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Band 3 – Director, Mental Health & Addictions

BC Public Service Agency

This is a Contract position in Victoria, BC posted May 13, 2022.

Director, Mental Health and Addictions
Management Band 3

There is currently one temporary opportunity until March 31, 2023. This temporary opportunity may become permanent.
An eligibility list may be established.
This position is currently under review for exclusion.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19.  Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required.  It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service.  More information can be found here.

Combine your client service, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning skills in this challenging role.

The Learning Division is responsible for providing leadership and support to school districts in the areas of Indigenous Education, Inclusive Education, Early Learning, French Programs, Student Wellness and Safety, Strategic Priorities and Mental Health. Through a focus on personalized learning, the Learning Division promotes choice and flexibility, student engagement, and strong basic skills and competencies.

The Director, Mental Health and Addictions is responsible for providing direction and leadership to the Mental Health in Schools Strategy, Substance use, Vaping Program and Integrated Child and Youth Teams (ICY Teams). The Director, leads the develop of branch policies and procedures, ensures program deliverables are achieved, risks identified and managed, and manages financial and human resources. The Director is responsible for maintaining strong and collaborative working relationships with several education stakeholders and cross-government partners who are integral to the programs in the branch. 

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service – Province of British Columbia (

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Post-secondary degree in Educational Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Social Work, Health Sciences, or an equivalent combination of education/experience with considerable recent related experience working in the area of Mental Health and Substance Use. 

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the supervision of multi-disciplinary operational staff.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in leadership roles in a professional service or stakeholder management environment.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience leading organizational change associated with implementation of new learning strategies. 

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience leading and coaching multi-disciplinary senior management teams in the development and implementation of a diverse range of projects.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.