Senior Director, Technical Operations & Facilities

September 23 2023
Expected expiry date: October 12 2023
Industries Education, Training
Categories Administration, Management, Maintenance, Engineering, Trades, Management staff,
Surrey, BC • Full time

Who We Are

At the SFU Medical School, we envision a medical education system where students and residents learn as part of a team in primary care and other community-level settings, in patient-centred environments, and with a curriculum that considers social, environmental and prevention contexts. As we establish the school in Surrey, B.C., our growing relationships with the local community, Fraser Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority, physicians and Indigenous partners will help us to meet the diverse health needs of the communities we serve and improve access to primary care throughout the province. We seek to advance reconciliation by embedding and equalizing Indigenous knowledge systems in our learning, research and practices while resting on a solid foundation of high-quality, accredited education and world-class research efforts that keep us oriented toward measurable, socially accountable outcomes.

Help build B.C.’s new medical school from the ground up!

About the Role

The Senior Director, Technical Operations & Facilities is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for the technical operations of SFU’s Medical School, ensuring the successful provision of services for facilities, information technology, technical operations, and safety & risk services on-campus, as well as distributed sites across the province.  In addition, the Senior Director will provide leadership in the development and delivery of capital renovation projects.

As one of the first executive team members for the Medical School, this role will be influential in establishing and operationalizing the technical and facilities operations in support of the School’s strategic vision and direction, establishing key operational policies and procedures, developing strategic relationships with external partners, and building a management team capable of driving growth and fostering innovation.  

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, strategic leader with a passion for operational, technical and facilities operations excellence. They have a successful and extensive track record in the healthcare or post-secondary education environment leading multidisciplinary teams within the area of technical operations. To that end, they possess a unique skill for translating high-level, overarching missions into actionable and operational strategies, and mobilizing people and resources in order to achieve objectives. They are a natural collaborator, maintaining effective partnerships and pursuing new connections with shared interests and goals.

Full Job Description


Master’s degree in Science or Business Administration and 10+ years of related strategic or senior leadership experience in large, multi-site, academic or health services organizations with a recent focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic plans. Progressively senior experience within a large organization; Expertise in facilities development (e.g., planning, design, construction, contract management and procurement) within current municipal, provincial and national standards, codes, bylaws and regulations applicable to health care, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex conceptual ideas into operational deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead within a complex academic environment including ability to balance academic and operational priorities.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to influence, persuade and to conduct presentations to senior management.
  • Excellent leadership, consultation, facilitation, consensus building, conflict resolution, and negotiation and team-building skills. Ability to effectively facilitate to achieve appropriate outcome.

What We Offer

At SFU, our goal is to ensure our people are valued and supported by promoting a healthy work-life balance, professional growth and development, as well as a safe and respectful workplace. We offer continuing employees who belong in the Administrative Professional Excluded Staff group (APEX):

  • 4 weeks’ vacation (prorated for the first year)*
  • Hybrid-work program for eligible positions
  • Employer paid defined benefit pension plan
  • On-campus tuition waiver for employees and their immediate family members*
  • Off-campus tuition reimbursements and professional development funds*
  • And more! View our benefits brochure

*Prorated for part-time employees

Additional Information

The position grade and salary range is currently under review.

Please include your cover letter and resume in one attachment.

About SFU

Simon Fraser University is in Canada's top ten research universities and has ranked first in Maclean’s Comprehensive category for many years. Located in Metro Vancouver, SFU has three campuses, which are located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), Səmyámə (Semiahmoo), and sc̓əwaθən (Tsawwassen) Peoples. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create a space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices. Vancouver is consistently rated among the top ten most livable cities in the world.

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