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Senior Director, Technical Operations & Facilities

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

IT, Sales & Business Development, Operations
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

Who We Are

At the medical school at SFU, we are committed to shaping the future of healthcare through innovative education, ground-breaking research, and community engagement. As we embark on this journey to redefine medical education, we are seeking passionate individuals who are eager to contribute to our mission.

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

About the Role

The Senior Director, Technical Operations & Facilities is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for the technical operations of the 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 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.

Interested in working with the medical school at SFU, but not sure if this is the role for you? Learn more on how to submit your expression of interest here.

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

Please include your cover letter and resume in one attachment.

SFU is an equity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require any assistance or accommodations, please contact