Health Director

Community / Organization: 
Kwakiutl Health Centre
Posting Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 17, 2021
Port Hardy, BC
Job Status: 
Full Time
  • A great opportunity to play a key role in the operational excellence of the Kwakiutl Indian Band
  • A key role for a passionate and committed Health Director with First Nations experience 
  • Enjoy competitive remuneration commensurate with experience along with excellent benefits

About the Organization

Located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the Kwakiutl Indian Band is a rural community located in Tsaxis (approximately 10 minutes away from Port Hardy). The Kwakiutl Band Council offers a variety of programs, supports and services, including education, social development, housing, economics, fisheries, accounting, treaty negotiation, language, child and youth, and administrative management.

As stewards of the marine areas throughout our territory, the Kwakiutl will continue to pass on ecological knowledge of our ancestors to ensure that economic activities taking place in our marine environment are done in a manner that respects and protects our cultural values, ensures access for food, social and ceremonial purposes and benefits the Kwakiutl First Nation and future generations.

The Kwakiutl Fisheries Department facilitates and encourages the long-term sustainable development of our commercial and food fishing resources, and is committed to working with Band members and to developing closer and more effective relationships with national institutions, academia and the private sector to achieve long-term sustainable results.

For more information, please visit our website.

About the Area

With a population of over 4,500, Port Hardy is the largest community on the northern part of Vancouver Island. Offering a variety of services and programs, residents enjoy an array of outdoor activities, a vibrant arts and culture scene and a diverse business community. The community is well connected to other Vancouver Island communities via Highway 19 and the rest of the Province by a regional/local airport and the BC Ferry system.

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About the Opportunity

Currently, we are searching for a Health Director to join us in Port Hardy, BC on a full-time basis. Reporting to the Senior Administrator, the Health Director works under the direction and guidance of the Band Manager, to oversee the health and wellness related programs and services of the Kwakiutl Band (KB), and to assist in achieving the overall goals and objectives of the Band. The Health Director is also responsible for facilities management, administration of health-related contracts, planning/evaluation of staff and programs, and is the designated "Senior Health Lead" for Kwakiutl Band (KB) in the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)/First Nations Health Council (FNHC) process.

More specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development, implementation and maintenance of the Kwakiutl Health Department's works plans, Community Health & Wellness Plan and Kwakiutl health and wellness programs and services evaluations
  • Overseeing all health and wellness related programs and services delivered by the Band, both current and those developed in the future, in consultation with the Band Manager and relevant health staff
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of federal, provincial, and B.C. First Nation Health Authority (FNHA) health legislation / policies / actions relating to or impacting Kwakiutl health services, the Health Director position, and those positions under his / her supervision
  • Providing recommendations for, and assisting as requested, in the development of Health Department and general Band policies and procedures for Band Council review and approval
  • Developing and submitting the annual health department budget for Band Manager and Band Council review and approval in consultation with appropriate health staff and the Health Committee
  • Ensuring comprehensive narrative reports on health and wellness programs, services and initiatives engaged in by the Health Department are available for Band Manager and Band Council review, as required
  • Coordinating and attending meetings with the Kwakiutl Health Committee and those others necessary for the successful operations of the Health Department and meetings as directed by the Band Manager and / or Band Chief and Council
  • In consultation with the Band Manager, responsible for the recruitment, retention, evaluation (job evaluation, adherence to workplans), and discipline of all health staff
  • Reviewing monthly Health Department financial reports / expenditures to ensure compliance with Council approved Health Department budget
  • Ensuring responsible and authorized access and control over client and employee files / information and sensitive Health Department or Band Council documents and materials
  • Ensuring the safe and secure operations, maintenance and ongoing functionality of the Kwakiutl Health Centre (including vehicles), ensuring the health and welfare of staff and community members accessing the facility
  • In conjunction with the Band Manager and Health Committee, ensuring open and ongoing communications with community, government agencies, and other stakeholders of the Band and Health Department
  • Participating in and providing recommendations regarding the negotiation of health related contracts and agreements
  • Ensuring that reports required by Health Canada, the B.C. First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and other funding or partner agencies are completed and forwarded as per agreed to format, timelines and contract requirements
  • In consultation with the Band Manager, initiating investigations into community member or staff complaints pertaining to Health Department employees and / or practices, and ensuring that appropriate corrective action is taken, if warranted
  • Abiding by KB organizational policies (i.e. personnel policy and other policies)
  • Maintaining liaison and communication with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) / First Nations Health Council (FNHC), government departments, medical professionals, the private sector and other First Nations
  • Maintaining good relations with the Kwakiutl membership, community and handles individual member's inquiries and requests
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

It is paramount that all positions within the health team strives to communicate and serve the Kwakiutl people in a manner that respects, enhances and promotes the cultural identity and well-being of both the individual and the health care providers. 

More About You

To qualify for the role, you will need a university degree or higher in nursing, business administration, public administration, health sciences or a related combination of education, training and supervisory experience. You’ll also join us with at least 2 years of experience in the fields of health administration or related program management, and at least 2 years of management supervision experience with strong knowledge in recruitment, retention, evaluation and discipline of staff. You must also have a valid BC driver’s license, and preferably, access to a reliable vehicle. Knowledge of the Kwakiutl community, culture and language is an asset.

As our ideal candidate, you will possess knowledge and understanding of financial management practices, and of federal and provincial health services available to First Nation communities and related health policies-including that of the FNHC / FNHA processes. You will also be familiar with health-related legislation affecting First Nations, and have knowledge and experience in health planning (or related planning) and change management. You will have excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills, with strong computer skills and technical writing ability. You must be able to work independently, to plan and organize work, and prioritize work load with little supervision. 

Given the nature of this role, the ability to work effectively with Kwakiutl community members and other stakeholders, as well as knowledge (or a willingness to learn) and appreciation of the history, culture and traditions of the Kwakiutl is essential. Preference may be given to qualified applicants who are of Aboriginal ancestry.

Please note, a successful criminal records check will be mandatory. Incumbents must successfully and periodically undergo (i.e., every year or as needed) an appropriate criminal records review and police record check to demonstrate that there are no relevant charges or convictions. KBC will reimburse the cost of undertaking the criminal records review and police record check.

About the Benefits

In return for your commitment and passion, you will be rewarded with a competitive salary along with an excellent benefit package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage;
  • Pension plan;
  • Vacation negotiable for the right candidate; and
  • Relocation assistance for the right candidate.

Upon joining our team, you will find yourself welcomed into a team committed to a spirit of cooperation and openness and fostering a community-oriented cultural environment.

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