Ministry of Health – Director of Women’s and Maternal Health

Director of Women’s and Maternal Health

Ministry of Health

Victoria, BC

Salary $72,000 – $100,000 annually



An eligibility list may be established
This position is excluded from union membership

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 women’s, children and youth health; Aboriginal health; health protection; healthy living; chronic disease and injury prevention; communicable disease, and mental health and substance use.

The Maternal & Women`s Health Unit is responsible for a diverse range of population and public health initiatives pertaining to women, providing vision, generating knowledge, setting strategic health promotion and public health policy and program direction, building partnerships, assessing and reporting on provincial progress and providing support for program implementation and evaluation to advance the health of women, their children, and families in BC.

The Unit provides expert advice and works closely with and supports other branches (e.g., Office of Aboriginal Health, Healthy Living Branch), divisions (e.g. Health Services  Division), ministries (e.g. Education), health system governance bodies  (e.g. Public Health Executive Committee, Standing Committee on Health Services Population Health), and external health system partners (BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Perinatal Services BC, Child Health BC) on initiatives related to the health of women, and their children, and families.

The Director, Women and Maternal Health provides vision and leadership on issues affecting women’s and maternal health and related women’s issues, and provides expertise founded on evidence-based research, practice and consultation.  The position leads the monitoring of strategies to ensure women’s and maternal health needs are accurately reflected and responded to in population and public health services delivered by health authorities, other Ministries, and related agencies. The Director manages and advises on the strategic alignment of women’s and maternal health issues with government goals and objectives, for example the Ministry of Health’s contributions to achieving a Violence Free BC.

The Director, Women and Maternal Health is responsible for strategic direction around the development and evaluation of population and public health based women,  maternal  and early childhood  healthy living programs, policy and standards, legislation and regulations, and strategic planning.

The Director is responsible for managing the Province’s representation on the F/P/T Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women Forum and may lead, co-lead or participate on related working groups. Through this work the Director assumes a leadership role in developing cooperative relations with other ministries and provinces to achieve common F/P/T positions and priorities for women’s policies, programs or projects, and for subsequent negotiations with the federal government.

please note – if you previously applied to Requisition 43154, your previous scoring results will be carried forward to this competition

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Brian.Sagar@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  If you experience technical difficulties submitting your online profile, or for more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the “HOW TO APPLY” section below.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on December 20th, 2017, the closing date of the competition.




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

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Public Health or equivalent, with at least five years directly relevant experience.
  • Five years demonstrated leadership experience in proposing, formulating, developing, and/or implementing provincial-level or national-level health policy
  • Three years demonstrated leadership experience in formulating, developing, proposing and implementing population and public health policy in the area of women’s, maternal-infant and/or early-child health, including a focus on the health of specific sub-populations
  • Five years demonstrated experience in developing, shaping and utilizing intelligence generation mechanisms including population-level public health surveillance activities, and the organization and analysis of administrative, clinical and/or population level data sets for monitoring, surveillance and/or accountability purposes
  • Five years demonstrated experience in forging and sustaining partnerships across sectors and stakeholders involved in women’s, maternal-infant and/or early-child health
  • Three years demonstrated experience in forging and sustaining partnerships with researchers
  • Five years demonstrated experience working with and providing leadership and empowerment to teams; experience with resolving conflict, promoting consensus and creating a mission-focused environment.

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.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


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