Provincial Executive Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services

Provincial Health Services Authority
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
3 Feb 2023

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Provincial Executive Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services


You are an executive-level leader with extensive experience in operations strategy, performance, and service delivery. You’ve committed your professional career to making an impact in health care delivery for individuals who have substance use and mental health issues, and are in the provincial court system. Your experience touches across all health programs and services including clinical, academic, and research, and you are skilled at collaborating with senior leaders, medical professionals, and external stakeholders/agencies. At the heart of your professional work is genuine care for people, and support for fostering environments of evidence-based, trauma-informed practice. You’re ready to make a big impact, and this is the opportunity.

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services is now hiring for the role of Provincial Executive Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services. This position represents an incredible career opportunity for a dynamic leader to both shape and deliver services across British Columbia, serving clients with complex care needs who are in conflict with the law. The Executive Director works as a dyad with medical leadership of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, including Medical Director Dr. Sophie Anhoury.

“This is an exciting time to be working with Forensic Psychiatric Services:  we are developing and expanding our services, headed by a skilled group of leaders who are collectively focused on change and innovation. The incoming Executive Director will have a big impact on service planning and delivery, at a provincial level.”

– Dr. Sophie Anhoury, Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

What you’ll do

The Provincial Executive Director (PED), Forensic Psychiatric Services (FPS) reports to the Chief Operating Officer, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), and role works as a dyad with the medical leadership of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. The PED is a key member of the BCMHSUS Senior Executive Team, and provides strategic direction, vision, leadership, and oversight for Forensic Psychiatric Services for clients/patients across British Columbia. This role effectively supports delivery of services, teaching, and research, and works collaboratively with senior staff to establish clinical, academic, and research plans for FPS, including the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and Forensic Psychiatric Regional Clinics. High-level accountabilities include:

  • Develop strategic plans, goals and annual objectives for the portfolio which are in line with the overall plan; provide leadership and support to staff in developing individual program plans for new and existing programs, and monitor program progress and performance.
  • Provide oversight for contracted health services including laboratory, medical imaging, dentistry and other services. Liaise with stakeholders in the development and maintenance of effective, proactive knowledge exchange mechanisms in the province.
  • Provide operational leadership to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and Forensic Psychiatric Regional Clinics, including clinical, administrative and support services, and manage the relationships with service providers to programs and sites.
  • Provide leadership to staff by fostering an atmosphere which promotes and encourages employees to realize their maximum potential and encourages growth. Oversee all aspects of human resource management within the portfolio including performance reviews and management of labour relations issues such as discipline up to and including termination.
  • Manage effective and efficient utilization of the portfolio budget to enable operational goals and the strategic plans to be achieved. Review analysis of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine the portfolio’s progress toward stated financial goals and objectives.
  • Approve the allocation of available space and/or approve equipment acquisition within the capital and operating budgets to meet the changing demands and support the activities of the portfolio.
  • Identify and evaluate new initiatives, program development and partnership opportunities.  Communicate information and makes recommendations to the Chief Operating Officer for evaluation and approval. Facilitate the implementation of approved initiatives. Collaborate and establish partnerships with internal and external key stakeholders with regard to the planning, resource allocation, priority determination, and strategic direction of the portfolio.


What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Ten (10)+ years of recent related experience, including senior leadership within a large, multi-site organization and the development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic plans.


  • Innovative leadership skills using a collaborative team approach to decision making.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills with global perspective in order to incorporate the organization’s systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of stakeholders with an acute awareness of the impact of actions.
  • Effective fiscal and financial management skills.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and public relations skills; engages tactfully and effectively with staff at all organizational levels and with external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and mediate resolutions to complex situations.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Site Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Supports team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
  • Works collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have:  Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Location: 70 Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 08.30-16.30
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As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do 

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

PHSA plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.



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