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At BCSS, we are a community-driven by compassion, dedication, and a shared commitment to making a real difference in the lives of those affected by schizophrenia. If you’re looking for a career that is not only fulfilling but also has the power to transform lives, you’ve come to the right place.

Join our team and be part of an organization at the forefront of advocacy and support for families affected by serious mental illnesses. We are seeking passionate individuals who are eager to take on the challenge of combating the stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

Together, we can create a world where individuals affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses receive effective treatment and support, and family members are essential partners within the mental health system.

Apply today to make a positive impact, grow professionally, and be part of a team working to change lives for the better.

Living Wage Employer

  • Position overview:

    15 Hours per week (Part-Time)
    Wage Range: $26.78 – $30.90 per hour

    The educator within the Fort St. John region is required to work individually and as part of a multi-person team, to service the families in the region, reporting to the BCSS Northeast Regional Manager.

    Responsibilities:

    The tasks of the educator include the following:

    • Provides resources and support for families who have a loved one dealing with schizophrenia or another serious mental illness.
    • Acts as a liaison between families and the mental health system.
    • Organizes and facilitates family support group meetings, education programs for families, and public education to eliminate stigma.

    Education and experience:

    • Post-secondary education in a relevant discipline, degree equivalent or relevant experience
    • Experience with delivering programs, teaching/facilitating, working with families
    • Experience in community services work
    • Knowledge and experience in writing reports, and trauma informed practice
    • Knowledge of BC mental health system and importance of building positive working relationships within systems

    Core competencies:

    • Ability to work independently, setting realistic goals and strategies for implementation
    • Ability to work within a team
    • Ability to work in a community/outreach capacity
    • Ability to travel throughout the Northeast region
    • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity
    • Knowledge of the importance of anti-psychotic medications
    • Knowledge of the importance of family members being part of the care team
    • Competent in computer programs; Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom and Dropbox

    Requirements

    • Availability on evenings or weekends when necessary
    • A secure space in your home for an office with a desk for office equipment
    • Valid BC Driver’s license and reliable vehicle
    • Current criminal record check

    Compensation and benefits:

    • $26.78 – $30.90 per hour
    • 4 weeks paid vacation to start
    • Generous paid sick time
    • A comprehensive benefits package, which includes the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) for employees working 20 or more hours per week

    To apply:

    Please send a cover letter and resume together in a PDF.

    Attention: Steffi Thomas

    Email: nemanager@bcss.org

    BCSS values diverse experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. If you require accessibility accommodations during any part of the application or hiring process, please contact operations@bcss.org so we can best support you.

    Open until the position is filled.

    Thank you for your interest in BCSS and for taking the time to apply. BCSS will contact those selected for an interview.

  • Position overview:

    JOB POSTING
    Northwest Regional Manager
    24 Hours per week
    Wage Range: $33 - $39 per hour

    The Northwest Regional Manager is responsible for the oversight of the Northwest Region Team, and for programs and services delivery in the region. The manager is responsible to help build and maintain professional relationships within the region, to enhance partnerships with family organizations and other stakeholders, and increase family support, education, research and advocacy in the northwest region. The manager is also responsible for creating quarterly reports, inputting stats, overseeing the region’s budget, and attending monthly manager meetings.

    Position reports to: Director, Operations and Programs

    Responsibilities:

    Leadership

    • Provides leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality programs that meet the needs of families in the Northwest region
    • Trains, mentors, and oversees the Northwest Region Team in a way that builds cohesion and encourages innovation

    Program Development

    • Builds and maintains strong relationships with stakeholders and community partners
    • Ensures program deliverables and evaluation processes are followed and up to date.
    • Identifies areas of growth for the programs in the region (e.g., expansion into new communities, new audiences or new program content)

    Budgeting

    • Works with the Director, Operations and Programs and the Director of Finance to create, manage, and maintain program budgets
    • Collects program evaluation data, writes program reports, and ensures reports are submitted on time to meet applicable deadlines

    Communications

    • Works with the BCSS Marketing & Communications Manager and the Digital Communications Coordinator to promote the programs through promotional materials, website, newsletters, social media and other channels
    • Delivers presentations about the programs for funders and other stakeholders as required

    Program Delivery

    • Provides support and resources to families through phone, email, and in-person when required
    • Facilitates Family Support Groups and Strengthening Families Together programs online or in-person when possible
    • Supports the Northwest Region Team with program logistics including scheduling, booking venues, and purchasing program supplies

    Other

    • Follows all BCSS policies and procedures to ensure safety and risk management
    • Other applicable duties as requested by the Director, Operations and Programs or CEO
    • Expected to attend the AGM and any other Societal or staff meetings as required

    Education and experience:

    • 2-4 years in a relevant management position or supervising a team
    • A degree in Social Services or related field is preferred
    • 2-4 years experience delivering mental health programs
    • Experience teaching/facilitating and working with families
    • Experience with contract management and managing budgets
    • Knowledge and experience in writing reports and financial management
    • Knowledge of trauma informed practice
    • Understanding the role of families in the BC mental health system
    • Knowledge of the importance of building positive working relationships within systems
    • Ability to work in a community/outreach capacity in the northwest region, including First Nations bands, Metis organizations, and Friendship Centers
    • Demonstration of cultural and spiritual sensitivity
    • Knowledge of the importance of anti-psychotic medications in helping to treat serious mental illness
    • Knowledge of the importance of family members being an integral part of the care team
    • Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom

    Core competencies:

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish rapport with staff, volunteers, and families
    • Strong initiative skills
    • Ability to work with diverse populations with sensitivity and awareness of different needs
    • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated critical thinking/problem solving skills
    • Ability to work well under pressure
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills

    Compensation and benefits:

    What we offer:  

    • 4 weeks paid vacation to start
    • Generous paid sick time
    • A comprehensive benefits package, which includes the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) for employees working 20 or more hours per week

     Requirements:

    • Current vulnerable sector Criminal Record Check
    • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
    • Must be able to work typical business hours – working some evenings and weekends may be required

    Job Type:   Part-time (24 hours per week) until March 31, 2025 with possibility of extension

    To apply:

    Please send Cover Letter and Resume in PDF.

    Attention: Amber Armstrong

    Email: hradmin@bcss.org

    Open until the position is filled.

    Open until the position is filled
    Thank you for your interest in BCSS and for taking the time to apply. BCSS will contact those selected for an interview.

    BCSS values diverse experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. If you require accessibility accommodations during any part of the application or hiring process, please contact operations@bcss.org so we can best support you.

  • Position overview:

    37.5 Hours per week (Full-Time with an end date of March 31, 2025)
    Wage Range: $55,000 to $62,000 per year

    The Community Engagement Manager is the lead collaborator of one of BCSS’s core programs, Partnership Education Presentations (PEP). The Community Engagement Manager also organizes educational presentations and works with the regional staff. The main priority for this position is to strengthen BCSS engagement throughout the province and build relationships with communities and organizations while supporting the regional managers and communications team with the PEP program and community presentations. This role works closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager.

    This position reports to the Director, Operations and Programs.

    This is a hybrid position with the expectation of attending monthly meetings at the Vancouver provincial office and approximately 5-10 provincial and relevant events annually. This includes the AGM and any other societal or staff meetings as required.

    Responsibilities:

    • Liaison with the frontline team, re: community engagement, grassroots marketing (e.g., brochure distribution)
    • Volunteer presenter onboarding and training as needed
    • Supporting Regional Managers/Educator presentations/PEP requests
    • Support volunteers with public speaking and presentation skills as needed.
    • Continue to develop a presentation library for the regional team to utilize on Teams
    • Promoting PEP presentations to bigger organizations/stakeholders (i.e. community groups, clinicians, universities, colleges, educational institutions, professional organizations, etc.)
    • Maintenance and ongoing update database of volunteers and organization presentations to create one centralized master list for staff to utilize/access
    • Be the lead for virtual community presentations, PEP and presenters/volunteer training.
    • Draft educational and promotional content for PEP and Community presentations with the support of the communications team
    • Collaborate with the regional managers and coms teams to develop and create a strategic plan to increase the number of presentations delivered across BC.
    • Continue to standardize the delivery of Partnership Education Presentations, general BCSS presentations, awareness presentations, and education presentations across BC
    • Work with the Director, Operations and Programs, and Director of Finance to create, manage and maintain program budgets
    • Respond to inquiries about the program in a timely manner
    • Any other duties as requested by the Director, Operations and Programs or the CEO

    Community Engagement – 70%

    • PEP and educational presentations
    • Collaborating with BCSS regional managers and communications team
    • Engaging communities and organizations for presentations
    • Promotional work, networking and relationship building with potential audiences
    • Volunteer coordination and project management as needed
    • Facilitation and presentations

    Communications – 30%

    • Working with the comms team to develop program educational and promotional materials
    • Coordinating and liaison with the regional managers and teams
    • Provincial office collaboration
    • Attend team meetings and provides updates to the team
    • Support the team with events
    • Continue standardization of training and presentations

    Education and experience:

    • Post-secondary in communications, business admin, project management or equivalent experience.
    • Strong background in program development and promotions
    • Facilitation presentations in-person and virtually
    • Tech skills for virtual presentations and remote work

    Core competencies:

    • Comfortable with software such as Microsoft 365, Teams, Monday.com, Canva
    • Strong verbal and written communication
    • Strong interpersonal and networking skills
    • Work collaboratively with a team and independently lead project

    Compensation and benefits:

    • $55,000 to $62,000 per year
    • 4 weeks paid vacation to start
    • Generous paid sick time
    • A comprehensive benefits package, which includes the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) for employees working 20 or more hours per week

    To apply:

    Please send a cover letter and resume together in a PDF.

    Attention: Amber Armstrong

    Email: hradmin@bcss.org

    BCSS values diverse experiences, ideas, cultures, and perspectives and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. If you require accessibility accommodations during any part of the application or hiring process, please contact operations@bcss.org so we can best support you.

    Open until the position is filled.

    Thank you for your interest in BCSS and for taking the time to apply. BCSS will contact those selected for an interview.

Resources

Learn more about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe and persistent mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is classified as a psychotic disorder, meaning it involves a significant distortion of reality. More than 1% of the population has a schizophrenia-spectrum disorder.