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Northern Health Authority
Chief Operating Officer – Northwest

Northern Health is the publicly funded healthcare provider for the northern two-thirds of the Canadian province of British Columbia. They serve over 300,000 people in an area of 600,000 square kilometers. Northern Health operates over two dozen acute care facilities, several long-term care facilities for seniors, and community and public health services including addictions and mental health. Northern Health employs over 7,000 people. Northern Health has received recognition as one of the top 100 Employers in British Columbia.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with one of BC’s most progressive and recognized Health Authorities. A critical role within the organization, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) provides leadership in all aspects of the operations of the Northwest Health Service Delivery Area (HSDA) to ensure high quality care and services are provided and strategic goals and objectives outlined in the Northern Health Strategic Plan and Service Plan are achieved.

The COO will function in a co-leadership model with the Northwest Medical Director/s to lead the implementation of a transformed continuum of health services based in a Primary Care Home and linked to a range of specialized services which support people and their families over the course of their lives. Working closely with the Executive Team and the Northwest Medical Director/s, the selected candidate will lead the Northwest senior leadership team to plan, implement, and evaluate change and innovation initiatives focused on Northern Health’s strategic priorities of healthy people in healthy communities; coordinated and accessible services; and quality. The COO leads the Northwest team to develop the people who work in the Northwest and to implement effective communications systems and to sustain the network of facilities and infrastructure. The successful candidate is also responsible for building and maintaining collaborative relationships with all partners including Division/s of Family Practice, municipalities, and First Nations communities, First Nations Health Authority, Regional Districts and Foundations. The COO oversees HSDA relationships with Regional Services, Public Health Services, and the Medical Officer of Health and establishes a culture of staff and physician engagement and safety throughout all areas of responsibility.

The ideal candidate is a highly successful healthcare executive who is recognized for his/her strategic skills in leading large, diverse teams, including proven abilities in operations, planning, financial management, communication and relationship building. The selected candidate will bring 15 years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience combined with a style that fosters teamwork and attains outstanding results. The new COO will have a proven track record in achieving significant change, possess exceptional critical reasoning skills and has the ability to make difficult decisions by employing an evidence-based approach. A proven collaborative leadership style with community, government and other key partners means the candidate has been successful in building and maintaining positive relationships. Leadership experience is complimented by a Master’s degree in a field related to health care management.

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