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BC Public Service


Full Time
5 days ago
72,724 to 83,014 per year
Posting Title

Position Classification
Policy Social/Info/Health R27


Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E8 CA
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA

Salary Range
$72,724.97 - $83,014.85 annually plus 3.3% Temporary Market Adjustment

Close Date

Job Type
Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date

BC Public Service -> Mental Health & Addictions

Ministry Branch / Division
Strategic Priorities and Initiatvies

Job Summary

Policy Social/Info/Health R27

An eligibility list may be established.

This position may be performed from either Victoria or Vancouver.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required by November 22, 2021. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here .

An excellent senior opportunity for a dedicated professional

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions leads the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) in efforts to improve the mental well-being and reduce substance use-related harms for all British Columbians. The ministry has overall responsibility for the development of a coherent, accessible, and culturally safe mental health and addictions system that is effective for individuals and families across the lifespan throughout the province. The ministry is also responsible for escalating an immediate response to the province's overdose emergency. The ministry aims to strengthen social supports and services that impact mental health and well-being (for example, housing, employment, income, education and childcare).

The ministry guides the transformation of B.C.'s mental health and addictions system by setting the strategic direction for the Province through cross-sector planning and driving system-level improvement through research, policy development, performance monitoring and evaluation. To realize this mandate, the ministry undertakes a whole-government, multi-systems approach in partnership with other ministries, service delivery partners, researchers, other levels of government, families, youth, people with lived experience and Indigenous peoples.

The Strategic Priorities and Initiatives Division leads immediate responses to urgent substance use and addictions issues within the province. The Substance Use and Strategic Initiatives branch works collaboratively with other ministries, Indigenous leaders and communities, local and federal governments, health authorities, non-government organizations, people with lived and living experience, and public safety agencies to prevent and treat problematic substance use. The branch oversees an escalated, coordinated and sustained plan of action that includes investments and improvements to substance use and addictions services. The branch leads the development, monitoring and evaluation of strategic policies, legislation and regulations related to the prevention, early intervention and treatment of substance use-related harms.

To coordinate and lead the research, analysis, development and implementation of strategic policies and legislation for one of the following significant ministry program areas:

Adult Substance Use Policy: Creating an accessible, coordinated, and culturally safe substance use system of care is a priority for MMHA. The Adult Substance Use Policy team is responsible for leading system-level policy to improve substance use care and services for adults in BC. Key areas of work include alcohol policy, developing a framework to improve the provincial substance use system of care, and cross-sector policy alignment. The substance use policy team works closely with diverse stakeholders, including supporting partner ministries and organizations on a range of policy issues.

Decriminalization: BC is the first province in Canada to apply to the federal government to remove criminal penalties for people who possess small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use. The ministry team leading decriminalization is working across government and with Health Canada to finalize an exemption and policy framework, engage with stakeholders, and develop implementation and evaluation plans.

Substance Use Treatment and Recovery: Improving the quality of and access to substance use services in BC is a ministry priority. The Strategic Projects and Initiatives team leads and works in partnership across government and with community stakeholders on a variety of adult substance use treatment and recovery related issues. This includes targeted projects that aim to improve the overall quality, safety and consistency of bed-based treatment and recovery services across the province

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer .

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: or by phone: 778-698-1336 .

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Degree in business or public administration, health sciences, social sciences, or related field and a minimum of 3 years' progressive and recent related experience. (If master's degree is obtained, then a minimum of 2 years' progressive and recent related experience is required); OR
  • Diploma in business or public administration, health sciences, social sciences, or related field and a minimum of 5 years' progressive and recent related experience; OR
  • No degree and a minimum of 7 years' progressive and recent related experience.

Progressive and recent related experience must include:
  • Experience researching policy issues and conducting policy analysis and in the development of legislation, regulation and policy.
  • Experience with performance monitoring and/or evaluation of policy or programs.
  • Experience preparing and providing advice and recommendations on policy and programs; preference may be given to applicants who have this experience in mental health and problematic substance use or social sector.
  • Experience managing complex projects and/or project components.
  • Experience in concisely and persuasively writing a range of documents/content.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with multiple partners to develop and support implementation of policies, programs and initiative; experience working with Indigenous partners an asset.

Preference may be given to candidates with 1 or more of the following:
  • Experience in analysis of issues related to mental health and/or problematic substance use, health promotion, prevention or harm reduction, public health and/or other social service policies, programs or initiatives.
  • Experience working with First Nations, Métis or Inuit organizations and communities.
  • Lived or living experience of, or experience working with populations with, complex health and social challenges.
  • Self-identify as having First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - A resume is required as part of your application; however, itmay notbe used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category
Health Services, Policy, Research and Economics