Vice President – Strategy, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Niagara Health System
  • Nov 04, 2020
Full time Vice President

Job Description

Vice President – Strategy, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement

An authentic leader, able to build effective relationships internally and externally, will find in this permanent, full-time position – at our St. Catharines Site – a unique opportunity to lead by example and have a deep impact on Niagara Health as we continue on a bold new journey to create a healthier Niagara.

Niagara Health has a 10-year Strategic Plan with initiatives and targets confirmed annually. The newly-created role of Vice President – Strategy, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement will be pivotal to the success of the Strategic Plan, by developing a framework and designing a strategic planning process that engages the Board of Directors, the executive team as well as the leadership group to translate the strategy into annual and multi-year operating plans. As our new VP, you will develop a government relations and stakeholder engagement plan to establish and nurture community relationships. Reporting directly to the President, and as a member of the executive team, you will work collaboratively with front-line staff, leaders, the executive team, the Board and community leaders to achieve organizational goals.

Specifically, as VP, Strategy, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement, you will be responsible for:

  • Designing a framework for strategic and corporate planning, including development and reporting cycles.
  • Leading the annual planning cycle, engaging with colleagues and teams to ensure metrics are established and monitored, and that operational plans are aligned with strategic objectives.
  • Ensuring budget, workforce, technology and communications plans are aligned with strategy, and that risks are identified and mitigated where possible.
  • Working with Finance and Decision Support, identifying the information, insights, and market intelligence to support corporate performance in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment.
  • Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) to support individual strategic and corporate priorities, with Project Managers supporting client work on strategic initiatives, and reporting to an initiative lead sponsor, and to the PMO for standards, approach to planning and reporting.

Stakeholder/Government Relations

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan that helps identify key stakeholders to establish and nurture community relationships. The plan will assign the lead relationship manager for various key stakeholders and develop a common framework for connecting and reporting on engagement activities.
  • Engaging key stakeholders at the provincial, regional and local governments on a variety of initiatives, as required.


  • Leading a team of professionals in the delivery of the role’s mandate.
  • Coaching and mentoring team members to help them realize their potential.
  • Respectfully holding people accountable for their deliverables.
  • Working collaboratively with others and fostering effective relationships.

To join our dynamic team as VP, Strategy, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement, you must be a creative and strategic thinker with political savvy to navigate Niagara's political environment, and a knowledge base and skill set that include:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ leadership experience.
  • Proven track record in strategic plan development, implementation, monitoring and reporting, preferably in the broader public sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective stakeholder planning and engagement, including government relations.
  • Deep understanding of the healthcare system and experience working in complex clinical environments.
  • Master’s degree in healthcare administration, business or a related field, or a combination of formal education and experience.
  • PMP designation or demonstrated experience in project management leadership for complex multi-user group projects.
  • Advanced communication abilities to effectively translate complex issues in a way that is meaningful to partners, and the ability to effectively facilitate stakeholder engagements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate with a variety of people and teams to deliver results.
  • Critical, conceptual and analytical thinking abilities to connect the dots between different strategic priorities, informed by leading practices.
  • Superior negotiation, conflict management and negotiation skills to facilitate resolution of complex or contentious issues that are acceptable to participants.
  • Track record as a self-sufficient leader, able to manage a team and program with little oversight.

We’re especially interested in connecting if you

  • Value diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Are excited about being part of a respectful and hard-working team in the beautiful Region of Niagara;
  • Identify as a member of a historically underrepresented, excluded or marginalized group (e.g. LGBTQIA+, person with a disability, Indigenous, member of a racialized group);
  • Have a background or expertise in the healthcare environment, supporting patient care and providing extraordinary customer service.

Discover a team environment of Extraordinary Caring – and great quality of life

We are Niagara Health and our CORE values inspire us to be EXTRAORDINARY: Compassion in Action, Driven by Optimism, Achieving Ambitious Results. We are a multi-site hospital that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Complex Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, Kidney Care, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Stroke Care and Surgical Care. We serve over 450,000 Niagara residents across six sites. Our team is made up of more than 4,800 employees, 600 physicians and 850 volunteers who we count on to deliver extraordinary caring. In fact, Accreditation Canada has awarded Niagara Health with Exemplary Standing, a clear demonstration of our team’s commitment to the highest safety and quality standards.

To join Niagara Health is to spend more time enjoying life than commuting. Nestled between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and best known for its tourist attractions, the area offers great geographical advantages. Our hospital sites are located in thriving communities, where affordable housing, a myriad of recreational and cultural activities, and diverse settings make both family and single living a rewarding experience.

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Niagara Health is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Niagara Health will provide accommodations through the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Category

Vice President


St. Catharines, ON