Job Description: 

Reporting to the Snuneymuxw Community Wellness Administrator, the Health Director oversees all aspects of the administration and operations of the Snuneymuxw Health Centre, an Accreditation Canada registered medical clinic located in Nanaimo BC. Key responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, financial management and implementing and evaluating the delivery of all community health services. This clinic has the possibility of offering off-reserve services in the future. The Health Director formulates operational policies and procedures through which Health Centre staff and contractors receive direction in performing day-to-day duties. She/he seeks funding for programs and services that contribute to the enhanced well-being and quality of life for Snuneymuxw First Nation community members. The Health Director is responsible for human resources management, community relations, liaison with Chief and Council, linkages to other First Nations, the provincial and federal governments, the First Nation Health Authority, the First Nations Health Directors Association and other First Nations or Aboriginal organizations.


Job Type: 
Employment (Full Time)
Job Responsibilities: 
  • Provides administrative, budgetary, and program direction to all Health Centre team members, including employees and contractors.
  • Plans, organizes and directs a full range of health services including (but not limited to): nursing, counseling, mental health and addictions, family resource counseling, communicable disease control, maternal and child health, home care and medical transportation.
  • Supervises Health Centre team members in accordance with the approved organization chart; and, manages Health Centre human resources including interviewing and hiring of staff, assigning work and assessing performance.
  • Establishes health services program goals and objectives and determines priorities for action/ implementation.
  • Prepares budgets and manages all expenditures of Health Centre funds in accordance with approved budgets.
  • Prepares required activity and expenditure reports for the Executive Director, Chief and Council and funding agencies, in accordance with SFN policy requirements and contractual obligations.
  • Prepares policies, procedures and program standards for Health Centre operations and service delivery.
  • Determines changing priorities of community health and informs Chief and Council and the Health Committee on emerging health issues.
  • Evaluates and recommends facility improvements for Snuneymuxw First Nation health building (in consultation with the Executive Director).
  • Represents Snuneymuxw First Nation in negotiations with funding agencies regarding Health Centre program and financial issues; and, seeks program funding for expanded or enhanced programs and services.
  • Determines the need for Health Centre staff education and in-service training.
  • Motivates and coaches’ staff on providing quality and appropriate quantity of work in their assigned area(s), as well as, utilizing resources efficiently. The Health Director serves as a role model and promotes team-building skills as well as establishing and maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Develops on-going effective relationships with medical, psychologists and other health care practitioners, local and provincial government agencies, and community organizations to ensure the best possible provision of health services at Snuneymuxw First Nation.
  • Monitors and regularly evaluates health service program activities, develops and monitors appropriate indicators and quality assurance measures.
  • Manages the collection of statistical data on the overall health and well-being of Snuneymuxw First Nation community.
  • Leads a work environment that strives to meet and exceed national standards of accreditation.
  • Leads a work environment that actively seeks out and supports activities that promote client, staff, visitor, and contractor safety.
  • Actively participates on and supports the Snuneymuxw First Nation Community Safety and Justice Committee.
  • Accountable and responsible for protecting personal information that is in the Steward of Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Desired Experience: 
  • Prior experience working in a First Nations community or with Aboriginal organizations in the health or social programs is essential.
Desired Education: 
  • An undergraduate degree or college diploma in health administration or a related health or social science discipline is required.
  • Specialization in health services through advanced training (i.e. graduate degree or medical degree) is an asset.
  • A minimum of five years of program management experience including the supervision of staff in a health services setting is required.


Additional Info: 

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all responsibilities and activities required of this position.

Please submit your current resume and cover letter to: Snuneymuxw First Nation - Health

Deadline Date: Once Position is filled

Please note only those applicants who are short-listed will be contacted