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Indigenous Cultural Safety Practice Lead

Position Summary

Salary Range:

Salary range for the position is $88990 to $127923. Interior Health establishes salaries within the minimum and maximum of the salary range based on consideration of the qualifications, experience of the applicant, and an internal equity review of the salaries of other employees.

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health (IH) is looking for a permanent full time Indigenous Cultural Safety Practice Lead to join our team. The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within British Columbia.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

• An attractive remuneration package
• Excellent career prospects
• Employer paid training/education
• Employer paid vacation
• Medical Service Plan
• Employer paid insurance premiums
• Extended Health & Dental coverage
• Municipal Pension Plan
• Work-life balance

How will you create an impact?

The Practice Lead will design strategy, set standard and direction for programs and initiatives that fall within the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility program and Indigenous Partnerships portfolio; the Indigenous Lead collaborates with other portfolios to ensure the seamless integration of person-centered services. The Practice Lead assesses and identifies critical issues and opportunities in health care and the incumbent will develop strategic recommendations for leadership to advance key Indigenous Health and Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility initiatives. Crucial to the success of the position is the ability to analyze and consolidate Ministry of Health and Interior Health objectives, develop strong partnerships with Indigenous communities and health leaders, and lead change initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for Indigenous people in the interior.

This position will lead and manage a variety of strategic initiatives, support IH program and operational leadership in engaging with Nation, community and Indigenous partners to facilitate ongoing collaboration and effective implementation of joint priorities.

The incumbent will be expected to understand the portfolio’s “big picture” by:
• Keeping pace with changes by scanning the environment for the relevant trends and developments affecting the portfolio’s programs.
• Demonstrating the ability to identify strategic issues and collaborate with appropriate partners across IH to assess the situation and alternatives.
• Being updated on current IH, Strategic Provincial and Federal initiatives, and providing advice to IH leadership.
• Building collaborative integrative partnerships across IH that can champion and build momentum for strategic change.
• Supporting partners including strategic plans execution, strategic process improvements, and communication.
• Monitoring input and enhancing performance metrics, continual and annual performance improvement, and planning of program strategic direction.
• Responding to changes in the global health care environment and participating in various ad-hoc projects as directed including guidance on process and methodology.
• Possessing a depth and breadth of knowledge to successfully implement strategies across the continuum of all programs and departments within IH.

Some key duties:

Taking direction from strategic priorities and leading the planning and development of program and initiatives that includes and consolidates:
• Researching Canadian and international standards.
• Existing and emerging regulatory direction.
• Evidence-based practices.
• Emerging innovative practices into core and supplementary planning documents for a diverse range of programming areas across all IH portfolios in collaboration with Indigenous partners.

Using a wide range of skills and abilities, the incumbent is responsible for generating innovative solutions and designing complex integration frameworks that affect multiple programs and services by:
• Conducting environmental scans that identify gaps and/or issues within assigned areas of specialty or in support of the larger portfolio and making recommendations for change, risk mitigation, quality improvement, etc.
• Collaborating with Indigenous community partners and IH content experts to identify, design, and address gaps that exist.
• Researching, developing, and implementing plans to address emerging priorities of care as for issues where no current program or structure exists.

Program Planning/Interpretation of Policy
The Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Program strives to create meaningful person and family-centered care in programs and services that produce positive patient outcomes. Lead and support the development of processes, procedures, and systems to support population level assessment and evaluation of a range of programs and services that promote successful seamless integration including:
• Regular monitoring, improvement and planning using continuous quality improvement methodologies by program area of expertise.
• Participating in the development of Indigenous Partnerships work planning and reporting processes to support improved health outcomes in collaboration with community and IH partners.
• Monitoring and responding to changing health status needs. Collecting, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data to monitor program outcomes and identify emerging issues and trends.
• Providing meaningful input into business alignment plans.
• Identifying the need for promoting and facilitating research within Interior Health.

Engagement and Liaison
Fostering and maintaining effective relationships with a broad range of internal partners, First Nation and Métis community health leaders and urban and away Indigenous service providers, to further the achievement of Nation, Interior Health, and Ministry of Health goals, objectives, and performance measures including:
• Liaising with internal partners, interested parties, programs, and portfolios.
• Representing the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility program, vision, or direction on internal committees.
• Liaising with First Nation, Métis and urban and away Indigenous health leaders regarding current and emerging program direction.
• Providing leadership to local First Nation and Métis Letter of Understanding (LOU) committees comprised of Nation and IH administrator and managers.
• Representing IH on external committees at the regional and provincial level as IH representative.
• Mentoring; educating; community capacity building; and increasing understanding, support and acceptance of future directions.

Drawing upon a breadth and depth of knowledge, the incumbent will promote integration of the strategic priorities of Indigenous Partnerships by:
• Assisting in the development of priorities for Integration.
• Ensuring competing priorities are mediated.
• Ensuring programs with Indigenous Partnerships and the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility program are linked, and where possible, established as a strategic priority.
• Fostering collaborative working relationships that are solution-focused.

Program Specialists
Provides guidance and leadership for Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility-related initiatives within the Indigenous Partnerships portfolio and across the organization including:
• Leading implementation of emerging Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility initiatives across IH.
• Establishing standards and benchmarks.
• Developing and monitoring Indigenous-specific policy.
• Developing and or approving education modules for a wide array of programming areas.
• On-going monitoring and evaluation of Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility programs and initiatives.

Functional Integration Resource Management
Responsible for ensuring the strategic alignment and functional integration of resources that promotes quality patient-centered care and seamless delivery of service between IH portfolios and Indigenous partners. This includes:

Promoting linkages between acute, community and tertiary integration by:
• Analyzing structure and service design linkages and recommending changes to the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Corporate Director.
• Designing inter-disciplinary teams and multi-disciplinary teams.
• Promoting re-alignment of resources.
• Exchanging knowledge of gaps in service.
• Establishing and participating on Local and Regional Working Groups.

Promoting alignment with Host Nation, Métis and urban and away Indigenous community partners by:
• Developing goals and monitoring progress towards joint health plans.
• Supporting joint tables and priority planning activities.
• Ensuring that contracted services are aligned with the overall vision and direction of the Indigenous Partnerships Portfolio.
• Establishing standards and measurable outcomes for contracted services.

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!

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 Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).


Education, Training and Experience
• A Bachelors degree in a clinical area, supplemented by Master’s degree in a clinical specialty of health related discipline.
• Five (5) to seven (7) years of recent, related experience.
• Or an equivalent combination of 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 Indigenous Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process and/or career exploration, send your question(s) via email to 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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