Vancouver Coastal Health

Director, Indigenous Mental Health and Substance Use, Primary Care and Community Services

Job Description

Job Title: Director, Indigenous Mental Health and Substance Use, Primary Care and Community Services
Work Site: CHST - QLT 2nd floor

Status:

Start Date:

Hours:

 

Regular Full Time

As soon as possible 

0800-1600

Days off: Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays

Salary: $52.11 - $74.90 per hour
Reference#: 167445-cmc

 

Come work as a Director, Indigenous Mental Health and Substance Use, Primary Care and Community Services with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Director, Indigenous Mental Health and Substance Use, Primary Care and Community Services to join the Indigenous Mental Health & Substance Use team. Apply today to join our team!

 

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.

 

As a Director, Indigenous Mental Health and Substance Use, Primary Care and Community Services with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Lead and develops policies and programs, in partnership with the Vice President, and other Indigenous Health Directors for the designated portfolio. In addition, works on strategic communications consultation, planning and evaluations to proactively achieve strategic priorities, manage reputation risks, support change and transition initiatives, and positively impact department operations and employee engagement.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based services in accordance with the VCH vision, values, and strategic directions.
  • Develop and collaborates with MHSU Primary Care and Community-based Leads to enhance the sharing of knowledge, monitoring of practice trends, identification of opportunities that promotes innovation and partnerships for improvement, and ensuring consistent delivery of quality PP service throughout the CoC.
  • Oversee and manages the Mental Wellness and Substance Use team that supports MHSU services across the health authority, in both acute and community.
  • Ensure employees and physicians are aware and understand the Indigenous Cultural Competency policy as well as goals and objectives through strategic use of established and emerging communications channels.
  • Provide advice, guidance and communications direction both internally and externally to ensure the successful implementation of communications strategies regarding the Indigenous Health department, its programs and initiatives throughout Vancouver Coastal Health.
  • Collaborate with VCH programs and Indigenous community partner organizations to support the development of Indigenous Health/VCH relationships at the community level.
  • Lead and collaborate in the development of annual capital and operating budgets to complement strategic directions. Manages and oversees various program existing and new operating budgets to adhere to allocated resources by monitoring expenditures, taking corrective action, and producing rationale for deficits. Maintains excellence in service provision, achievement of goals and targets, and ensures operating requirements are met. Reviews budget plans with the Vice President and Executive Director.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with senior leadership, directors and managers across VCH by responding to emergent issues, providing expert professional consultation on solutions as well as facilitating solutions as applicable.
  • Lead and develop policies in partnership with the Manager and Strategic Lead. In addition, works on strategic communications consultation, planning and evaluations to proactively achieve strategic priorities, manage reputation risks, support change and transition initiatives, and positively impact department operations and employee engagement.
  • Oversee and manages the virtual Mental Health team that supports all 14 Indigenous communities in the Health Authority in addition to the Mental Health Strategic Lead in Indigenous Health.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education & Experience

  • A Masters’ degree in a health related or business field 
  • 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 Indigenous organization/program that includes interacting and developing relationships with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities as well as government agencies and ministries along with extensive understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture and specifically Vancouver Coastal Health region’s First Nation’s cultures.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada.
  • In depth knowledge of current and future-oriented Mental Wellness healthcare issues.
  • In depth knowledge of current and future-oriented Primary Care 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous culture and priorities to build partnerships, understanding and advance quality improvement.
  • Uses broad knowledge of the Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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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