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Competition #:05546803
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Position Summary

Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to our Interprof Team 1 department.

Reporting to the Health Service Administrator, Kitimat, the Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor advises and guides the Kitimat leadership team in developing and maintaining safe and respectful service practices, patient relations protocols, and support systems for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis patients and families. The Advisor develops and maintains strong links with local indigenous communities, seeking out their ongoing input and helping to build sustainable bridges between the communities and the health care leadership team. The Advisor participates in the development and updating of service policies/procedures/protocols, providing input through the lens of cultural safety and respect. The Advisor provides ongoing real-time advice on the application of NH policies, procedures and protocols as needed. The Advisor maintains active contact with various available indigenous community support services, such as translation or housing, and ensures that discharge planning clinicians are aware of, and incorporating, these services for indigenous patients/clients/families. The Advisor works with various care teams, clinical departments, and administrative service teams to inform and advise on best approaches to ee a safe and respectful service environment for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis community members and their families.

Kitimat General Hospital is a 19 acute bed hospital with a full range of services. Some services provided are emergency, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, outpatient chemotherapy clinic, physiotherapy, diabetes and chronic disease management. Regular rotation of visiting specialists in internal medicine, urology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, and radiology.

Kitimat has a population of 8,131 (2020) local residents. Kitimat offers excellent fishing, endless trails, and backcountry. People come to Kitimat to enjoy more of the things you love. Check out Kitimat where there is always something new to experience.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Relocation Incentive is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• “Loan Forgiveness Programs” are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

• Baccalaureate degree in a related discipline plus at least 7 (seven) years of increasingly responsible experience, study and training in the areas of First Nations cultural knowledge, related Indigenous language, mediation, cultural safety, trauma-informed care, problem solving, and facilitation.
• Development of these competencies and skills may come from any combination of education, training and experience such as formal education, practicum experience, study with Elders, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Preference will be given to indigenous candidates for this position.

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to engage in positive relationships with others including heath care professionals and community members.
• Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust within the local First Nations and Métis communities.
• Ability to establish a strong position of respect and trust with Northern Health care providers.
• Advanced ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Strong knowledge and understanding of local Indigenous history and culture, and also other Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
• Ability to understand and convey to others culturally safe care that is based on understanding how differences in heritage and cultural background can impact a patient's response to an illness experience and their contact with the health care system.
• Ability to prioritize and organize the daily and weekly workload.
• Ability to operating related computer/communication hardware and software.
• Physical ability to carry out the duties of position.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation’s communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.

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