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Senior Lead - Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Network Vancouver

Senior Lead

Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Network -  BCMHSUS


This exciting new position will work in close partnership with ministries, health authorities, and other key stakeholders from across BC to develop, launch, and oversee the provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Network (MHSUN). The priority of the MHSUN will be 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

  • Leads development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic provincial clinical mental health and substance use networks involving key stakeholders throughout the province.
  • Leads, initiates, and coordinates improvements in structures and processes for greater efficiency and impact.
  • Provides strategic and operational leadership for province-wide system planning, development and implementation activities, including support with implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Works in partnership with key stakeholders to address provincial priorities to improve access to a coordinated and effective system of care for British Columbians with serious MHSU needs, regardless of where they may live.
  • Provides leadership, oversight, and coordination of working groups, sub-committees, and applicable personnel to ensure coordinated planning, decision-making, and reporting. Supervises and provides guidance to Program Manager, Provincial MHSU Network, to ensure effective prioritization and completion of deliverables according to requirements and timelines.
  • Identifies and evaluates new initiatives, partnership opportunities, new developments and trends in health services planning and implementation science through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations, professional associations and attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • Applies an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of provincial healthcare structures and processes, coordination and multi-stakeholder systems and processes and applies best practices in knowledge exchange and implementation science to comprehend and analyze complex information, draw from and apply relevant evidence, problem solve, and identify and determine mechanisms to effectively implement system change to improve access to and coordination of MHSU services in the province.


What you bring        

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Health Administration, Public Health, Policy, social sciences, or applicable health discipline, plus a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant healthcare experience in research, evaluation, policy, planning, implementation, performance measurement, or quality improvement.
  • Broad understanding of the healthcare system and service models and strong familiarity with the BC MHSU system of care. Knowledge of health systems and best practice principles relating to system transformation, theory and practice of implementation science and knowledge exchange.


What you have


  • Experience working with networks, coalitions, and/or complex collaborative projects and change initiatives.
  • Recent experience in working with the government ministries and health authorities on system change and provincial policy development is an asset.
  • Proven leadership, strategic, and management skills in a large, diverse, and complex environment.
  • Proven ability to lead, plan, implement and manage large complex clinical initiatives including financial management and project planning and management methodologies.
  • Ability to lead and deliver high quality work responsively – including redirecting and mobilizing teams effectively – under tight timelines in a complex, demanding, and dynamic environment.
  • Strength in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships to work toward common goals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to present information in concise and meaningful ways, to facilitate, negotiate, and persuade multiple stakeholder groups with diverse views and experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change, inspire and engage others, and promote desired actions; ability to build and maintain effective relationships and strong teams.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills including the ability to creatively problem-solve in partnership.
  • Skilled at working with all required and relevant hardware, software (including MS Office Suite), and communications platforms.

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: 106187


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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