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Senior Practice Leader, Epidemiologist, Covid 19 & Respiratory Illness - BC Centre for Disease Control


Senior Practice Leader, Epidemiologist, Covid 19 & Respiratory Illness

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC

Are you ready to make a difference? The BC Centre for Disease Control, a dynamic Provincial Health Services Authority program, seeks passionate individuals to join us in providing provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention, and consultation.

At our core, we aim to cultivate vibrant communities where everyone can achieve optimal health and well-being—right where they live, work, learn, and play.

If you're driven by the desire to create positive change and contribute to healthier communities, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for! Apply now to join our innovative team and make a difference that matters.

What you’ll do

  • Provide leadership and strategic guidance on the development, implementation and evaluation of provincial surveillance systems, emerging issues and epidemiologic analyses and manage the processes and resources to achieve deliverables and outcomes
  • Coordinate multi-sectoral and cross-sectoral surveillance initiatives and acts as a resource and consultant for local, provincial and national planning in the area of public health epidemiology and surveillance. This includes representing the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the service line on provincial and federal committees.
  • Promote evidenced-based practice and shares knowledge about current research and literature including novel practices in public health surveillance and advanced surveillance and epidemiological methods. Establish opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence based practice. Promote and advance best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
  • Scan the environment and the literature to identify emerging practice trends and challenges. Develop and implement strategies to integrate novel surveillance and analytic approaches as well as strategies to mitigate challenges affecting surveillance.
  • Lead and manage complex and innovative projects and initiatives and engages all disciplines to find solutions. Retain relevant epidemiological, analytic and surveillance expertise.
  • Guide the development, implementation and utilization of public health information to inform public health priorities, programs and policies across the province via the use of evaluation methodologies and effective knowledge translation approaches, thereby leading to evidence based policy making.
  • Work closely with the service lines to facilitate the development and implementation of data integration and visualization methods to various surveillance initiatives.
  • Provide coaching and mentorship for public health analysts, epidemiologists and/or other surveillance-related roles. Provide oversight on the day-to-day activities of data analysts and epidemiologists within the service line.
  • Guide the analytic and methodologic development of other epidemiologists and data analysts within the service line and monitors and documents analytical approaches across the centre.
  • Build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and negotiates and facilitates provincial collaboration. This includes collaboration with Health Authorities, Ministry of Health, First Nations Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, clinicians and other public health practitioners.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

What you bring


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s or PhD Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of recent, related direct experience working with national/provincial/regional surveillance systems and surveillance data, outbreak investigation, protocol development for applied research, data analysis, and report writing.

You will also have

  • Experience with oversight of an analytic team that works with epidemiologic or surveillance data. Excellent quantitative analysis skills. Qualitative expertise an asset.
  • Solid understanding of public health policy and programs.
  • Strong facilitation skills. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Detailed understanding of the Provincial and Federal public health system, and a strong ability to engage and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders while navigating provincial politics.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated leadership through teaching, dissemination of research and mentoring.
  • Strong problem solving skills within a complex challenging environment and across the health care system.
  • 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).
  • 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
Salary Range: $106,026 - $152,413/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.

Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday, 08:30-16:30
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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

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. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

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.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of April 23rd, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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