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BC Childrens Hospital

Director, Indigenous Health Program - BC Children's and Women's Hospital & Health Centre

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Job Description

Director, Indigenous Health Program

BC Children's and Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Vancouver, BC

*Preference will be given to Indigenous qualified candidates as approved under Special Program Status, BC Human Rights Commission

What you'll do

  • Provide expert advice and consultation to the CW Senior Leadership Team with respect to identifying ongoing and emerging health needs and systemic health service barriers that the Indigenous women, youth, child and newborn population of B.C. experience, and develops strategies to address these issues.
  • Provide an Indigenous lens to CW programs to ensure program design and scope are fully inclusive of and culturally safe for Indigenous people and seek to address anti-Indigenous racism. Implements effective processes to assess project risks, identify risk mitigation strategies, and monitor risk throughout the project lifecycle. Compile, analyze, summarize, and communicate data to support program initiatives. Evaluate whether program objectives/milestones are met.
  • Provide strategic leadership and accountability for the planning, alignment, actions and evaluation of CW Indigenous Health Program services to advance Indigenous cultural safety of patients/families and staff. Ensure consistency with PHSA's overall strategic plan, Truth and Reconciliation recommendations, PHSA Indigenous Health strategy, the Tri-partite Health plan, and provincial mandates to improve the health of Indigenous women, youth, children, newborns and their families.
  • Ensure Agency, Board, Ministry, and other reporting requirements are maintained such as identifying and tracking metrics as they relate to the deliverables of Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.
  • Provide leadership and representation of CW Indigenous Health at CW health planning and policy development boards/committees for Indigenous patients and their families. Collaborates with the Director, Indigenous Health, PHSA, First Nations Health Authority and the Indigenous Health lead at each Health Authority to improve access to health programs serving Indigenous populations throughout British Columbia.
  • Consult and collaborate with Indigenous agencies, organizations and community groups to address women's health issues and establish strategies for strengthening community capacity, especially those pertaining to patients and their families.
  • Lead and direct the provincial Indigenous women, youth, children and newborn health strategies, utilizing provincial strategies to establish priorities in the CW Indigenous Health Program.
  • Develop and maintain key partnerships with relevant health agencies, educational facilities, and Indigenous communities and groups.

What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters degree in a relevant discipline, such as Indigenous studies, nursing, population and public health, epidemiology, health psychology, or sociology, with a minimum of ten (10) years of recent, related experience working with Indigenous communities in a hospital or public health care, including eight (8) years at a senior management/leadership level and significant Indigenous health-focused experience.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Canadian colonial impacts on Indigenous people in social and health contexts, supported by significant knowledge of Canadian and Indigenous ideologies, including knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultural safety, cultural humility, Indigenous-specific racism and anti-racism.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), In Plain Sight, Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and other related policies and reports.
  • Knowledge and respect of Indigenous approaches to health and wellbeing, Indigenous cultural traditions, ceremonies, protocols, traditional wellness practices.
  • Lived experience with Indigenous populations and demonstrated extensive knowledge of Indigenous health care needs, services, and issues
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain collaborative working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated facilitation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work respectfully, knowledgeably and effectively with Indigenous people.
  • Strong conceptual and policy-oriented skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and information.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively problem-solve with a global perspective in order to incorporate the organization's systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish courses of action for self and others that are results oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change and to build and manage teams.
  • Experience in negotiating, facilitating, building consensus, and effectively collaborating to build relationships that promote the achievement of cooperative goals and contribute to an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Ability to operate relevant equipment including word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Salary Range:
$116,591 - $167,600/year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday, 0830 - 1630
Requisition #

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.

BCCH and BCW is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA, BCCH and BCW are committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment. We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

One of PHSA's North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya'kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at .

Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples. These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date ofJuly 17 th , 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday - Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

About BC Childrens Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is a leader in general and specialized pediatric services, and is the province’s foremost teaching and research facility for child health.


Health Care

Application closing date is 2024-09-09

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