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Program Director, Perinatal Mental Health and Substance Use Programs - BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre


Program Director, Perinatal Mental Health and Substance Use Programs

BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Vancouver, BC


Reporting to the Senior Director, Mental Health & Substance Use Programs + Initiatives, the Clinical Director is responsible for leading the planning, development and implementation of system enablers that will support clinical operations and the provincial perinatal mental health and substance use program initiatives. The Director oversees a number of strategic initiatives and holds a key leadership and project management role in delivering and monitoring change from a program perspective for strategic initiatives supported by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. In addition, the position supports the development and execution of the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Program’s directional priorities. The Clinical Director works with community partners, regional health authorities, and government officials to achieve goals and deliverables through facilitation and effective communication of the strategic vision. 

What you’ll do

  • Develop strategic plans, goals and annual objectives for the portfolio, providing leadership and support to staff in developing individual program plans including the development and implementation of proposals for new or expanded programs or redistribution of resources within the portfolio.  Ensure these plans are consistent with and complement the organization’s overall strategic plan.  Develop and deploy mechanisms for monitoring program performance and monitors progress in achieving performance. 
  • Prepare, monitor, and analyze staffing, operating, and capital budgets for the service delivery cost centres in collaboration with Program and Professional Discipline leadership.  Allocate and manage available resources within these budgets to ensure the delivery of inter-professional services within the Program.  Collaborate in the development of the program budget to complement strategic directions within existing fiscal constraints and uses utilization methods to monitor and adhere to allocated budget.  Develop effective and efficient practices and processes to measure use of resources and the quality of care rendered within the allocated budget.
  • Provide leadership to staff by fostering an atmosphere which promotes and encourages employees to realize their maximum potential and encourages growth.  Implement performance development and performance management processes in an interdisciplinary team environment.  Oversee all aspects of human resource management within the portfolio including investigating work and staff issues, initiating disciplinary action up to and including termination, administration of policies and procedures, implementation of corporate initiatives, programs and services.
  • Ensure that human resource plans within the portfolio addresses the recruitment and retention issues for the organization.  Create, implement and evaluate an effective workforce plan for the Program(s) in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders that ensure the availability of adequate staff within the context of operational demands and environmental and resource constraints.
  • Lead Program service development and planning activities through work groups and projects, and monitors progress and outcomes.  Initiatives, recommends, implements and evaluates objectives, policies and procedures and standards of practice related to patient and family care together with various resources including nursing leadership and Professional Practice Leaders.


What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a masters Degree in a relevant health care profession and a minimum of seven (7) years of recent related clinical and progressive leadership experience, including at least two (2) years in a managerial/leadership role; plus current registration/membership with a professional college.

You will also have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate strong skills in operations management and innovative leadership.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects. 
  • Display understanding and experience with quality assurance process, operational planning and program development. 
  • Negotiate and mediate resolutions to complex situations. 
  • Ability to interact tactfully and effectively with staff at all organizational levels both internally and externally.
  • 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: Regular, Full-Time
$113,195-$162718 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday; 0800-1600, may vary
Requisition #


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 Women's Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education. 

BCW 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 BCW 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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