Bereavement Coordinator, Mission Hospice Society

Position Title: Bereavement Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Hours: 25 Hours a week

Scope: Reporting to the Executive Director, and under her/his direction, ensures that the organization’s bereavement programs are run in a professional and efficient manner, with attention to confidentiality, safety for clients and volunteers, quality training and appropriate training of volunteers

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Works with the Administrative Assistant and volunteers to send bereavement program information to next-of-kin of Mission Palliative Care Program patients.
  2. Meets with bereavement clients and assess their needs.  (Options include limited one-to-one support from the Coordinator, one-to-one support from a volunteer, bereavement group support and referral to community resources).
  3. Provides one-to-one support to bereavement clients as appropriate.
  4. Develops and coordinates group programs, including scheduling, registration, curriculum, and staffing.  Ensures that groups are appropriately facilitated by staff, or volunteers trained in bereavement support and group facilitation. Any contracted service must be approved by the Executive Director.
  5. Provides support to family members of Mission Palliative Care Program patients, or patients themselves who are dealing with loss issues.
  6. Regularly and actively participates in, and supports, the Mission Palliative Care Team.
  7. Works in conjunction with other staff to prepare, deliver and evaluate the Hospice Volunteer Training Course (Level I).
  8. Develops and presents a Bereavement Volunteer Training Course (Level II).
  9. Maintains bereavement volunteer programs through recruitment, selection, interviewing, orientation, evaluation, supervision, scheduling and termination of bereavement volunteers.
  10. Provides ongoing support to bereavement volunteers, continuing education for all hospice volunteers on bereavement issues, and to any hospice volunteer dealing with personal grief issues.
  11. Provides education on grief and loss to community groups and offer public presentations on grief and loss to the community.
  12. Maintains bereavement resource materials (brochures, books and recordings for MHS library and support materials for the Christine Morrison Hospice.
  13. Provides input into program budgets and maintains financial accountability.
  14. Liaises with other Hospice Societies and organizations as needed.
  15. Performs other related duties as required. Assist and attend all fundraising events for the Society


Education and Experience:

  • Valid BC drivers license and access to vehicle
  • Knowledge of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Recognized diploma or degree in related Human Service field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Training and experience in Bereavement Issues
  • Completion of a recognized Hospice Volunteer Education Program or equivalent
  • Experience with group facilitation

Skills and Abilities:

  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Good written and verbal skills including public speaking
  • Demonstrated experience in working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated mediation, teaching, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skills
  • Ability to provide leadership and work as part of a team.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate support systems
  • Reliable

Please submit resume to Angel Elias by December 31 2022

Medical Director, Victoria Hospice

Victoria Hospice is recruiting for a Medical Director to play a leadership role working with dedicated interdisciplinary clinical team members to deliver quality, evidence-based palliative and end-of-life care.  

The Medical Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), works closely with the Directors of Nursing, Education and Research, Psychosocial, and is a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Medical Director is accountable to be a mentor, leader, change agent, and resource for best practice models for hospice palliative care to ensure the delivery of quality medical palliative care. The Medical Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining clinical partnerships, conducting and presenting research related to pediatric, adult, and senior palliative and end-of-life care and staff education needs.

The ideal candidate has specialist medical expertise in palliative care, thorough knowledge of palliative care principles and practices, and strong leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills. They are eligible for registration with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, have advanced training in palliative medicine via a recognized program of study in Canada or the US, and a minimum of five years of experience resulting in demonstrable skill in managing patients with progressive, life-limiting diseases. Adult palliative care experience is a requirement and experience with pediatric palliative care is a plus.

The position is 0.4 FTE (15 hours per week) and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require weekend and evening work and travel Across Vancouver Island.

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About Victoria Hospice: A proud partner of Island Health, Victoria Hospice is a registered charity – donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of our programs and services. We recently achieved Accreditation with Commendation from Accreditation Canada following a thorough assessment of our services and evaluation against national standards, and we were one of Charity Intelligence’s Top 100 charities in 2021. Please review our Strategic Framework (2019-24) and Annual Report (2021-22) for more information.

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