Vice President, Indigenous Collaboration, Equity & Inclusion – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

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Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President (VP), Indigenous Collaboration, Equity & Inclusion is a member of the Senior Leadership Council (SLC) and collaboratively supports the TBRHSC leadership team as well as the Board of Directors.

The VP provides counsel in advocacy and engagement efforts with the Indigenous communities, Indigenous-led service organizations, as well as federal and provincial authorities to improve health delivery and equity outcomes. The VP is responsible for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion inclusive of patient health equity objectives, by recommending, developing, and leading aspects of the equity, diversity and inclusion strategy.

This role will work closely with the TBRHSC leadership to provide expertise, resources, strategies and actions to advance equity and inclusion goals across the organization. The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating all activities of the portfolio in order to provide optimal patient care and the delivery of high quality service.

Education:

  • Master’s degree in political or social sciences, or similar related field required or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in the development, implementation and support of Indigenous Health and/or equity, diversity and inclusion strategies within an organization
  • Demonstrated work experience as a collaborator, leader, and manager of programs/projects requiring Indigenous engagement and partnerships

Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills, awareness of and commitment to addressing contemporary issues of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Political savvy and a solid track record of building and fostering relationships with diverse communities, health care organizations and government
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including preparing reports, funding proposals and briefing notes
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and mediation skills
  • Ability to work at both a strategic and tactical level
  • Proven strong project management skills with ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines
  • Ability to demonstrate honesty and integrity in all dealings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficient computer skills

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of and experience with diversity and inclusion concepts and practices, as well as strong capability in leading organizational change
  • Knowledge of and experience with the diversity of Indigenous peoples in Northwestern Ontario and Indigenous protocols, including awareness of Indigenous Health systems and First Nations governance
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous lived experience, Indigenous knowledge systems, colonization, intergenerational trauma, and the complexities of health care and Indigenous peoples
  • Knowledge of and experience working in Strategic Perspective to adopt a long-term view of Indigenous Health initiatives and see the whole picture in complex situations
  • Traditional language skills are an asset
  • Knowledge of health care utilization pressures and familiarity with Ontario Health Networks is an asset

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has a Mission to deliver a quality patient experience in an academic health care environment that is responsive to the needs of the population of Northwestern Ontario. We are a recognized leader in Patient and Family Centred Care. We are one of the largest employers in Thunder Bay with nearly 2,800 staff, 500 volunteers and 100 Patient Family Advisors. The annual operating budget is more than $300 million.  Our world-class acute care facility with 375 beds serves the people of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Our region has a population of over 250,000 residents scattered over a geographical area the size of France.

We offer an expansive range of specialist services, and are designated as an academic health sciences centre.  As a teaching hospital, we are proudly affiliated with Lakehead University and Confederation College and are a host training facility for students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, as well as other medical schools.

To Apply

If you are interested in this critical leadership opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence.

TBRHSC is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment supporting diversity in our work environment to provide quality care where all feel valued, respected, and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce reflective of the communities in which we live and serve and encourage Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply and self identify. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process. Additionally we are identified as an English/French speaking health sciences centre and encourage bilingual candidates to apply.

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