Within the context of a client and family centered model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is the provincial resource for evidence-based information and treatment guidance in the field of addiction. The BCCSU plays an advocacy role for positive and public policy change, reducing stigma, and supporting patients and their families.

The BCCSU is committed to conducting and translating leading-edge research into improved addiction care across BC. The BCCSU develops training curricula, program standards, and practice guidelines for delivery throughout BC. The BCCSU builds collaborative networks across regional health authorities, researchers, educators, and care providers, and other allied care professionals across the province to ensure that research and innovation efficiently reach the people they are intended to serve. The administrative core of BCCSU is accountable for enabling the research, translation and practice of the organization through timely, innovative and sound management services.

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.


The Clinical Health Assistant, LPN’s role will operate as a member of a multidisciplinary, collaborative research team. Clinical Health Assistants, LPN’s conduct structured interviews of eligible research participants enrolled in various research studies; data collection, and entry resulting from interviewing; perform outreach activities and connect people with community services as required. Venipuncture sample collection, result interpretation and situational medical assessments are required.

Reporting to the Nursing Coordinator and working in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, the Clinical Health Assistant (LPN) is responsible to follow established policies and procedures and the Standards of Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia. The LPN functions as an independent practitioner, while recognizing situations such as increased patient acuity or care that falls outside the scope of an LPN as appropriate for accessing the RN/RPN for collaborative support and/or clinical intervention. The LPN participates in conducting assessments, documenting information and acting as an advocate for study participants. The LPN participates in a variety of meetings, and assists with orientation of new staff and students as required. Responds and reports incidents according to established procedures and performs clerical duties as needed.


Education, Training and Experience
  • Successful completion of Practical Nursing Program, (LPN)
  • Registration with BCCNP
  • Current CPR

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to perform rapid head to toe assessment
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written
  • Organized with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Familiarity with Metro Vancouver (for Outreach) and community services related to addictions, mental health, and homelessness in the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South. Knowledge of services for youth an asset
  • Experience working with marginalized populations, such as people with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and unstable housing
  • Experience with semi structured or structured interviewing techniques. Research experience an asset
  • Excellent time management and data entry skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrates professional judgment when supporting participants and referring to appropriate services
  • Naloxone administration training an asset
  • Knowledge and skill in the techniques, procedures and principles for the collection of blood and urine samples, e.g. HIV testing
  • HIV experience and Pre/Post Test Counseling training an asset

  • Review research protocol and study design with Nurse Coordinator(s).
  • Assists the study personnel in the identification and recruitment of participants for the study and to assess participant eligibility for inclusion in study based on established criteria.
  • Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
  • Reviews and explains the purpose and conduct of the study, explains consent forms to potential participants, study obligations, and obtains required consent signatures.
  • Carries out initial screening/nursing assessment of potential participants by obtaining medical history and social profile. Educates and supports participants regarding the study and the disease being investigated.
  • Administers a study questionnaire to participants accurately documenting all collected data via forms or computer.
  • Ensures that appropriate appointments, diagnostic tests, procedures and follow up visits have been scheduled.
  • Provides pre and post-test support to participants as applicable which may include referral to other resources.
  • Collects blood and other bodily fluid samples as required by study protocol. Labels packages items to send out to laboratory in accordance with applicable Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations, study safety procedures, and protocols.
  • Maintains required records and other related documentation including updating and completing case report forms. Ensures study documents and procedures are up to regulatory standards.
  • Monitors, records, and reports adverse events which occur while a participant is in the clinical study and reports to Principal/Study Investigator or other designated personnel in accordance with regulatory requirements/protocols.
  • Adheres to Department/Program Research Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Advocates for the study participants to protect and promote their rights to dignity, respect, privacy, confidentiality, autonomy and access to information.
  • Orders study supplies and ensure supplies are in stock.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Maintains a filing system with accurate record keeping and complete participant files.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality related to participant identification and release of research data.
  • Participates in ongoing staff training and professional development.

Please email your CV to:

Steve Kain, Nurse Coordinator at steve.kain@bccsu.ubc.ca

We have recently posted a Project Manager position to support the Overdose Emergency Response Center and BCCSU. As the Project Manager(PM) you will have the opportunity to work on key projects related to related to safer supply initiatives to prevent overdoses and expanding emergency department identification, assessment and connection to care for individuals with substance use disorders (i.e starting opioid agonist treatment in the ED). If you have previous experience working in health care, understand harm reduction, have strong project management skills and strong critical thinking we want to hear from you.


Reporting to the Director/Manager/Leader (or designate), the Project Manager provides organizational planning, oversight and coordination for the implementation of medium to large-scale project(s) related to new systems and processes that may impact multiple sites of the organization and/or partner organizations. Coordinates project activities to ensure project deliverables are completed on time and on budget. Works collaboratively and inspires others to achieve goals and deliverables through facilitation, effective communication of project vision, and ensuring the culture is one in which individual competencies can thrive. Liaises with operational leaders, staff, vendors, and other stakeholders to ensure site(s) readiness and assists with the management of the change at the site level. Leads project team(s) and coordinates related activities. Communicates with stakeholders, and all levels of staff and management on the scope and status of the project and acts as a resource. Liaises with consultants and other external agencies, as needed.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and methodologies.
  • Broad knowledge of health care systems including understanding the interface between primary, acute, community, research and academic environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of budget management, funding and project administration.
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, rules and regulations and best practices within the sector.
  • Ability to utilize initiative, vision, independent and analytical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities to implement project plans and realize project completion.
  • Ability to interact productively and professionally with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders within a complex interdisciplinary environment including physician, nursing and other health professional communities.
  • Effective facilitation, persuasion and negotiation skills to achieve consensus, resolve conflict and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Proven leadership skills with demonstrated ability to motivate and mentor others.
  • Ability to work effectively under time pressure to meet deadlines, balance work priorities and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Functional knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management and database applications.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Baccalaureate degree or a diploma in a relevant health related field and five (5) to seven (7) years’ recent, related experience that includes managing projects in a large, health care organization or related setting.
  • Eligible for registration and/or registration with applicable licensing body may be required depending on project.

  • Works with other members of the project leadership team to establish detailed project charters, plans, and objectives to outline timelines and project deliverables.
  • Executes project plan according to project methodologies, ensures successful and coordinated completion of project components, facilitates consensus with stakeholders as needed, and ensures readiness for project implementation.
  • Tracks project progress according to project plan, monitors and reports on the status of projects and major issues/obstacles encountered. Makes recommendations regarding project scope changes.
  • Uses best utilization methods to thoroughly monitor and adhere to allocated budgets.
  • Acts as a resource to project team and staff, provides support and maintains project timelines.
  • Contributes to the implementation of effective processes to ensure project success and to assess project risks, identify risk mitigation strategies and monitor risk throughout the life cycle of the project.
  • Meets with stakeholders, explains parameters of project and seeks input from the interdisciplinary team. Works collaboratively with team members to establish roles and responsibilities, identify skills required and supports needed by the team.
  • Manages and monitors project budget and liaises with the Director/Manager/Leader (or designate) on variances and/or other issues.
  • Works in collaboration with organizational and project leadership and other stakeholders to develop a process of evaluation for project outcomes, data collection and analysis.
  • Establishes roles and responsibilities of team members, identifies skills required and discusses timelines for project. Directs work of team members as applicable to project.
  • Ensures accurate and timely communications to stakeholders including monitoring the communication processes between the project team, and internal and external stakeholders and introducing changes where required. Provides regular status reports to project leadership including reporting on milestones.
  • Participates on a variety of committees and establishes positive working relationships in order to ensure successful outcomes and cooperation from others on the project.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply:


Posting Number: PHC19-117151


Reporting to the respective Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Manager or designate, the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) assists the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning, implementation, and conduct of provincial, national, and international clinical research studies focused on substance use and related harms. The CRC acts as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff and the operational liaison for hospital staff, other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies. The CRC supports, facilities and coordinates multiple clinical research studies and study participant activities including recruiting, screening, enrolling and following study participants, ensuring compliance with study protocols, and supporting the participants through the study process. Supervises data collection activities ensuring that data is submitted on a timely basis, source documentation is accurate and complete, and that all ethical and regulatory requirements are met. Assists in development the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs), write ethics application, and prepares and submits reports to external bodies. The CRC supervises, supports the training and mentoring of personnel conducting interviews and other research staff. Schedules interviews, participates in interviews, and develops interview tools. Contributes to communication strategies to recruit participants and liaises with community partners to build awareness and partnerships as required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical terminology, completing research questionnaires, reviewing and collecting data from charts and maintaining related records.
  • Strong understanding of randomized controlled trial and epidemiologic and research principles, and experience in interpreting randomized controlled trial and epidemiologic data.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience working in addiction, public health, health services, HIV and hepatitis.
  • Knowledge and skill in recruiting and screening potential study participants.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, coordinate, and manage research projects and/or grant-based programs, and supervise data collection activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload, handle multiple assignments effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in preparing documents, reports, and communication materials.
  • Excellent project organization, implementation, and networking skills.
  • Excellent intrapersonal and written communication skills.
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues.
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to analyze results.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft Office suite and database management skills.
  • Strong analytical and planning skills.

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, or related field.
  • Understanding of the academic research process acquired through both practical and/or academic experience.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working in a complex research environment and clinical healthcare setting.
  • Experience supervising research interviews and front line research staff is an asset.
  • Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) is an asset.
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) is an asset.

  • Assists Principal Investigation with regulatory and study start up activities, including liaising with researchers, hospital staff, and other stakeholders, and procuring space, equipment and study materials.
  • Assists with research proposal and protocol development and implementation. Ensures adherence to appropriate procedures and practices for patient consent and ethical review in studies by following good clinical practice (GCP); including standard operating procedures (SOP) development, REB applications and meeting Health Canada regulatory and industry sponsor requirements.
  • Recruits, screens, enrolls and follows study participants; ensuring compliance with study protocols. Participates in randomization process and assignment study participants.
  • Builds relationships and trust and supports the participants through complex study process and protocol. Conducts informed consent process.
  • Records participant attendance and activity, conducts follow-up visits, administers questionnaires, and collects data from existing and former participants. Observes and reports any adverse safety events to physician/nursing staff.
  • Schedules interviews and staff conducting interviews, participates in ongoing interviewer training and interviewer supervision to support efforts to ensure data integrity.
  • Supervises and/or mentors research staff (e.g., Clinical Research Assistants, Trainees, Peer Research Assistants) by performing duties such as providing guidance and direction on study protocols/processes (e.g., the interview process, questions, difficult participants, data entry), participating in the recruitment and selection, providing orientation and training, monitoring staff performance and providing feedback to the Principal Investigator.
  • Supervises data collection process by overseeing data entry procedures and/or entering data into Electronic Data Capture System in accordance with specific study requirements. Manages discrepancies. Enters information in safety and risk monitoring modules.
  • Assists PI with preparation of data files to evaluate the quality of the data and identify ways to validate data and enhance quality control of data.
  • Completes chart reviews and abstracts data from medical records used for research or future studies.
  • Performs administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of research studies and projects including paying stipends to participants, keeping record of payment, maintaining study documentation (paper and electronic), etc.
  • Conducts basic sample collection and/ or diagnostic testing on participants if required.
  • Liaises with and assists community research partners, BCCSU staff and research participants around issues of study enrollment, study protocol procedures, study participation and study findings.
  • Contributes to the design and creation of communications and public relations tools; coordinates meetings among community, staff, research teams, and support staff.
  • Works closely with professionals in the community. Partakes in the creation of publicity to promote research and capacity-building, provide information to and between a wide range of organizations and groups.
  • Supports, develops, and evaluates strategies that encourage community participation in research activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

For more information and to apply:


Posting Number: PHC19-117035

We have recently posted a temporary Administrative Project Coordinator to help support Interim Executive Directors at BCCSU. We are looking for someone who has strong administrative experience or C-Suite Leve( 5+years). If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to across municipal, provincial and federal government and other stakeholders to improve the substance use system of care we want to hear from you!


Reporting to the Director(s)/ Manager(s)/ Research Leader(s) or designate(s), the Administrative Assistant provides effective and efficient day-to-day administrative functions including scheduling and prioritizing appointments, arranging meetings, distributing agendas, taking meeting minutes, preparing correspondence, drafting presentations and organizing related travel needs. The Administrative Assistant assists with academic and research related duties such as journal submissions, maintaining curriculum vitae requirements (CV’s) and teaching dossiers, professional memberships and designations and the submission of research grants for Investigators. This position prepares incurred expenses for reimbursement liaises with internal and external agencies while working with confidential and sensitive information.

  • Ability to type at a minimum of 60 WPM.
  • Ability to operate related office equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and respond effectively to inquiries, both verbally and in writing.
  • Flexibility to meet and adapt to changes in organizational priorities.
  • Ability to coordinate complex meetings with internal and external contacts.
  • Intermediate word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, desktop publishing and database software skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, capability of decision making and problem solving within predetermined guidelines.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the sensitivity to issues around substance use.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a diploma or degree in a related field plus a minimum of three (3) years’ recent experience working in an administrative or coordinator role in a health care, medical and/ or academic research setting. An undergraduate degree in a health related field is an asset. Previous experience in a health research environment is preferred.

  • Coordinates the day-to-day administrative functions for the Director(s)/ Manager(s)/Research Leader(s) or designate(s) which includes organizing activities/initiatives/correspondence including scheduling and prioritizing appointments, arranging meetings, distributing agendas, taking meeting minutes, following up on action items, preparing correspondence and drafting presentations.
  • Makes required travel arrangements and reservations including confirming dates, contacting travel agents, obtaining cost and billing information and submitting expense reports for reimbursement to the BCCSU Financial Manager. Verifies and forwards itineraries as required.
  • Responds to verbal and written inquiries and forwards to appropriate designate. Identifies, prioritizes and takes follow-up action on items as required.
  • Answers queries from trainees including summer, graduate or post-graduate students.
  • Ensures academic materials are up to date which includes teaching dossier and curriculum vitae formats, academic institution templates, professional affiliations and annual memberships.
  • Uploads and submits manuscripts, and supporting materials related to scientific publications to peer-reviewed journals platform.
  • Assists with the submission of research grants for Investigators including collecting signatures and supporting documentation/ letters, ensuring all materials are uploaded onto the online platforms in a timely manner.
  • Prepares expenses and related documentation by compiling receipts, credit card statements and completing cheque requests for reimbursement.
  • Reviews and ensures appropriate account information is included on the documents.
  • Liaises with internal and external agencies and works with confidential and sensitive information using discretion.
  • Utilizes word processing, spreadsheet and graphics software to produce a variety of reports, correspondence and presentation materials for meetings/ seminars. Ensures materials, handouts, videos and other supplies for meetings/seminars are complete and available.
  • Updates and maintains related filing systems for the designated leader/ project to ensure efficient and effective retrieval of information.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply:


Posting Number: PHC19-117246


Reporting to the Research Coordinator and Observational Research Manager, the Interviewer operates as a member of a multidisciplinary, collaborative research team. The Interviewer recruits and prescreens potential study participants, conducts structured interviews of eligible research participants enrolled in various research studies; and assists in data collection, data cleansing, and data entry resulting from interviews. The Interviewer also performs outreach activities and connects people with community services as required.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict management / crisis resolution skills.
  • Organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Familiarity with Metro Vancouver (for Outreach) and community services related to addictions, mental health, and homelessness in the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South. Knowledge of services for youth an asset.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and proficiency with data entry.
  • Excellent time management and data entry skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates professional judgment when supporting participants and referring to appropriate services.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • High School diploma or equivalency required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health care, social services or social sciences preferred.
  • Two years’ experience in frontline services. Preference for experience in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
  • Experience working with marginalized populations, such as people with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and unstable housing.
  • Experience with semi structured or structured interviewing techniques.
  • Research experience or training is an asset.
  • Current CPR and naloxone administration training an asset.

  • Recruits potential participants, provides information and answers questions about research studies.
  • Prescreens potential research subjects in person according to study protocols and enrolls eligible participants.
  • Conducts quantitative structured interviews with eligible participants and performs outreach for follow up interviews.
  • Conducts outreach and interviews off site at community services and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g. drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private SROs, health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options.
  • Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
  • Reviews questionnaires for completeness and accuracy.
  • Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
  • Responsible for processing participant honoraria, including paying participant and recording honoraria for daily float reconciliation.
  • Transports blood samples to St. Paul’s Hospital for HIV/HCV and STI testing as needed.
  • Participates in knowledge translation presentations to community organizations as needed.
  • Assists with training staff on data collection protocols as needed.
  • Refers participants to appropriate services and/or provides initial support when required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

For more information and to apply:


Posting Number: PHC19-116543

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