Lead, Aboriginal Partnerships (Primary Care) (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

In accordance with established vision and values of the organization, Leads will design strategy, set standard and direction for Aboriginal partnerships and engagement – internally and externally - from within the Aboriginal Partnerships portfolio. Assessing and identifying critical issues and opportunities in health care, the incumbent will develop strategic recommendations for leadership to advance key Aboriginal initiatives. Crucial to the success of the position is the ability to develop strong partnerships with Aboriginal communities and health leaders, and lead change initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people in the interior.

This position will lead IH in engaging with FNHA, First Nations, Métis, and urban Aboriginal partners in the Interior region specific to Primary Care transformation and the implementation of Primary Care Networks, Urgent and Primary Care Centres, First Nation-led Primary Care Initiatives, and other primary care projects throughout the Interior region.

** The worksite location for this position is flexible within British Columbia **


As a member of the Aboriginal Engagement team, the Lead will lead the partnerships and engagement for the Aboriginal Partnerships portfolio that aligns with Ministry of Health directives, IH Strategic Priorities, and internal and external accountabilities. This is achieved by:

1. Working with internal and external partners to develop meaningful engagement strategies with all Aboriginal partner groups for primary care transformation initiatives:
a. First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
b. Interior region First Nations and First Nation communities
c. Métis Nation BC and Métis Chartered Communities
d. Urban Aboriginal health service organizations and Friendship Centres
e. Aboriginal patient partners and Patient Voices Network
2. With internal and external partners, ensuring health services across Interior Health align with Ministry of Health expectations and policy attributes.
3. Develop engagement tools that enable all IH Clinical Operations and Primary Care Planning portfolios to meaningfully engage Aboriginal partners in health service planning and delivery.
4. Build relationships with primary care partners including the Divisions of Family Practice, Doctors of BC, Ministry of Health, and community organizations.
5. Attend and support Nation-driven primary care discussions, Collaborative Services Committees, and Local Health Planning Tables. Align engagement with Letter of Understanding (LOU) Joint Committees.
6. Support specific geographic and Nation/partner alignment in accordance with engagement strategies and in alignment with other Practice Leads.
7. Support the Manager, Aboriginal Engagement to attend key partner leadership tables, in coordination with the Corporate Director, Aboriginal Health and Wellness and VP, Aboriginal Partnerships, including the Partnership Accord Leadership Table and Métis Nation-IH Leadership Table.
8. Work collaboratively with Aboriginal Health Care Advocate / Collaborative Health Coordinator positions, as per the recommendation from the In Plain Sight Report.
9. Navigating complex work and political environments to define and determine Health Authority needs and services.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer a total compensation package! We have one of the best benefit package and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive (defined benefit) employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

If this sounds like a perfect opportunity for you, apply today!


Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry

Education, Training and Experience:

• Bachelors Degree in a Clinical Area or related field
• Graduate Degree in Indigenous Studies, Health Leadership, or a related field preferred
• 5-7 Years of recent, related experience.

Skills and Abilities:

• Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with diverse populations, incorporating diverse perspectives, values, and approaches into planning.
• Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze situations and problems such that viable solutions are found. Approach challenges and complexities from a systems perspective.
• Demonstrated ability to guide individuals toward the vision while maintaining group cohesion, motivation, commitment and effectiveness. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.
• Demonstrated ability to introduce and manage purposeful change that is consistent with the mission, vision, values, and operating principles of IH.
• Demonstrated ability to identify strategies and opportunities in a dynamic environment that leads to identified outcomes.
• Ability to utilize computerized software/hardware technology within a Windows environment.

**Please Note**

We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.


Starting salary is approximately from $77,800 to $87,500 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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