Kílala Lelum Urban Indigenous Health
and Healing Cooperative


Associate Director (0.6-0.8 FTE)

We are seeking an experienced and passionate leader who is ready to play an integral role in decolonizing healthcare and advocating for health and wellness equity for Indigenous peoples and the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community. This is a new position created to provide leadership and the development of Kilala Lelum’s internal planning, systems, and operations. Below is a summary of responsibilities we have identified that could be included in this role. We request interested applicants describe in their cover letter their areas of interest, skills, and experience, including possibilities that aren’t listed below. The final Job Description will be co-created in collaboration with the successful candidate. 

Kilala Lelum strives to offer integrated primary care and allied health services, Elder-led cultural care, engage with Food as Medicine, and a range of specialized programs. We provide in-clinic and outreach-based services in ways that endeavor to center Indigenous cultural healing and Ways of Being/Knowing and to be strength-based, trauma-informed, member-centered, and grounded in harm reduction. Our goal is to contribute to a health system that is accessible, safe, and truly meets the needs and desires of our members.

Job Summary:

This position reports to, and works alongside, the Executive Director, while serving as a key member of and support to the Leads team.

Specific areas the Associate Director could be responsible for overseeing may include aspects of: finance, human resources, program and organizational development, cultural wellness, community partnerships, and facilities/IT infrastructure. 

A primary objective of this role is to develop and maintain a birds-eye view of the organization, to identify and address gaps, to build more efficient and supportive internal systems and policies, and to ensure good functioning and cohesion between the various programs/projects, teams, and organization-wide initiatives. The goal is to keep us paddling together in one canoe.

Potential Responsibilities:


Human Resources

Program & Organizational Development

Facilities / IT Infrastructure

Qualifications & Skills:

Working Conditions:

Supervision and Support Provided:

This position reports to the Executive Director and is supported by the Leads team and our Elders and Knowledge Keepers. This position also receives clinical supervision and support from an Indigenous registered clinical counsellor.

Additional Information:

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Your cover letter should outline your interest in this specific role and how your background and experience make you a good fit. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.