Project Lead | Surgical Strategy (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Interior Health is looking for a term specific full time Project Lead, Surgical Services to join our team.

The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within the Interior Health region, preference will be given candidates within the Kelowna area.

About the Role:

The Project Lead, Surgical Strategy prepares and coordinates high priority surgical and/or gastrointestinal endoscopy projects from initial planning though implementation and evaluation at the regional level. The Project Lead is also accountable to and responsible for reporting project status to the Manager for the implementation of priority Interior Health (IH) and provincial surgical strategies being implemented. The Project Lead provides leadership to project teams and ensures the involvement and participation of key stakeholders including clinicians, medical staff, and support staff through all the project stages so that projects are delivered within scope, cost, time, and quality. The Project Lead is required to lead or coordinate several projects simultaneously.

The Project Lead works with other leaders from across IH and key stakeholders at the site, community, and provincial levels to facilitate ongoing collaboration, potential for standardization of approaches and application of change management requirements. Additionally, the Project Lead develops and populates project charters, status updates, briefing papers and reports, and ensures the timely and effective implementation of decisions and communication between various working groups, teams, key stakeholders, site leadership, the IH Surgical Services Network Team and Senior Executive.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Provides leadership and direction to projects, including the development of project teams, for high priority IH and provincial surgical strategy implementation, under the direction of the Manager and supporting the Network Director.

• Applies knowledge and experience in project management, process review, and analysis to ensure initiatives are completed in a timely manner and result in quantifiable improvements.

• Responsible for coordinating, analysing, and interpreting surgical services reporting and information and leading the process related to the maintenance of ongoing monitoring and reporting on progress and status of key metrics and deliverables.

• Utilizes surgical services reports, data and other related information to support strategic decision-making

• Identifies and analyses gaps and provides suggestions for mitigation of issues.

• Identifies and promotes the expedited resolution to problems or barriers to enable successful project implementation.

• Prepares formal reports and statistical information including project executive summary, project charters, needs assessment, gap analysis, work plans, summary of programs and service areas, cost estimates, status updates, and escalates issues for resolution within the Network leadership teams. Measures progress towards goals and objectives and identifies key factors that account for any deviation from stated goals and objectives. Works with the IH Surgical Services Network Team, other site leaders, key staff, and physicians on remediation and implementation.

• Liaises with internal and external stakeholders to ensure full stakeholder identification and participation in the project area including facility staff, medical staff, consultants, community programs, Communications, and the IH Surgical Services Network Team. Facilitates consensus and collaborates with the Department, Portfolio, and subject-area experts and leaders to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to the planning and implementation of initiatives within Surgical Services. Works collaboratively with site Project Managers, management, clinical and physician leaders to champion change in surgical services and ensure transparent communication to all parties.

• Collaborates with departments outside of Surgery to identify, develop, implement, evaluate, and report on the impact and outcomes of key IH and provincial strategies.

• Participates in Health Authority-wide committees and working groups as required. Works collaboratively with other change management and project management leaders and experts to ensure integration of IH principles in planning and execution. Links with similar positions at other sites and the IH Surgical Services Network Team, to identify opportunities to partner on implementation of key provincial initiatives.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects await the right candidate. We offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we also offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive defined employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. Apply today!

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Education, Training, and Experience:

• A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree.
• Five years of recent, related experience at a senior level working within a complex public or private sector environment, including experience utilizing data to support decision making. Recent experience with system change initiatives in a regional Health Authority, hospital, or community health setting is a significant asset.

Skills and Abilities:

• Advanced project management skills and in-depth knowledge of project management concepts, methods, practices, and tools.
• Enhanced Excel skills and advanced understanding of data analysis techniques to support strategic planning including the ability to develop basic models and projections.
• Ability to apply critical thinking, planning, and coordination from a business and system wide perspective to lead system improvements/change.
• Ability to provide leadership to others in a team setting.
• Broad knowledge of healthcare and system/service delivery models.
• Excellent communication skills including the ability to facilitate, negotiate, and persuade others both internal and external to the organization. Superior verbal and written communication skills are required.
• Ability to orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish results.
• Ability to effectively present and clarify requirements, and gain support for expectations, ideas, and concepts with various audiences/stakeholders.
• Ability to create and achieve results by engaging and influencing individual, group, or departmental goals.
• Ability to inspire and guide individuals toward goal achievement.
• Knowledgeable about policies, practices, trends, and information affecting the business and/or organization.
• Ability to develop and communicate solutions/responses to diverse problems/requests.
• Ability to effectively explore alternatives in order to make appropriate decisions.
• Ability to multitask, prioritize tasks, and provide timely responses.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Starting salary is approximately from $80,900 to $101,100 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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