The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost-effective and timely health services are available to all British Columbians. Within the Ministry of Health, the Population and Public Health Division’s goals focus on improving people’s overall health and well-being by promoting health; preventing disease, disability, and injury; protecting them from harm; and assisting them to acquire the self-care and self-management skills they need. The intent of these actions is to promote a healthier population, and reduce current and future demands on the health care system.
The Population and Public Health Division provides stewardship for population and public health in the areas of Health Protection, Healthy Living and Health Promotion, Public Health Prevention and Planning.
The Health Protection Branch (HPB) provides leadership and expertise to develop programs and policies that promote community environmental health, to prevent disease and protect people from harm from environmental stressors. The Health Protection Branch safeguards the population by developing legislative and regulatory requirements for the prevention and reduction of risk of harms including emerging pathogens, food safety, air and water quality, and environmental contamination. HPB administers several pieces of legislation including the Drinking Water Protection Act, the Food Safety Act and the Public Health Act. Physical, chemical and biological human health risks are monitored and assessed. Through collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities, other ministries and levels of government, industry and nongovernmental associations, solutions are developed to minimize and manage risks to human health.
The Branch also provides public health products like stakeholder tools, best practice guidance documents, workbooks, and public communications products to support B.C.’s efforts to keep the province healthy and safe.
The Role: The Director leads the development of long-term provincial strategic directions and frameworks that protect and enhance the health of British Columbians with respect to drinking water, recreational water, land use and on-site sewerage.
The Director provides leadership and manages a team of professionals to provide policy expertise for development of outcome-based legislation, policy and supporting change strategies to minimize the impact of environmental stressors. The Director has a lead role in developing and evaluating provincial standards for drinking water protection, onsite sewage management, recreational water (pools and beaches), pesticides, industrial work camps, biosolids and performs a public health oversight function that is vital to the health and wellness of BC residents.
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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact [email protected]. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to [email protected], 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 Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
- Master’s degree or higher in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Sciences, Public or Health Administration or related discipline, and minimum 5 years related work experience; OR
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Related work experience is defined as a combination of the following:
- Program management experience, including planning and development of: policies, strategies, projects, and coordinating resources and team members.
- Experience negotiating with, influencing and working productively and cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders to advance policy goals.
- Experience preparing policy responses and analysis and recommending changes to legislation and leading staff in their preparation.
- Issues management and responding to issues that are at times linked with controversy and highly charged public debate.
- Experience communicating with variety of audiences including: preparing reports, technical writing, presentations and media.
- Contract management experience.
- Experience in environmental health, such as: water policy, drinking water management, wastewater management, watershed management, health risk assessment and management, environmental health and/or systems design.
Preference may be given to applicants with:
- Health sector management experience.
- Coordinate project delivery outcomes with program and business objectives.
- Experience engaging stakeholders and obtaining consensus.
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 required: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume required: 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.
Online Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.