Vancouver Coastal Health

Coordinator, Indigenous Cultural Safety

Job Description

Job Title: Coordinator, Indigenous Cultural Safety
Work Site: Population Health, Indigenous Cultural Safety, Aboriginal Health - Vancouver, BC


Start Date:



Temporary Full Time

As soon as possible until approximately February 2021


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 130427-kch


Come work as a Coordinator, Indigenous Cultural Safety with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Coordinator, Indigenous Cultural Safety to join the Population Health - Indigenous Cultural Safety team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Coordinator, Indigenous Cultural Safety you will:

  • Be responsible for supporting the commitment to advance cultural humility and cultural safety within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
  • Provide support to address specific Cultural Safety training needs (ie. Trauma Informed practices, Indigenous methodology and pedagogy.)
  • Act as a subject matter expert and contribute to and participate in the development and critique of guidelines/policies, systems and instruments to support the achievement and maintenance of Indigenous cultural safety throughout the continuum of health services; this requires the ability to facilitate and contribute to developing the curriculum required for the training to improve the competencies of the VCH workforce.
  • Collaborate and support the development of all training with colleagues in other health disciplines to ensure appropriate staff development and participation in education, and that the Indigenous Cultural Safety lens is applied to the development of all initiatives and programs.

This role will involve the ongoing development and implementation of the organization’s Indigenous Cultural Safety Framework and training programs in a way that is relevant to the values and strategic directions of the organization and with the goal of enhancing the organization’s capacity to deliver health services in a culturally safe manner. VCH has committed to a partnership approach with FNHA to co-lead the development and facilitation of Indigenous Cultural Safety education in collaboration with the First Nations community partners and other Aboriginal specific service providers.



Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) 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. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.




Education & Experience

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning or a related discipline plus three (3) years’ recent, related experience in coaching, mentoring, training, conflict resolution and provision of facilitation of indigenous cultural competency curriculum and training.
  • These experiences will include a minimum of two (2) years working for an Aboriginal organization/program that includes interacting and developing relationships with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities as well as government agencies and ministries along with extensive understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and specifically Vancouver Coastal Health region’s First Nation’s cultures.
  • Valid BC Driver’s license as local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated highly specialized skills in assessing and managing conflict in often cross cultural, emotionally charged, and complex learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in Aboriginal communities and build positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, problem solve, and utilize team building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and collaboratively in a work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with cultural issues sensitively.
  • Demonstrated ability to design education material and lesson plans.
  • Ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively. Requires strong analysis, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, coach and mentor all levels of care providers.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, either related to deadlines or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Ability to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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