Lead, Aboriginal Emergency Response

Posted On June 22, 2022
  • Category: External Postings
  • End Date: March 31, 2023
  • Status: Open


Community :KELOWNA

Position Summary

Interior Health is hiring a term specific full time Lead, Aboriginal Emergency Response to join their team until March 31, 2023.

In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization, the Lead, Aboriginal Emergency Response will coordinate and facilitate the planning, implementation, and maintenance of Aboriginal Emergency Response efforts in Interior Health (IH). The work will be a critical intersection of the Health Emergency Management BC Interior region team, Aboriginal Health & Wellness, Clinical Operations, and external partners including First Nations Health Authority. The Lead will work closely with internal and external leaders and key stakeholders to facilitate effective partnered response to emergencies impacting Aboriginal partners and communities.

The Lead will focus on health emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery with a targeted population of Aboriginal peoples and communities. The Lead will work with external partners to collaboratively develop information sharing pathways, clinical resources and tools, and create spaces for crucial dialogue on equity-based response. The Lead develops reports, both for emergency situations and lessons learned in the recovery phase, for timely and effective implementation of decisions and continuous quality improvement.


As a member of the Aboriginal Health & Wellness team, the Lead, Aboriginal Emergency Response will work across the portfolio and engage internal and external partners to prepare, respond, recover, and improve health emergency management and equity-based response with Aboriginal populations. This is achieved by:

1. Working with internal and external partners to develop meaningful health emergency management approaches and response processes. Partners include but are not limited to:
o First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
o Interior region First Nations and First Nation communities
o Métis Nation BC (MNBC) and Métis Chartered Communities
o Urban Aboriginal health service organizations and Friendship Centres
o Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC)
o Ministry of Health

2. Provides leadership and specialized expertise to support Interior region Aboriginal population and First Nation community planning and operational readiness in the area of health emergency management.

3. Provides a link between Aboriginal communities and Interior Health services and supports navigation of the provincial healthcare system and Interior Health, the FHNA, HEMBC, and Indigenous Services Canada, where applicable. Provides information regarding access to Aboriginal-specific programs and services, such as Aboriginal Patient Navigators, Health Coordinators, or Nation-based resources.

4. Utilizes standard project management methodology and a collaborative approach to develop, schedules, timelines, and specific processes for accomplishing the required emergency management preparedness and planning.

5. Cultivates and fosters culturally safe relationships in order to develop comprehensive Aboriginal health emergency management plans with input from key stakeholders.

6. Identifies gaps, emerging issues and new developments and makes recommendations regarding improvements to Aboriginal Emergency Response to portfolio leadership.

7. Develops and maintains Aboriginal emergency response guidelines, templates, and pathways; and makes recommendations for action.

8. Provides research support for best practice and change management initiatives to support improvements.

9. Creates communication plans, communicates, and presents information clearly and concisely to key stakeholders, physicians, staff, and managers.

10. Contributes to the development of, and facilitates the implementation and evaluation of program specific goals and objectives, standards and policies, ensuring consistency with the established standards and Interior Health policy.

11. Collaborates with the management team to ensure that systems of continuous learning are in place to provide staff with the opportunity to remain current with best practices in accordance with applicable standards and service requirements.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer a total compensation package! We have one of the best benefit package and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive (defined benefit) employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

If this sounds like a perfect opportunity for you, apply today!


Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry

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 including experience in health emergency management and Aboriginal engagement and partnership

Skills and Abilities:

• Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with diverse populations, incorporating diverse perspectives, values, and approaches into planning.
• Demonstrated ability to organize work, simultaneously handle multiple projects, balance multiple priorities, and manage challenging and competing demands within a limited timeframe.
• Creatively plan and promote new program and service delivery models.
• Demonstrated analytical, statistical, research, and indicator development skills.
• Ability to work with health information technology, applying advanced computer skills to access and analyse all data and information related to priority areas.
• Knowledge of the principles and processes related to quality improvement.
• Superior written and verbal communication abilities and independent problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.
• Knowledge of project and change management processes, project development, and implementation.
• Proven leadership skills working with diverse groups of people. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships and collaborate with key participants across a range of stakeholders.
• Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.
• Ability to travel throughout the region.
• A class 5 BC Driver’s License.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position