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Executive Director, Indigenous Health, Various Clinical Services, Administrative Operations

BC Centre of Disease Control

Vancouver, BC

The Executive Director, Indigenous Health, is responsible for a designated PHSA Program or Service area and reports directly to its Chief Operating Officer(COO)/Vice President (VP) with matrix reporting to the Vice-President, Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety (IH&CS). The Executive Director (ED) is accountable for leading an Indigenous Health (IH) program and for providing executive-level leadership to further the overall enhancement, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the designated Program and overall PHSA IH&CS strategic direction. The position provides strategic Indigenous thought leadership to planning by practicing ‘Speak Up culture’ and supporting work to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination at systemic, structural and interpersonal levels to make impactful change, including at the point of care, and to enhance cultural safety for Indigenous patients, families and staff. Provides leadership and management expertise in senior Indigenous cultural safety practice and programming, and in developing leading-edge strategies that effectively support the delivery of the highest quality services to the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia, utilizing a distinctions-based approach.

The ED leads work to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination, disrupt and dismantle white supremacy throughout the organization, and enhance Indigenous culturally safe care. Develops the portfolio’s internal partnerships and maintenance of strong working relationships to ensure a consistent strategy; implements, coordinates and integrates IH strategies and initiatives; supports direct service delivery for health service improvements, including at the point of care. The position works with the COO/VP on building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships, collaborates with, and supports the senior leadership team of the portfolio and the PHSA Indigenous Health senior leadership team. The ED drives the cultivation of collaborative relationships between the portfolio and corporate portfolios of People and Culture, Finance and other internal PHSA business services. The position leads the program’s IH team that is involved in service delivery to provide for a safe space for Indigenous patients, families and staff, strategic level dialogue related to IH, and planning and support of leadership development and coaching. Develops and maintains liaison and advisory relationships with Indigenous partners and collaborates with a variety of community-based agencies and programs throughout B.C.

The ED engages provincially with leaders at regional health authorities, Indigenous partner organizations and communities, Ministry personnel, and the portfolio’s senior leadership and PHSA IH staff to discuss new trends, initiatives, and policy directions. The ED functions as the primary IH representative providing Indigenous thought leadership on various internal and external initiatives, advisory groups and/or committees. The position is responsible for building the strength of their leadership team in eliminating Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination and contributing to the broader PHSA IH portfolio. Drives the development, implementation and evaluation of appropriate portfolio policies and procedures; ensures alignment, consistency and standardization of policy and practices with the PHSA IH team; and ensures that strategies are aligned with the overall PHSA business needs, strategic direction, and mandates. The ED models the PHSA values of respecting people, being compassionate, daring to innovate, cultivating partnerships, and serving with purpose. The Executive Director embodies and models the Coast Salish Teachings with their Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues.


What you’ll do

  • Informs the direction of the portfolio with a critical Indigenous-specific anti-racism approach encompassing an understanding of the harms experienced by Indigenous people in settler colonial institutions, the structure of whiteness embedded in health care and lived experience as an Indigenous person to contextualize the impacts.
  • Makes key contributions to overall IH strategies across PHSA; works vertically within the designated PHSA Program or Service, works horizontally with other senior leadership colleagues, and closely with the Executive Leadership Team. Holds the portfolio ecosystem accountable for clear measurable priorities to demonstrate progress against the In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care report recommendations and recommendations from other foundational documents.
  • Advances Indigenous Health and wellness from a rights-based perspective consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as affirmed by the provincial Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and Action Plan.
  • Leads internal partnerships to support direct service delivery to address health service improvement at point of care to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination and enhance culturally safe care in the PHSA program or service.
  • Supports and collaborates with the portfolio’s senior leadership team and partners with leadership colleagues such as clinical service delivery and public health and wellness programs and services. Provides expert advice and consultation to the Program’s or Service’s Senior Leadership Team with respect to identifying ongoing and emerging health needs and systemic health service barriers for Indigenous patients, families and staff.
  • Leads the portfolio’s internal Indigenous Health team, including those in direct service delivery, to provide a safe environment for Indigenous patients, families and staff.
  • Initiates strategic level dialogue and planning and supports leadership development and coaching. Maintains a dotted line of reporting to the VP Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety.
  • Promotes Indigenous-specific anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility education and training. Works towards organizational change to constructively disrupt white supremacy, to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination in their health care area. Navigates barriers and resistance to change.

What you bring

Qualifications   

  • Pursuant to section 42 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous Ancestry. We invite applicants to self-identify within their cover letter and/or resume.
  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in a related discipline supplemented by a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively more senior experience with a minimum of five (5) years at a leadership level.
  • Leadership capabilities in the areas of leading self, engaging others, driving change, achieving results, developing coalitions and system transformation are required.

You will also have 

  • Ability to inform the direction of the portfolio with a critical Indigenous-specific anti-racism approach encompassing an understanding of the harms experienced by Indigenous people in settler colonial institutions, the structure of Whiteness embedded in health care and lived experience as an Indigenous person to contextualize the impacts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Canadian colonial impacts on Indigenous Peoples in social and health contexts, supported by significant knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
  • Lived experience, knowledge and appreciation of the unique history, cultures, and rights of Indigenous Peoples in B.C.
  • Solid understanding of wise/best practices and policies for areas of specialty.
  • Expertise to define and guide individuals and groups towards a vision while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change and decision-making at senior levels of an organization.
  • Able to respond to the needs of partners while being aware of the impact of actions on a system.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Wage: 
$137,035 - $196,988 /year

Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 
Monday-Friday; 08:00-16:00/08:30-16:30

Requisition # 157187E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC. 

BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of December 20, 2023. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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