Project Lead


Project Lead


Location: Abbotsford and Vancouver

Reporting to: Director, Clinical Program and Professional Practice Leader - Knowledge & Innovation Lead

Job status: Temporary 6 month contract (June-November), 0.5 FTE


Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.


HERE’S WHY IT’S SO GREAT TO WORK WITH US. Aside from being surrounded by a friendly, inclusive, dedicated team, Canuck Place offers employees up to 20 days’ vacation (pro-rated to their full-time equivalency), an 100% employer-paid benefits package, Municipal Pension Plan (MPP), a Health Spending account that provides up to $500 annually to provide additional coverage for health and wellness activities/services, informative lunch n’ learns, as well as various learning opportunities. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice also has a ‘Care For the Caregiver’ committee who provides ongoing, creative activities to connect us with one another as a reminder that it’s ‘this’ moment that really counts.



Reporting to the Director of the Clinical Program and the Professional Practice Leader - Knowledge & Innovation Lead, the Project Lead is an innovator, knowledge translator, and change agent who is accountable for executing a key strategic priority in the area of grief, loss and bereavement care. 


The Project Lead is required to lead this initiative independently with little supervision. In order to accomplish this, they are required to have extensive knowledge of the health and social care systems, principles of grief loss and bereavement, evaluation and analysis strategies and possess expertise in advanced communication, leadershproblem-solvingving, and project management.


The position is forward-focused, so the incumbent is expected to exercise judgement at a high level, anticipate challenges, and address them in a proactive way with skill and diplomacy.



  • Leads and manages a complex and innovative project to examine grief, loss and bereavement care and services.  Scans the environment and the literature to identify best practices, emerging trends and challenges.
  • Engages all stakeholders, including staff, external partners and families to understand perspectives, challenges and opportunities.
  • Take steps to ensure that the proposed strategies are grounded in best practice standards. Understands and models effective change management strategies.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Clinical Program Director regarding trends and opportunities that will help to address gaps and challenges in provision of grief, loss and bereavement care.
  • Collaborates with professional practice leads to ensure integration and alignment of this project with other key quality and strategic initiatives.
  • Provides systems leadership in proposing a new or refreshed vision for grief, loss and bereavement care that emphasizes highest quality family centered care. Supports strong inter-professional collaboration
  • Participates and collaborates with local, provincial and national initiatives and partnerships and organizational and cross-organizational task forces and committees that inform grief, loss and bereavement care and services.  
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or related field
  • Ten (10) years of recent related experience in grief and bereavement care
  • Experience in project management, leading change initiatives, quality improvements or new program development
  • Experience in knowledge translation activities an asset



What you bring to the role:

  • Demonstrated specialized knowledge in child and family grief
  • Demonstrated competency in practice, program development, leadership and research.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving, decision-making, and evaluative skills.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, communication and human relations skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with all levels in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a change agent.
  • Proven ability to develop partnerships and work diplomatically and persuasively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Understands principles of family engagement
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and accomplishes objectives.
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze, strategize and plan.
  • Knowledge and skill to operate a personal computer which includes knowledge of MS Office and Windows programs such as MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook etc.

You have:

  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; consultative, facilitate and collaborative; sense of humor.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.


Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work and travel within and outside the Lower Mainland.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.



Please submit your cover letter and your resume at by June 19, 2022. We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.