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Specialty Occupational Therapist

Role and Facility Information

**This position qualifies for a Relocation Incentive**

The incumbent operates under a collaborative reporting structure, with direct administrative reporting to the Manager of Rehabilitation Services (Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii), and an oversight reporting relationship with UBC School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Faculty of Medicine.

Shift Rotation/Hours of work: Monday to Friday / Days - 08:30 to 16:30

Prince Rupert Regional Hospital is the largest hospital in northwest BC with 27 acute care beds. They offer emergency services, ultrasound, CT scans, surgery, extended care, pediatrics, radiology, and obstetrics. Additional services such as diabetes education, health heart and rehabilitation, podiatry, orthopedics and other visiting specialists.

Prince Rupert is a coastal port city with a population of 12,220 (2021). It is nestled into a mountain and surrounded by the Great Bear Rainforest. See rare wildlife, explore our rugged landscapes, and experience world-class fishing adventures you won’t find anywhere else. Check out more on Prince Rupert, known as the halibut capital of the world.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Relocation Incentive is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• “Loan Forgiveness Programs” offered through the Federal and BC Government


• Current registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and eligible for membership with the Occupational Therapy Association of BC.
• Masters’ level education in a relevant discipline or equivalent level of education and training focused on health systems administration, education and/or leadership.
• Minimum of three (3) years related experience in the variety of clinical practice areas such as acute, community or residential care; one (1) year experience in a leadership /supervisory/ educator role.
• Completion of a course in adult education or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Demonstrated teaching and supervisory/mentoring experience for a range of health care providers.
• Valid BC Driver’s license required.

Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead, mentor, coach, facilitate, and develop students and staff through consultation, teaching and guidance.
• Excellent theoretical and clinical OT knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise in the acute inpatient/outpatient and/or community care settings.
• Ability to work collaboratively in teams and establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and partners. Understands and applies competencies for interprofessional collaboration.
• Ability to establish partnerships, seek opportunities, find and link resources, and build networks.
• Understanding of the current health systems environment including primary health care and integration.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work and develop/implement new projects.
• Knowledge of adult education, principles methods and tools.
• Demonstrated ability to teach both one-one-one and in groups.
• Ability to develop educational, training and instructional resource materials.
• Demonstrated skill and ability to operate related equipment and techniques appropriate to clinical areas of responsibility.
• Strong computer literary and competent use of office software applications and technology/equipment in support of deliverables, practice education and outreach.
• Ability to critically appraise and incorporate relevant research, guidelines and best practice standards.
• Ability to apply evaluation and quality improvement methodology to care management and educational processes.
• Demonstrated ability to use knowledge translation processes, change management strategies, and to adapt to complex organizational work environments.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation’s communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.

Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.

There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.

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Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is the largest city in northwestern British Columbia and a gateway to the Queen Charlotte Islands, the famed Inside Passage and smaller towns in the area. Amidst fjords, rain forests, lagoons, and sandy beaches, Prince Rupert is surprisingly cosmopolitan with all the modern conveniences of a larger city, including a performing arts centre, restaurants and a lively nightlife. The area is also perfect for learning about the history and customs of local First Nations people, and one-of-a-kind wilderness exploration and wildlife viewing experiences.

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