Director – Professional Practice, Policy and DEI

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The British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) acts within its statutory authority to develop and administer policies, procedures and practices that reflect the mandate of the College, which is to serve and protect the public by superintending the practice of social work in British Columbia. Founded in 2008, BCCSW is governed by a 12-member Board comprised of 4 public members and 8 elected members provides regulatory oversight to over 6,100 province wide registered social workers.

About the Position:

This permanent full-time position is based out of the BCCSW’s offices located at Vancouver. This leadership role reports to the Registrar and will support BCCSW’s mandate to serve and protect the public by developing, maintaining, and enhancing standards of practice, policies and processes that regulate the profession of social work in British Columbia, Canada. Working under the direction of the Registrar, the Director of Professional Practice (Director) contributes to the application and interpretation of the British Columbia (BC) Social Workers Act, the BCCSW Standards of Practice and social work code of ethics. The Director contributes to policy development and provides practice support to registrants.

Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Engage, collaborate, and consult with various stakeholders, such as registrants, potential registrants, members of other professions and the public to increase understanding and awareness of the BC Social Workers Act.
  • Proactively build strong and trusted relationships with all key stakeholders, including members of the BCCSW Board and Council, staff, the public, Indigenous communities, all levels of government and other professional bodies.
  • Provide leadership for, and coordination of, the revision and maintenance of BCCSW bylaws, policies, social work practice standards and guidelines for practice.
  • Provide leadership for, and coordination of, the revision and maintenance of BCCSW operational policies.
  • Lead DEI initiatives that advance the College’s identified strategic priorities of cultural safety, cultural humility and anti-racism diversity and create a roadmap for implementation, in partnership with various stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership in collaboration with the Indigenous Council and Registrar, on the establishment of new Indigenous partnerships, while working with existing partners to meet the strategic objectives and outcomes for Reconciliation and the Declaration of Commitment to Embedding Cultural Safety and Humility for Indigenous peoples.
  • Provide leadership in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Committee and other departments within the College for the Continuing Professional Development programs.
  • Respond to practice inquiries within the context of the BC Social Workers Act and standards of practice.
  • Identify emerging issues related to social work practice and professional regulation.
  • Provide support to Registrations department in the processing of applications for registration including applications for registration to the clinical class.
  • Provide support to the Inquiry department with solutions to social work practice remedial measures and evaluation of satisfactory completion of the same, for registrants, as identified by the Inquiry Committee and department
  • Provide effective presentations to registrants, prospective registrants, employers and the public.
  • Participate in the planning of the annual general meeting, Board and committee meetings.
  • Participate in committees and working groups tasked with the management of regulatory processes designed to protect the public
  • Any other duties that may be assigned

BCCSW Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competencies:

BCCSW staff are supported to learn and demonstrate the following Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competencies commensurate with their experience and role at the College.

  • Understanding one’s thoughts, feelings, values and background through self-discovery and awareness including how one’s thoughts, feelings, values and background impact the success of their interactions and relationships with Indigenous peoples.
  • Increasing one’s ability to build and maintain respectful and effective relationships with Indigenous peoples through sustained learning and development including direct exposure to cultural and community ways and being willing to learn how diverse ways of thinking and acting can ensure the success of the College.
  • The ability to work respectfully, knowledgeably, and effectively with Indigenous peoples through cultural agility including creating a sense of safety and by transforming feelings of nervousness or anxiety into curiosity and appreciation.
  • Championing the achievement of intended, real change that meets the enduring vision of Indigenous self-determination in British Columbia through change leadership including learning from elders and leaders, routinely energizing the change process, and removing barriers to change.

About You:

You are a committed leader seeking your next unique and challenging opportunity, with a demonstrated commitment to the core social work values of honesty, integrity, courage, humility, compassion, service, fairness, respect for human worth and dignity and promoting social and administrative justice. Through demonstrated success, you are comfortable liaising with all levels and aspects of an organization, including but not limited to, government relations, internal staff development, stakeholder groups and the public. You are a team player with the ability to lead various sized groups effectively. You are detail oriented with an understanding of how developed procedures compliment overall organizational goals and thrive in fast-paced environments requiring creative problem- solving, innovative thinking, and proactive issues resolution. You have strong analytical abilities and the ability to assess information quickly and make valid, reliable, evidence- informed decisions. You are willing to travel according to the requirements of your job.


  • Master of Social Work degree with BCCSW registration or eligibility for registration.
  • Extensive understanding of social work practices and the demonstrated use of social work practices in social work-related interactions covering a broad range of experience within many different aspects and areas of social work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion, including design, implementation, and management of initiatives.
  • Thoughtful and relevant understanding of Indigenous ways of being, Indigenous culture, history, protocol, and current issues faced by Indigenous people.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, technical and relational skills and demonstrated ability to present to various audiences, and, in various settings, including professional and administrative settings.
  • Ability to work with registrants, and a broad range of audiences, to coordinate and inform understanding of regulations, practice standards and code of ethics.
  • Experience in interacting and working with boards and committees.
  • Ability to analyze and write comprehensive research, position, and policy papers/reports.
  • Experience in adult education approaches and knowledge of Administrative Law and professional regulation.

The salary range for this position is $74,000 – $100,000

How to apply: 

To express interest in this position, Please email your cover letter and resume in a Word or PDF file to and we kindly ask that applications be sent by email only—no fax or mail applications, please. 

or submit the application form below.

While the BCCSW sincerely appreciates all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

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Reports To: Registrar – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

BCCSW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender (including gender expression and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, weight, religion, creed, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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