Capital Planning and Commissioning Corporate Director

Position Summary

Enjoy the satisfaction of a rewarding leadership career with Interior Health in beautiful British Columbia. We are seeking a collaborative and knowledgeable leader to provide the overall strategic direction for all of the planning, procurement, design, operational commissioning, and evaluation of major capital projects at Interior Health.

Led by a forward-thinking leadership team focused on innovation and giving people room to grow, we are looking for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live, work and play. As a top 100 BC Employer, we also offer one of the best benefits packages in Canada, including Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, a defined pension plan and paid vacation starting at 4 weeks to a maximum of 7 weeks annually.

There is flexibility for this to be a hybrid role; however, the preferred location is the Okanagan as there will be some work based out of the Interior Health Community Health & Services Centre in Kelowna.

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Project Officer, the Corporate Director, Capital Planning and Commissioning is responsible for leading and facilitating the process with the planning team to develop concept and business plans, lead construction and equipment procurement and with clinical/operational leaders to define, integrate, and implement new service and care delivery models for design and operational commissioning. The Corporate Director is responsible for ensuring appropriate project management methods and resources are allocated to support service model changes and preparations through operational commissioning and startup in the new facility. The Corporate Director is required to successfully implement project deliverables by developing, leading, and facilitating relationships with all levels of management throughout Interior Health (IH) including clinical operations, project management, design and construction partners, services operations, equipment procurement, information technology, commissioning, and transition. The Corporate Director ensures a smooth opening of new facilities, inclusive of move planning and move-in of patients, programs, and providers.

The Corporate Director enables Capital Planning and Projects staff and consultants to incorporate evidenced-based design concepts into plans and designs. The Corporate Director also ensures there is standardization across IH capital projects where indicated and appropriate. The Corporate Director also provides guidance and expertise to the CFO on capital planning issues as they relate to the strategic direction of IH. The Corporate Director also provides leadership within and around Capital Planning and Projects in order to facilitate the achievement of the mission, goals, and objectives of the Capital Planning and Projects department.

Key Responsibilities

1. Assembles relevant information for distribution to the Ministry of Health Services, the Board, Senior Executive Team, and all organizational units within IH. This includes developing and maintaining policies, principles, and processes related to generally accepted capital planning standards.

2. Responsible for new policies and procedures required to support the growth of the portfolio and alignment with clinical design best practices and provincial and national healthcare construction policy and practice.

3. Responsible for oversight of the development of capital plans including master site plans, concept plans and business plans, ensuring appropriate input from stakeholders and their submission to Ministry of Health.

4. Participates in strategic planning processes for capital projects that have IH-wide impacts and require consultation with other jurisdictions and senior executive, including providing input and making recommendations on the capital equipment/projects planning process ensuring all relevant factors are considered in the process

5. Responsible for oversight of the development and procurement of consultants and contractors to support planning, equipment and commissioning and ensuring procurement processes and contracts comply with legislative regulatory and legal requirements.

6. Leads the relationship management and oversight of operational commissioning and transition initiatives integrating all healthcare services/departments impacted by a new facility or major renovation leading to a successful start-up and handover to the site.

7. Oversees the process for developing and delivering the clinical specifications. Reviews and confirms these specifications as part of the procurement process. Ensures evidenced-based design principles, standards, and guidelines are incorporated where appropriate.

8. Facilitates implementation and integration of all clinical, operational, and service perspectives into the design and construction of major capital projects.

9. Provides direction on the development of integrated project charters, schedules, and work plans to ensure successful implementation.

10. Negotiates and facilitates consensus with key stakeholders such as site leadership teams, P3 partners, contractors, and vendors.

11. Develops, monitors, and manages the project operating budget and ensures timelines and budgets are adhered to. Develops clear communication channels including decision matrices and risk escalation processes.

12. Manages and directs project resources with regular status reporting to the CPO and Director Capital Planning & Procurement, the clinical planning and delivery team, and other committees as required. Utilizes standard project management tools, methodologies, templates, and risk mitigation plans for tracking and reporting progress.

13. Leads, manages, and supervises clinical leads, project managers, and project coordinators. Integrates work and collaborates with site colleagues using a joint governance and decision-making structure to achieve project deliverables.

14. Updates department knowledge of current and emerging hospital design and innovations through evidence-based design concepts; assesses and responds to the impact of new design, technology, and equipment. Mentors project managers, planners, clinical leads, and site staff.

15. Manages service contracts and work of consultants within allocated resources.

16. Responsible for creating service contract requirements, reviewing, and evaluating proposals to be presented to the CPO and Director Capital Planning & Procurement.

17. Identifies safety issues, risk management issues, and relevant standards and ensures they are met.

18. Interviews and selects management positions for the Capital Planning and Projects department.

19. Determines staff complement for projects and assigns work to meet department objectives. Evaluates staff work performance. Responsible for the selection, evaluation, disciplining, and, if necessary, terminations of staff.


Education, Training, and Experience

• A Master`s degree in a relevant discipline.
• A minimum of ten years of progressive healthcare project planning and implementation, preferably with facility design and construction.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Obtaining evidenced-based design accreditation and certification is required.

LEADS Capabilities

Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, listens with heart rather than reacting.
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – sets direction, strategically aligns decisions with vision, values & evidence, accepting that use of process orientation and a ‘good relationship’ are concrete deliverables.
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships & networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers & service, navigates socio-political environments, building personal relationships in addition to professional ones, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture.
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people.

Skills and Abilities

• Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, direct, manage, and implement major capital projects and teams.
• Demonstrated experience in change management, negotiation, facilitation, and issue resolution.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a highly dynamic environment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of infrastructure design and construction process and interface with internal and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrated experience from leading clinical roles during deign and construction of capital projects.
• Demonstrated knowledge of clinical flow and operational readiness including clinical commissioning, clinical transition planning, technical commissioning and service delivery.
• Demonstrated experience in the activation and occupation of new facility in a timely, safe and cost-effective manner.
• Demonstrated experience in lean processes in facility design and operational commissioning is an asset.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


*Starting salary is approximately $112,000 - $140,000 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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