SVDN Health Employment Opportunity – Health Director position (2021.12.17)

Health Director

Sioux Valley Health Centre

Position Summary:  Reporting to the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Chief and Council, the Health Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community’s health services and the Sioux Valley Health Centre; providing sound leadership in areas of program development; strategic planning; operating and capital budgeting; human resources management / staff development; government relations and accreditation execution. The Health Director, in all contexts and domains of practice and at all levels of decision making, conduct her / him / other staff in an ethically responsible manner. These responsibilities apply to the Director’s interactions with all persons who have healthcare needs or are receiving care as well as with students, colleagues, and other health care providers.


  • Leadership regarding Health and Wellness Programs and Services
  • Planning
  • Compliance
  • Policies, process, and procedure development
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Communications
  • Management
  • Role Model


  • Knowledge and understanding of the political, cultural, and spiritual protocols of First Nations communities.
  • Knowledge of the health and wellness challenges and opportunities in the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
  • Knowledge of the historical factors and trauma, e.g., residential schools, aspects of colonization, etc., that are relevant to the community’s health and wellness challenges.
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health, e.g., health services, housing, food security, education, social safety network, etc.
  • Current knowledge of the First Nations health system in Manitoba.
  • General knowledge of the key governing documents in the First Nation health care landscape.
  • Knowledge of the services, structures, legislation, regulations and processes regarding First Nations health and wellness in Manitoba including on- and off-reserve jurisdiction issues and decisions.
  • Knowledge of the Privacy Act and legislation that is applicable to the First Nations Health Departments, Manitoba’s Employment Standards Act, and other legislation that is applicable to the Director of Health role.
  • Knowledge of the structure of health and wellness services in Manitoba and how the health systems interact.
  • Knowledge of the health and wellness programs, services and related resources offered by First Nations organizations as well as by the federal and provincial governments.
  • Knowledge of basic planning approaches and tools.
  • Knowledge of the principles and theories behind accurate data and information management, as it applies to health planning and reporting.
  • Knowledge of basic financial and budgeting processes and protocols.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management process, tools, and protocols.
  • Respectful of the unique cultural and spiritual teachings of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and the Dakota Oyate.
  • Serve as an active and informed leader in the provision of health and wellness services to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
  • Serve the community thoughtfully and in accordance with their unique health priorities and needs.
  • Abide by the values of trust, respect, honour, honesty, humility, courage, and truth.
  • Carry out the role of a Director of Health with integrity and responsibility.
  • Motivated to create improved health and wellness outcomes for the community they serve.


  • University degree/diploma in Human Services, Health Sciences, or a related field (e.g., Nursing MN or BN, Health Care Management, Social Development, or other related degree), or acceptable combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Significant, recent, and relevant experience working in a health setting (demonstrated over a period of five years or more) including the development, implementation, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of health and social services programs and services.
  • Experience in the development of culturally relevant and safe programs and services, including monitoring and evaluation, ideally with a health and social services focus.
  • Demonstrated experience in management and leadership of staff and contractors.
  • Demonstrated experience in people management including describing work, recruitment, learning, development and career planning, coaching, mentoring, and performance management.
  • Experience in collaborative planning at a community level, ideally with a health and social services focus, and including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in the collaborative and integrated development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on community health and wellness plans.
  • Demonstrated experience working with First Nations, including leadership.
  • As a condition of employment, a Satisfactory Criminal Record Check, Clear Adult Abuse Registry Check, and Clear Child Abuse Registry Check will be required.

Please submit Resume and Cover letter along with salary expectation and three supervisory references by Friday December 17, 2021 to:           

Human Resources Director

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

P.O. Box 38

Griswold, Manitoba R0M 0S0

We thank all who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted