Director - Health & Social

Liard First Nation
Liard First Nation Administration
113 Robert Campbell Highway, Watson Lake, Yukon, Y0A 1C0, Canada (Watson Lake, YT)
Full time
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Need a change?  The Liard First Nation community is looking for an experienced and committed Health Director to join our team!

We are seeking a candidate who understands and has knowledge around the political, cultural, and spiritual protocols with our First Nation community, and who will uphold the vision of community leadership.
The health director has knowledge of the health and wellness challenges and opportunities specific to the community and provides leadership to develop culturally relevant and safe community health programs and services that will meet the needs of the community.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Health Director is responsible for ensuring the effective development and delivery of health and wellness services for Liard First Nation members. The position directs the Health and Social department in the areas of health and wellness, including, home and community care and community safety. The incumbent will be responsible for creating and supervising a multidisciplinary health team and be involved in researching, identifying, developing, recommending and deploying Health policies and programs. As a key member of the Senior Management Team, the incumbent will liaise with other organizations and governments in order to build effective partnerships and obtain resources.

 Main Duties:

  1. Provide leadership and direction to planning, organizing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating health and wellness programs and services for Liard First Nation Administration, incorporating input from the community and other health professionals.
  2. Proactively build and nurture collaborative and respectful relationships with First Nations in Yukon and northern BC, health and wellness partners, and territorial and federal government agencies; utilizing these relationships as avenues to assist the community to achieve its health and wellness goals and objectives.
  3. Participates in committees, boards, forums, commissions, meetings and working groups on the national, territorial and community levels as well as with other First Nations in developing goals, plans, policies and procedures, and dealing with citizen and client concerns.
  4. Communicate and coordinate intervention, directly or indirectly, in emergency, trauma and crisis.
  5. Ensure emergency management, preparedness planning and/or pandemic planning is in place.
  6. Carry out project management responsibilities for policy and programming development such as researching, leading and facilitating meetings, discussions, briefings, decision-making processes, decision documents, etc.
  7. Ensure the development and delivery of specific activities and services. 
  8. Ensure programs and services follow legislation and organizational policy, processes and procedures.
  9. Ensure financial management of programs and services and proactively seek out diverse funding sources.
  10. Ensures that contracts, contribution agreements, and programs are properly negotiated, administered and reported upon.
  11. Analyze statistical data and ensures that data systems are maintained.
  12. Lead and provide day-to-day supervision of health staff and contractors.
  13. Foster a cooperative and collaborative working environment through team activities and personal leadership, including the management and resolution of conflicts.
  14. Attend Council meetings on behalf of the Health and Wellness department and receives recommendations from Chief & Council and standing committees.
  15. Ensure information sessions and public meetings are held regularly with members.
  16. Prepare and monitor budgets, work plans, including reporting through regular and annual reports.
  17. Lead a healthy lifestyle grounded in cultural tradition, including achieving work/life balance and engaging in self-care, and promote this to community members and staff.

Knowledge and Skills
Education:  A post-secondary degree in health work, social sciences or relevant field and/or equivalency obtained through coursework and/or experience is required.

Experience:  A minimum of five years’ senior management experience in a health and social setting. Experience in policy and programming in a cross-cultural setting, preferably with Yukon First Nations is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:  Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, relationship-building skills are required, as well as strong verbal and written communications. Ability to work effectively with senior levels of First Nations, Provincial/Territorial and Federal governments to effectively support and advance First Nation interests. In-depth knowledge and experience in the provision of healthcare services and sound knowledge of Provincial/Territorial and Federal Health Care programs. Ability to work pleasantly and effectively with a wide range of people of different ages and cultures, in potentially volatile and emotionally charged situations. Ability to work respectfully with others in a cross-cultural environment. Knowledge of Liard First Nation history, culture, traditional territory, and demographics. Tact, intuition and diplomacy, strong work ethics and good judgment and ability to work well in a team environment. Strong financial management experience and supervisory management skills. Working advanced knowledge of computer software such as MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and internet.

Decision Making
This position is responsible to the Executive Director and to Liard First Nation Members. The incumbent works independently and takes initiative within established policies, procedures, objectives and priorities. Decision-making is required for the day-to-day operation of Liard First Nation Health Programs, for developing procedures where none exist, setting work priorities, ensuring financial accountability, and making changes to operational procedures. Decision-making is also required in long-term planning, communicating with colleagues, and determining which recommendations are forwarded to Chief and Council.

The incumbent is responsible for management and direction on a daily basis to accomplish the development and implementation of a Health department strategy, operational workplan, goals and activities.

This position is accountable for compliance with legislation, directing strategic planning, establishing and meeting department goals and work plans, ensuring expenditures  adhere to the terms and conditions of funding agreements and do not exceed budget and revenues, and enforcing standard operational policies and procedures. Proper administration of the health and social programs in partnership with the Justice Department of Liard First Nation is critical to the well-being of Liard First Nation members.

Working Conditions        
This position is required to travel in and out of territory and respond to critical incidents outside of work hours. Some overtime and weekend work may be required. The position mediates, de-escalates, resolves, intervenes and provides solutions through face-to-face contact and meetings. This position works with a high number of clients experiencing critical incidents and who are under extreme emotional stress.


Additional Information:
Liard First Nation thanks all interested applicants; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal record check.
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