Vice President, Corporate Programs and Chief Financial Officer

IWK Health
Halifax (City), Nova Scotia
April 11, 2024
May 11, 2024
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IWK Health Centre is dedicated to providing quality care to women, children, youth, and families in all their diversity, throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island the Maritime provinces and beyond. Their services are delivered through the Children's Health program, Mental Health and Addictions program, and Women's and Newborn Health. Across all three programs, the organization’s approach is rooted in its purpose and values, integrating a collaborative model that combines technology, research, training, and clinical excellence. The organization is proud to provide the most complex levels of care in the Atlantic region and to be a strong advocate for the health of families, as well as a global leader in research and knowledge sharing.


In 2022, the Nova Scotia Government released Action for Health: A Strategic Plan, which provides a path to a completely different kind of healthcare experience and health culture for Nova Scotia – one that is proactive and focused on people and patients. IWK Health also has its own Board-approved “The Road Forward” Strategic Plan that is specifically focused on its initiatives and priorities within Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces. 


Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the VP, Corporate Programs and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is accountable for the strategic leadership and oversight of the financial, capital and facilities, digital transformation, environmental sustainability targets, logistics and procurement, audit, internal controls and risk management of the operations of IWK Health.   It is the second largest portfolio with overall responsibility for over 600 staff (415 FTE), and a budget of approximately $80 million for operating and capital (22% of the overall Health Centre budget).  The VP, Corporate Programs and CFO also leads all major infrastructure projects which currently include over $125M for the redevelopment of the Emergency Department.


The VP, Corporate Programs and CFO leads all elements of the portfolio in relentless pursuit of the objectives and actions that are developed to support the Road Forward Strategic Plan while aligning with and championing IWK Health’s strategy. IWK Health prides itself in providing the highest quality care and service to patients and families. An important component of its mandate is system leadership in service delivery, co-designed with patients and families based upon needs, best practices, and capacity building throughout the region.


The role will also work closely with the IWK Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to support the urgent priority needs of IWK Health. The Foundation is the preeminent fundraising movement for children and women’s healthcare in the Maritimes.


As the ideal candidate, you will have a professional accounting designation complemented by a university degree in Health, Business Administration or equivalent (preferably at the master’s level).  You have a minimum of 10 years of experience in successfully leading finance, facilities, and operations in a complex organization, and strategic leadership experience at the Executive and Board level. You have demonstrated the ability to develop and lead solid governance and internal control environments. You are passionate about developing and supporting team members and leaders and developing an ethical, high-performing culture.


You have strong executive presence and embrace change and push for it at the right opportunity.  You have common sense combined with business sensibility, foresight and experience that enables you to see great potential for the organization and its people. You have a broad business and political acumen and can quickly partner with fellow executives, Board and external partners to achieve results through collaboration. Confident and self-assured in your approach to work, you are also able to accept and value the opinions and ideas of others. You are truly a team player and adapt quickly.


To express interest in this exciting opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume, in confidence, to For additional information contact Penny Mirams at 647-395-0176.


IWK Health and Mirams Becker are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace; Preference given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Canadian, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona fide requirements for the open position. If contacted for this employment opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodation.