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The Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario (BPAO) and the Black Health Alliance are seeking the support of a Program Manager, in their efforts to address health inequities in Black communities related to COVID-19, and advancing Black-led community COVID-19 vaccination clinics and outreach.

The BHVI’s purpose is to:

  1. Advocate for Black community resources, the recognition of anti-Black racism as a driver of inequities and the need for institutional change
  2. Educate those who are reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and
  3. Vaccinate community members in a culturally safe and respectful manner

About the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario

The Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario (BPAO) is a not-for-profit organization

Our mission is threefold:

  1. To cultivate an active and engaged network of training and practicing Black physicians;
  2. To provide opportunities for professional development; and
  3. To improve health outcomes for Black Ontarians.

The BPAO envisions a province where Black Ontarians are equitably represented in the field of medicine and racialized health disparities are eliminated.

About the Black Health Alliance

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. Building on our track record as an effective mobilizer and champion, we continue to grow our movement for change. Driven by groundbreaking research, strong partnerships, and people, this movement continues to build innovative solutions to improve Black health and well-being, and mobilize people and financial resources to create lasting change in the lives of Black children, families and communities.

Role Overview

This is a full-time contract. The person in this role will be reporting to the President of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario. The Program Manager will provide focused leadership to assist the BPAO’s Black Health Vaccine Initiative (BHVI).

The ideal candidate possesses relevant experience in and knowledge of project management, strategy and planning, stakeholder mapping and engagement, risk identification and mitigation, program evaluation in clinical and community based environments. They will also have significant experience engaging with community stakeholders in Black communities and the ability to quickly develop relationships with key stakeholders to establish trust and credibility.

Role Scope

Project Management

  • Liaise with regional BHVI Physician Co-leads
  • Supports Co-Lead Physicians to orient & manage regional managers, who are tasked with local stakeholder engagement, booking clinics and physician shifts
  • Attend weekly BHVI meetings, stakeholder debrief meetings
  • Ensure BHVI health and community partners are complying with BHVI standards for partnership (as described in our BHVI partnership document)
  • Create a calendar of vaccine clinics and outreach initiatives to be used internally

Support Clinic Strategy

  • Work with relevant partners, including public health  units, hospitals, Ontario Health, high priority community strategy lead agencies,      , the BHVI team to identify locations where there is a critical mass of Black populations that would require vaccination drives.
  • Convene a working group with Ontario Health regional representation for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation of Black-led clinics in Ontario Health regions.

Support Community Education Initiatives

  • Liaise with the Black Scientist Taskforce and/or ambassador educators to support the coordination of educational webinars for Black communities prior to vaccination events, when required

Support Clinic Implementation

  • Liaise with vaccine clinic site(s), Black community leaders/navigators to ensure there are clear lines of communication
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that they promote vaccine events via channels such as the Black community partner websites, radio, and social media platforms

Evaluation, Quality Improvement, and Knowledge Mobilization

  • Pre- and post- surveys will be administered to vaccination recipients and staff to learn about vaccination issues and barriers to service and to improve service quality.
  • Leverage quality improvement techniques such as the PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycles and model for improvement; we will drive meaningful improvement to service quality, work to identify any gaps or barriers to access, and make any necessary changes to vaccination processes.

Support Project Administration

  • Schedule and coordinate public facing engagement activities (i.e. webinars, virtual town halls
  • Work alongside BHVI administrative assistant to develop weekly BHVI Meeting agendas and distribution of meeting minutes

Salary Range:

$70,000.00-90,000.00

Note this a 12-month contract, with possibility of renewal

Start date:

October

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • 1-3 years program management experience
  • Graduate level training (MPH, MPM or equivalent)
  • Experience working in/with Black communities and community stakeholders
  • Experience with administrative or direct care experience in a clinical setting highly valued
  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, problem solving and decision-making skills; verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Superior writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage several projects (i.e. vaccine initiatives), from conception to launch. Proficiency in MS Office Suite (i.e. PowerPoint, Word, Excel), cross-cultural communication (written and oral),
  • Virtual Meeting scheduling and coordination (Zoom, MS Teams, Doodle Polls etc.)

Candidates from Black communities will be given priority.

Please submit your CV and cover letter to info@blackhealthalliance.ca by October 7, 2021 with the subject line: ‘BHVI Program Manager Application’

More about the Black Health Vaccine Initiative.