Who are we looking for?
Interior Health is looking for a permanent full time Aboriginal Cultural Safety Educator to join our team!
The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within British Columbia.
How will you create an impact?
The Aboriginal Cultural Safety Educator is responsible for developing and implementing Interior Health’s cultural safety framework in a way that is relevant to the values and strategic direction of the organization, with the goal of enhancing the organization’s capacity to deliver health services in a culturally safe manner.
The Aboriginal Cultural Safety Educator participates in the development of an IH-wide education plan and leads the facilitation of cultural safety education. As a resource to IH staff, the Educator provides consultation and direction to address specific cultural safety issues; participates in the development of guidelines, systems, and instruments to support the achievement and maintenance of cultural safety throughout the continuum of health services; and collaborates with colleagues in other disciplines to ensure appropriate staff development and participation in education and cultural safety initiatives.
The Educator will work collaboratively with the Aboriginal Health Program, the Aboriginal community partners, and other internal/external stakeholders to lead the organization to meet its goal of enhancing Aboriginal people’s access to IH services. Patient and staff safety is a priority and responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Some Key Duties may include:
• Participates in the education planning and reporting, and the development of systems, curriculum, educational tools, instruments, and guidelines for achieving and maintaining cultural safety throughout the continuum of health services.
• Provides organization-wide education planning and program-specific training that supports IH’s commitment to deliver services in a manner that is perceived by recipients as being culturally safe.
• Organizes and facilitates cultural safety education events in collaboration with local, internal, and external partners. Effectively facilitates dialogue, identifies potential crisis responses, assesses situations, and manages conflict within an emotionally-charged and cross-racial dynamic, utilizing specialized skills and knowledge.
• Leads the identification of needs and development of resource material to ensure appropriate staff development and participation in the education and cultural safety initiatives within IH portfolios.
• Acts as a resource to IH staff, providing coaching, mentoring, subject matter expertise, and recommendations on specific questions or issues that arise relating to cultural safety.
• Collaborates with IH colleagues in other programs, other provincial Health Authorities, government partners, and Aboriginal community partners.
• Develops, implements, and supports strategies to address IH’s strategic direction and priorities of the Aboriginal Health program’s strategic plan.
• Collaborates with IH programs and Aboriginal community partners/organizations to support the development of Aboriginal/IH relationships at the community level.
• Performs other relates duties as required.
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:
• A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning or a related discipline.
• Three to five years of recent, related experience in coaching, mentoring, training, conflict resolution, and provision of facilitation of indigenous cultural competency curriculum and training, including education plans, evaluation, and reporting. These experiences will include working for an Aboriginal organization that included interacting and developing relationships with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities as well as government agencies and Ministries, along with extensive understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and, specifically, First Nations culture within IH.
Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to assess and manage conflict in environments that are often cross-cultural, emotionally-charged, and deal with complex learning.
• Ability to work in Aboriginal communities and build relationships.
• Ability to lead, problem-solve, and utilize team building skills.
• Ability to be self-directed and work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Ability to deal with cultural issues sensitively.
• Ability to design education plans, including educational materials and resources, and lesson plans.
• Ability to teach, coach, and mentor all levels of care providers.
• Ability to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
• Ability to extensively travel throughout the Health Authority. Driver’s license required.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Starting salary is approximately from $67,800 to $97,500 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.