Director, Aboriginal Mental Wellness & Substance Use

Community / Organization: 
Vancouver Coastal Health
Posting Date: 
Friday, September 18, 2020
Closing Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Vancouver, BC
Job Status: 
Full Time

The role:

Reporting to the Aboriginal Health Executive Director, the Director, Aboriginal Mental Wellness & Substance Use will be responsible for developing, planning, implementing and overseeing policies for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Mental Wellness & Substance Use Strategy. This is an opportunity to provide leadership, support and direction in the successful development and implementation of Aboriginal Mental Wellness & Substance Use initiatives that are both culturally safe and align with Aboriginal practices and organizational priorities.

You will provide oversight and direction to the virtual Indigenous Mental Health team that supports the 14 Indigenous communities across health authority. You will provide leadership and consultation to advance organizational strategic priorities in Mental Wellness & Substance Use that prioritize the implementation of programs that will improve the wellness of Aboriginal people throughout Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community of Care.

This complex but rewarding role is responsible for providing clear direction for the culturally safe provision of care for Aboriginal clients using Mental Health and Substance Use (MSHU) programs and services in all Vancouver Coastal Health facilities; provide leadership to Mental Health Specialists and other external and internal leasers that will support the ongoing provision and implementation of no only culturally safe but relevant Mental Wellness & Substance Use services for Aboriginal clients that is culturally safe and appropriate .

Who we are:

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.

Why VCH:
• The chance to work with our inspiring and skilled health care teams
• Competitive compensation & benefits package
• Vancouver consistently ranks high as one of the most "liveable" cities
• Supportive leadership & organizational integrity
• A positive, productive, & reputable organizational culture
• Work-life balance
• Professional development
• An organization with advanced clinical technology & state-of-the-art facilities
• One of Canada’s top funded & innovative research institutes
• A “People First” commitment to both staff & clients

• In depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada
• In depth knowledge of Mental Wellness  healthcare issues both current and future
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to do guide and facilitate change as well as anticipated future change in service delivery and develop strategies that optimize resource to improve efficiency and quality of care.
• Demonstrated highly specialized skills in assessing and managing conflict and communication in often cross cultural, emotionally charged, and complex learning environments.
• Demonstrated ability to work in Aboriginal communities and build positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
• Makes independent decisions using analytical and problem solving skills while remaining calm, alert and high-functioning in stressful situations. 
•  Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of complex health care operations, and department’s goals and objectives to deliver strategic communications. 
•  Applies and shares strategic knowledge about aboriginal culture and priorities to build partnerships, understanding and advance quality improvement. 
•  Uses broad knowledge of the aboriginal community’s social, political and economic environment in the provision of strategic advice to stakeholders across VCH relating to government, community and media communications. 
• Applies solid knowledge of best practice business methods to help advance Aboriginal culture, executive communications, executive engagement with frontline staff, corporate business practices and online and in-person communications. 
• Uses advanced skills and experience in journalistic and business writing, as well as the skill to develop compelling written and multimedia presentations to target and engage a variety of external and internal stakeholders.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to one of the members of our team – Ashley Dawson –
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