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Vancouver Coastal Health
Vice President, Coastal Community of Care

With a budget of $3.8 billion, 14,000 staff, and 3000 active volunteers, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) provides services along the full continuum of care to 1.25 million residents of British Columbia’s south coast region. VCH has a purpose of coming together as one collective team to deliver an exceptional care experience for all, and those expectations include everything from acute, primary and community care, to mental health and substance abuse support, to long-term and home care and assisted living. The Coastal Community of Care spans from Vancouver’s North Shore to the Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky region, and the communities of BC’s Central Coast. It serves the unceded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Sechelt River/Shishalh, Powell River/Tla’amin, Stát’imc, N’Quatqua, Lil’wat, Xa’xtsa, Skatin, Samaquham, Kitasoo, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations.

The Coastal Community of Care (CCoC) spans a large and diverse geographic region including urban, rural and remote populations. The Vice President, CCoC (the VP) must possess a strong understanding of the population needs, programs, services and strategic initiatives across the continuum of care, in order to provide effective leadership in all aspects of the planning, operation, integration and evaluation of the services and programs for the CCoC. The VP fosters positive and productive relationships, leadership and service advancement, ensuring an Indigenous lens is applied to service development, community engagement, and health promotion strategies designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Coastal communities and Indigenous people. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the VP plays a significant leadership role in the organization and promotes ongoing dialogue between the VCH Senior Executive Team and the Coastal Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the needs of the Coastal communities are met. The VP also maintains broad external contacts, at a senior level, in setting the direction for healthcare services and delivery within the CCoC.

As the ideal candidate, your career is grounded in clinical practice and has expanded into a senior leadership role in a large, complex health care system. As an inclusive and empowering leader, you have made a positive difference as it pertains to eliminating racism and creating a culturally safe environment for Indigenous people, as well as other equity-deserving people and populations. Your relationship skills enable you to build partnerships rooted in trust and respect across a number of First Nations and municipal governments, in addition to a variety of other constituencies within the region. In addition, your systems approach and your capacity to bridge clinical and administrative needs have proven to result in improved quality of care and patient outcomes. Your professional experience is augmented by a postgraduate degree in a relevant clinical discipline.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to VCH’s goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed. We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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