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Senior Hsda Advisor, Indigenous Health

Full Time
3 days ago
Position Summary
Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to our Aboriginal Services department.

Reporting to the Vice President, Indigenous Health with matrix reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Senior Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA) Advisor, Indigenous Health (the Advisor) advises and guides the HSDA leadership team in developing and maintaining safe and respectful service practices, patient relations protocols, and support systems for First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients and families. The Advisor develops and maintains strong links with local First Nations and Metis communities, seeking out their ongoing input and helping to build sustainable bridges between the communities and the health care leadership team. The Advisor participates in the development and updating of service policies/procedures/protocols, providing input through the lens of cultural safety and respect. The Advisor provides ongoing real-time advice on the application of NH policies, procedures and protocols as needed.

The Advisor works with various care teams, clinical departments, and administrative service teams to inform and advise on best approaches to ensure a safe and respectful service environment for First Nations, Inuit and Metis community members and their families. The Advisor collaborates with HSDA Leaders to provide educational training including workshops for all staff within the HSDA. The Advisor may provide guidance and mentoring to Indigenous Patient Liaison (IPL) staff in support of their educational efforts, to ensure that Indigenous messaging is consistent across the HSDA.

The overarching intent of the Advisor role is to promote and improve safe, inclusive, respectful, and productive access to care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients throughout the patient journey, from initial intake through treatment, discharge planning and follow-up.

Starting salary will be approximately from $80,935 to $101,168 and will be based on education, training, experience, and salaries of similar positions

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What Northern Health has to offer you!
•Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
•Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
•Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for eligible positions
•Employee referral program
•Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
•Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
•"Loan Forgiveness Programs" are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

•Master's degree in a related discipline plus at least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience, study, and training in the areas of First Nations cultural knowledge, related Indigenous language, mediation, cultural safety, trauma-informed care, problem solving, and facilitation.
•Development of these competencies and skills may come from any combination of education, training, and experience such as formal education, practicum experience, study with Elders, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
•In accordance with Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous Ancestry.

Skills and Abilities: (taken from the JD)
•Ability to engage in positive relationships with others including heath care professionals and community members.
•Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust within the local First Nations and Métis communities.
•Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust with Northern Health care providers.
•Advanced ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
•Strong knowledge and understanding of local Indigenous history and culture, and other Canadian First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
•Ability to understand and convey to others culturally safe care that is based on understanding how differences in heritage and cultural background can impact a patient's response to an illness experience and their contact with the health care system.
•Ability to facilitate and teach, including face-to-face and distance learning workshops.
•Ability to prioritize and organize the daily and weekly workload.
•Ability to operating related computer/communication hardware and software.
•Physical ability to carry out the duties of position.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation's communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.
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