Aboriginal Employment Advisor (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health has an exciting opportunity for a term specific full time Aboriginal Employment Advisor to join our team until May 31, 2023.

Are you passionate about supporting Aboriginal job seekers? Do you have experience with job coaching? Then this is the position for you!

The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within British Columbia.

Travel is a requirement of this position.

How will you create an impact?

The Aboriginal Employment Advisor fulfils an integral role in implementing Interior Health’s (IH’s) Aboriginal HR Strategy across the Interior region. Provides application and job-readiness coaching to candidates and new employees; communicates with Aboriginal communities and organizations to promote IH’s workforce needs; proposes, develops, and implements initiatives to support positive Aboriginal employee workplace experiences; and participates in a variety of activities in support of the Aboriginal HR Plan including assistance with development of culturally sensitive promotional and communication materials, promotion of candidate and employee self-identification, measurement of Aboriginal employee experiences, collating and reporting data, and representing IH at related functions.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Provides coaching to Aboriginal applicants and employees in preparation for application and interview to IH’s vacancies. Coaches select applicants and employees from career exploration, to job search strategy, to on-boarding and succeeding in an existing or new role. Supports Aboriginal candidate job search in a practical way, including performing mock interviews and guidance regarding resumes, cover letter, and self-branding.
• Answers Aboriginal applicant and employee questions concerning details about different career paths. Delivers and arranges for seminars and workshops to educate Aboriginal peoples who are exploring a healthcare career path on options available. Facilitates or arranges for workshops on a broad variety of career-development and workplace culture topics.
• In conjunction with the Aboriginal Recruiter, develops and implements tactics to increase the profile of IH to Aboriginal communities, employment agencies and other Aboriginal-serving organizations. Undertakes to engage and partner with Aboriginal stakeholders around employment initiatives and to attract Aboriginal people to the spectrum of employment opportunities within IH.
• Advocates for internal and external resources to support job readiness of Aboriginal candidates, and to measure and improve the work-life experience of Aboriginal employees. Assists with exploring local, provincial and national funding sources and partnerships that might advance the IH Aboriginal HR Strategy.
• Participates in initiatives that promote diversity and Aboriginal cultural awareness within the organization in collaboration with Recruitment, Aboriginal Health and other departments.
• Assists in the development of culturally sensitive employment materials targeting Aboriginal applicants and employees.
• Promotes Aboriginal self-identification to Aboriginal job seekers and employees to support reporting metrics.
• Alongside the Recruitment Team, represents the organization at events such as Aboriginal career fairs, on-campus recruiting and other community functions.
• Performs administrative duties such as follow-up communications and documentation/data tracking, case management, periodic reports, and activity updates.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects await the right candidate. We offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we also 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 employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

Make a difference. Love your work. Apply today!

Why Interior Health is a Top 100 BC Employer

Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).


Education, Training, and Experience:

• A relevant undergraduate degree
• A minimum of three years of recent, related experience (e.g., experience working with Indigenous communities, experience in recruiting, experience coaching/supporting employment skills, experience in writing proposals/reports)

Skills and Abilities:

• Extensive knowledge of Aboriginal communities and resources, ideally those in BC’s interior region.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the success factors for Indigenous cultural competency as gained through education, training and/or experience
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills coupled with the ability to write or edit high quality business documents.
• Excellent oral communication skills, facilitation skills, conflict resolution skills, public speaking ability, and active listening skills.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills along with the ability to prioritize tasks and effective decision-making ability.
• Ability to communicate in writing, including writing briefs, proposals and reports.
• Ability to take initiative; work independently and with limited supervision while being a member of a team.
• Ability to deal with personal and confidential matters appropriately.
• Computer skills and knowledge of software applications such as MS Office, database and messaging applications
• Valid Drivers' license to facilitate travel to communities across the Interior region.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position


Starting salary is approximately from $61,700 to $73,300 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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