Leader, Policy and Partnerships, Foundry

Work Area: 
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Full Time
End Date: 
Mar 31, 2022 or return of incumbent
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union


Reporting to the Director, Government & Indigenous Relations, the Leader, Policy & Partnerships is responsible for policy and partnership development for Foundry - a provincial initiative with the goal of providing youth and young adults with enhanced access to integrated services, thereby easing transition points for youth and their families. Provides leadership and expertise and works in close collaboration with Foundry central office and Foundry Centre leaders and partners to translate policy into practice including in the development of Foundry programs and service frameworks, and exploring new initiatives and service improvements. Supports the implementation of strategies/initiatives to advance Foundry’s overarching vision, goals and objectives both internally and externally to the organization. The Leader, Policy & Partnerships develops policy frameworks, proposals, and strategic implementation plans, leads and promotes policies, procedures and processes for Foundry. Communicates strategy and executes activities. In collaboration with the Services team, provides ongoing support to the Foundry Centres’ to ensure adherence for core standards, policies and practices. The Leader reviews existing policies, leads quality improvement initiatives and supports the integration and implementation of strategy and initiatives across our core business operations. Develops/manages project related budget and expenditures, leads selected projects, and provides leadership and direction to own staff.


Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate innovative policy and related materials, taking into consideration the impact on healthcare outcomes.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals or groups and to share information
Strong project management skills, including ability to engage and manage stakeholders in a respectful, tactful and effective manner.
Demonstrated ability in preparing and writing policy documents, including briefing notes, discussion papers and reports.
Demonstrated ability in researching, analyzing, developing and delivering complex policy initiatives and program reforms.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to develop quality improvement programs.
Knowledge of legislation and regulatory requirements in the area of the program practice.
Demonstrated leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills to ensure a working environment that supports effective service delivery.
Demonstrated ability in leading and participating in consultations with internal and external stakeholders/partners; working with senior leaders and other senior professionals.
Strong interpersonal and dispute-resolution skills to effectively deal with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the organization.
Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making abilities to address complex and diverse systems, which could have a significant impact on client care.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team to organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing at various levels of the
organization including the ability to deliver presentations.
Ability to operate related equipment, including relevant computer applications.
Broad knowledge of research methodology.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Work or a relevant health care discipline plus seven (7) years’ of recent leadership experience in planning or policy development, and partner engagement in healthcare or social serices particularly with a focus in youth health, mental health or substance use care or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Eligible for registration with the applicable registering body in British Columbia.


Working with the Foundry Directors, provides leadership and expertise in the development, project management and implementation of Foundry policies to inform evidence based practice guidelines and standards, and services.

Manages effective relationships with Foundry centre leaders, partners and government representatives and ensures that all stakeholders’ input is given consideration in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation process with respect to Foundry strategies, initiatives and policies. Leads working groups and participates in committees, as required.

Nurtures and develops opportunities to cultivate and leverage partnerships with other health and wellness organizations in BC such as health authorities, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and government partners. Seeks opportunities for joint initiatives to address complex system and access issues facing young people and families, to link programs and services across the system of care and to align clinical pathways of care for youth in B.C.

Supports the implementation of strategies/initiatives to advance Foundry’s overarching vision, goals and objectives both within Foundry, and more broadly, to elevate Foundry’s profile and impact as an industry leader in integrated services for youth and young adults.

Works with the Foundry Directors and partners with Foundry centre leaders and stakeholders to translate strategy on program initiatives and policies and plans into executable activities across the continuum of care and services. Maintains ongoing support and keeps centre leaders and partners aware of strategic planning status and ensures effective communication channels are in place.

In collaboration with Foundry Directors, leads and/or participates in planning, development and negotiation of service and collaboration agreements and memoranda of understanding on behalf of the organization.

In collaboration with the Foundry Directors, develops policy frameworks and proposals, and strategic implementation or advocacy plans, ensures successful and coordinated completion of policy components, facilitates consensus with Foundry Centre leaders, partners and ministry stakeholders as needed, and ensures readiness for implementation. Makes presentations as required.

Leads, develops and promotes policies, procedures, processes, mechanisms and tools that anchor Foundry services and activities on a foundation of legislative, regulatory, standard and best practices.

Keeps apprised of and reviews existing and new policies in government ministries and relevant external organizations and researches best practices, trends and innovations that may influence practices and models and provides evidence informed recommendations to the Foundry Directors on responses to these new or changed policies, including proposing innovative and creative approaches to care and service delivery.

Produces documents, reports, briefings and summaries to support Foundry strategic objectives, influence policy changes, inform government and partners about issues, and support funding requests.

Lead selected projects, initiatives, and policy development by identifying the scope of work and relevant stakeholders, and providing leadership from planning through to implementation, as prioritized by the Foundry Leadership Team.

Develops and manages any project-related budget and monitors expenditures to ensure projections and targets are met, reporting on any variances. Identifies and liaises with relevant stakeholders throughout the initiative or project.

Provides leadership and direction to own staff, coaches and mentors staff; encourages staff development; monitors and evaluates staff to ensure effective performance of duties, including administration of the progressive discipline process, up to and including termination.

Performs other related duties as assigned.