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

Position Summary

Interior Health is hiring a Lead, Mental Health and Substance Use! This position will be responsible for supporting Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) reporting and psychosocial rehabilitation development as it relates to WDA.

About the role:

The Lead, Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) provides clinical expertise and leadership to the programs and services within MHSU. The Lead develops and recommends program plans, standards, and guidance documents, and works alongside partners to support implementation. The Lead ensures all plans, standards, and guidance documents are patient-centered, consistent with current evidence and best practice, and support the strategic objectives of the organization. The Lead provides leadership to quality improvement and evaluation initiatives by assisting in design, interpreting data, and supporting scale and spread of the outcomes.

The Lead will be expected to support the success of the MHSU Network by developing strong, collaborative relationships with operational and physician leaders. The lead must leverage these relationships to understand and respond to issues and opportunities within operations, champion and build support for change, ensure new initiatives are sound, and successfully execute their implementation.

Some key duties:

• Continuously reviews the operating environment to identify opportunities and/or gaps, identifying solutions and recommending priorities within existing approved plans, strategies and organizational priorities.
• Provides clinical expertise into the development of plans, strategies and priorities, ensuring that proposals are robust, operationally feasible and can be expected to deliver a clearly-described patient/client benefit.
• Maintains a strong working knowledge of current evidence and best practice, using that knowledge to inform planning.
• Collaborates with multiple partners to identify, design, and address service and program gaps that exist, and to develop recommendations for addressing those gaps.
• Researches, develops, and implements plans to address emerging priorities of care for issues where no current program or structure exists.
• Participates in the development and/or develops indicators for the portfolio in collaboration with the Operational Division of the portfolio and, as required, other portfolios across IH.
• Monitors and responds to changing health status needs. Collects, compiles, analyzes, and interprets statistical data to monitor program outcomes and identify emerging issues and trends.
• Liaises with internal partners, programs, and portfolios.
• Develops service goals and monitoring frameworks for contracted services, and supports contract managers to review contract performance.

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!

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 clinical area.
• Five years of recent, related experience in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge and ability to work with diverse populations, incorporating diverse perspectives, values, and approaches into planning.
• Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze situations and problems such that viable solutions are found. Approaches challenges and complexities from a systems perspective.
• Demonstrated ability to guide individuals toward a vision while maintaining group cohesion, motivation, commitment, and effectiveness. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.
• Demonstrated ability to introduce and manage purposeful change that is consistent with the mission, vision, values, and operating principles of IH.
• Demonstrated ability to identify strategies and opportunities in a dynamic environment that lead to identified outcomes.
• 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.
• 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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