Health Director

Posting Type: Internal/External
Job Title: Health Director
Area/Program: Birdtail Sioux Health Centre
Duration: Full-Time Permanent
Posting Closes/Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021
Tentative Interview Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Employment Start Date: Monday, September 27, 2021

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Band Manager, Chief and Council and the Health Advisory Committee, the Health Director will follow Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation’s political, cultural and spiritual protocols, working to uphold the vision for a healthy, safe and thriving community.

The Health Director will incorporate input from the Health Advisory Committee, leadership, staff, community members and other health professionals to develop and deliver culturally relevant and safe community health programs and services that respond to the community’s health and wellness needs, challenges and opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership on Health and Wellness Programs and Services

  • Provide leadership and direction to planning, organizing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating culturally relevant and safe health and wellness programs and services. Conduct this in a manner that is respectful of diversity, and in alignment with the culture and traditions of the community served.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate new and culturally relevant and safe health and wellness programs and services.
  • Ensure in-depth involvement in health provision in order to deliver culturally relevant and safe health services and treatment to community members.
  • Promote community health, First Nations concepts and traditions regarding wellness, and healthy ways of being.
  • Advocate for the health and wellness needs of the community.
  • Coordinate intervention, directly or indirectly, in emergency, trauma and crisis situations.

Planning and Compliance

  • Lead consultative processes regarding community health planning needs and opportunities, including identification of relevant community health and wellness priorities.
  • Create, implement, evaluate and monitor Nation-based community health and wellness plans, including both existing and emerging health and wellness needs, incorporating input from community and other health system professionals.
  • Ensure emergency management, preparedness planning and/or pandemic planning is in place and well communicated for the community served.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the organization’s quality improvement initiatives.
  • Ensure programs and services are in compliance with legislation and organizational policy, processes and procedures.
  • Adhere to the BSDN policies and procedures and the Personal Health Information Act.
  • Maintain client confidentiality at all times.

Policies, Processes and Procedures

  • Develop, implement and evaluate culturally relevant and safe policies, processes and procedures, including amendments as needed.
  • Ensure financial management of programs and services including all financial accountabilities and funding requirement compliance.
  • Seek out diverse funding sources to sustain health and wellness programs, including grants and funding opportunities.
  • Prepare and monitor work plans, including reporting through regular and annual reports.
  • Work with physician services, nursing professionals, rehabilitation professionals, and other health professionals to develop comprehensive strategies for health promotion, disease prevention and community health.

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Build and nurture collaborative and respectful working relationships with First Nations in Manitoba, health and wellness partners, and government agencies: utilize these relationships as an avenue to assist their community in achieving its health and wellness goals and objectives.
  • Respect cultural protocols and acknowledge and embrace the diversity of knowledge systems.
  • Serve as a liaison, connector and convener between the community and its health system partners.


  • Provide technical advice to First Nations leadership (such as Chief and Council) to improve health and wellness programs and services and to promote self-determination.
  • Collaborate and partner with Regional Health Authorities, First Nation Assemblies, and others to build effective partnerships that will improve the health and wellness of the community they serve by being an active member at applicable meetings.
  • Facilitate communication with health system partners with a view to addressing community health and wellness opportunities and challenges.
  • Communicate effectively with community members and diverse partners about health opportunities and challenges in an informed and knowledgeable manner.


  • Lead and provide day-to-day supervision of health staff and contractors, including all aspects of human resources management. This would include describing work, recruitment, learning and development planning, career planning, coaching, mentoring, sharing of knowledge, capacity building, and performance management.
  • Foster a cooperative and collaborative working environment through team activities, personal leadership and professional incentives, including the management and resolution of conflicts.
  • Seek out diverse funding sources to sustain health and wellness programs, including grants and funding opportunities.
  • Act as the community health and wellness team’s go-to person.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate community health and wellness programs by involving community members.

Education, Experience and Requirements:

  • University degree in human services, health sciences or related field
  • Successful completion of, or willing to obtain the First Nations Health Directors Association Certification Program
  • Recent and relevant experience in the development, implementation, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of health and social services programs and services
  • Demonstrated experience in people management including describing work, recruitment, learning, development and career planning, coaching, mentoring, and performance management
  • 5 years’ experience managing in a community healthcare setting
  • 5 years’ experience working with First Nations communities
  • A clear Police Records Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Class 5 Driver’s Licence and access to a vehicle

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• behavioral and mental health issues that face First Nations peoples
• Birdtail Sioux Health Centre programs and services
• First Nations service delivery, customs, traditions, and values, and their influence and impact on health and well-being
• First Nation social determinants of health and wellness (e.g. employment, social, inclusion, education, etc.)
• community development and health promotion
• awareness of cultural practices, approaches, and traditional medicines that support more holistic care and services
• services, structures, legislation, regulations and processes regarding First Nations health and wellness in Manitoba
• First Nation & Inuit Health Branch system and their role
• business or administration skills
• people management skills
• accounting/financial management skills
• planning and organizational skills
• leadership and supervisory skills
• time management skills
• project management skills
• oral and written communication skills
• telephone and interpersonal skills
• customer service skills
• time management skills
• problem solving skills
• computer skills including all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
• provides leadership to, and manages the health service delivery team and programs
• works under tight deadlines and in stressful situations
• manages multiple projects at one time
• complies with timelines and deadlines
• displays an attention to detail
• takes initiative
• works independently and with minimal supervision
• works within a team environment
• adapts to change
• handles confidential and sensitive information
• handles conflicting or difficult situations and finds appropriate solutions
• displays a positive and helpful attitude
• understands and speaks Dakota an asset

Working Conditions:

  • The Health Director will typically be in an office or community setting meeting with clients and community stakeholders.
  • The work schedule can vary and will include evenings and weekends.
  • The physical demands include, but are not limited to, standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, handling, kneeling, crouching and bending.
  • Non-physical demands include a work environment that is busy and involves helping people in crisis.
  • The Health Director will be required to travel within the community and to meetings and training in Manitoba.

Application Process:

If you are interested in this opportunity and possess the above list of qualities and requirements, please forward your cover letter, resume with (2) references by mail, email, or in person to:

May Hapa, Band Manager
Birdtail Sioux Band Office
Box 130
Beulah, Manitoba  R0M 0B0

  • The tentative interview date(s) are subject to change and are posted for planning purposes only.
  • Birdtail Sioux is grateful for all who show interest in our First Nation and take the time to apply; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
  • Late applications will not be considered.