Job Opportunity - Evaluation Specialist, BCCSU

July 07, 2022


REQ: PHC22-135197

Work Area: This position can work remotely with periodic need to come into the office.

Base Site:  1045 Howe

City:  BC

Status: Temporary Full Time

End Date: Mar 31, 2023

FTE:  1.00

Post date: Jun 10, 2022

Hours:  0900-1700

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Passionate about driving impact through data? Skilled at transforming data into compelling narratives? Want to join a fun team invested in social justice and substance use care in British Columbia? Keep reading to learn more about the Evaluation Specialist role with the Education and Clinical Activities team at the BC Centre on Substance Use! The salary range for this role is $65,000-$94,000. Cover letters are encouraged.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


Within the context of a patient, client and family centred model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Working under the direction of the Associate Director, Education and Clinical Activities, and reporting to the Program Manager, BC ECHO on Substance Use, the Evaluation Specialist leads the development and implementation of the evaluation strategy for BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)’s Education and Clinical Activities Team. This work includes responsibility for developing and implementing evaluation plans and frameworks for the BC ECHO on Substance Use project, National Alcohol Use Disorder project, and others identified
by the Director and Associate Director of the Education and Clinical Activities team. The Evaluation Specialist provides leadership and support to other staff regarding evaluation activities, coordinating data collection, and conducting data analysis. The Evaluation Specialist is also responsible for generating presentations and reports on evaluation activities to meet plan requirements, funder requests, and user needs. The Evaluation Specialist attends evaluation-related meetings and project meetings to communicate findings to funders and
provide answers to questions.

The British Columbia 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. As a research centre of Providence Health Care Research Institute and a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Centre, the BCCSU’s vision is to transform substance use policies and care in BC by translating research into education and evidence-based care guidance. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use,
thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU seeks to achieve these goals through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance. The BCCSU values and respects all members of its communities, each of whom individually and collaboratively make a contribution to transforming care, education, training, and research in this area.

1. Develops and revises evaluation plans, ensuring that evidence-based research is utilized, and evaluation plans and frameworks are successfully completed.

2. Solicits and integrates appropriate feedback and suggestions from relevant stakeholders in the development and revision of evaluation plans.

3. Designs, develops, pilots, and revises tools, questionnaires, interview guides, and other materials required to conduct evaluation activities. Provides direction and support to other staff utilizing the tools.

4. Conducts and/or coordinates data collection.

5. Conducts and/or coordinates data cleaning and analysis, and provides rapid input on evaluation results to project team members where appropriate.

6. Provides and/or supports the development of presentations and reports (written and verbal) related to evaluation activities and projects in formats required by funders and/or tailored to the needs of the information user.

7. Engages in the development of knowledge translation materials and effective strategies for dissemination and implementation of program outcomes, including peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, and infographics.

8. Provides leadership and supervision to Research Assistants and other staff as needed.

9. Attends project meetings and acts as a subject matter expert on all evaluation activities and projects.

10. Performs other related duties as required.

Education, Training and Experience
• A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree preferred in Social Sciences, Health Sciences, or Public Health.

• Minimum of three (3) years’ recent related experience organizing, leading, and supporting evaluation activities.

• Experience working with substance use and/or knowledge of best practices and principles is an asset.

• Knowledge of care delivery in a public health care system, government processes and health authority structures and responsibilities.

• Familiarity with concepts related to health equity, addiction medicine, public health research, and the social determinants of health is an asset.

• An understanding of and commitment to ongoing learning around anti-racism, cultural safety and humility, and reconciliation.

• An understanding of the ways in which laws and policies have contributed to the marginalization of people who use drugs, or a willingness to learn.

Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated knowledge of evaluation methodology, principles and procedures, including logic models and implementation science frameworks.

• Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and analytical principles and processes.

• Demonstrated knowledge of creating and utilizing outcome measurement tools, including shared measurement frameworks.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and facilitate multi-stakeholder or multipartner evaluation initiatives.

• Ability to supervise staff, including staff working remotely.

• Excellent ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.

• Excellent ability to work with Microsoft Office software (including Excel and PowerPoint) and competency with data collection platforms such as Qualtrics, and other relevant software.

• Ability to problem-solve and make decisions independently.

• Ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

• Strong interpersonal skills, including facilitation and negotiation skills.

• Ability to work independently.

• Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment, and effectively manage both urgent and long-term deadlines.

Evaluation Specialist, BCCSU | Providence Health Care