Director of Practice
Management Level BAND 4

This position is excluded from union membership

There are two (2) vacancies-  one vacancy in  Vancouver/Richmond and one vacancy in the Kootenays

NOTEThe position for Vancouver/Richmond can only be based in Vancouver

The position for the Kootenays can be based anywhere that is close to a major airport

Bring your vision, dedication and strong motivational skills to this critical role

The Director of Practice reports to the Executive Director of Practice who provides senior level leadership management and direction to Directors of Practice assigned to each of the Ministry’s 13 Service Delivery Areas.  The Director of Practice provides authoritative advice as a recognized expert in the provision of Child Safety services to children, families and youth. The position is responsible for implementation of new practice initiatives and project planning across the six service lines. The position directs and co-ordinates the development and delivery of various projects involving varying degrees of scope.

The Director of Practice supports the ministry’s strategic priorities, consistent with provincial direction, to ensure the Ministry achieves service excellence and meaningful outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities through effective and valued services.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Practice, the Director of Practice is responsible for maintaining a collaborative practice environment for the provision of child, youth, and family services, and the ongoing development of practice at a provincial level. The Director of Practice is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
The position makes recommendations in areas of provincial practice policy and operational requirements based on consultation, analysis of relevant law, standards, policy and data as well as an understanding of the intent of government goals. Recommendations and advice to executives and senior managers impact significant expenditure or savings of resources.  The advice and recommendations influence practice strategic objectives and plans.
The position ensures provincial practice and polices remain current and consistent with ministry goals, objectives and strategies. The position plans, develops, monitors and provides forecasts on the budget and plans and achieves service and resource requirements, including securing seconded staff and contracted professional services.
As a member of the Branch Management team, the Director of Practice participates in the development of the annual service plan for the branch and collaborative planning for shared resources and initiatives.

As the Director of Practice, the position participates in the development of provincial and regional programs, services and projects, service planning, and develops strategic, operational and quality assurance plans, policies, procedures and service standards, ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of service delivery, administrative systems and process.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact  DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

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


  • BSW, BA in Child and Youth Care in social sciences or related degree; or
  • MSW, MA in Counselling Psychology completed a practicum in family and child welfare.

NOTE: If your degree is obtained outside of Canada, have you had it assessed for equivalency to work in British Columbia through the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)


  • A minimum of five (5) years child safety experience is necessary;
  • Experience in program and policy development;
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience providing training and group facilitation;
  • Experience establishing relationships in the community;
  • Experience with development of issue papers, Information/Briefing Notes.
  • Experience independently managing projects;
  • Experience developing and monitoring budgets, contract administration;
  • At least two years recent supervisory experience within a unionized environment (within four years).
  • Experience working with Indigenous, First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, youth, families and partners.

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 located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.  

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Criminal Record Review Act Check (CRRA) will be required.

Application Requirements:

Cover letter: Yes  Please outline specifically why you applied on this position and why did you select that community(s).

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your

Questionnaire – YES,  as part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements.  Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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