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Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN)
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Competition #:01445321
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT
Close Date:SEPTEMBER 21, 2020*

Position Summary

Are you a health care professional who works well under pressure and has knowledge of federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and Aboriginal organizations?
We are seeking an Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) to join our team! In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization, the Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) works as part of the Interdisciplinary Care Team and, as required, acts as a resource for both Aboriginal clients and healthcare providers to ensure the provision of care is culturally safe and client-centered. The APN works with Aboriginal people located in the assigned Interior Health (IH) service area across varying sectors of health (e.g., acute care, residential services, mental health, public health, and home health services), depending on the local service area.

Pursuant to section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry. We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

Education, Training, and Experience:
• A degree or diploma in social work, healthcare, or a relevant field (e.g., Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse).
• Two years of related experience working in a healthcare environment.
• Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and understanding of Aboriginal people and their culture.
• Knowledge of federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and Aboriginal organizations mandated to provide health services.
• OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Preference will be given to candidates proficient in one or more Indigenous languages.
• Completion of a medical terminology course is an asset.

Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability:
• to understand the healthcare system and mainstream institutions.
• to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• to be solution-focused and resolve conflict.
• to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a team environment.
• to address cultural concerns as they arise with cultural safety and humility.
• knowledge of, and experience with marginalized populations.
• to commit to ongoing professional development.
• to work well under pressure, either related to deadlines or unforeseen circumstances.
• to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social justice issues and the impact of social determinants of health.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with others effectively.
• A valid BC Driver’s License.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

**Please Note**
• We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.
• Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.

* All postings with a closing date specified close at 11:59 pm PT