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Northern Health
Health Services Administrator, Prince George

Northern Health is the 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. The Authority 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 and has received recognition as one of the top 100 Employers in British Columbia.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer of the Northern Interior region, the Health Service Administrator (HSA) provides leadership in the planning, integration, delivery and evaluation of programs and services for Prince George, the major urban centre of the Authority. The HSA works in the context of a regional system of service delivery, in the community that delivers regional tertiary services within an academic setting, particularly within the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (UHNBC). The HSA ensures that quality care is provided to both local and regional populations served, and that the strategic goals and objectives of Northern Health, the Northern Interior Health Service Delivery Area (NI HSDA), and Community Business Plans are achieved. The incumbent participates as a key member of the Senior Management Team of the NI HSDA to build and implement operational plans to achieve strategic priorities, and leads a similar senior leadership team to implement local priorities as well as regional strategies for improved tertiary services. He or she also works closely with regional partners, such as UNBC, the City of Prince George, local First Nations communities, and others to ensure quality care and service to citizens.

As the ideal candidate, you have had exposure to all aspects of health care delivery including tertiary, community, residential and acute, and you bring a systems perspective to the role. Ideally you have worked with academic partners to support teaching and research, and you understand the unique relationship between health care and higher education partners. You are comfortable working closely with community partners, and you have a track record of reaching out proactively to partners to build positive, productive relationships. Your solid business acumen – ideally supported by further education in business or finance – allows you to effectively and efficiently manage an $185 million budget and a large staff complement in the Prince George area. Your 10 to 15 years of experience in progressively senior health care administration roles – preferably in a regional tertiary services setting – is augmented by a Masters degree in Health Administration or similar.

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