• Aboriginal Health Lead - Population Health

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    Job Title: Aboriginal Health Lead - Population Health
    Work Site: Aboriginal Health
    Status: Regular Full Time 
    Reference#: 110500-tbo


    Reporting to the Executive Advisor for Aboriginal Health, the Aboriginal Health Lead oversees and leads all aspects of assigned projects and initiatives for the Aboriginal Health department at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) in partnership with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) leaders and representatives. The Lead promotes innovation and transformation and seeks, initiates and identifies new partnerships, service providers, funding and research opportunities in keeping with the strategic vision, principles and directives of the department as well as through the lens of both VCH and FNHA. Works with community partners and stakeholders at all levels and inspires others to achieve goals and deliverables through facilitation, effective communication of corporate vision, and ensuring the culture is one in which individual competencies can thrive.

    The Aboriginal Health Lead collaborates with the regional team to manage and monitor various initiatives and projects, and ensures all project deliverables are completed on time and on budget, as described in the overall project plan. The Lead develops and maintains effective relationships with leaders of FNHA, Aboriginal communities and organizations on behalf of the organization, to foster effective communications and partnerships with health care leadership. Communicates with all levels of staff and management across VCH and its Aboriginal partners to facilitate consensus, consult, negotiate and share information. Liaises with consultants, vendors, other health care entities and other external agencies to negotiate contracts for the provision of goods and services. Ensures educational programs are in place for internal staff working with Aboriginal populations. Other key interactions include Aboriginal organizations, First Nation Governments and administrations, senior staff in other levels of government, Aboriginal Health Steering Committee, community organizations as well as members of the public. May provide leadership, guidance and support to designated developer, evaluation and project staff.



    • Master’s Degree in a related discipline supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years’ recent, related experience in project management or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Current registration with relevant professional College/Association, if applicable.
    • Excellent communication skills to function within a complex interdisciplinary environment including ability to communicate with the physician community.
    • Computer literacy with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management and database applications.


    • Knowledge and understanding of complex organizational and system dynamics, Aboriginal health issues, community health system needs and community development, socioeconomic determinants of health, participatory community based research from a traditional Aboriginal context and Aboriginal community organizations and traditional protocols, research literature and trends on Aboriginal health issues.
    • Utilizes a demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal health care needs, services and issues as well as knowledge of the culture, protocol, and traditions of Aboriginal people to ensure respect, diplomacy and tact to honour established and new relationships as a representative of the health authority.
    • Displays comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and methodologies and ability to coach team members on these skills. 
    • Effectively monitors budgets and executes project plans with stringent timelines.
    • Utilizes initiative, vision, independent thinking and creative problem-solving abilities to implement project plans and realize project completion.
    • Maintains a broad knowledge of patient care delivery systems in primary, acute and community settings. 
    • Maintains a thorough understanding of available resources for projects and applicable stakeholder groups, provides feedback and detailed analysis on project processes and makes recommendations as required.
    • Utilizes effective facilitation, persuasion and negotiation abilities to achieve consensus, resolve conflict and achieve desired outcomes. 
    • Works effectively under time pressure to meet deadlines, balance work priorities and resolve problems in a timely manner.


    VCH Management Competencies:




    You question actions inconsistent with our values

    You treat people with fairness and respect independent of their status or disagreement with you

    Performance Excellence

    You hire great people and expect great things from them

    You inspire others with your thirst for excellence

    Learning Organization

    You create an environment where people can flourish and grow

    You seek what is best for the health system, rather than the best for yourself or your group.


    Courage to Innovate

    You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability

    You take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing



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

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the staffpostings.vch.ca 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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