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Lead, Population and Public Health Initiatives and Innovation, Healthy Eating - BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
4 days ago
Lead, Population and Public Health Initiatives and Innovation, Healthy Eating

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC

Reporting to the Director of Operations or designate, the Lead, Healthy Eating is responsible for leading, monitoring, and evaluating complex projects, and initiatives in promoting excellence and best practice in the areas of food and nutrition to develop and advance initiatives. The Lead carries out the position mandate through inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration at the program, regional, and provincial levels and leads the strategic planning process. The Lead effectively manages and evaluates province-wide initiatives by applying project management processes, change processes, facilitation methods and consultative advice on healthy eating of population and public health evidence and emerging issues. This role provides specialist, consultative guidance with regards to food and nutrition. The role leads and coordinates provincial committees for collective action, and fosters key partnerships with Regional Health Authorities, First Nations Health Authority, BC Ministries, and other non-governmental organizations to support policy analysis and complete strategic objectives and projects. The Lead applies knowledge of local and provincial policies and trends that affect population health, and ensures appropriate links to national work where appropriate.

What you'll do

  • Lead strategic planning for initiatives and innovative, complex projects in population and public health portfolio/content areas. Establish collaborative mechanisms for project for planning, implementation and evaluation to influence strategic directions and policy discussion.
  • Provide consultative guidance on the development, design and implementation of practical evaluation models that integrate monitoring, self-assessment, planning, and evaluation of program or services, including process and outcome measures. Develop specific evaluation criteria, performance measures, and definitions, and generate evidence to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and to generate recommendations.
  • Develop processes, tools and tracking mechanisms based on review of output of data from services to monitor the impact of initiatives, innovation and key indicators. Monitor outcome and provide input on changes.
  • Lead and manage complex projects and initiatives including synthesizing information and using data for business case proposals, managing timelines, deliverables, and provides input into budget for project elements. Initiates and/or participates in community development programs and provides support for the development of provincial population health initiatives in line with service line priorities.
  • Promote evidence-informed practice and share knowledge about current research and literature while advancing innovation in population and public health. Scan the environment and the literature to identify emerging trends, synthesize information received and support knowledge translation and exchange through interdisciplinary and local and provincial partnerships.

What you bring


  • An undergraduate degree in food and nutrition. A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Public Health, Nutrition or Social Sciences, or related field with expertise in nutrition and healthy eating considered an asset. Courses in qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation an asset, and a minimum of five (5) years recent related experience with preference given to Registered Dietitians with experience working in population and public health.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong understanding of, and experience working on, topics of health equity, the social determinants and Indigenous self-determination and reconciliation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in communication, diplomacy, leadership, and relationship-building skills. Ability to create effective partnerships with internal, external and diverse audiences, and partners.
  • Ability to manage knowledge synthesis, translation, and exchange is essential.
  • Ability to organize resources and establish priorities. Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Related experience in leading population and public health projects and demonstrated project management experience with multi-faceted projects and timelines is required.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Supports team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
  • Works collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Salary Range:
$80,935 - $116,344 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.

Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600/0830-1630
Requisition #

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments' unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey-one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of December 26, 2022. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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