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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.


Opening in November 2017 the new Teck Centre which will provide highly-specialized care for children and women in British Columbia. The lifeline of the Teck Centre will continue to be the care givers and support staff working in the new, modern facility. These passionate individuals are devoted to bringing a better quality of life to the patients that we serve.


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 # 56778

Regular Full Time

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Vancouver, BC 


Reporting to the BCCH Research Institute (BCCHR) Executive Director, the Director, Research Services is responsible for providing operational leadership and strategic direction for Institute-level activities in three integrally-related core areas: (1) Research Services; (2) Institute Programs; and (3) Research Education.


The Director provides specialized knowledge for developing and implementing the programmatic research services supports to define, clarify and streamline processes in these core areas. The Director seeks to improve continually on the high quality of service provided to BCCHR’s research community provides leadership and guidance to their staff, and relevant 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 is accountable for ensuring that research administration and research training activities at the BCCHR are in accordance with guidelines, policies, and procedures of the Institute, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the partnering hospitals, and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), as well as of relevant external agencies and Canadian funding agencies.



  • Leads the evaluation and implementation of Research Services strategic and operational plans. . Ensures appropriate level of monitoring of progress against Research Services goals and takes action as needed to correct issues that arise.
  • Leads the daily operations of the Research Services portfolio, including Research Education, ensuring high quality support to BCCHR investigators, trainees, Theme Leads and Research Managers.
  • Is the primary supervisor of the Manager, Research Education, and works to optimize the training environment for all Institute and C&W trainees.
  • Drafts, recommends, and implements research services and training-related policies and procedures, and develops accurate reports and analysis of research activities at the Institute.
  • Works closely with the UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Institute’s UBC ORS manager to coordinate all aspects of the grant application process and to ensure grant applications are processed in accordance with all guidelines of the Institute, the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and UBC ORS;
  • Processes and disseminates funding-related information, via various paths including the Institute website (with Communications and others).
  • Oversees the Institute Program core activities, including implementing and monitoring of Institute membership program; monitoring Institute Program budgets and financial commitments; contributing to policies and procedures for allocation and review of research space; and organizing research-related Institute activities (e.g., Research Week and Investigatorship Program). 



A minimum level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters degree.  Seven (7) to ten (10) years of directly relevant experience, including at least five (5) years in a senior administrative leadership role, with supervisory and management experience.  Knowledge of university research service administration and faculty relations required; experience with UBC and health authority (eg, PHSA) systems preferred.  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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