Vice-President, Medicine

Vice President, Medicine

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Competition: 01931935
Bargaining Unit: NON_CONTRACT
Location: Kelowna
Close date: Open Until Filled

Position Summary

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, Medicine 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, Medicine is an integral part of Interior Health’s Senior Executive Team (SET) with joint accountability for setting new standards of excellence in the delivery of health services in British Columbia.

The VP, Medicine provides strategic medical administration leadership and is accountable for medicine related processes governing the delivery of optimum, consistent, and competent medical care provided by Interior Health.

The VP, Medicine works with the VP, Quality, Research & Academic Affairs and the Clinical Operations portfolios to enhance integration, transparency, and accountability for operational and strategic performance.

What will you work on:

• Provides oversight for medical governance including credentialing; privileging; peer review; performance improvement; and physician contracts.

• Ensures consistency and competency in medicine related clinical processes throughout Interior Health.

• Oversees Executive Medical Directors who work in dyad relationships with the VPs of Clinical Operations.

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

• 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.

• Ensures medicine programs and services are designed, integrated, operated, measured, and reported on in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and attainment of established goals and objectives.

• Monitors organizational and portfolio performance against operating targets and key performance indicators.

• 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, and promote partnerships.

• Collaborates and participates with the Ministry of Health, other BC Health Authorities, and provincial and national organizations on industry initiatives.

• 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).


Education, Training, and Experience
• A medical degree with full licensure (or proven eligibility for same) in the Province of British Columbia.
• Leadership training appropriate to the role.
• Fifteen or more years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles in an integrated health system environment.

Lead 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.

• CANMEDS Competencies:
o Medical expert: Engages with others to contribute to a vision of a high-quality health care system and take responsibility for the delivery of excellent patient care through their activities as clinicians, administrators, scholars, or teachers.
o Communicator: Forms relationships with patients and their families that facilitate the gathering and sharing of essential information for effective health care.
o Collaborator: Works effectively with other health care professionals to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered care.
o Health advocate: Contributes their expertise and influence as they work with communities or patient populations to improve health. They work with those they serve to determine and understand needs, speak on behalf of others when required, and support the mobilization of resources to effect change.
o Scholar: Demonstrates a lifelong commitment to excellence in practice through continuous learning and by teaching others, evaluating evidence, and contributing to scholarship.
o Professional: Demonstrates commitment to the health and well-being of individual patients and society through ethical practice, high personal standards of behaviour, accountability to the profession and society, physician-led regulation, and maintenance of personal health.

Skills and Abilities
• Comprehensive knowledge of current BC healthcare policies, funding practices, and relevant Federal and Provincial Health Statutes.
• Comprehensive knowledge of current human resources 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 18 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 [email protected] 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.