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BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


BCCH is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


Director Research Services

Reference #53436

Regular Full Time

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC


Reporting to the BCCH Research Institute (BCCHR) Executive Director, the Director, Research Services is accountable for providing leadership and strategic direction related to Research Services. The Director contributes to the development of plans and objectives and ensures that BCCHR Services goals are achieved. The Director provides leadership and guidance to their staff, and expert advice to the leadership team and others throughout BCCHR.  The Director contributes to creating a strong team environment by fostering trust and mutual respect, and supporting open dialogue on issues that allow for the optimization of BCCHR’s projects and strategic goals. 


The Director provides specialized knowledge to define, clarify and streamline processes related to awards, education, ethics, faculty relations, legal, BCCHR membership, staff administration and project management. The Director seeks to continually improve on the high quality of service provided to BCCHR’s research community.  This role requires an awareness of PHSA and UBC policies and the need to ensure compliance with those policies.


Example of Duties/Accountabilities 

  • Leads the evaluation and implementation of Research Services strategic and operational plans for service support within the BCCHR. Ensures appropriate level of monitoring of progress against Research Services goals and takes action as needed to correct issues that arise.
  • Leads the day to day operations of Research Services, including Research Education, ensuring high quality support to BCCHR investigators, trainees, Theme Leads and Research Managers.
  • Provides leadership to Research Services staff through coaching, guiding and role modeling key behaviors/strategies, encouraging dialogue and providing guidance and advice to facilitate resolutions to work issues.  Assists team members to define shared and individual goals, meet target dates and ensure alignment of team goals with customer needs.
  • Represents Research Services on the BCCHR senior management team.
  • Negotiates with various stakeholders on resources and facilitates consensus by representing BCCHR Research Services.
  • Advocates for the BCCHR and builds relationships with key partners including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Children’s hospital, PHSA and UBC and SFU.
  • Develops goals in collaboration with other BCCHR staff, investigators and trainees to enhance the organizational performance of Research Services: takes a lead role in the analysis of the current situation and future requirements; initiates the development of specific goals and objectives; sets priorities for planning and implementing solutions.
  • Ensures consistent and appropriate Research Services processes and procedures are developed and practiced within the BCCHR in accordance with PHSA & UBC policies.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with a wide variety of staff at all levels within PHSA and Affiliated organizations for collaboration and exchange of information on research education and operational activities. 
  • Works closely with the Office of Research Services, University of British Columbia (UBC) and establishes and maintains relationships with other external organizations for the purpose of supporting principle investigator and student appointments/joint appointment/partnertrack and funding opportunities.  




A minimum level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a PhD and a minimum of 2-3 years postdoctoral experience in life sciences or health sciences.  Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience, including at least five (5) years in a leadership role, with supervisory and management experience.  Faculty relations and university administrative knowledge and experience with UBC, PHSA HR systems required.  Familiarity with health care foundations required.


The Director will need to be adaptable to changing needs and rapidly arising opportunities as well as being able to work effectively with diverse groups of highly independent and entrepreneurial individuals to achieve expected results. The Director should be customer focused with the ability to negotiate and facilitate common goals between diverse operational groups and skill sets.  Demonstrates critical thinking and analytical skills encompassing an organization-wide perspective. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, innovative leadership and systems improvement skills. Excellent organization skills including the ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines, work under pressure and multi-task without direct supervision. Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


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Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 


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