Associate Director, Education and Clinical Activities, BCCSU

Work Area: 
1045 Howe
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
Mental Health


Reporting to the Director of Education and Clinical Activities (the Director), BCCSU, the Associate Director, Education and Clinical Activities, provides support the Director in the execution of the strategy for the Centre’s education and clinical activities including the development and dissemination of provincial clinical care guidance documents, evidence-based clinical guidelines, practice support tools, policy briefs and aligned educational offerings. Supports the Director in the supervision of a team of program and project managers, coordinators, medical writers and trainees. Supports or supervises, as directed, on grant development and clinical and educational fundraising. Works alongside the Director with a range of internal and external stakeholders and provincially networked partners on relevant BCCSU strategies, programs and outputs. Supports the Director with the oversight of the BCCSU educational programs, and works collaboratively with the BCCSU Co-Medical Directors interdisciplinary addiction medicine fellowship programs and Directors across the BCCSU training programs. Works with the Director and BCCSU’s Senior Director of Administration to support the development and maintenance of BCCSU clinical and educational infrastructure. Represents the Centre in appropriate committees and working groups.

The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. As a research centre of Providence Health Care Research Institute and a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Centre, the BCCSU’s vision is to transform substance use policies and care in BC by translating research into education and evidence-based care guidance. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use, thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU seeks to achieve these goals through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance.

The BCCSU works with regional health authorities, treatment programs, recovery oriented systems of care, and educational institutions, as well as primary care providers, specialists, and other allied health care professionals and providers, to foster a unified network for translating, disseminating, and implementing leading edge research with the aim of transforming addiction treatment across the province. The core functions of the BCCSU include continued expansion of addiction research; education and training for health and other allied professionals, development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical practice guidance and program standards; support for provincial health policy development; and system level evaluation of treatment services, programs, and outcomes.

The BCCSU values and respects all members of its communities, each of whom individually and collaboratively make a contribution to transforming care, education, training, and research in this area.


Broad knowledge of addiction and substance use practice and skills required in clinical care, education and research environments.
Knowledge of social determinants of health and commitment to addressing the needs of people who are marginalized and face barriers in accessing care
Working knowledge of grant development, including applying for funding, developing proposals, overseeing budgets
Strong written and verbal community skills
Strong organizational and staff managerial skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. Experience in or ability to quickly learn computer programs/interfaces is an asset. Knowledge of online survey tools is also an asset
Ability to multi-task with attention to detail and awareness of broader structural and institutional issues
Ability to operate related equipment and computer applications.
Advanced report writing and presentation skills.
Demonstrated commitment to safety of staff and clients.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Care Administration, or related field plus a minimum of seven (7) years of research or health care environment experience including experience in leading committee work, collaborative initiatives, project management, research coordination and event planning.


Supports the Director in the management of the development and implementation of strategies to ensure the high-quality delivery, compliance and safety of BCCSU’s education and clinical care activities including the supervision of staff across the education and care pillars of the BCCSU, as appropriate.
Supports the Director in the execution of all clinical and educational programming and projects through development of strategies and project management.
Develops budgets for project plans and new initiatives.
As directed, leads and participates in a range of working groups and committees and contributes to the development, planning and delivery of educational and clinically focused BCCSU products and resources (i.e., guidelines, treatment pathways, etc.).
Oversees and manages, assigns work to relevant staff, which may include project managers, program managers, and program coordinators. Duties include recruitment, selection, hiring, orientation, performance development, and performance management in conjunction with Human Resources up to and including termination.
May oversee the coordination, progress and output of undergraduate and graduate students (i.e., Co-op, Master’s).
Works closely with health care professionals who are content experts and other stakeholder groups, to support the development of clinically relevant materials and educational offerings that are appropriate to the target audience.
Supports the overall program in the maintenance of relationships with representatives from regional Health Authorities, other addiction medicine clinical facilities, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian College of Family Practice, Canadian Nursing Association, community-based organizations, correctional system, First Nations Health Authorities, Indigenous communities, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and other organizations/institutions engaged in addiction related work.
Collaborates with a variety of stakeholders to develop and evaluate tools to connect and support clinicians working in the field of substance use and addictions in BC.
May represent the BCCSU in the community on matters related to clinical care guidance in the field of addiction medicine/addiction nursing.
Produce documents, reports and summary of findings for various groups of stakeholders.
Performs other related duties as required.