Lead | Mental Health & Substance Use Transformation (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health is looking for a permanent full time Lead | Mental Health & Substance Use(MHSU) Transformation to join our team!
If you are interested in expanding your career opportunities and develop your leadership skills, this is the position for you!

The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within British Columbia.

How will you create an impact?

The Lead, Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) Transformation is responsible to develop and coordinate the overall approach to MHSU Specialized Community Service Program transformation. Continuously reviewing Ministry policy, best practice and evidence, the Lead collaborates with internal stakeholders to develop and implement plans, projects and change initiatives that, when executed, build towards a comprehensive, integrated, client-centred system of care for people requiring mental health and susbstance use services. Working closely with the MHSU Network, clinical operations and enabling departments, the Lead ensures that plans, new targeted initiatives and current strategic priorities are integrated into an overall comprehensive strategic approach to specialized community services programs for people requiring mental health and substance use service. This coordination role is essential to ensure plans and initiatives are aligned to build a comprehensive, coordinated system of care across all parts of the health authority so people can access the care they need when they need it.

The Lead MHSU Transformation works closely with Information Management Information Technology to identify IMIT needs required to support system transformation required to improve service quality, efficiency and accessibility in rural and remote areas. Collaborating with corporate and operational teams, the lead identifies and prioritizes opportunities, and assists to develop and implemement projects to support transformation.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Working across multiple portfolios and with numerous stakeholders, collaboratively develops, maintains and monitors a system wide, long term plan for MHSU Specialized Community Service Programs (SCSP’s) to develop an integrated system of care for patients and clients requiring mental health and substance use services.
• Applying the tools of system analysis and change, identifies and recommends priority quality and efficiency improvement initiatives to support transformation.
• Reviews current evidence and best practice from other jurisdiction to inform IH planning as appropriate. Ensures that plans clearly describe impacts on client experience and include a measurement plan to monitor indicators that matter.
• Coordinates with internal stakeholders and leads consultation with Aboriginal Partners to understand local service contexts and develop clear, efficient and seemless care pathways into IH services for Aboriginal people. Reviews population data and service environment for priority populations such as children, youth and seniors to ensure their unique needs are specifically addressed in plans and initiatives.
• Collaborates with MHSU Network and operational partners to develop work plans that will achieve essential short and medium term objectives in support of long term transformation.
• Analyzes business initiatives and new opportunities, and provides feedback to MHSU leaders on alignment with the overall plan for the integrated system of care. the feasibility and requirements for the achievement of objectives. Participates in planning for all SCSP initiatives that get developed to ensure strategic alignment.
• Collaborates with department and portfolio leaders for a coordinated and strategic approach to the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives in the MHSU program.
• Works collaboratively with change and project management experts to ensure sound change and project management principles are integrated into all initiatives.
• Collaborates with IMIT, clinical operations and physician leads to identify priority IMIT projects to improve care quality and/or efficiency, as well as opportunities to use telehealth to increase service access in rural and remote communities.
• Leads, and/or participates in key IMIT initiatives on behalf of the MHSU Network.
• Prepares reports, briefings, and presentations, researching elements as required.
• Supports local area operations working groups to understand and implement changes supporting SCSP development
• Performs other related duties as assigned

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects await the right candidate. We offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we also offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive defined employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. Apply today!

Why Interior Health is a Top 100 BC Employer

Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).


Education, Training, and Experience:

• Master’s degree in a relevant field.
• Five years of recent, related experience at a senior level working within a complex multi-site, multi-disciplined environment with demonstrable experience in systems analysis and change
• Experience working in the field of Mental Health & Substance Use
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to manage challenging and competing demands within a limited timeframe.
• Ability to creatively plan and promote new program and service delivery models.
• Sound understanding of complex systems and tools to influence system change.
• Ability to work collaboratively with and provide leadership to diverse groups and individuals.
• Ability to ensure decisions and program direction support the goals of the organization.
• Ability to critically analyze and synthesize evidence, and utilization/statistical data.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to facilitate and negotiate.
• Ability to use initiative and judgment to develop courses of action for self and others that are results-oriented.
• Ability to productively use technology where appropriate.
• Strategic and operational planning skills.
• Knowledge of and experience in implementing progressive accountability frameworks
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Starting salary is approximately from $80,935 to $116,344 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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