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Lead | Indigenous Partnerships | Capital Planning & Projects

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health is looking for a permanent full time Lead, Indigenous Partnerships - Capital Planning and Projects to join our Indigenous Engagement team!

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

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.

How will you create an impact?

The Lead, Indigenous Partnerships - Capital Planning and Projects (the ‘Lead’) will design strategy, set standard and direction, and act as an advisor for Indigenous engagement related to Capital Planning and Projects led by Interior Health. Assessing and identifying critical issues and opportunities in capital project planning and execution, the incumbent will develop strategic recommendations for leadership to advance key Indigenous initiatives. Crucial to the success of the position is the ability to develop strong partnerships with Indigenous communities and health leaders.

This position will support the Capital Planning and Projects department to engage with First Nation, Métis, and urban Indigenous partners in the Interior region, related to Capital Planning and Projects and in alignment with the rest of the Indigenous Engagement team to facilitate ongoing collaboration in creating safer, more accessible spaces for Indigenous peoples to access health care.

The Lead will specifically seek to action Recommendation 10 of the In Plain Sight Report, that design of hospital facilities in B.C. include partnership with local Indigenous peoples and the Nations on whose territories these facilities are located, so that health authorities create culturally-appropriate, dedicated physical spaces in health facilities for ceremony and cultural protocol, and visibly include Indigenous artwork, signage and territorial acknowledgement throughout these facilities.

In alignment with IH’s Occupational Health & Safety Program, maintain a healthy and safe work environment through complying with and implementing applicable Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, responding to requests from WSBC, identifying hazards and communicating risks, ensuring compliance with employee training, conducting effective incident investigations and implementing required corrective actions.

What will you work on:

Program & Service Area:
As a member of the Indigenous Engagement team, the Lead will lead the partnerships and engagement for the Indigenous Partnerships portfolio that aligns with Ministry of Health directive, IH Strategic Priorities, and internal and external accountabilities. This is achieved by:

• Working with internal and external partners to develop meaningful engagement strategies with all Indigenous partner groups:
a) First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
b) Interior region First Nations and First Nation communities
c) Métis Nation BC and Métis Chartered Communities
d) Urban Indigenous health service organizations and Friendship Centres
e) Indigenous patient partners and Patient Voices Network
• Work collaboratively with Capital Planning and Projects department to engage Indigenous partners to design health care facilities and spaces across Interior Health to be culturally safe, accessible, and relevant to the local Nations and Indigenous peoples accessing the space for care.
• Review partner feedback and local Indigenous design guides to ensure input is consistently embedded into project planning on an ongoing basis.
• Work with the Capital Planning and Projects department to identify opportunities to support Indigenous vendors and contractors in IH procurement processes.
• Develop engagement tools that enable the Capital Planning and Projects department to meaningfully engage Indigenous partners in Capital Project planning and execution.
• Work collaboratively with the Lead, Capital Projects Communications to ensure consistent, proactive, and fulsome communication with Indigenous partners on capital projects at all stages of the project, as able.
• Support the Manager, Indigenous Engagement to attend key partner leadership tables, in coordination with the Corporate Director, Indigenous Health and Wellness and VP, Indigenous Partnerships, including the Partnership Accord Leadership Table and Métis Nation-IH Leadership Table.
• Work collaboratively with Indigenous Health Care Advocate positions, as per the recommendation from the In Plain Sight Report.
• Navigating complex work and political environments to define and determine Health Authority needs and services.

• Creates a work environment that supports a climate of mutual respect, open communication, teamwork, collaboration, shared learning, innovation, and cultural and psychological safety.
• Promotes a spirit of inquiry and innovation within the delivery of services with a quality improvement and change management approach.
• 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.
• Promotes IH vision, mission, values, and strategic direction.

Relationship Building:
• Builds and maintains effective working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external partners (e.g. Divisions of Family Practice, patients, First Nation and Metis partners, physicians, and community agencies) that are critical to the development and delivery of programs within the assigned areas of responsibility.
• Leads and participates on various committees/working groups as required that are related to the delivery of the IH program/service.
• Promotes positive interactions between staff and public.

Quality Improvement:
• Co-develops and monitors quality improvement initiatives for assigned areas and standardization with other IH communities/services as practical.
• Ensures a process for reviewing and responding to partner feedback.
• Identifies potential risks and applies mitigation strategies.

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:

• Bachelors Degree in a Clinical Area or related field
• Graduate Degree in Indigenous Studies, Health Leadership, or a related field preferred
• 5-7 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, M?tis 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, M?tis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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