Vice President, Quality, Research & Academic Affairs


Glistening water below lush mountains, dotted with parks frame the Okanagan's largest and liveliest population centre; Kelowna. Okanagan Lake is the perfect place to sail, kayak, or relax on the beach. Rolling greens offer world class golfing, minutes away from spectacular hiking and biking trails. In the winter enjoy ski resorts and skating rinks right at your fingertips. Decorated with heritage buildings and modern architecture, Kelowna offers something for everyone with orchards, vineyards and all the amenities of a major centre. From restaurants, and shops, to art galleries, live music and theatre, this city has it all. Come and experience our four seasons playground and see why life is better here.

Practice Details:

Who are we looking for:

Are you looking for a new and rewarding senior leadership challenge in healthcare? Interior Health has an exciting opportunity for Vice President, Quality, Research & Academic Affairs in the community of Kelowna. We are looking for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live, work and play.

Some of the benefits of joining Interior Health:

• An attractive remuneration package
• Excellent career prospects
• Employer paid training/education
• Employer paid vacation
• Medical Service Plan
• Employer paid insurance premiums
• Extended Health & Dental coverage
• Municipal Pension Plan
• Work-life balance
• Relocation Allowance

Why Interior Health is a Top 100 BC Employer

The Okanagan's largest and liveliest population centre, Kelowna, is one of Canada's most popular vacation destinations and home of the legendary Ogopogo, the Okanagan’s own version of the Loch Ness Monster. With such a perfect lakeshore community, it is easy to believe that Kelowna is known to some as the Summer City. Summer smiles and glistening water year round will entice you to explore this amazing community. If you enjoy water sports - sailing, house boating, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing - you may never want to leave Kelowna. Downtown Kelowna offers a spectacular landscape of lake, mountains and parks, with a wide range of cafés, continental and ethnic restaurants and noisy nightclubs to choose from as well as unique shops and boutiques, heritage buildings and modern architecture, art galleries and museums, music and live theatre, and even a symphony and ballet.

How will you create an impact:

The Vice President, Quality, Research & Academic Affairs is an integral part of Interior Health’s Senior Executive Team (SET) with joint accountability for the attainment of the strategic objectives and operational plans of the organization.

The VP, Quality, Research & Academic Affairs provides strategic administration leadership and is accountable for quality-related processes governing the delivery of optimum, consistent, and competent medical care provided by Interior Health. The VP is responsible to advance IH’s role in health academic affairs including both research, education and systems evaluation.

The VP is responsible to provide leadership and direction to ensure the delivery of quality services in a variety of health areas, and to ensure the direction of human, financial and material resources of the portfolio support the goals, policies and vision of Interior Health. The VP works with the VP Medicine and Clinical Operations to enhance integration, transparency, and accountability for operational and strategic performance.

What will you work on:

• Participates as the senior executive sponsor to quality governance structures; advocates for the continuous pursuit of excellence in quality and safety; and ensures compliance with national/ provincial accreditation standards, regulatory requirements, and ethical standards within academic and clinical programs.

• Formulates, implements and evaluates the clinical quality and safety strategic and operational goals of IH and the policies, procedures, regulations and standards necessary to operationalize the plan throughout the health service delivery areas. Collaborates with other SET members to enable the integration of these strategies for the health region.

• Ensures consistency and competency in quality, clinical risk, infection prevention and control, patient safety, patient experience and accreditation related activities and strategies throughout Interior Health.

• Co-Leads with the VP Medicine the development of Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules, policies, and procedures for physicians across Interior Health.

• Sets the strategic direction for infection prevention and control, including antimicrobial stewardship.

• Identifies critical issues to be addressed to achieve short-, medium-, and long-term objectives, strategies, plans, and programs to optimize service, improve the patient experience, and meet Ministry of Health objectives.

• Monitors organizational and portfolio performance against operating targets and key performance indicators. Ensures programs and services are designed, integrated, operated, measured, and reported on in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and attainment of established goals and objectives.

• Provides expertise and counsel to members of the Senior Executive Team and makes recommendation the CEO for future strategic directions surrounding quality, research and academic affairs.

• Establishes and oversees annual operating plans and related budgets for the portfolio, developing an appropriate organizational structure and allocating the financial, technological, physical, and human resources required to achieve current and long- range strategies and meet operating objectives within the organization’s fiscal framework.

• Provides leadership to all staff within the portfolio through coaching, guiding, modelling key behaviours, and encouraging dialogue to create a respectful and motivating environment that encourages achievement of maximum potential, personal goals, and performance targets.

• Provides senior representation in developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to address issues, share information, promote partnerships and develop and support an environment for learning and teaching.

• Leads in collaboration with senior leadership from other health authorities and the Ministry of Health the implementation of province-wide systems improvements that enhance quality and patient safety.

• Keeps abreast of current management and professional practices, issues, and trends affecting health service delivery at the provincial and organizational levels.

• Provides leadership for other services, programs, or projects as assigned by the President and CEO.

Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).

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
• Comprehensive knowledge of current BC healthcare policies, funding practices, and relevant Federal and Provincial Health Statutes.
• Comprehensive knowledge of current healthcare issues, trends, and government directives.
• Demonstrated knowledge of budget preparation and management of financial resources involving short-, immediate-, and long-term plans.
• Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to unify, energize, and motivate people.
• Ability to promote and facilitate change.
• Ability to influence others at all levels of the organization and well as external stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to assume responsibility and accountability in a leadership role.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to make effective presentations to groups.
• Ability to function effectively in a highly dynamic environment.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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!

The salary for this position is a Range 16 and follows the HEABC provincial compensation plan for excluded positions.

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.

  • • A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Healthcare Administration, or a related discipline. • Fifteen or more years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles ideally gained in a complex, multi-site, unionized environment. Experience may have been in either the public or private sector, with healthcare leadership an asset. • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
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