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BC Children's Hospital Foundation
President & Chief Executive Officer

BC Children’s is the only hospital in the province devoted exclusively to the care of children. That means one million kids—including some of the sickest and most seriously injured—count on the hospital for specialized care they often can’t receive anywhere else. Every year, more than 93,000 patients visited the hospital—which not only includes its acute care centre, but also its research institute, mental health facility and rehabilitation centre.

Since 1982, our Foundation has been working to inspire people and communities to join our quest and raise the bar of children’s health care. In the 2019/20 fiscal year, more than 101,000 generous donors came together to support our cause which enabled over $55 million to be contributed to the hospital and research institute.  The generosity of donors helps change the lives of families today—from enabling new programs that deliver compassionate care tailored to the needs of children, to purchasing the latest innovations in equipment. Donor support is changing the lives of families tomorrow—helping shape what child health can become—by fueling research aimed at conquering and ultimately preventing childhood diseases.

With the upcoming retirement of Teri Nicholas, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) is seeking its next President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is responsible for the successful leadership and operational management of the BCCHF according to the strategic direction and governance standards approved by the Board of Directors. The CEO develops organizational strategy, sound practices and supportive relationships, both internally and externally, resulting in effective collaborations and ambitious donation milestones in pursuit of the Foundation’s Vision – Every child is healthy and able to fulfil their hopes and dreams.

The CEO must possess an unwavering passion for, and commitment to improving health outcomes for BC’s sickest children and their families. The CEO’s accountabilities include setting the vision with the Board; inspiring and coaching the executive team; developing and executing the overall strategy; and all organizational and operational aspects of BCCHF including philanthropic initiatives, marketing and communications, administration, IT and HR management.

The ideal candidate is dynamic, creative, compassionate, and strategic, with an outstanding reputation as an individual who builds genuine relationships and achieves legacy impact in the community. You are an exceptional leader of people who can rally internal resources and external partners around highly aspirational goals. As a fundraiser and skilled communicator, you bring a solid record of working with a diverse group of stakeholders including the Board of Directors, government, the health community, volunteers, donor, and patient families, to achieve new heights in philanthropic endeavors. Warm, empathetic, and highly relational in your approach, combined with personal energy and astute business acumen, you are entirely committed to the Foundation’s projects and investments, ultimately shaping kids’ health outcomes in our province.

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