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NCAS Senior Program Manager

Position: Regular, full-time
NOTE: This role may involve travel

​The opportunity

Are you eager to be part of a dynamic, growing and values-based organization? Are you up for the challenge of helping us strengthen our effectiveness, capacity and long-term sustainability? And are you ready to leap in and apply your awesome skills and knowledge – gained through progressively more senior roles you’ve held – to a small organization that’s making a big impact? This is an ideal role for a leader and change-maker in the non-governmental community. If this sounds like you, read on!

Who we are

The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is part of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. We’re working with nursing regulators and governments across the country to address the acute nursing shortage. NCAS runs a high-stakes competency assessment that helps determine strengths and gaps in an applicant’s nursing skills and knowledge, and that supports regulators, including BCCNM, in making critical registration decisions.

At BCCNM and within NCAS, we value and celebrate diversity. We are committed to fostering an open, welcoming, and inclusive work environment where we value and respect all perspectives. We aspire to employ staff who are representative of the diverse B.C. communities we serve. BCCNM is also committed to making our health system more culturally safe for Indigenous Peoples of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry. We welcome and encourage their applications.

 Each of us strives to meet our commitment to the following values to maintain a workplace that is welcoming, respectful, and supports the well-being of every BCCNM employee:

  • Trust is essential
  • Better together
  • Speak the truth
  • Protect the public
  • Stay curious

What we offer you​

Our office is located at 200 Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver. To support a healthy work-life balance, we operate using a hybrid model. Employees enjoy a collaborative environment that offers flexibility to work both on-site and remotely each week. 

As a valued member of our team, you can expect to be treated respectfully and professionally. While the workload is often busy, we are committed to supporting our staff to achieve work life balance. We value our staff and will give you opportunities to thrive. 

Aside from the opportunity to be part of a passionate team contributing to our important mandate of protecting the public, BCCNM offers an attractive compensation and benefits package for regular employees that includes generous annual vacation, 100% company-paid group health and dental benefits, participation in the Municipal Pension Plan, along with many other programs designed to promote employee health and well-being.

What you'll be doing​

Working closely with the executive director and the director of assessment, innovation and operations, the Senior Program Manager is responsible for managing NCAS’ Capacity Building Program. This work involves creating, implementing, managing and evaluating a variety of large and small projects and project activities all aimed at strengthening our core work – assessment development and delivery. Your work will be critical to enhancing our reach to internationally educated nurses across Canada, strengthening our reliability as an assessment service, and helping us achieve our financial and operational maturity. Work can involve everything from identifying new areas for effectiveness, to seeking out new project funding opportunities, developing and managing budgets, engaging consultants, managing projects, conducting surveys, writing reports and facilitating focus groups. This is an ideal role for an individual who has served multiple roles with increasing responsibility in the NGO community, who has taken initiatives from the ground up, performed a full range of project activities, and been accountable for all aspects of a program’s success. The role requires excellent stakeholder and government relations. 


The NCAS Capacity-Building Program is comprised of multiple small and large projects and activities. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for a full range of activities within the program including, as required, research, proposal writing, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. Specifically, the SPM will:​

  • Lead the design, development and implementation of a variety of activities, tasks and projects within the Capacity Building Program
  • Manage a multi-million-dollar core expansion initiative (NCAS Bilingual Triple Track Assessment Development Project) that will enhance NCAS' work in other parts of Canada
  • Use key program management tools including project charters, implementation plans, budgets, evaluative frameworks, project GANTTs, and narrative reports to track, report on and evaluate program activities
  • Engage, convene, facilitate and build consensus among a variety of stakeholders including government, regulators, nursing specialists, educators and internationally educated nurses
  • Identify funding and project opportunities, engage funders, and develop appropriate proposals
  • Conduct research, and coordinate the collection and analysis of data as appropriate
  • Work across teams to identify new opportunities for organizational and program effectiveness
  • Engage and provide oversight to any consultants or contractors required for program activities
  • Identify risks, anticipate, and resolve problems, and elevate issues/problems as they arise
  • Create and execute requests for proposals or expressions of interest as required.
  • Collaborate with and support the NCAS team, advisory committees, BCCNM staff as appropriate
  • Foster and maintain a culture that promotes mutual respect, teamwork, and service excellence.

Education & skills

This is a position for a seasoned professional who sees capacity building as a continuous process, and who is committed to working collaboratively towards the goal of achieving organizational and programmatic excellence. The ideal candidate for this position will have the following:

  • A minimum of seven to ten years’ experience with, and progressively greater responsibility for, leading programs, preferably within the non-profit community
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a field that lends itself to program management and capacity building; equivalent work experience will be accepted
  • Bilingualism or strong proficiency in French is preferred.   
  • Very strong communication, team building and interpersonal skills, and an ability to relate empathetically with colleagues, external stakeholders, the general public
  • Demonstrated experience with having performed a full range of program activities from research and proposal-writing to financial management and stakeholder engagement
  • Strong project management experience, and ease with project management practices, tools, programs, and platforms such as ClickUp or MS Projects 
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government, and to convene and facilitate focus groups, committee meetings, etc.
  • A proven ability to seek out program and project funding opportunities, and experience in developing fund-worthy proposals, conducting project evaluations and writing reports.  
  • A demonstrated ability to work and plan strategically, and to apply critical-thinking skills
  • Excellent budget development, management and financial reporting skills
  • Exceptional writing skills with experience in program reporting and public engagement
  • Experience in gathering requirements for Requests for Proposals, and in negotiating and managing consulting contracts
  • Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, to work quickly, independently and effectively
  • Demonstrated research skills 
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility as they apply to nursing and midwifery practice and health care.

Additional assets

  • Knowledge of challenges confronting internationally educated professionals in Canada
  • Knowledge of high stakes exam and testing development processes, including trends
  • Knowledge of the business of regulation, particularly in the area of health care
  • Knowledge of nursing and/or the health sector in general

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How to apply

We offer accommodation for applicants with disabilities to take part in the selection process. If we contact you about an interview or testing, please let us know if you require accommodation. We keep all information in relation to accommodation confidential.

Please forward your resume and cover letter in French or English, to Please use NCAS Senior Program Manager as the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, so please apply immediately.

Note: References, education and professional credential verifications, and a criminal record check will be required for all final candidates.

While we appreciate all responses, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

To learn more about NCAS, please visit Thank you for your interest in NCAS and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​