Vancouver Coastal Health

Leader, Indigenous Engagement

Job Description

Job Title: Leader, Indigenous Engagement
Work Site: 520 W 6 Ave


Start Date:



Regular Full Time 

As soon as possible


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays 

Reference#: 151603-skh


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

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Leader, Indigenous Engagement to join the Community Engagement team. Apply today to join our team!


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

  • Play a critical role in helping VCH collaborate, consult and communicate with First Nations, Métis 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead and support the design, development, execution, and evaluation of engagement programs that promote the delivery of safe, quality health care at VCH.  

  • Serve 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. 

  • Represent Community and Engagement, for Vancouver Coastal Health on project panels, as well as work with internal project partners to promote the appropriate level of engagement with Indigenous communities.

  • Continue to maintain and develop ongoing relationships to ensure, the voice of First Nations, Métis and Inuit are represented across VCH programs and services. 

  • Work with the broader Community Engagement team and VCH to embed Indigenous perspectives and Indigenous methodologies into the design and implementation of engagement initiatives.

  • Support 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.

  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of current Indigenous Health and health care system issues, policy, legislation, trends, and research.

  • Track current and emerging practices, around public participation, and Indigenous engagement that can be incorporated into VCH engagement programs.




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




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.

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, Métis 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.

Please note that a resume is required to apply to this posting.

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.


Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis, or Inuit). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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, shíshálh, 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, Métis, 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.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to delivering exceptional care and building a great place to work. At VCH, we value and accommodate unique differences to ensure that our staff and medical staff (both current and prospective) have the opportunity and are supported to thrive.

To build a strong and representative workforce, we are seeking candidates who will contribute to a caring and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

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.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Need help finding the right job?

We can recommend jobs specifically for you! Click here to get started.