Director, Education and Clinical Activities, BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

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


Reporting to the Executive Director, BCCSU, the Director, Education and Clinical Activities, oversees 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 educational offerings. As an integral member of the Centre’s leadership, and in partnership with the BCCSU’s Co-Medical Directors, the incumbent actively engages the development of the Centre’s long- and short-term strategies, goals and objectives. Oversees a team of program and project managers, coordinators, medical writers and trainees. Supervises grant development and clinical and educational fundraising. Works closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders and provincially networked partners on relevant BCCSU strategies, programs and outputs. Actively supports the BCCSU’s interdisciplinary program of research related to substance use including advising on clinical and education focused projects. Oversees 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 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 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.
Demonstrated leadership in working with interdisciplinary health care providers and leaders, people with lived and living experience of substance use, families/care givers and the recovery oriented systems of care.
Broad knowledge of interprofessional practice and education.
Strong program planning and development skills including integration of evidence-based best practices.
Demonstrated innovative leadership skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a proven ability to foster a collaborative team approach to decision making.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Exceptional communication, influencing, negotiation and relationship management skills.
Ability to interact effectively with staff at all organizational levels both internally and externally.
Ability to uses strong analytical, financial and research abilities to support decision-making.
Ability to understand and utilize administrative and research information related to clinical care and practices.
Ability to operate related equipment and computer applications.
Advanced report writing and presentation skills.
Demonstrated commitment to safety of staff and clients.
Demonstrated experience with grant development and fundraising.
Demonstrated experience with critical appraisal of the scientific literature, (e.g., literature evaluation and medical writing is an asset).
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health or Health Care Administration plus a minimum of ten (10) years’ of clinical, program or management experience including experience in health education and grant development in a clinical, research setting or related field. A health professional background and clinical experience in substance use and addiction is preferred.


Oversees 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.
Works in collaboration with the BCCSU’s Co-Medical Directors to develop the strategy for clinical and educational activities of the BCCSU/
Alongside the Co-Medical Directors, serves as an up-to-date source of comprehensive information regarding trends in addiction medicine, addiction nursing and related conditions, Health Authorities, community concerns, health professions education, knowledge translation/dissemination, and the work of various departments in the BCCSU.
Collaborates, as part of Centre leadership team, in the development of the Centre’s overall strategies, goals and objectives.
Builds and maintains effective education and clinical provincial networks with regional health authorities, contracted health care providers, recovery-oriented systems of care, provincial and local governments, academic institutions, researchers and other areas as related to the strategic priorities of the BCCSU.
Directs and/or leads the development and dissemination of educational activities, clinical care guidelines and practice support tools. Establishes and supports team infrastructure for provincial projects, such as clinical care guidelines, pathways and other BCCSU educational initiatives.
Directs and/or leads the BCCSU educational programs, working collaboratively the BCCSU disseminate leadership and program directors, as well as the other Fellowship Directors across the BCCSU training programs in the development and delivery of clinical training modules. Fosters training and development opportunities.
Supports and partners with care providers and clinical support leaders to enhance system design and sustainability and facilitate the implementation of clinical care guidance outputs (i.e. policy briefs, guidelines etc.).
Works with the BCCSU’s Senior Director of Administration to support the development and maintenance of BCCSU clinical and educational infrastructure.
Supervises grant development and meetings with funders in various clinical and educational fundraising activities.
Provides leadership and direction to a team of staff, including Associate Director, project and program managers, coordinators, medical writers and trainees to meet the BCCSU goals.
In collaboration with BCCSU and PHC HR and the leadership team, develops strategies for recruitment and retention of staff that support the goals and objectives of the Centre. Determines performance expectations and provides performance coaching and evaluation for all direct reports up to and including termination.
In conjunction with other Centre Directors, Finance staff, supports the development of the overall annual capital and operating budgets. Monitors and recommends realignment of budgets based on the Centre’s priorities and variances and develops variance mitigation strategies. Establishes systems to monitor and control expenditures.
Assists in the preparation external and internal meetings and various committees of the BCCSU, including other stakeholders involved and governance activities.
Presents BCCSU educational and clinically-focused activities, priorities and processes to diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
Oversees the production of documents, reports and summary of findings for various groups of stakeholders.
In collaboration with the BCCSU research leadership, support and advise on clinical research projects, as well as help determine design, funding and implementation and connection to clinical and educational outputs of the BCCSU.
Ensures BCCSU educational and clinical activities operate in accordance with the privacy, confidentiality and data handling policies set by the University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care Research Institute and relevant contracts.
Performs other related duties as assigned.