Imagination. Integrity. Transformation. Teamwork.

At VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, every member of the team contributes to enabling our medical partners to deliver British Columbia’s best, most specialized care. As Vancouver Coastal Health’s primary philanthropic partner, we have been transforming health care in BC for over 40 years. We raise funds for specialized adult health care and research by partnering with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services. Driven by this purpose, we are continuing to create a strong future by building a Foundation team of diverse and talented people.

Why work at the Foundation?

If you are looking for a career where you truly connect with the organization’s purpose, your hopes and dreams may be a perfect match with building a career with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. The work we do impacts the province in which we work, and makes a real difference both saving and improving lives. People who thrive at the Foundation are engaged with and inspired by the impact we have in BC healthcare.

What is our workplace culture?

Our workplace culture, the ‘way we do things here’, is informed by our values. The Foundation’s core values are

Initiative & Innovation | Integrity and Stewardship | Teamwork and Engagement

These are more than just words. These values create a culture where cross-functional team engagement and accountability is the norm, where honesty and transparency are key, where people are encouraged to learn and grow, and where we celebrate the learning along the journey as much as getting to the goal.

Are you a remote workplace or an in-office workplace?

Our approach to the question of whether work is ‘remote or in office’ is informed by a desire to have flexibility, accountability and real-human relationship development. As we continue to learn together, and discover the most engaging and empowering ways of working, we have embraced a ‘hybrid’ model. Team members are able to work in office full time if that works best for them, or up to 50% of their time at home.

How flexible are the working hours?

Several elements contribute to the flexibility we provide our employees. After all, we each have unique lives and preferences.

• Flexible start and finish times around our core hours of 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (PST) Monday to Friday. We work a 37.5 hour work week and trust you to figure out how to make that happen.

• Compressed working option in the summer. If you want, you can compress ten days of work into nine and then take the final Friday off. People opting to take this ‘nine-day fortnight’ end up with ten long weekends over the summer. Just think about the camping trips!

• Five personal leave days, in addition to the standard 20 days of vacation each year.

• Three additional foundation days during the year.

• A  remote work policy that allows work from anywhere for up to 10 days per calendar year.

Are you a ‘dog/cat’- friendly workplace?

We don’t currently allow pets in our offices, but we hope that our hybrid work policy allows you to have your beloved four-legged friend with you on your work-from-home days. If they pop up on Zoom, please introduce them!

Do I need to be COVID-vaccinated to work at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation?

Yes. As our offices are on the campus of VGH, we follow the requirements of Vancouver Coastal Health. We require a record of full vaccination or documentation of exclusion.

What are the development opportunities?

We have a proven history of promotion from within as well as the opportunity to grow in role. We invest in the learning and development of our people, and support career growth at every level of the Foundation. As we continue to innovate and add even more value, new roles will continue to be added to enable us to positively impact health care.

We offer the opportunity to learn and grow outside of your ‘job description’, too. Employees are encouraged to participate in our various staff experience committees. Our Culture Cabinet is a team of passionate individuals committed to leading and inspiring a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.  Our Social Committee is an enthusiastic team of folks who create fun and creative staff activities that bring us together in playful and engaging ways. Our Health and Safety Committee is focused on ensuring all Foundation staff know that their safety is paramount, and that we are committed to continuous improvement.

What kind of benefits do you have?

All employees receive 4 weeks (20 days) of vacation each year, increasing a day per year after 5 years, up to 35 days. Between vacation, Foundation Days, and the 11 BC stat holidays, Foundation employees enjoy 34 paid days off each year.

Other PTO (Paid Time Off)
The Foundation also has three ‘Foundation Days’ (Easter Monday, Boxing Day, and an additional day in late December); five Personal Leave days (that can be used for celebrations or observances that are significant in your life), and a ‘9 day fortnight’ program for the summer, where employees can choose to work a few extra minutes each day, and take every second Friday off. This equates to 10 long weekends over the summer.
Additionally, all staff are covered by a paid sick leave program which accrues at approximately 1.5 days per month, to a maximum of 26 weeks of sick leave.

Health Benefits
All the premiums for our Foundation health benefits are 100% employer-paid, for you and your spouse/partner and dependents. All full-time staff with a contract longer than 6 months are entitled to dental and extended health benefits, life insurance and dependent life, long term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and an employee and family assistance program for counselling support.

Municipal Pension Plan
All staff are enrolled in the Municipal Pension Plan – a defined benefit plan – to which the Foundation contributes 9.56 %, starting their contributions after 3 months in role (or 12 months for temporary employees).

Professional Development
At the Foundation, we support your unique career development journey. Throughout your time at the Foundation, we have regular career and development check-ins, where you and your manager mutually determine what types of job experience and challenges, social learning and formal learning will support you going from ‘where you are’ to ‘where you want to be’. With your manager’s approval, we support up to $1000 per year towards formal learning courses. Additionally, all employees have access to our internal calendar of learning, Vancouver Coastal Health’s learning resources, and have a Foundation-paid subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Employee Perks
All employees have subsidized access to the VGH fitness facilities, parking, and cycling centre. There are various other perks offered through VCH, including subsidized transit passes, and discounts at a range of local retailers and service providers.

What is the Foundation's commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workplace?

Through every part of the Foundation, we are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace. We have a highly engaged cross-functional team,(Including executive leadership) that develops and continuously monitors policies, practices and experiences to support our journey of creating a workplace that continuously strives to improve. Guided by the input of our staff and best practices in the Global Benchmark for DEIB, our Culture Cabinet created (and received executive endorsement for) the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Statement:

We’re on a journey

At the Foundation, we know that “Harnessing the power of philanthropy to significantly improve specialized health care and research for British Columbians” requires a passionate, engaged, and diverse team that represents the communities we serve. Our journey of learning and acting on that learning will support our team members in uniquely contributing to our mission, and to feel that they truly belong.

What is the recruiting process?

Our hiring process varies a bit depending on the role, but you can expect to have your application considered by our external recruitment partner. They may approach you for other roles too! If shortlisted, you will be invited to interview. We always invite shortlisted candidates in for a behavioural interview with a panel that includes the hiring manager. Sometimes we have a second round of interviews, and depending on the role, we may ask you to take a skills test or give a short presentation. All going well, we’ll take up your references, and then get in touch to offer you the role!

I don’t see the perfect job for me posted. Can you keep my resume on file?

Please be sure to apply for any specific role you are interested in, but if you don’t see that perfect role, and still think you’d make a great addition to our team, let us know. We may have something come up in future that we think you’d be great for. Forward your resume to and we will be sure to get back to you!

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