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Director, Data Science & Innovation - BC Centre for Disease Control

Director, Data Science & Innovation

BC Centre for Disease Control




As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


You’re an experienced data scientist with strong knowledge of the public health system and excellent grasp of strategic planning. You are a natural leader and communicator, with the ability to lead and develop your team members into scientific superstars. An effective facilitator, you are known for your skills in bringing together diverse stakeholders for collaborative and mutually beneficial project work. If you’re seeking an opportunity to work with a skilled team of scientists, statisticians, and analysts and lead strategy work across the province, consider applying today for this leadership role with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)!


What you’ll do



The Director, Data Science and Innovation reports to the Executive Director, working within the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) matrix structure to support the surveillance, methodological innovations and standards in epidemiology, data science and statistics, from development through to evaluation. The Director leads the scientific aspects of Data Science and Innovation, including modelling and data science within BCCDC’s Data and Analytic Services, with responsibility for long- and short-term strategic planning, with overall responsibility for strategies that work in support of BCCDC’s overall strategic and operational plans. High-level accountabilities include:

  • Leads the organization’s data science and statistical services and capacity to fulfill the BCCDC’s public health mandate including development of long and short-term strategic plans.
  • Provides specialist expertise, support and consultation on statistics and/or epidemiologic methods, data science and analytics techniques and best practices.
  • Leads and generates BCCDC internal capacity and capability in public health surveillance, data science and research through mentorship, teaching and training of the staff.
  • Guides new policies, practices and frameworks for epidemiology and data sciences; participates in the design and implementation of knowledge translation products.
  • Cultivates, collaborates, and maintains effective working relationships both internally, and externally to BCCDC and PHSA, including with partners from regional health authorities, Ministry of Health, academic partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Leads the team in the development and evaluation of new insights, advanced modeling techniques, and data science capabilities; leverages data science tools and techniques in analyzing large datasets that enables development of custom models and algorithms.
  • Performs and supports research, monitoring and evaluation activities to advance BCCDC mandate. Leads and directs team members in the analysis, writing and/or reviewing related scientific reports.


What you bring



  • PhD Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Data Science or a related field, or an equivalent level of combined education, training and experience
  • 7+ years of recent, related direct experience
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and public health is required.
  • Academic research evaluation and familiarity with public health surveillance is required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Detailed understanding of the Provincial and Federal public health system, and a strong ability to engage and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, and work with national/provincial/regional surveillance systems and surveillance data, outbreak investigation, protocol development for applied research, data analysis, and report writing.
  • Experience with oversight of an analytics team that works with epidemiologic or surveillance data.
  • Experience in the analysis, interpretation and application of a variety of health data and current knowledge of new developments, trends and research in data analytics.
  • Strong facilitation skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise and lead scientific staff and prioritize team’s work based on emerging needs.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Regular Full-Time
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday; 0830-1630
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What we do



The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC. BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.




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