BC Centre on Substance Use – Project Manager, Implementation & Partnerships

BC Centre on Substance Use

Temporary Full Time Project Manager, Implementation & Partnerships



The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use through the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and standards. With the support of the Province of BC, BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) aims to transform substance use policies and care by translating research into education and care guidance, thereby serving all British Columbians.




We have recently posted a Temporary Project Manager position to help support the drug checking project and other projects that focus on implementation and partnerships at the BCCSU. Our ideal candidate has strong project management experience, experience working collaboratively with stakeholders in public health and or harm reduction, strong budget management skills and has good Microsoft Office skills. If you are looking for an opportunity to lead a highly- innovative and motivated team that supports the harm reduction program at BCCSU, as well as support other projects related to address substance-use, we want to hear from you. This role will provide growth-potential and the opportunity to work in a challenging, fast-paced environment that addresses some of the most pressing public health challenges of our time.

Reporting to the Director, Implementation and Partnerships, the Project Manager (PM) is responsible for the management of all aspects of activities for assigned project(s) under the direction of the Director, Implementation and Partnerships. This may include public policy initiatives, grant facilitation, overseeing implementation of public health interventions and building relationships with key stakeholders as required. The PM is accountable for the development of work plans, communications, timelines and achieving successful delivery of activities for the Director at the project level by meeting organization and regulatory requirements according to time, quality/scope and budget constraints. Working with the Director, the PM will create funding proposals, manuscripts, research protocols, standard operational procedures and partake in program evaluation recommendations. Develops knowledge translation materials and project strategies such as peer review journals, policy reports, and infographics. Establishes positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, responds to information requests and provides ongoing support while maintaining professionalism. This position is accountable for annual progress reports to funding agencies and BCCSU leadership.




  • Manages and oversees relevant projects, from planning and implementation to completion, including workplan development, communications and meetings, management of timelines and resources, management of budget, production of deliverables, and knowledge translation.
  • Oversight and supervision of project activities including the supervision of project support staff.
  • Ensures effective project plans are in place and operational for each assigned project. Works proactively with the Director and Research Manager to set priorities in accordance with applicable project plans, and organizational standard operational procedures (SOPs).
  • Contributes to the development of funding proposals, manuscripts, research protocols, implementation of research and other public health initiatives and projects, including but not limited to scientific and policy research, demographic studies, and program evaluation.
  • Assists with the establishment of research-based public policy and program evaluation recommendations.
  • Develops knowledge translation materials and effective strategies for dissemination and implementation of project outcomes, including peer review journals, policy reports, and infographics.
  • Responds to information requests and coordinates communication of responses with various departments within the organization.
  • Establishes positive working relationships and partnerships with a diverse set of stakeholders, including regional and national government officials, healthcare providers, and people who use substances.
  • Maintains ongoing support from project sponsors and stakeholder groups, conducts consultations as needed, and keeps parties informed of project scope, status, and expectations.
  • Maintains professional development in research techniques and social and policy issues affecting people who use drugs in order to integrate current evidence and knowledge into research efforts.
  • Accountable for annual progress reports to funding agencies and ongoing documentation of projects as needed. Reports to BCCSU leadership regarding status updates, project deliverables, and outcomes on a regular basis.
  • Liaise and engages with BCCSU staff when necessary to ensure that projects are implemented in alignment with BCCSU initiatives.
  • Plans and manages logistics for meetings, ranging from small team meetings to large stakeholder meetings, including management of vendor contracts, catering, facilities, preparation and delivery of materials and presentations, producing meeting summaries, and follow-up.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.




  • Demonstrated understanding of the academic research process acquired through both practical and/or academic experience, including research ethics applications, funding applications, manuscript preparation, and presentations. Understanding of general research practices and procedures.
  • Excellent ability to work and learn independently with minimal supervision and ability to collaborate in a larger team.
  • Exceptional speaking and writing skills within a complex interdisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment under deadlines.
  • Excellent project organization, implementation, and networking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Comprehensive understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues.
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to analyze results.
  • Computer literacy including experience in Microsoft Office suite, reference management tools (e.g., EndNote), and database applications.
  • Ability to take initiative including independent thinking and creative problem-solving to implement project plans and realize project completion.
  • Exceptional organization, planning and analytical skills, and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively under time pressure to meet deadlines, multi-task, and resolve problems in a timely manner.




  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years recent, related experience in project management.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working in addiction, public health, and health services.
  • Additional relevant training or certification is an asset (e.g., training in project management, evaluation, Good Clinical Practice, Tri council Policy statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research with Human Subjects (TCPS2)).
  • Experience in organizing, coordinating, and managing research projects and/or grant-based programs and supervising data collection activities.
  • Experience in preparing documents, reports, and communication materials. Experience with knowledge translation and ability to convey both research and evaluation findings and medical concepts to a range of audiences.
  • Travel both locally and nationally may be required.



Should you meet the above qualifications and if you are interested in being part of a team that cares please click here or contact srajabali@providencehealth.bc.ca .   When applying please ensure to submit a resume and cover letter


Applications will be accepted until position is filled