Employment Opportunities

Cultural Program Coordinator

Job Summary:
A Cultural Program Coordinator position is available at the Urban Indigenous Health & Healing Cooperative (UIHHC). 

The Cultural Program Coordinator will ensure that the UIHHC is upholding its commitments to providing a culturally-safe environment for its members, supporting the UIHHC staff in developing skills and abilities in cultural safety and coordinating all aspects of the Indigenous Health & Healing programming at the UIHHC. 

Organizational Status:
Will report to the UIHHC Board of Directors and report to a Leads Team. Will be accountable to the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions representatives for all tasks as outlined within these program contracts. 

Work Performed:

Services will include:

  • implementation of the cultural program goals as outlined in the VCH and Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions contract
  • providing coordination & administrative support to the Elders & Cultural Workers for their 1:1 visits, groups and ceremonies (inclusive of charting and statistics)
  • creation of 12-month program reports
  • coordinating the Elders Advisory Committee agendas, meetings and minutes
  • developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with other Indigenous health & social services partner organizations 
  • participating in a program evaluation process as described in all current funding agreements
  • participating in invited knowledge translation activities for the DTES community and the academic community
  • coordinating a weekly interprofessional rounds discussion with other health care professionals
  • supervisory role for program and Elders Assistants
  • oversight of all cultural safety activities for the primary care clinic, including the coordination of weekly discussions and seasonal ceremonies
  • working with UBC family practice residents and other health-sciences students about the provision of culturally-safe care for Indigenous patients
  • oversight of the referral process between clinical staff and Elders
  • maintain program data on the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • assisting the program leads with grant-writing & advocacy work to secure sustainable expansion and operational level funding

Supervision required:
Work will be carried out independently with support and mentorship provided by the other UIHHC Leads. The Cultural Program Coordinator’s work will be monitored and reviewed by the Operations Lead and the Indigenous Health Lead.

Supervision given:
This position will be directly responsible for supporting the work of the Elders & Cultural Workers while also supervising and providing leadership and coordination assistance to the Elders Assistants.

Working conditions:
Work will be performed at the UIHHC.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of clinical or project management experience in an environment that serves Indigenous community members.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to form collaborative and respectful relationships with other professionals, community partners and UIHHC members.
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and/or databases, email.
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Has an understanding of Indigenous research methodologies. 
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, preferably within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with the Downtown Eastside Community

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Dehoney at jen.dehoney@uihhc.ca by 4pm on Monday September 16th/2019. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited to participate in a panel interview.