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Director, Health Literacy--Education and Population Health BC Mental Health and Addiction Services

BC Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS), provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a kind" mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults across the province.  These include Adult/Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry Services located at Riverview Hospital, Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital plus six regional clinics, and Child and Youth Mental Health and Addiction Services located at BC Children's Hospital.  Recognizing that people with mental health challenges may also have co-occurring issues with substance misuse, the assessment and treatment of addictions is an integral part of a number of these programs.

In addition to providing specialized mental health and addition services, BCMHAS also provides provincial leadership in mental health and addiction research, education and knowledge exchange, and health promotion and illness prevention in support of system-wide improvements.

The BCMHAS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.  These include:

  • Patients first
  • Best value
  • Results matter
  • Improvements through knowledge
  • Open to possibilities.

Director, Health Literacy - Education and Population Health

Within a demanding and dynamic environment, you will provide strategic leadership and management of health literacy initiatives under BC Mental Health and Addiction Services' (BCMHAS) provincial mandate. You will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of province-wide information and education strategies and initiatives to increase knowledge of mental health and addiction related issues among the general public, including clients and families (e.g. recognition of signs and symptoms, how and where to seek information and help, knowledge of risk factors and causes, self-management, and attitudes that facilitate recognition and appropriate help seeking).  You have a demonstrated ability to understand and work collaboratively with various stakeholders, including clients/family organizations, health professionals, researchers, academic organizations, senior management and senior government officials across various ministries (Health, Education, and Children & Family Development).

You possess a Master's degree in Health, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Communications or Marketing and have spent 7 years in a management role related to health or health systems. Your experience includes strategic planning, change management, project management, budgeting and financial management, and community and partnership development. An equivalent education and experience will be considered. You must be knowledgeable in comprehensive health literacy approaches including best practices in public education/communication, adoption and uptake approaches involving focused strategies and specific settings, media and public relations, and communications planning.  An advanced understanding of mental health and addictions, population health and health promotion and illness prevention is also an asset.

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The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit.  We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.