared purpose.

The successful candidate requires extensive experience in team management, network facilitation, and partnership development, in addition to a proven track record of working with academic as well as health delivery organizations and government.

Candidate Requirements

A graduate or professional degree, preferably in a health related field with a combination of expertise, experience and performance directly relevant to the Institute’s mandate.

  1. Leadership Experience: senior administrative experience including responsibility for the operation of a Canadian health system entity.  The successful candidate will be credible with national and provincial government policy makers, and health system senior executives, including health system clinicians and researchers.
  2. Skills: exceptional strategic planning and network development skills; exceptional communication and public relations skills; an established history of building networks and coalitions required to respond to the needs of the health care system; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with challenging and changing personalities within the health system; possession of a good understanding of the fundamentals of high quality research; skilled in facilitation through an appreciative inquiry approach; the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders (including Health Authority executives, senior government policy-makers, University deans and department heads, clinical leaders, faculty researchers, clinical researchers and system managers among others) to develop creative approaches to health system change.
  3. Abilities: demonstrated ability to communicate a compelling vision for ways to deliver sustainable health care in Canada; a proven leader with the credibility to gain access to senior health system leaders, a broad systems thinker and integrator; exceptional public speaking abilities; the ability to frame health system sustainability issues in a factual way and mobilize the relevant constituencies through directed facilitation to establish alternate solutions to address the issues; an ability to employ business acumen and exercise a solid knowledge of financial and operational reporting.

Specific Accountabilities

The CEO is responsible for:

  1. Strategic Leadership and Program Development: Working in close collaboration with the Institute Board of Directors and advisory structures, the Chief Executive Officer will establish and prioritize key issues related to the Canadian Health system’s sustainability, and ensure that proposals identifying potential novel approaches for system change are brought forward through the engagement of the health system community.   The Chief Executive Officer will lead the Institute to meet its strategic and operational goals and will ensure that key performance indicators (metrics) are in place to demonstrate progress towards and/or achievement of these goals.
  2. Representation and Relationships: The Chief Executive Officer will be the public face and media spokesperson of the Institute, and represent its interests by initiating and developing cooperative and collaborative relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders including (but not limited to) health system leaders, clinicians and staff; key policy-makers in government; post-secondary institutions; universities, industry, communities, not for profit partners, and/or such other
    stakeholders as are identified from time to time. Through all these activities and through the various stakeholders, the Chief Executive Officer will influence and champion the vision, mission, and values of the Institute.
  3. Board and Organization: In conjunction with the Institute Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will lead the Institute’s strategic and operational planning, including the development and execution of a business plan for the Institute that will guide its growth and ongoing development.
  4. Personnel Development: The Chief Executive Officer ensures the recruitment, procurement and engagement of all necessary supports required for the execution of the Institute’s strategic plan.
  5. Financial Sustainability: The Chief Executive Officer will ensure the planning and management of annual operating and capital budgets for the Institute sufficient to enable achievement of the Institute’s strategic goals, and to ensure that such budgets are within the financial parameters established by the Board of Directors.   Working with the Institute Board, the Chief Executive Officer will identify and pursue opportunities for long-term financial sustainability of the Institute through all appropriate mechanisms, including but not limited to business development, donor prospecting, government relations and partnership development.
  6. Contributing to Health System Sustainability: The Chief Executive Officer will develop effective mechanisms for identifying, prioritizing and pursuing the issues and challenges impacting health system sustainability and ensure the Institute serves to identify relevant approaches to inform innovative, rational, and appropriate decision-making.  Based on the results of these processes, the Chief Executive Officer will provide options and potential direction to support health system leaders and policy-makers in making timely decisions relating to both quality care delivery and health system sustainability.
  7. Building an Evidence-Informed Culture: The Chief Executive Officer will ensure the development and implementation of infrastructure and processes for knowledge synthesis, exchange and translation, and for building capacity to support these activities within the Institute.
  8. Relationship Building/Partnerships:  Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders, the Chief Executive Officer will create, build, and foster the necessary coalitions and partnerships required for strategic plan implementation success.  In addition, the Chief Executive Officer will build an effective ‘learning’ organization with the mandate to initiate and champion opportunities and initiatives requiring synergistic partnerships with key health policy and practice leaders.
  9. Communications/Public Relations:  Create and implement a stakeholder engagement and communication strategy to increase awareness and build the profile of the Institute provincially, nationally, and internationally.
  10. Linkages and Exchange: Establish mechanisms to encourage the uptake and application of evidence by promoting greater linkages and exchange between researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.  Address IHSTS position with regard to protection of intellectual property derived from such mechanisms as appropriate.


We welcome applications from qualified candidates.  Please email a covering letter and CV by December 23, 2016 to, and include “CEO” in the subject line. Applicants will receive an email response confirming receipt of their application. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the position.