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Vancouver Coastal Health

Leader, Indigenous Engagement

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Job Description


The salary range for this position is CAD $45.48/Hr. - CAD $65.38/Hr.

Job Summary

Come work as a Leader, Indigenous Engagement with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

We recognize that our places of work and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) facilities lie on the traditional homelands of the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xai’xais, Lil’wat, Musqueam, N’Quatqua, Nuxalk, Samahquam, shishalh, Skatin, Squamish, Tla’amin, Tsleil-Waututh, Ulkatcho, Wuikinuxv, and Xa’xtsa Nations.

As part of VCH’s deep commitment to cultural safety and humility, the organization seeks to create culturally safe practices and relationships with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit individuals and communities, with an aim to transform care and improve patient experiences and health outcomes for Indigenous peoples in the VCH region.

The Leader, Indigenous Engagement, will play a critical role in helping VCH collaborate, consult and communicate with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across the region through transparent, respectful, and meaningful engagement. This is part of our continued commitment to the Provincial Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility, the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.

As a member of the VCH Community Engagement team, the Leader, Indigenous Engagement, will lead engagement programs that connect Indigenous peoples with VCH initiatives, including the delivery of assets, infrastructure, health care services and programs, as well as the development of resources to support the organization’s journey of listening, learning and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Reporting to the Regional Director, Public Affairs & Stakeholder Relations and with a matrix reporting structure to the Director, Indigenous Engagement & Inclusion, this role will collaborate closely with other Communications team members, Indigenous Health, regional project and program teams, Community of Care leadership, and First Nations and Indigenous community partners to help VCH develop engagement programs and business initiatives that reflect the unique needs and considerations of Indigenous partners. The Leader, Indigenous Engagement, will lead the way in helping VCH embrace and adopt Indigenous perspectives and methodologies to guide community engagement work and inform initiatives throughout the health authority.

Strong preference given to candidates identifying as Indigenous, including First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with Indigenous communities.

It will greatly assist us with screening if you refer in your application to your Indigenous identity. Recognizing the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people, it is your choice whether to volunteer information. We will hold your application in strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.

As a Leader, Indigenous Engagement with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Leads and / or supports the design, development, execution, and evaluation of engagement programs that promote the delivery of safe, quality health care at VCH.
  • Serves as a liaison with First Nations, Métis and Inuit and health care leaders to facilitate culturally-safe and meaningful dialogue to improve patient and client experiences and health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
  • Represents Community Engagement on project panels, working with internal project partners to promote the appropriate level of engagement with Indigenous peoples and ongoing alignment around broader engagement activities.
  • Fosters ongoing relationships with Indigenous peoples to ensure the voice of First Nations, Métis and Inuit are represented across VCH programs and services.
  • Works with the broader Community Engagement team and VCH to embed Indigenous perspectives and Indigenous methodologies into the design and implementation of engagement initiatives
  • Supports the development of protocols and resources to help guide and inform VCH engagement activities that promote cultural knowledge and safe and respectful cross-cultural interactions.
  • Maintains knowledge and understanding of current Indigenous Health and health care system issues, policy, legislation, trends, research, etc.
  • Tracks emerging promising practices around public participation and Indigenous engagement that can be incorporated into VCH engagement programs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • A university degree in community development, communications, public relations, marketing or another relevant discipline. A post-graduate degree and accreditation/certification (IAP2) would be an asset.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in community engagement and capacity building, or a health-related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Indigenous cultural safety training or equivalent lived experience. Trauma informed practice education or experience would be an asset.
  • Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nation, Metis, or Inuit). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Demonstrates extensive experience leading engagement with Indigenous communities around the delivery of assets, infrastructure, services, and / or corporate initiatives.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge of Indigenous communities (especially those within VCH region) and resources, and demonstrated skills in the area of Indigenous engagement
  • Expert understanding of relevant protocols, procedures, principles and considerations for engaging with First Nations, Metis and Inuit partners.
  • Demonstrates significant knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of community engagement and public participation, including the role of communications in supporting community engagement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge regarding Indigenous facility design considerations would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor and enact cultural humility for cultural safety.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to foster a culturally safe, motivating, respectful and encouraging environment.
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking, problem-solving, project management, organizational, consultative, facilitation, consensus-building and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development and implementation of plans, strategies and programs in a deadline-oriented, high-profile and demanding environment.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate effectively and creatively, both orally and in writing, within tight time frames.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Closing Statement

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and 'going first' when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2024.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

About Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is one of five regional health authorities that work under the Ministry of Health together, with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), to provide high-quality, appropriate and timely health services to British Columbians. VCH is a world-class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering care to more than one million B.C. residents living in Vancouver, the North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Sunshine Coast and the Central Coast. We are dedicated to providing exceptional care across the full continuum in areas including public health, primary care, acute services, community-based long-term care and home health, mental health, substance use, and research. We are an organization fully committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with the robust resources of more than 27,000 staff, 3,200 medical staff, 13 hospitals, 55 long-term care and assisted living sites, a number of urgent primary care centres, and 17 community health centres.


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Application closing date is 2024-08-02

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