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Project Manager, Peer Coordinator
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Competition #:01321647
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT
Department:IH MH MMHA CIF 1X

Position Summary

Are you an experienced Project Manager with knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use? Are you able to manage competing demands within a limited timeframe? We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager, Peer Coordinator at Interior Health!

The Project Manager will work in close partnership with the MHSU Network’s Substance Use and Harm Reduction teams to develop a best practice approach to peer engagement. Peer Engagement is the active participation of people with lived experience of substance use or oppression in program processes. It is recognized that the engagement of peers is beneficial in ensuring services and interventions are relevant and acceptable.

A position such as a Project Manager would facilitate access to the supports required from within Interior Health to ensure the successful implementation of the project, as per the guidelines and recommendations provided by the MHSU Network project framework. The Project Manager would also work closely with BCCDC, Patient Voices Network, community partners and the MHSU Wellness Advisory Committee to support the development of the project objectives, scope, roles, deliverables and constraints.


• Develop policies and procedures related to peer compensation for peers supporting the provision of services, projects or initiatives in line with best practice guidelines.
• Develop documents that outline the objectives for peer engagement including but not limited to resources, training, communication, confidentiality and disclosure, compensation in hard copy form.
• Develop an evaluation framework related to the peer engagement process.
• Apply knowledge and experience to recommend system and process improvements to improve inclusion of peers and people with lived experience.
• Lead and implement solutions, working closely with the Substance Use team, Harm Reduction Coordinators and other patient engagement stakeholders to identify peer inclusion opportunities within IHA.
• Supports and/or identifies opportunities to partner with other Health Authorities, regional entities, community agencies, and private partners in system redesign or care and service improvements.
• Act as an advocate and educator for peer patient engagements in IHA communities as requested.
• Provide regular written reports on progress of the project.
• Identifies and promotes the expedited resolution to problems or barriers to enable successful project/ change completion and transformation.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

• A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use.
• Five years of recent, related experience working within a complex environment and experience in Project Management.
• Indigenous cultural competency and trauma informed practice training.
• Experience in interacting and developing relationships with peers and people with lived experience.
• Individuals with experience in dealing with substance use, homelessness, poverty, etc. are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Abilities
• Manage challenging and competing demands within a limited timeframe.
• Work collaboratively with and provide leadership to diverse groups and individuals.
• Critically analyze and synthesize utilization and statistical data.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to facilitate and negotiate.
• Use initiative and judgment to develop courses of action for self and others that are results-oriented.
• Productively use technology where appropriate.
• Strategic and operational planning skills.
• Knowledge of, and experience in, implementing progressive accountability frameworks.
• Advanced project management skills.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Travel is involved in this role to outlying areas. A valid BC Driver’s License is necessary.

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