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Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Health Literacy - BC Children’s Hospital

Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Health Literacy

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC


The Health Promotion Specialist is responsible for the management of projects under BC Children’s Hospital’s (BCCH) provincial mandate relating to the broad areas of knowledge exchange, information dissemination, and education for the public, service providers, and relevant policy/decision makers; and/or research, health system support, and academic development. The Health Promotion Specialist is responsible for project delivery as part of the Health Promotion and Health Literacy team , providing leadership for the collection, organization and provision of province wide evidence-based, user friendly parent, family, youth and child mental health information and resources. The Health Promotion Specialist works collaboratively with others including, staff in clinical/treatment programs, Knowledge and Research teams across the campus, and relevant community agencies to ensure that projects developed by the team meet current and emerging user needs and are in alignment with the Health Literacy strategy and treatment programs around the province as well as BCCH and PHSA goals and objectives. The Health Promotion Specialist promotes health literacy and public awareness/education about the physical and mental health and well-being of children youth and families’ across the province of BC.


What you’ll do

  • Develop comprehensive project plans in collaboration with BCCH leadership.
  • Manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of projects in support of strategic BCCH programs and initiatives. Manage a diversity of projects of varying scope in a complex and changing multidisciplinary environment. Maintain responsibility for the overall execution of projects, assuring they are completed in an efficient manner, that they adhere to project protocols, that they confirm to applicable institutional and ethical policies and procedures and privacy legislation, and that they are completed within required timelines.
  • Guide the identification, collection and analysis of relevant information relating to current projects, programs, and initiatives, and synthesizes findings to put forward recommendations to program team for development, implementation, analysis, dissemination of findings, and policy/practice implications. Make recommendations to the Director of Health Promotion & Prevention regarding projects scope and related changes required to facilitate a successful outcome. Implement or contribute to the implementation of effective processes to assess project risks, identify risk mitigation strategies and monitors risks throughout the project lifecycle.
  • In consultation with the Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, and Program Manager, is responsible for the dissemination of information and knowledge products related to projects and key programs and initiatives under the identified mandate areas through a variety of vehicles.
  • Participate in the development of project budgets within the context of operational demands and environmental and resource constraints and uses best practice methods to thoroughly monitor and adhere to allocated budget. Manages the operational budget of projects identified within the scope of the role.
  • Provide overall direction for and manages operation of key projects identified. This includes completing initial project charters, staffing, managing vendors, resource collection, database of treatment resources, statistics and evaluation, liaison with PHSA agencies and community stakeholders, policies and procedures, and other duties as required.


What you bring        

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Health Services or Social Science or a relevant health care discipline
  • A minimum of (5) years recent, related experience in project/program management and facilitating and managing consultation processes with a wide range of stakeholder groups.
  • Project Management Professional designation considered an asset. 


You also have:

  • Experience or working knowledge of population or public health and in particular health literacy is core to the success of this role.
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to function in a complex interdisciplinary environment including ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders.
  • Computer literacy with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management and database applications.
  • Solid understanding of education/knowledge exchange strategies. 
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.



Job Type: Temporary. Full-Time (until November 1, 2024)
$86,398 - $124,197 / year

Location: 1001 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 4E4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0800-1600

Requisition Number: # 152468E



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



What we do


BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.


BCCH 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 BCCH 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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