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BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,000 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve. 


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 Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


BCW and BCCH are agencies 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


Children's & Women's Health Centre

RES-Research Admin

Executive Assistant/Coordinator, Research Institute
Regular Full-Time (1.00 FTE)

Start Date: As soon as possible
Vancouver, BC



In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient and employee safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI), and working within the context of a research culture, the Coordinator, Executive Director develops, implements and supports research administration procedures, monitors research grant and manuscript development, and provides project and administrative support to the Executive Office, Research, which includes the Executive Director and Senior Director, Administration and Operations. Further, the Coordinator monitors ethics applications and other information of a sensitive and confidential nature; triages information based on significance and potential impact to funding and licensing, and notifies the Executive Director and Senior Director. The Coordinator professionally represents the interests of the Executive Director and the organization, communicates in a compelling manner to influence and persuade internal and external stakeholder at all levels, and keeps the Executive Director and Senior Director apprised of issues and activities. Interacts with senior leaders, directors, and managers to organize, and coordinate research administrative functions of the BCCHRI Executive Office, Research including workload and agency-wide research activities and projects.




  • Drafts, implements, and supports research administration procedures across the organization to ensure BCCHRI is consistent with PHSA and BCCH best practice standards. On behalf of the Executive Director, ensures the necessary flow of information through PHSA, the BCCHRI and other partners while maintaining appropriate levels of security and confidentiality. 
  • Conducts background research on various topics, summarizes information and provides a synopsis of the findings. Collaborates with BCCH communications, BCCH research departments and research administration on various mandatory annual reports, including to the BCCH Annual Research Report and PHSA Metrics Report. 
  • Leads or provides key input in projects for the Executive Director and Senior Director, Administration and Operations, including policy development for research administrative processes. Responsibilities include surveying related domestic and international organizations for best practices, researching information and applicable language, tracking statistical data, and interpreting and applying BCCH, PHSA & BCCHRI policies and procedures. 
  • Coordinates and monitors ethics applications submitted to the C&W Research Ethics Board for review by the Executive Director. Prioritizes applications based on significance of content, such as biosafety, or renewal/expiry date, and potential disruption to funding or licensing. In the absence of the Department Head, provides application for the review and approval of the Executive Director and Senior Director for review. 
  • Coordinates PHSA Conflict of Interest Declarations on behalf of BCCHRI Executive Office, Research to ensure complete and timely submissions. Reviews Declarations for content, identifies and prioritizes those that require additional review by the Executive Director, for submission to the Conflict of Interest Management Committee. 
  • Manages and supports the Executive Director’s research grant and manuscript development process by tracking and collating research and reference materials. Monitors publication submissions and approvals, maintains the Executive Director’s Curriculum Vitae, and provides abstracts to the PHSA and BCCH communications department for dissemination.  
  • Produces and maintains a variety of accurate and well-designed documents including correspondence, expense claims, curriculum vitae, grant applications, manuscripts, presentations, memos, minutes and meeting agendas, and maintains files. 
  • Screens incoming materials, prioritizes items for immediate attention.  Develops and coordinates key research committee meeting activities and background materials, taking minutes, and ensuring timely follow-up actions. 
  • In collaboration with the Manager, Research Financial Planning and Analysis, assists in monitoring research project budgets by ensuring information is current and accurately compiled, monitors expenditures, ensures invoices are authorized and reconciled, and analyzes and reports on variances. Ensures the transition of new and outgoing research staff.




  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Business Administration, or Health Administration
  • Five (5) years recent related experience in a responsible administration, project management and/or business operations role in a health care or Academic Health Sciences environment. 
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills are required. 
  • Ability to oversee and provide leadership to scientific and research operations processes. 
  • Proven critical thinking skills and the ability to discern risks.  Ability to take initiative and make decisions independently. 
  • Ability to adapt and change procedures and processes to accommodate new roles and functions. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with RiSE, advanced word processing, spreadsheet and database applications is required. 
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft, Workbrain, curriculum vitae’s, grant applications and financial accounts, particularly accounts payables and/or receivables is an asset



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