BC Centre for Palliative Care at the
Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability
Community Development Specialist
Director of Public Health Initiatives
0.7 FTE (28 hours per week)
Position Start Date
As soon as possible
601-Sixth Street, New Westminster
The Community Development Specialist leads the planning and implementation of the BC Centre for Palliative Care’s community engagement and capacity development activities.
The goal of this role is to inspire, empower, and partner with community-based organizations to create capacity for compassionate palliative care and support in BC communities for patients and families affected by a serious or advanced chronic illness.
The incumbent reports to the Director of Public Health Initiatives (PHI) and works closely and collaboratively with the BC Centre for Palliative Care’s teams and a wide range of local community-based organizations across BC.
BC Centre for Palliative Care
The BC Centre for Palliative Care is a non-profit providing leadership for best practice, research and education in Palliative Care, Advance Care Planning and building Compassionate Communities.
The Centre is committed to enabling excellence in care for all British Columbians living with serious illness. As a provincial organization, we collaborate with members of the public, policy makers, regional health authorities, professional bodies and community organizations from across BC to:
- Improve access to Advance Care Planningand palliative care supports for patients and families
- Increase access to quality education, practice support, and resources for healthcare providers to integrate a palliative approach to care
- Engage citizens and mobilize partnerships across BC to create Compassionate Communitiesthat provide practical support, compassion and care to patients and their families.
Established in 2014, the Centre’s focus is to convene and establish provincial networks and community partnerships by drawing together patients, families, care givers, clinicians, health administrators, researchers and community organizations. The Centre serves as a catalyst to stimulate conversations and support efforts that foster excellence in compassionate care.
For more information, visit http://www.bc-cpc.ca/cpc
- Conduct community needs assessments using surveys, forums, and interviews.
- Develop and implement effective community engagement and capacity development strategies.
- Build and maintain relationships with the BC Centre for Palliative Care’s (BCCPC) community partners and stakeholders across BC.
- Engage community partners and stakeholders in conversations to explore evidence-informed and innovative solutions to emerging needs, challenges related to the access to quality palliative care and supports closer to home.
- Design and develop training curriculum for the BCCPC’s community-led programs.
- Develops education tools and support resources for community-based organizations interested in providing psychosocial, grief, spiritual, and practical supports for people affected by a serious or terminal illness and their families.
- Plan and conduct training workshops for communities interested in adopting the BCCPC’s community-led programs and toolkits.
- Promote and support the development of compassionate communities across BC.
- Plan and oversee the implementation and evaluation of the BCCPC’s seed grants cycles.
- Provides consulting advice and coaching to the seed grant recipients and support the successful completion of their projects
- Prepare summary reports, briefing notes, presentations as requested.
- Promote and support the spread of the BCCPC’s community engagement and development work and accomplishments in provincial and national conferences.
- Participate in meetings providing regular reporting and updates as requested.
- Perform other related duties as requested.
- Bachelors’ degree in social work or an equivalent diploma in a related field with strong understanding of the principles and strategies used in community’s needs assessment, engagement, and capacity development.
- Minimum of five years of experience working in a similar role in the non-profit sector.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Experience in adult and community education
- Familiar with issues related to living with a chronic illness as well as palliative and end of life care.
- Knowledge of existing community resources/agencies in the province.
- Ability to work in cross-cultural environments
- Ability to approach interactions with an awareness of sensitive issues. (e.g., concerning specific cultures or end-of-life issues)
- Excellent facilitation and coordination skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and effectively manage priorities under pressure.
- Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to exercise tact and discretion.
- Ability to effectively use MS Office 365 including Outlook, SharePoint, MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Comfortable using online meeting platforms such Teams and Zoom.
To reflect the diversity of the community we serve, we encourage applications from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBQ+ persons, Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming persons, and those with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.