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Manager | Indigenous Mental Wellness

Position Summary

Salary range for the position is $102,900 to $147,900. 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 is looking for a permanent full time Manager, Indigenous Mental Wellness to join our team.

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

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 Manager, Indigenous Mental Wellness is a member of the Mental Health & Substance Use (MHSU) Leadership Team and acts in an advisory capacity to the Network Director, MHSU in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of regional Indigenous Mental Wellness Services within the Portfolio to meet the needs of Indigenous residents of Interior Health (IH).
Working collaboratively with the MHSU Network, the Manager is responsible for the implementation and oversight of IH’s Indigenous Mental Wellness Strategy 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 Manager is strongly linked with the Corporate Director, IH Indigenous Partnerships and Practice Leads within that Portfolio. Using research, professional networks, and provincial standards and mandates, the Manager will work collaboratively with other IH portfolios to develop systems and processes that improve Indigenous Mental Wellness patient care and are operationally- and culturally-sound, providing leadership to program specialists and other content experts.

What will you work on:
• Improves meaningful access to culturally-safe, trauma-informed MHSU services; ensures MHSU services are culturally-safe and trauma-informed; engages with and collects input from Indigenous patients, their families, and communities along with MHSU providers and other organizations to develop and make improvements to programs and services; integrates alternate service delivery models that meet the needs of Indigenous patients; and ensures care is coordinated and timely.
• Organizes and facilitates cultural development and clinical capacity activities 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 environment, utilizing specialized skills and knowledge.
• Develops, implements, and supports regional strategies to address IH’s strategic direction and priorities of the Indigenous Health program.
• Collaborates with IH programs and Indigenous Community partners/organizations to support and oversee an integrated and networked health delivery system that improves the mental health status of Indigenous people in IH communities in an effective and sustainable manner.
• With other IH portfolios, provides an integrated system of MHSU care services with the following objectives:
o Achieve improved health outcomes for Indigenous patients with moderate to severe mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders.
o Provide effective access and navigation of the community-based healthcare system for Indigenous patients, families, and caregivers.
o Engage Indigenous patients, families, caregivers, and communities as full partners in health care delivery.
o Reduce per capita costs for target populations on the terms, conditions, and understandings set out in the Bilateral Agreement.
o Establish partnerships to promote mental health and prevent illness in Indigenous individuals, families, and target populations.
• Ensures the tactical regional plans, Letter of Understanding local work plans and service delivery activities are aligned and contribute to the successful achievement of the Mental Health and Substance Use strategy.
• Plans, evaluates, monitors, and reports on regional Indigenous Mental Wellness Services within the MHSU Portfolio to ensure optimal delivery of responsibilities on an ongoing basis; ensures indicators are relevant to learned outcomes.
• Works with the Division of Family Practice in ensuring that Indigenous Mental Wellness Services are sensitive to and aligned to supportive, effective, and integrated primary and community care.
• Works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to leverage expertise and capacity to better support the needs of those with mental health and substance use issues.
• Ensures that Patients Voices are fully integrated into the full spectrum of service design, delivery, and quality of care.
• Ensures the tactical planning, financial and business operations, and service delivery activities of the Program align with, contribute to successful achievement of the organization’s strategic services plan and deliverables, and are working towards ensuring public confidence in health system performance.
• Fosters an environment that embraces and supports innovation and evidence-based research to inform local decision-making and develop enhanced regional practices and protocols.
• Ensures the continued development and evaluation of a multi-year people management plan that complements IH’s strategic human resources direction for staff, volunteers, and physicians.
• Adheres to agreements and policy commitments signed or agreed to by the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the Doctors of BC and the Health Employers’ Associations of BC with respect to labor and health human resources.
• Develops and maintains relationships with key partners such as physicians, elected officials, Indigenous leaders, complimentary organizations (such as Rotary Clubs and the Chamber of Commerce), government agencies, advocacy groups, patients/ caregivers/families, and foundations. Relationships with the key partners are foundational for success and must encourage understanding and cooperation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Portfolio programs and services.
• Provides leadership for other services, programs, or projects as assigned by the Network Director, MHSU.
• Manages the communications activities within the specific terms and conditions set out by IH in support of the MoH/Public Affairs Bureau/Health Authority Communications Protocol.
• Works collaboratively with the MHSU Leadership Team, which will ensure vertical and horizontal integration, meeting the standards as set by Accreditation Canada.

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:

• Bachelor’s Degree in a health related discipline
• Seven to ten years recent, related clinical experience, including three years in a leadership role.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Current registration with the relevant professional college or association preferred.


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 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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APRIL 12, 2024

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