• Indigenous Cultural Worker

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Indigenous Cultural Worker -Youth Alcohol and Drug
    Work Site: 520 West 6th, Vancouver Community
    Status: Regular Part Time - Baseline (0.71 FTE)
    Start Date: JAN 28, 2019
    Salary: $22.38 - $24.26 per hour
    Hours: varies
    Reference#: 112354-cye


    Within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with established vision and values of the organization, indigenous spirituality and cultural identity, the Indigenous Cultural Support Worker is responsible to provide support services to clients within the Child & Youth Mental Health and provide a bridge between Western Medicine and Indigenous cultures. In accordance with treatment objectives; observes behaviors and symptoms and documents observations in accordance with established procedures. In collaboration with Indigenous Elders and/or traditional teachers, establishes rapport with clients based on respect; provides emotional support , applies Aboriginal traditions to everyday living to assist with problem solving day to day matters/issues of living and to assist clients with the development of life skills and healthy lifestyles. Acts as a role model to facilitate appropriate behaviors. Participates in case planning; interviews clients from a cultural perspective to identify problems/needs, assists with collecting relevant records, documents client’s progress. Facilitates and coordinates services with medical professionals and use of community services/resources; acts as an advocate for clients, provides information on community services. Plans, organizes, facilitates and leads/co-leads social and cultural groups, cultural activities.


    Education & Experience

    • Health Care Assistant Certificate that includes an Indigenous Wellness component for frontline workers who provide care for Indigenous clients, recent, related experience working with youth with substance addiction issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
    • Preference will be given to candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.
    • Valid B.C. driver's license. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle. 

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    Knowledge of diverse Indigenous culture and traditional practices.
    Knowledge of community, social and health resources.
    Knowledge of substance misuse and of problems encountered by chemically dependant individuals; basic understanding of behavior management.
    Ability to deliver culturally sensitive services.
    Ability to demonstrate and assist client with development of health life skills.
    Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients.
    Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
    Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques.
    Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
    Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines.
    Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees, to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and staff from other agencies, to maintain confidentiality and to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
    Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

    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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