Manager | Healthy Communities (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Interior Health is hiring a Manager, Healthy Communities.

This position offers a flexible job site anywhere within the Interior Health region.

What will you work on?

The Manager, Healthy Communities provides advice to the Director, Population Health and others in the organization on improving the health of the population through primordial prevention, engagement and partnership. Leading a team of staff with subject matter, practice and implementation expertise, and working with partners external to IH and within and across organizational portfolios, the Manager recommends strategies, plans quality improvement initiatives, leads their implementation and monitors and reports on their progress. The Manager is responsible for direct client service delivery in order to meet provincial, organizational and program outcomes and evaluates progress towards established goals. The Manager functions in a collaborative way, building strong relationships with operational leaders, Aboriginal and community partners to understand service needs and ensures plans are comprehensive and informed by meaningful stakeholder engagement, practice and scientific evidence and include an equity lens.

The Manager endeavours to ensure consistency, accessibility, relevance and applicability of portfolio programs, projects and activities across all Health Service Delivery Areas.

Some key duties:

• Maintains awareness of current and emerging practice in public health, including the social, ecological and structural determinants of health perspective, with a particular focus on community partner engagement, healthy eating, food security, food sovereignty, climate change impacts on health and community based injury prevention, as well as current evidence and population need across the Interior region. In turn, proactively identifies improvement opportunities based on this knowledge.

• Develops and/or recommends plans, strategies and/or projects as directed by the Director, Population Health. Leads the development and implementation of current and new operational programs, policies and guidelines related to population health approaches for programs of responsibility, proactively identifies and mitigates project risks, and reports progress.

• Through internal and external partner engagement and collaboration (including clients/families, municipal and regional governments and non-governmental organizations, etc) incorporates knowledge acquired together with research and practice evidence into all programs, initiatives, contracts, policy and guideline/standards development to achieve effective and efficient delivery of services.

• Leads the development of reports and monitors indicators to report service effectiveness and efficiency. Identifies trends and recommends actions to improve performance as required.

• Leads a team including recruiting and orienting unionized and non-unionized staff, setting expectations, supporting ongoing development, monitoring performance and ensuring adherence to accreditation, regulatory, professional and safety standards.

• Develops and monitors an annual operating budget for the assigned area, monitors and approves expenditures and prepares summaries for fiscal reporting. Ensures project budgets are fully utilized to achieve project deliverables and outcomes.

• Supports the contract management process by informing the development of contract deliverables and monitoring requirements.

• Recommends and/or participates in key quality and performance improvement initiatives with clinical operations and external partners to drive system improvements across the care continuum.

• Represents assigned program areas on internal and external committees.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Apply today to join our amazing team!

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
• A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline, supplemented by a Master’s degree in public health, administration, education or related field.
• Five years recent, related public health experience, including two years managing staff.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Current registration with relevant professional organization or association preferred.

LEADS Capabilities
Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, listens with heart.
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – sets direction, strategically aligns decisions with vision, values & evidence, accepting that use of process orientation and a ‘good relationship’ are concrete deliverables.
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships & networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers & service, navigates socio-political environments, building personal relationships in addition to professional ones, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture.
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people and marginalized groups.

Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of current and emerging healthcare issues, particulary for public health primordial prevention through community engagement and collaborative action.
• Knowledge and understanding of the patient journey through the continuum of care in multiple settings (primordial prevention through to acute treatment).
• Demonstrated knowledge and ability to lead in complex systems and apply tools to influence and support change.
• Ability to engage others at all levels of the organization as well as external partners.
• Ability to leverage exceptional relationship-building skills and build consensus with diverse groups regarding complex issues.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively and lead teams in a highly dynamic and ambiguous environment.
• Advanced project management skills, including prioritization, planning, implementation and measurement.
• Understanding of research, evidence and and best practice and ability to critically analyze and synthesize utilization and statistical data.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including a proven ability to communicate change, planning concepts, and policy, and the ability to make effective presentations to groups.
• Knowledge and awareness of Aboriginal populations and their unique place in the Interior region, as well as the specific health needs of Aboriginal people.
• Ability to unify, energize, and motivate people.
• Demonstrated financial, administrative, and contract management skills.
• Understanding of the health care regulatory environment, including health profession regulation and legislation governing the health system as well as relevant collective agreements.
• Ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Valid BC driver’s license.


Starting salary is approximately from $96,429 to $138,617 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 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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