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VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health’s largest philanthropic partner, raising funds for the most specialized adult health care and medical research in the Province. We partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care through our beneficiaries at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Senior Vice President (SVP), Finance & Operations is a key member of the executive team and works with leaders across the Foundation to create and carry out core strategic work and key initiatives as laid out in the Foundation’s strategic plan. The SVP is a visionary and a forward-thinking leader who is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the Finance, IS and Gift Processing departments. The incumbent determines long-term, organization-wide finance and information needs and develops the overall strategy for the organization’s financial management, systems development and hardware acquisition and integration. This individual will ensure that the Foundation is well positioned to support its growth plans and establishing a vision for the best ways to use the Foundation’s assets in support of our mission.

The SVP provides counsel to the organization on financial performance, capital investment, contract management, risk management and transactions, and provides technology and business innovation leadership by setting the IS vision for the Foundation.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, innovative and purpose-driven senior finance leader. A change-maker who looks beyond the pure numbers and sees opportunities while working in tandem with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team in articulating a pathway to work with key partners. The incumbent will bring a track record of success as a financial executive with a not-for-profit, public or private sector organization where investment management, creative financing, capital development, board reporting and team leadership have been key aspects of the role. The selected individual will have an understanding of the financial issues facing an organization with more than $400 million in assets to manage, large corporate and high net worth donors, a wide range of funding needs and complex interactions with key external partners. Beyond the requisite technical financial skills and abilities, the ideal candidate is able to operate at both a strategic and operational level, identifying critical priorities and providing financial advice and counsel to the Executive Team, the Investment Finance and Audit Committee and the Board.

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