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Regional Leader, Addiction Programs

Regional Leader, Addiction Programs

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Job Description

Job Title: Regional Leader, Addiction Programs
Work Site:CHST QLT 2nd Floor 
Status: Regular Full Time 
Reference#: 102886-ale

Job Summary:

Reporting jointly to the Regional Program Director and the Regional Program Medical Director, the Regional Leader is responsible for providing system-wide leadership in regional planning for the designated regional program(s) and related projects that will result in the enhanced quality of services, integration of services and clinical practice, improved patient/client satisfaction and cost-effective care for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Providence Health Care and partner organizations. Responsibilities include acting as the strategic liaison between key stakeholders across the continuum of care, leading others toward the achievement of provincial and VCH program goals through effectively communicating the organizational vision, coordinating resources, advancing priorities, and promoting collaboration and commitment. The Leader supports work groups and committees and is the key point person for achieving integration of findings/recommendations. Primary contacts include Executive Sponsors, Regional Program leadership, Directors/Managers, Medical Staff, work group members, and committee members at all levels across the authority and in other partner organizations (e.g., other Health Authorities, the Ministry of Health and contract/affiliate agencies). The Regional Leader provides supervision, leadership, guidance, and support to designated staff as required.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Works closely with clinical operations service delivery teams,horizontal/vertical service coordinating groups across the continuum of care, and other relevant internal and external stakeholders to translate goals and strategic directions into detailed program charters and plans including timelines and deliverables.
  • Executes project plans according to project management methodologies by ensuring systems and processes are in place, ensuring the organization is ready for project implementation, provides leadership to project teams responsible for implementing the project according to the agreed charter, and ensuring the successful and coordinated completion of all tasks, processes, contractual arrangements and material requirements of the project, as defined in the project charter.
  • Develops business cases to support the implementation of an integrated comprehensive community care system for the region. Leads work groups including writing proposals, conducting literature reviews and community searches. Monitors program progress and prepares final reports. 
  • Maintains ongoing organizational support for regional initiatives from Executive Sponsors and user groups and keeps relevant stakeholders aware of program status by liaising with various stakeholders, developing communications strategies, and ensuring effective communication take place.
  • Leads and/or works collaboratively with interdisciplinary care teams in the planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical protocols/practice guidelines.
  • Provides leadership, supervision and guidance to designated staff using effective management techniques including but not limited to coaching and mentoring staff, conducting performance evaluations and enabling developmental opportunities, participating in recruitment activities and making hiring decisions.
  • Ensures employee adherence to VCH policies and standards (AWP, respectful workplace, confidentiality, etc.).
  • Reports to the relevant Executive Lead, relevant programs, and applicable Steering Committees on the status of projects, major issues and/or obstacles encountered, as well as change requests, and makes recommendations regarding scope changes.
  • Participates in data collection and works with Decision Support to ensure monitoring, development of indicators and evaluation data is collected and analyzed.
  • Represents Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) at provincial and community tables as required and supports the coordination of, and preparation for Regional Program Executive meetings
  • Promotes/creates the context for clinical inquiry through the integration of research findings into patient care, teaching and consultation for health authority staff. 
  • Participates in the development and implementation of quality improvement systems to ensure services standards for health authority programs to meet provincial legislation and policy standards, as well as the organization’s Vision, Values and Strategic Directions.
  • Undertakes, in partnership with operational leaders and stakeholders, engagement, consultation, and knowledge exchange related to substance use best practices, strategic plans and policies.
  • Monitors VCH Public Health Surveillance Unit Reports, BC Coroners Reports and the BC Public Health Observatory OD Data portal
  • Maintains an awareness of new developments and trends through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations, industry groups, professional associations and attendance at seminars, workshops and education programs.
  • Carries out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements. Immediately reports unsafe situations by notifying supervisor or other appropriate personnel.

Qualifications and Expertise:


  • Master’s Degree in Health Administration, Public Health Administration or other relevant discipline, plus seven (7) to ten (10) years’ recent, related experience in progressively responsible positions in a large, complex health acute care organization including demonstrated ability to manage large-scale project(s).


  • Proven skills as an effective manager in an interdisciplinary matrix reporting environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and methodologies and ability to coach team members on these skills.
  • Knowledge of clinical theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care specific to addiction/substance use systems/services.
  • Knowledge of the health care system and continuum of care.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Broad knowledge of health care disciplines and their role in their respective health care environments.Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems efficiently and resourcefully.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and decision-making abilities.
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, facilitation and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, budget and execute complex project(s) with stringent timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various word-processing, project management, spreadsheet and database applications and to operate a computerized information software system.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with LEAN methodologies preferred.

To Apply:

  • Qualified applicants only please submit a resume and covering letter quoting competition # 102886-ale.

Please Note:

  • Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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