BC Healthy Communities – Age-Friendly/Healthy Aging Coordinator

BC Healthy Communities

Age-Friendly/Healthy Aging Coordinator

Victoria, BC

35 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

 

Application deadline: August 15 , 2019

Desired start date: August/September

 

 

We are looking for an Age-Friendly/Healthy Aging Coordinator to join our innovative and interdisciplinary team at BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC).

 

As part of our team, your role will be to specifically coordinate and deliver our provincial age-friendly/healthy aging related programs and services. You will be working in a highly collaborative learning environment and will take that learning out to communities to build on their capacity for planning healthier communities for healthy aging. Through your work you will be working closely with multi-sectoral groups that include municipal governments and regional districts, regional health authorities, First Nations and not-for profit and community organizations, to build capacity for collaboration and action to build stronger communities. For more information on our age-friendly programs and services, see our website https://bchealthycommunities.ca/afcb and our PlanH program https://planh.ca/take-action/healthy-society/inclusive-communities/page/age-friendly-and-child-friendly-communities

 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinating provincial age-friendly/healthy aging related programs and services;
  • Facilitating community engagement and planning processes related to age-friendly/health aging;
  • Providing content expertise to support communities to advance strategies and initiatives to create healthier conditions/environments for aging population (i.e. includes areas such as healthy built environments, food security, active transportation, social connectedness, housing, etc.);
  • Design and promotion of age-friendly/healthy aging related programs, services, initiatives;
  • Connecting directly with communities to assess where they are at – helping to determine what types of issues they are facing and how we can support their work;
  • Supporting the creation of multi-sectoral partnerships and fostering collaborations;
  • Work with communities to identify strategies to move forward and create positive solutions to difficult challenges they are facing—within their own local/regional context;
  • Conducting research and developing resources including toolkits, guides, webinars, etc;
  • Gathering data to help communities and BCHC determine if we are effecting change;
  • Analyzing and synthesizing information from facilitated sessions, identifying themes, opportunities, and areas for further development/support; and
  • Nurturing meaningful social relationships and partnerships with community groups and local champions in a range of other sectors.

 

 

About you

You are a highly organized and experienced coordinator who also brings strong facilitation skills. You are able to think on your feet, quickly synthesize data and adapt processes as needed. You
bring experience and passion for seniors/healthy aging and are keen to expand BCHC’s work in this area.

Other important things about you include:

  • You are team player and love to have fun while at work;
  • You enjoy people! – and strive to facilitate and nurture meaningful relationships with communities and individuals, including those in various levels and types of government (local, regional, provincial, and First Nations);
  • You have a positive attitude with lots of curiosity and the drive to be continually learning;
  • You have a keen interest in age-friendly/healthy aging, social connectedness-working on upstream approaches to support healthy aging;
  • You understand the links between key social and environmental determinants of health.
  • You recognize and understand the implications of emerging issues which may have broader influence on communities;
  • You bring research skills – to ask good questions and then find ways to answer them;
  • You are self-directed and you feel comfortable working on complex issues;
  • You show evidence of a high degree of organizational/planning skills and resourcefulness;
  • You have excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

To do this job you will need

  • A degree in public health, planning, gerontology, or community development, ideally with special interest/expertise in seniors/healthy aging/age-friendly (or equivalent is a bonus);
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience and demonstrated track record in facilitation and group processes;
  • Experience working in, or with, a local government (municipality, regional district or First Nation) and/or health authorities, knowledge of needs, issues and services related to older people, working with senior serving organizations, alliances;
  • Experience in curriculum development/workshop design, planning and evaluation;
  • Must be available to travel to communities across BC (estimated 2- 3 times per month); some evenings may be required for work/travel; and
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of highly collaborative a team.

 

 

About Us

BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient communities. We provide a range of programs, resources and fee for service offerings to support communities, local governments and multi-sectoral groups to collaborate around a shared vision for a common purpose.

  • Our values include Integrity, Respect, Equity, Learning and Service and as such we foster and model principles, processes and practices of community development, emphasizing the value of listening, learning, respect and active engagement;
  • We honour the strengths and experiences of each community, while offering support for capacity building;
  • We promote inclusion of a broad range of people and perspectives;
  • We take a big picture, whole systems approach, identifying roots of issues and looking for ways to leverage change; and
  • We support connections, collaboration and human development at multiple levels: individuals, organizations, sectors and communities

 

 

Our Commitment to You

BCHC offers a progressive workplace culture that encourages leadership and learning. We are an interdisciplinary team and we enjoy our time together, with a light hearted and compassionate approach to our work. The benefits of working at BCHC include:

  • A supportive, respectful team that ‘walks-the-talk’ around personal health and sustainability;
  • Opportunities for professional development to improve your existing knowledge and passion for healthy communities; and
  • Health and a range of other benefits.
  • Competitive compensation.

At BCHC we value diversity and we foster a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each
person’s talents and strengths. We encourage applications from all qualified applicants and will take into consideration any accommodation measures required to enable candidates to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

For inquiries, contact Jodi Mucha, Executive Director at jodi@bchealthycommunities.ca

 

 

How to Apply

Please title the subject line of your e-mail: Age-Friendly/Healthy Aging Coordinator _ First Name Last Name.

Submit cover letter/resume by August 15, 2019 at Midnight PST to jodi@bchealthycommunities.ca