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Chief Project Officer, Project Horizon


Job ID: 55423
Job Views: 1,601
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Job Category: Director
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 07-10-2017

Job Description

About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has launched Project Horizon - a phased strategic capital planning initiative to redevelop and transform the SickKids campus to support the future delivery of world class paediatric health care, teaching and research. SickKids is seeking an experienced Chief Project Officer who will provide the leadership and technical skills needed to take this major project from conception to final occupancy.

The Chief Project Officer is accountable for all stages of planning and implementation related to Project Horizon. The successful candidate will oversee a project team comprised of consultants, project managers, planners, clinicians, and other staff. Key deliverables include a master program and site plan, functional program, detailed capital and operating budgets, facilities and operational designs, and complete business plans eventually resulting in full implementation of the project including procurement, construction, commissioning, and occupancy.

With the authority to direct and oversee the project team, the Chief Project Officer will report to the Vice President, Transformation and be accountable to the Executive Sponsors and Executive Steering Committee on all matters relating to the project. In partnership with the Clinical Operations Lead, and the Director of Facilities Planning, the Chief Project Officer will ensure engagement with internal and external stakeholders including SickKids’ clinical leadership, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC), Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN), SickKids Foundation, Infrastructure Ontario, as well as regional, municipal and community organizations. The Chief Project Officer will also represent the owner with consultants and contractors.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do

Project Leadership and Management

  • Provide strategic leadership for the planning, development, procurement and implementation of Project Horizon and oversee the work of the project team and the successful completion of project deliverables. 
  • Ensure that the project contributes to the achievement of SickKids’ vision and goals, and is delivered within scope, on time and on budget.
  • Ensure that an appropriate project management plan and schedule is developed and implemented, including identification of the key resources needed for each phase of the project to ensure timely delivery of required outcomes. 
  • Collaborate with SickKids’ senior leadership to ensure that the project deliverables, including infrastructure solutions, support SickKids’ clinical and operational goals and also meet the requirements of key stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC), the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Infrastructure Ontario, and other key stakeholders.
  • Report on project progress/status and proactively manage project risks and issues.
  • Manage, monitor and report on the project budget using appropriate financial management tools. 
  • Oversee compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements including those pertaining to procurement, design, construction, accreditation, environmental, and occupational health and safety matters.
  • Provide guidance and expertise to the project team regarding LEAN hospital design concepts and best practices, and innovative approaches for the transformation of patient care delivery systems and other operational systems.
  • Champion patient and family-centred care and help drive innovation and future-oriented solutions.
  • Ensure robust stakeholder and change management plans are established and implemented.

Project Deliverables

  • Successfully complete all documentation and submittals required for compliance with the MoHLTC’s Capital Planning Process.
  • Procure, deliver and implement all approved components of the project. Ensure facilities are ready for operational use upon completion.
  • Ensure accurate and complete documentation for each stage of the project from inception through construction to final occupancy. Ensure quality materials are produced to support project governance meetings. 
  • Conduct site inspections, resolve disputes, identify and address non-conformances when necessary. 
  • Ensure appropriate time, quality and cost monitoring systems/measurements and reporting criteria are developed and implemented. Maintain a robust document management system.
  • Collaborate with project team members to develop and evaluate RFPs (e.g., purchase of goods such as furniture, equipment, and services of specialized, professional service providers). Ensure compliance with SickKids’ Policies and Procedures regarding Procurement of Goods and Services, and the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive.

Resource Management

  • Select, organize and manage project personnel.
  • Develop and be accountable for the effective and efficient utilization of approved project budgets.
  • Negotiate contractual terms with consultants, contractors, vendors, and service providers, and manage such parties as required to ensure compliance and best outcomes.
  • Direct and validate work performed by architects, functional programmers, designers, engineers, and other consultants.

Relationship Management

  • Provide guidance, expertise and support to project team members throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Build effective relationships with SickKids senior leaders. 
  • Communicate status/results to Executive Sponsors, key stakeholders, committees and working groups, and makes recommendations to project stakeholders (as appropriate).
  • Liaise with SickKids’ staff, consultants, and representatives from the Ministry, LHIN, Infrastructure Ontario, City of Toronto, and other health care entities as well as other government, municipal and community organizations and regulatory bodies (as appropriate).
  • Work with the SickKids Foundation to support donor opportunities, briefings, tours, etc. and with Public Affairs for communication to staff and external entities.

Here's What You'll Need

  • Minimum 15 years’ experience as a Project Director (or equivalent) involved with the design and implementation of complex planning, construction, renovation, and space related projects, ideally in the health care sector.
  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a graduate degree in a field related to project management, architecture and/or engineering.
  • Ability to define, direct and implement complex projects and strategically manage risk.
  • Ability to define and guide individuals and groups towards a vision while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment and effectiveness.
  • Ability to establish a course of action for self and others that is results-oriented.
  • In-depth working knowledge of capital procurement methods, processes and approvals including the MoHLTC Capital Planning Process, Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing Process, and LHIN processes.
  • Understanding of the Broader Public Sector Directives; the Local Health Integration Network and Ministry of Health Long Term Care requirements and processes; and Infrastructure Ontario Alternate Financing and Procurement processes.
  • Understanding of legal and financial issues associated with contract development and finalization.
  • Understanding of contract law as it applies to the methods of tendering and project procurement and the design and construction industry.
  • Understanding of legal and financial issues associated with contract development and finalization.
  • Understanding of healthcare design, principles, and evidence based design. 
  • Mastery of the essence and subtleties of communication in order that exchanges are understood at all levels within a complex internal and external network.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of stakeholders supported by an acute awareness of the impact of action.
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills with a global perspective.
  • Sensitivity to political and other issues and their impact on health care.
  • Exemplary communication, facilitation, interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Ability to balance and integrate the needs of stakeholders into strategies and solutions that align with SickKids’ strategic directions.
  • Innovative and creative problem solver; change management skills, and excellent communication, judgment and decision making skills.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills. 
  • Demonstrated change management skills, including conducting systems, business and financial risk assessments, and communicating change to key stakeholders.

Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent.

Our Commitment to Diversity

SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization.

SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation. 




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