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Lead - Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Network Vancouver


Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Network, BCMHSUS


This new position will provide critical support to the Senior Lead to develop, launch, and manage the provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Network (MHSUN). The priority of the MHSUN will to strengthen access to and quality of MHSU services across BC for people with serious and complex MHSU needs by implementing a coordinated provincial response to recommendations made by the Office of the Auditor General in 2016.


What you do


  • In collaboration with BCMHSUS and network leadership, partners, staff, project teams, committees, develops and implements comprehensive project charters and work plans, using project management tools and methodologies. Manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of projects in support of strategic BCMHSUS programs and system improvement initiatives. Manages a diversity of projects of varying scope in a complex and changing multidisciplinary environment.
  • Maintains responsibility for the overall execution of programs, initiatives, and projects including daily operations and key priorities, ensuring they are completed in an efficient and effective manner, adhere to project protocols, conform to applicable institutional and ethical policies and procedures and privacy legislation, and are completed in alignment with objectives, requirements and timelines.
  • Guides the identification, collection and analysis of relevant research and practice evidence relating to current projects, programs, and initiatives, and synthesizes findings to put forward recommendations to the network team for development, implementation, analysis, knowledge exchange, and policy/practice implications.
  • Synthesizes and presents research findings through briefings, reports and presentations and puts forward recommendations for project development and implementation. Provides leadership by giving advice or guidance in situations that require interpretation and judgment. Implements or contributes to the implementation of effective processes to assess project risks, identify risk mitigation strategies, monitors project scope and risks throughout the project lifecycle.
  • In consultation with the BCMHSUS leadership, staff and project teams, prepares, conducts and facilitates stakeholder consultations with Health Authorities, Provincial Government, Community Based Organizations, Research/Academia and within PHSA Agencies. Synthesizes data/information from stakeholder consultations to establish strategic directions and collaborative opportunities.
  • Develops and implements communication plans to ensure timely updates are provided to all internal stakeholders. Provides project updates and/or presentations to external agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders. In consultation with the Lead, Provincial MHSU Network and applicable leadership/ staff, is responsible for knowledge exchange related to key projects and initiatives under the identified mandate areas through a variety of mechanisms. Prepares quarterly and annual reports for each project in conjunction with applicable stakeholders.


What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to Master’s degree in Health Services, Social Sciences, or other relevant health care discipline plus a minimum of five (5) years in a project planning or leadership role in a health, social services, government, or community organization.
  • Experience working in the MHSU sector is preferred. Project management professional designation is an asset. Experience managing complex system change and/or quality improvement initiatives and projects is required. Extensive experience conducting evidence-informed practice reviews, including literature searching, policy analysis, and synthesis, and oral and written presentation of findings to a range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of content areas including: mental health, substance use, clinical practice, quality improvement tools and techniques, complex adaptive systems, change management, implementation science, and knowledge exchange.


What you have


  • Understanding of and practical skills in several key areas, including: project management; change management; knowledge exchange and implementation science; research, performance measurement, and evaluation;
  • Relevant computer software applications; policy review and analysis; and facilitation, community development activities, stakeholder engagement and partnerships.
  • Qualities including creativity and innovation; sound judgment, tact and diplomacy; conflict management, and strong consensus-building skills; facilitation skills, ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a demanding and dynamic environment;
  • Ability to work independently, and excellent oral and written communications skills


What’s in it for you


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 more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.



Regular Full Time
4949 Heather Street, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday – 08:30 – 16:30
Requisition Number: 106188


What we do



BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates 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. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, 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, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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