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Senior Practice Leader, Epidemiologist - Overdose Surveillance, C Centre for Disease Control

Senior Practice Leader, Epidemiologist

Overdose Surveillance, BC Centre for Disease Control


This critical role directs overdose surveillance activities. This position leads surveillance & stakeholder engagement to identify contributors to OD deaths, informs targeted responses to prevent deaths among vulnerable populations, and to improve health system responses to the dual public health emergency.


The Senior Practice Leader, Epidemiologist is a leader, innovator, knowledge translator and change agent who is accountable for promoting excellence in surveillance and epidemiological methods. The scope of practice of the Senior Practice Leader Epidemiologist (SPLE) is broad and complex, encompassing program coordination, team management, stakeholder engagement, system evaluation and standardization, knowledge translation, and dissemination of surveillance and research results across the Health Authorities, provincially and federally. The SPLE is an advanced practitioner who works as an independent specialist and as part of multi-disciplinary teams responsible for provincial communicable and chronic disease surveillance with a specific focus on provincial methods standardization, surveillance/analytic system development, education and research.


What you will do:

  • Provides 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
  • Coordinates 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 BCCDC and the service line on provincial and federal committees.
  • Promotes evidenced-based practice and shares knowledge about current research and literature including novel practices in public health surveillance and advanced surveillance and epidemiological methods. Establishes opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence based practice. Promotes and advances best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
  • Scans the environment and the literature to identify emerging practice trends and challenges. Develops and implements strategies to integrate novel surveillance and analytic approaches as well as strategies to mitigate challenges affecting surveillance.
  • Leads and manages complex and innovative projects and initiatives and engages all disciplines to find solutions. Retains relevant epidemiological, analytic and surveillance expertise.
  • Guides 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.
  • Works closely with the service lines to facilitate the development and implementation of data integration and visualization methods to various surveillance initiatives.
  • Provides coaching and mentorship for public health analysts, epidemiologists and/or other surveillance-related roles. Provides oversight on the day-to-day activities of data analysts and epidemiologists within the service line.
  • Guides the analytic and methodologic development of other epidemiologists and data analysts within the service line and monitors and documents analytical approaches across the centre.
  • Builds 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.

What you have: 

  • 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.
  • 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.

What skills and knowledge you demonstrate: 

  • 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. 

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
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday: 830-1630
Requisition Number: 108029


What we do 


BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province. 


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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