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Corporate Director, Aboriginal Health & Wellness

Interior Health Authority

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted July 15, 2021.

Job title :CORPORATE DIRECTOR, ABORIGINAL HEALTH & WELLNESS Community :FLEXIBLE Facility :FLEXIBLE Status :PERMANENT FULL TIME Position Summary Interior Health Authority is on a journey towards reconciliation.

As a collective, the Interior Health (IH) team acknowledges the traditional territories on which they work, live and play including the lands of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples.

Interior Health is committed to working with First Nations and Métis Nation British Columbia to plan and deliver culturally sensitive health-care services and to deliver on its goal of Improving Health and Wellness.

Reporting directly to the Vice President Aboriginal Partnerships, the Corporate Director, Aboriginal Health & Wellness provides leadership and support to strategic and operational planning, implementation, coordination, relationship building and evaluation of Aboriginal Health & Wellness in Interior Health and across the Interior region.

Working in close collaboration with Aboriginal Partners and other relevant internal/external stakeholders, the Corporate Director guides the approach of incorporating and embedding an Aboriginal lens across IH’s health system design, service delivery, evaluation, and organization approaches and practices.

The Corporate Director interprets and translates provincial mandates, IH-wide directions, and portfolio priorities into operational strategies, while working collaboratively with leaders across Clinical Operations to ensure organization-wide capacity is strengthened and a culturally safe, respectful and racism-free organization evolves.

The Corporate Director provides strategic leadership to a core team and works closely with leaders at various levels throughout the organization to advance Aboriginal Health & Wellness.

Some typical responsibilities:
• Collaborates with the Vice President Aboriginal Partnerships (VP AP) and Aboriginal Health team in the ongoing development of the Aboriginal health & Wellness Strategic Plan.

• Leads and oversees the implementation of the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Strategic Plan, enhancing Aboriginal Partners involvement in health system design, service delivery, and evaluation.

• Creates and sustains an effective network of Aboriginal leaders, senior health care leaders, physicians, health care staff, partner organizations, government representatives, other Health Authority colleagues to support the integration of community engagement and partnership development approaches in decision making.

• Leads and oversees strategies, plans and frameworks that build and foster relationships, partnerships, and engagement with Aboriginal Partners.

• Promotes and maintains relationship external to Interior Health including: First Nations Health Authority; First Nations individuals and communities; Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC); Metis and Inuit communities, individuals and organizations; Indigenous-serving organization: and other government and non-governmental leadership.

• Establishes or contributes to the development of necessary organizational consultative, advisory and/or steering structures within Interior Health that support genuine, meaningful and sustained Aboriginal patient, client, resident, family and community engagement.

• Participates in short and long-term organizational and strategic planning, establishing relevant organizational priorities where applicable.

• Develops and implements plans to enhance engagement capacity with Aboriginal Partners through the development of policies, practices, programs, training and tools.

• Co-chairs the Partnership Accord Technical Table (PATT) and participates at the Partnership Accord Leadership Table (PALT) on a regular basis.

• Oversees the Letter of Understanding (LOU) approach with Aboriginal Partners and its ongoing evaluation.

• In consultation with VP AP, provides oversight for all reporting requirements, including external and internal, for the Aboriginal Partnerships portfolio.

• Establishes strong working relationships and partners internally to develop and operationalize strategies and plans in order to improve local and organizational systems and service delivery for Aboriginal clients.

• Builds influence and trust with leaders, medical staff, employees, partners and other stakeholders through effective communication and negotiation in support of the program’s activities.

Meets regularly with IH leaders to identify and review related work.

Participates in IH initiatives across portfolios aimed at serving Aboriginal Peoples.

• Identifies strategies to actively build leadership capacity within the organization towards improved wellness, cultural safety, and reconciliation.

• Establishes or contributes to the development of necessary organizational consultative, advisory and/or steering structures within (and with external partners) that support genuine, meaningful and sustained Aboriginal community engagement.

• Identifies and supports the involvement of appropriate Aboriginal representation (internal and external) to sit on working groups, providing consultative advice to project design and execution.

• Engages and seeks collaboration with local, provincial and national leaders in Aboriginal engagement to inform strategy and practice, gaining an understanding of trends and developments and how they may impact IH, our clients, and our partners.

• Participates on organizational, local and provincial committees representing the organization and the program, with Aboriginal Health leaders and partner organizations, including health authorities, local government, provincial government and community organizations.

• Leads the completion of business cases, operational reviews, needs assessments and environmental scans to identify viable organizational objectives, directions and options.

• Keeps informed about evolving Aboriginal health trends and practices, shares knowledge and supports to integrate evidence-based practice in the delivery of quality care/services.

• Identifies and ensures the expedited resolution to problems or barriers to enable successful completion and sustainment of initiatives.

Understands and develops contingencies to manage the related risks of initiatives.

• Reports out on program activities, including project(s) updates, annual reports, committee(s) updates and other reports as required.

• Provides leadership to the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Team, including Aboriginal Health & Wellness Practice Leads.

• Recruits, selects, hires and manages staff and contractors as needed.

Monitors and conducts performance evaluations, recommends training and development, undertakes disciplinary action if required including termination, and ensures mission-driven recognition strategies are in place.

• Manages contractual relationships with external consultants as required.

• Manages within approved budgets and makes resource recommendations.

• Performs other related duties as required.

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Apply today Qualifications
• A Masters degree, preferably in Business or Health Administration with specific education in the areas of administration/leadership, healthcare systems, and/or project management.

• Ten to fifteen years of recent, related experience including two years in a healthcare role with experience in the areas of leadership, strategic initiative development and implementation, system planning, financial and information management, and change management.

• Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.