Vancouver Coastal Health

Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives

Job Description

Job Title: Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives
Work Site: Aboriginal Health

Status:

Start Date:

Hours:

 

Regular Full Time 

As soon as possible

0830-1630

Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Salary: $52.11 - $74.90 per hour
Reference#: 161622-cmc

 

Come work as a Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

 

Vancouver Coastal Health is committed to improving the health and access to culturally safe healthcare of the Indigenous people in our region, and we recognize that we all have a contribution to make in reconciliation and healing. VCH’s Indigenous Health team works with staff and physicians across all programs and departments to provide strategic leadership, partner collaboration and community engagement to assist VCH to become a more culturally competent and safe organization.

 

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives to join the Aboriginal Health Patient Experience team. Apply today to join our team!

 

Reporting to the Vice President of Indigenous Health, the Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives will work in collaboration with several stakeholders across the health authority and Communities of Care (CoC) to develop, plan, implement and promote policies and practices that advance Indigenous Cultural Safety practices across the health authority.

 

The Director will also guide the application and integration Indigenous knowledge and cultural safety practices into standardization of clinical practice standards, regulations and best practices throughout the organization.

The Director is responsible and accountable for strategic development of an Indigenous Patient experience program to embed and support improved Indigenous Patient Care Quality Experience throughout the organization.

 

The role will provide oversight and direction to the Indigenous Patient Care and Experience team as well as the Indigenous Patient Quality team, which supports all Indigenous patients receiving care in the health authority.  The Director is responsible for promoting high standards of Indigenous patient and family centred care throughout VCH and enhances alignment and cohesiveness across the health authority through meaningful data, measurement, and improvement strategies related to Indigenous patient experience.

 

As a Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Professional Practice Initiatives with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Guide the application and integration of Indigenous knowledge and cultural safety practices into standardization of clinical practice standards, regulations and best practices throughout the organization that is consistent with VCH and the Aboriginal Health department’s mission, vision and values.
  • Provide leadership and expert consultative advice on scope of practice, clinical informatics, resource planning and research to integrate Indigenous knowledge that will enhance the practice environments and achieve culturally safe care that is effective and efficient.
  • Lead and collaborate in the development of annual capital and operating budgets to complement strategic directions. Reviews budget plans with the Executive Director and Manager.
  • Demonstrates leadership, operational support and direction in the successful development and delivery of Culturally Safe care programs to patients that is in alignment with both Aboriginal practices and with organizational priorities.
  • Provide oversight and direction to the Indigenous Patient Care and Experience team as well as. 
  • Be responsible for promoting high standards of Indigenous patient and family centred care throughout VCH and enhances alignment and cohesiveness across the health authority through meaningful data, measurement, and improvement strategies related to Indigenous patient experience.
  • Ensure employees and physicians are aware and understand the Aboriginal Cultural Competency policy as well as goals and objectives through strategic use of established and emerging communications channels.  
  • Ensure that the Indigenous Patient Experience strategy is aligned with the VCH and Aboriginal Health strategic priorities while building capacity across the organization.
  • Ensures that Indigenous patient/family experience data collection is analysed, measured and communicated through reports, presentations, education and collaboration with the Aboriginal Indigenous Cultural Safety team and VCH leadership.
  • Leads and collaborates in the development of annual capital and operating budgets to complement strategic directions. Reviews budget plans with the Executive Director and Manager.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education & Experience

  • A Masters’ degree in a health related or business field with seven to ten (7 to 10) year’s recent, related experience that includes managing strategic and operational projects and facilitating and managing consultation processes with a wide group of stakeholders, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • These experiences will include a minimum of five (5) 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.
  • Preference given to candidates identifying as Indigenous including First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada.
  • In depth knowledge of current and future-oriented Indigenous Cultural Safety healthcare issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, guide and facilitate change as well as anticipated future change in service delivery and develop strategies that optimize resource to improve efficiency and quality of care.
  • Demonstrated highly specialized skills in assessing and managing conflict and communication in often cross cultural, emotionally charged, and complex learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal communities and Elders to build positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Makes independent decisions using analytical and problem solving skills while remaining calm, alert and high-functioning in stressful situations.
  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of complex health care operations, and department’s goals and objectives to deliver strategic communications.
  • Applies and shares strategic knowledge about aboriginal culture and priorities to build partnerships, understanding and advance quality improvement.
  • Uses broad knowledge of the aboriginal community’s social, political and economic environment in the provision of strategic advice to stakeholders across VCH relating to government, community and media communications.
  • Applies solid knowledge of best practice business methods to help advance Aboriginal culture, executive communications, executive engagement with frontline staff, corporate business practices and online and in-person communications.
  • Uses advanced skills and experience in journalistic and business writing, as well as the skill to develop compelling written and multimedia presentations to target and engage a variety of external and internal stakeholders.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with Indigenous communities. Strong preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous.

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 per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

WHY JOIN VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH?

 

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

Diversity, equity, 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 2022.

 

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

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.

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


***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings 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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