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Rick Hansen Institute

Program Manager, BC Programs

Network Development – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Network Development
Employment Type Full-Time


The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. By facilitating an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters, we strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world. The Rick Hansen Institute is proudly accredited by Imagine Canada.

The Program Manager, BC Programs, reporting to the Director of Strategic Implementation, develops, organizes, and monitors effective implementation of programmatic initiatives within the province of BC. This role acts as a liaison between RHI and its provincial partners, including healthcare providers, individuals living with SCI, community service and advocacy groups, researchers, clinicians and healthcare operational and administrative staff. An action- oriented system’s thinker, the Program Manager, BC Programs advances RHI’s operational and strategic goals through collaboration, awareness, network development, and impact evaluation.


The Program Manager, BC Programs is responsible for:

  • Collaboratively planning and implementing programmatic initiatives to maximize impact;
  • Proactively monitoring initiative progress, resolving issues, and reporting;
  • Participating in priority setting, resource identification, strategy and policy development, change advocacy, and project management within RHI and with external stakeholders;
  • Facilitating meetings, chairing committees and delivering presentations;
  • Ensuring there is allocation of common resources and skills within the program's individual projects;
  • Developing and monitoring project budgets within the context of operational, environmental, and resource constraints;
  • Using best practice methods to monitor and adhere to allocated budgets;
  • Developing program documentation, including project plans, proposals, briefing notes,  and distributing to appropriate stakeholders;
  • Promoting awareness of RHI’s vision, mission, goals, programs, and projects;
  • Promoting awareness of the priorities and challenges in individuals living with SCI;
  • Ensuring alignment of BC programmatic initiatives to other RHI activities, provincial government priorities and the needs of individuals living with SCI; and
  • Performing other duties as required, ensuring the successful completion of assigned work.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, Master’s degree considered an asset
  • 5 to 7 years of experience working with health and research delivery related projects, previous experience working with individuals with spinal cord injury considered an asset
  • Experience working within the BC health care system
  • Experience managing a program in a publicly funded setting
  • Experience in change management 
  • Demonstrated success in managing relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders 
  • Highly developed EQ
  • Collaborative working style and the ability to create a sense of community while leading project teams 
  • Ability to think strategically 
  • Ability to build consensus and influence without direct authority
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary health and high pressure environment 
  • Ability to adapt to change and incorporate feedback
  • Knowledge of project management principles 
  • Knowledge of planning techniques, monitoring and controlling programs
  • Knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite 
  • Relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Problem solving skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Critical thinking skills


Interested and qualified candidates can apply here by February 4, 2019. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information on the Rick Hansen Institute, please visit our website at www.rickhanseninstitute.org

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Network Development
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