Director, Health

Social Branch · Ottawa, Ontario
Department Social Branch
Employment Type Permanent-Full-Time

                                     Director, Health

           Refer to Competition Number 2021-SOC-04



Description: The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is seeking an experienced Director to lead the Health Sector and build, develop and motivate the team in the successful achievement of the Sector plans, priorities and strategic objectives. The Assembly of First Nations Health Sector is mandated to protect, promote, and advocate for the Inherent, Treaty, and Constitutional rights of First Nations to equitable and self-determined health care.  The Health Sector also promotes holistic, culturally based, and strengths-based approaches to First Nations wellness This position has the responsibility to lead the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the mandates of AFN’s wide-ranging initiatives which include: exploring federal Health legislation, Long Term Care, Non-Insured Health Benefits, and the Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.


Reporting to the Senior Director, Social Branch, the Director of Health works closely with the other Director’s in the branch. The goal of the Social branch is to increase recognition of First Nations jurisdiction over health while improving the quality of programs and service delivery. The Director is responsible for the strong performance of the Sector, implementation of the political mandates, the achievement of work plans and objectives, and effective national advocacy strategies in First Nations (FN) related issues. The incumbent develops positive, reciprocal relationships with international, national, regional, and local First Nations and mainstream leadership, while also working regularly with government officials, both regionally and nationally, to negotiate, advance, and promote First Nation positions, policies, and interests in all matters related to Health services.


Who Can Apply:  Persons of First Nations descent will be given preference (s. 16(1) CHRA). Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree in, Political Science, Health Administration,  Public Administration, or a related field of study with 3-5years of relevant and progressive management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and  5-7 years of related experience working with First Nations, and related policies to the position.  Equivalency may be considered if the candidate’s education is less than the minimum requirement but possesses over 5 years of relevant progressive management experience. The incumbent must also possess:

  • Significant knowledge and understanding of issues in First Nations communities and the complexities of First Nations Health services, program, policies, and legislation;
  • Demonstrated superior written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, northern, urban and international governments and officials;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal & negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership and people management skills;
  • Experience developing and managing budgets;
  • Diplomacy, tact and decision-making ability;
  • Planning & organization skills; and
  • English is the working language, however the ability to work in both official languages (English/French) is an asset, as is knowledge of an Indigenous language(s).

Salary & Benefits:            The AFN offers competitive salaries, strong benefits, and a pension plan.

Location:                          Ottawa, Ontario – Please note that AFN is currently working remotely to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our employees


Employment Status:       Permanent Full-time position

Closing Date:                    June 18, 2021 5 pm EST

Individuals who feel they are qualified are invited to submit a cover letter (quoting the above reference number)

along with a current resume, and the names of three (3) work related references:

Assembly of First Nations, Human Resources

55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L5

Website: BambooHR

Interviews will be held via Zoom. While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

AFN may cancel, postpone, or revise employment opportunities at any time.         

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  • Location
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Department
    Social Branch
  • Employment Type