An exciting Temporary Full-Time (approximately 2 years) opportunity as a BETTER Indigenous Engagement Lead (Competition #230.18) exists in the BETTER Prevention Practitioner Training Institute reporting to the Executive Director of the Institute. The BETTER program is a chronic disease prevention and screening program focusing on prevention and screening of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and associated lifestyle factors. The BETTER Training Institute is designed to promote uptake and implementation of the BETTER program by training healthcare professionals from diverse disciplines as “Prevention Practitioners” and providing consulting services to primary care practices/organizations that are interested in adopting the approach. Primary care practices/organizations that provide services to Indigenous communities are of particular priority.

Housed at Women’s College Hospital the BETTER Indigenous Engagement Lead will play a critical role by fostering and developing collaborative relationships with Indigenous community leaders and knowledge holders. The incumbent will meaningfully engage with Indigenous communities to identify the facilitators and barriers to the BETTER approach, including ways to adapt and roll-out the approach to better serve community needs. Alongside BETTER Institute team members, this role is also responsible for supporting program implementation efforts by primary care practices and organizations who provide services to Indigenous peoples.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with community; an understanding of Indigenous communities’ wellness, disease prevention, and policy; and a sense of cultural safety and cultural humility in working in partnership with Indigenous peoples. This position requires a highly motivated individual who is able to work efficiently and collaboratively with the BETTER Institute team. This position also requires the ability to travel within Canada and flexibility with travelling.

First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or Indigenous persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

Foster, develop, and build partnerships locally, provincially, and nationally with Indigenous communities, leaders, and champions on behalf of the BETTER Prevention Practitioner Training Institute

Collaborate and lead engagement with Indigenous community leaders and champions to help understand their communities’ health needs and adapt the BETTER approach in response to communities needs to promote health and wellness Support BETTER program implementation and capacity building efforts to improve service delivery with Indigenous people

Lead knowledge exchange activities with Indigenous communities aimed at chronic disease prevention and screening and health promotion

Liaise and collaborate with primary care practices and organizations who provide services to Indigenous peoples and are interested in receiving or have completed the BETTER training curriculum

Assist in the development of materials and resources that will be used with engagement and also to provide training on the BETTER approach

Collaborate with the BETTER Institute team for efficient delivery and evaluation of the BETTER training curriculum and implementation activities.

Assist in adapting the BETTER program training curriculum and resources, including training methods and materials to meet the needs of Indigenous communities

Travel within Canada to engage with Indigenous communities as well as support implementation activities for primary care practices/organizations, as necessary (approximately once every 3 months)

Provide support to the Executive Director of the BETTER Prevention Practitioner Training Institute as needed

Work collaboratively with the BETTER Institute Executive Team (Medical Director, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Medical Consultant) and other Institute team members

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.


Experience and knowledge of Indigenous philosophies, beliefs, practices and values; preferably through own lived experience

Experience communicating, collaborating, and fostering collaborative partnerships with Indigenous leaders, groups, and/or communities

University degree (or equivalent education and experience) in health sciences or a related field of study with a focus in health

Experience in engaging different stakeholders including community, policy, research, and public an asset

Basic knowledge of practices, procedures and standards of primary care

Excellent interpersonal skills, including excellent listening and leadership skills, and ability to problem solve and work with different stakeholders

Excellent verbal and written communication skills Ability to work effectively in an inter-professional team Ability to multi-task (several different activities ongoing simultaneously)

Ability to work independently; energetic and self-motivated Excellent organizational, time management, administrative, and writing skills are essential;

Excellent working knowledge and practical experience with computer applications (MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook, internet, web-based communications tools);

Ability to travel across Canada

Experience in the role of knowledge broker or equivalent is an asset Professional behaviour and communication that meets the standards of the of Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of The BETTER Institute

POSTING DATE: October 1, 2018


Interested applicants should submit an application package consisting of a cover letter and resume.

The cover letter should include a paragraph or two that describes your lived experience and how it would inform the position.

Please forward your application via email to with your name and the competition number in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.18)

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.