Lead | Aboriginal Strategy & Accountability (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health’s Aboriginal Strategy & Accountability team is growing and we are looking for THREE permanent full time Leads, Aboriginal Strategy & Accountability to join our team!

The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within the Interior Health region.

How will you create an impact?

The Lead is responsible and accountable for ensuring the design and implementation of Interior Health (IH) and Aboriginal partners joint priorities and initiatives are culturally safe, accessible and appropriate. The incumbent will lead implementation of key tactics within the IH Aboriginal Health & Wellness Strategy (AHWS) by collaborating with key IH Vice President (VP) portfolios and engaging with Aboriginal partners (First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), First Nations, Métis Nation BC (MNBC), and urban Aboriginal service providers). Crucial to the success of the position is the ability to develop strong working relationships with IH leaders and Aboriginal partners to lead change initiatives to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people in the interior.

As a member of the Aboriginal Partnerships Strategy & Accountability team, the Lead is responsible for collaborating with several IH Vice President (VP) leadership teams to advance key initiatives and/or support priority populations to implement the IH AHWS. The Lead will project manage and support several VP portfolios to ensure IH programs, services and initiatives are culturally safe and accessible, assuring Aboriginal perspectives are at the forefront of program planning and service delivery. The Lead will be an integral part of advancing the cross organizational accountability for Aboriginal Health within IH.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Collaborates with internal IH VP leadership teams to lead, support and project manage key initiatives to implement the IH AHWS.
• Leads the project design and planning of key initiatives within the scope of assigned IH VP Portfolios to advance the implementation of the IH AHWS.
• Leads and supports the implementation of recommendations within pivotal reports (i.e. In Plain Sight, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls).
• Supports key projects to ensure meaningful Aboriginal engagement informs program planning, service delivery and project implementation.
• Empowers IH leaders to advance support for initiatives aimed at improving Aboriginal health outcomes and leadership’s understanding of the Aboriginal worldview to enable systems transformation within IH.
• Completes status reports for key activities to meet internal and external reporting requirements.
• Attends key internal VP leadership committees and external Aboriginal joint tables including the Partnership Accord Leadership Table, Métis Nation-IH Leadership Table, and IH-Nation Letter of Understanding Joint Committees.
• Partners with the Aboriginal Partnerships Engagement team and various Aboriginal partner groups (e.g., FNHA, Interior region First Nations and First Nation communities, MNBC and Métis Chartered Communities, Urban Aboriginal health service organizations and Friendship Centres, Aboriginal patient partners and Patient Voices Network) to ensure services, programs and projects are culturally safe, accessible and relevant for Aboriginal peoples.
• Ensures coordination and integration of services with other IH programs and identifies opportunities for enhancement that will improve service delivery to clients/communities within the assigned area of responsibility.
• Creates a work environment that supports a climate of mutual respect, open communication, teamwork, collaboration, shared learning, innovation, and cultural and psychological safety.
• Demonstrates the ability to be a self-starter and anticipate what needs to be completed to advance team goals.
• Promotes a spirit of inquiry and innovation within the delivery of services with a quality improvement and change management approach.
• 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.

Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. 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:

• Bachelors Degree in Indigenous Studies, a clinical discipline, Business Administration 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.


Starting salary is approximately from $80,900 to $116,300 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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