Functionally reporting to BCCSU’s Senior Policy Advisor, and under the joint strategic leadership of BCCSU’s partnership with the First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA)’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer, the Indigenous Initiatives Lead is responsible for:

  • leadership on matters related to addictions-related Indigenous Initiatives, and relationships with Indigenous organizations and communities on matters related to substance use;
  • leading the development of culturally informed substance use and addiction care guidance;
  • working to embed cultural safety within British Columbia’s substance use and addiction system of care;
  • responding to innovative addiction prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery interventions identified by First Nations communities across the province; and,
  • overseeing and supervising activities of the First Nations Addictions Care Partnerships Manager.

  • Ability to engage in active processes that aim to identify and eliminate anti-Indigenous racism, and in work to address the harms of historical, current and ongoing colonization by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices and attitudes.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, people with lived and living experience, elders and other community stakeholders.
  • Ability to translate research findings for stakeholders and partners in ways that help mobilize evidence-informed action.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health and commitment to addressing the needs of people who may be vulnerable and face barriers in managing their health and accessing care. Awareness of broader political, legal, structural and institutional issues that influence the public systems response to substance use and addiction.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to quickly learn computer programs/interfaces.
  • Ability to multi-task with attention to detail.

  • A Master’s degree in a health discipline, Health Policy, Population & Public Health, or a related field.
  • A minimum five (5) years’ experience in planning, and implementing programming focused on community health and wellness, health system development, or equivalent community or system-level experience. Experience with evaluating programs an asset.
  • A minimum two (2) years’ experience developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with First Nations health system actors, such as policy leaders, healthcare providers and decision makers, researchers, and community stakeholders, or equivalent experience with First Nations leaders and stakeholders in a sector outside of Health.
  • Experience leading community or sector specific engagement/consultations, and work to build consensus among diverse groups.
  • Experience with initiatives, programs and tools that promote cultural safety and humility in public and/or private sector settings.
  • Experience with managing/overseeing a budget.
  • Highly developed analytical and critical thinking skills, and excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience facilitating applied research embedded within communities and/or the health system is an asset.

  • Leads BCCSU’s Indigenous Initiatives and works with FNHA to foster related organizational and community relationships. Develops, manages and updates priorities and work plans and keeps leadership at BCCSU and FNHA up to date on progress/issues/challenges.
  • Leads the development of culturally informed population-specific substance use and addiction care guidance and practice support tools by: Building and maintaining relationships with clinicians, researchers, elders, knowledge keepers, community experts, people with lived and living experience and other stakeholders; working with knowledge keepers, elders, clinicians, people with lived and living experience, family members and other key stakeholders to centre cultural ways of knowing and healing into guidance documents to support health care providers and community to manage substance use disorders; and identifying opportunities to support the implementation of these guidance documents through education and outreach activities.
  • Works to embed cultural safety and humility across the BC’s substance use and addiction system of care by: Pursuing funding opportunities and responds to funding calls that support related projects and initiatives; and identifying new opportunities and supports ongoing efforts to strengthen components of BCCSU’s educational programming (e.g. provincial Addiction Care & Treatment On-line Certificate; Provincial Opioid Agonist Treatment Support Program) that foster learning about cultural safety and humility.
  • Works to strengthen BCCSU’s partnership with FNHA Research & Knowledge Exchange Team (RKE) and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) by: Facilitating relationship building, knowledge sharing and learning; and collaborating with BCCSU and/or FNHA to explore opportunities that would support shared research priorities, such as community-based projects that could improve wellness in Indigenous communities.
  • Provides direction and advice across the BCCSU to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action, as per BCCSU’s Indigenous Anti-racism and Anti-colonial (ARC) Framework. Provides direction and advice regarding BCCSU’s role in implementing the recommendations offered by In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care, with particular focus on recommendations 17 and 18: that the B.C. government and FNHA demonstrate progress on commitments to increase access to culturally safe mental health and wellness and substance use services; and that the B.C. government require all university and college degree and diploma programs for health professionals in B.C. to implement mandatory strategies and targets to identify, recruit and encourage Indigenous enrolment and graduation, including increasing the safety of the learning environment for Indigenous students.
  • Oversees and supervises activities of the First Nations Addictions Care Partnerships Manager.
  • Develops budgets, work plans and oversees program finances.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


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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.


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Reporting to the Principal Investigator(s) and working closely with other research staff and students, the Research Coordinator coordinates and conducts qualitative research activities associated with the Principal Investigator(s’) research program, including studies on safer supply programs, overdose prevention, and harm reduction services in multiple urban and rural communities across Canada (BC, ON, NS). The Research Coordinator will conduct qualitative and ethnographic data collection and analyses; assist in the efficient management of projects including budgets, ethics applications, scheduling, and other data collection activities; assign and check work of Research Assistants; design and conduct literature reviews and coordinate research dissemination activities. The Research Coordinator will also assist the Principal Investigator(s) and their team with the preparation of research grant applications, community partner engagement, and undertake other general research duties as required. Some occasional travel may be required for research purposes.

  • Knowledge of substance use, harm reduction, and social determinants of health.
  • Knowledge of community health issues and experience with qualitative methodology.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy with Microsoft Office suite (including Excel), Endnote, and database management skills (NVivo).
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload, handle multiple assignments effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in preparing documents, reports, and communication materials.
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues.
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to conduct basic analysis of research data.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in event planning.
  • Strong critical and analytical skills required.
  • Experience coding qualitative data required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment is essential.

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Master's degree in Social Sciences or Health related field, with training and experience in qualitative methodologies, especially community-based approaches preferred.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, writing and coordinating research grant and ethics proposals preferred.
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary, multi-site research teams and collaborative community-based projects is an asset.
  • Familiarity with community-based services for people who use drugs.
  • Experience working in inner-cities preferred.

  • Coordinates development, implementation, and maintenance of qualitative research studies.
  • Assists the Principal Investigators with various administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of qualitative research studies.
  • Assists Research Assistants with participant recruitment, conducts qualitative interviews and ethnographic observational research, and collects data for ongoing projects.
  • Supports, develops, and evaluates strategies that encourage community participation in research activities.
  • Liaises with, and assists community research partners, research staff, and research participants around issues regarding study enrolment, study protocol procedures (e.g., paying honoraria, getting informed consent), and study participation.
  • Leads research projects, which includes strategizing and identifying goals, and works with other team members in the development of meaningful knowledge translation and exchange.
  • Supervises and mentors other research staff (e.g., Peer Research Assistants).
  • Coordinates meetings among community, staff, research teams, and support staff.
  • Under supervision of the Principal Investigator(s), assist with updating project budget and forecasts.
  • Assist with the preparation of applications for academic research ethics boards and non-academic review committees (e.g., Community Advisory Boards) and communicating with committee representatives regarding research ethical issues, as required.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for community members, health professionals, and other key stakeholders.
  • Assists with the preparation of research grant applications, including drafting applications, consent forms, questionnaires and budgets for new research proposals as well as updating CVs.
  • Supports the development, copy-editing, and proof-reading of manuscripts and other KT products.
  • Conduct other general research duties as required.


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This role will be providing direct support to BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) while working in collaboration with Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI), Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) and University of British Columbia (UBC). The Programmer will be responsible for designing, developing, maintaining, managing, upgrading and modifying web applications and database systems for the use of clinical and demographic data collection and presentation. They will develop and support applications and database systems to be extensible and flexible to meet current and future demands and modifications, and also contribute to the overall architecture of the existing database and web portal for sharing information with national and international collaborators. The Programmer should be able to identify and solve programming and technical problems that arise and should also be able to provide technical support to users and members of the research projects. The Programmer should have extensive knowledge with PL/SQL, JavaScript, Java, HTML, XML and CSS programming languages.


The BCCSU is a Vancouver-based provincial resource for evidence-based information and treatment guidance in the field of addiction. In addition to building on BCCSU s seminal work by cultivating a robust body of evidence in this area, the BCCSU is committed to translating leading edge research into improved addiction care across BC. To this end, the BCCSU will develop evidence-based training curricula, program standards, and practice guidelines while networking 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 communities they are intended to serve.

  • Design, develop, modify and support web applications and database systems
  • Modify and upgrade the existing web applications for stability and security as well as implement changes on request of the researchers
  • Design and develop a flexible and secure database for data collection
  • Design, develop and test web applications, user interfaces and web forms
  • Create technical and user documents for new and existing web applications
  • Create Data Dictionary for new and existing database systems
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve programming and technical issues
  • Participate in evaluating and planning of technologies required to implement new research projects
  • Grant and control access to files and folders in shared drives
  • Remote access control and Network Support


This job forms the basis for an international collaborative research network. Code errors, and/or security flaws could result in invalid data retrieval/interpretation, unauthorized access to private data, and/or extensive data loss.


The incumbent will be supervised by the IT Manager and Associate Director of Research Analytics, and will be reporting to the Associate Director of Research Analytics.


The incumbent may be asked to provide limited supervision to other programmers in the team, as well as coop or summer students.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of two years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • University or technical degree in Computer Science or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum four years relevant experience in software design
  • Demonstrated experience designing, developing and implementing complex enterprise-wide web-based applications, including experience with “web services” architectures
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SQL and other DBMS systems
  • Extensive programming experience using a diverse group of languages and support applications, including Java, J2EE, JavaScript, SQL, HTML5, CSS XML, Apache, Tomcat
  • Extensive familiarity and comfort with Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively
  • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Accuracy and attention to details
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment

  • Knowledge of Oracle and Apex application
  • Network support and maintenance
  • Knowledge of clinical databases and bioinformatics tools


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