Director, Indigenous Strategy and Relations

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 7, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Association of Ontario Health Centres
Location Toronto, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Association of Ontario Health Centres
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Director, Indigenous Strategy and Relations
Full-Time, Fixed-Term Employee Contract
3 Year Contract Term with Annual Extension Renewals, Conditional of Funding

Our Vision:  The best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.

Our Mission:  We champion transformative change to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities facing barriers to health.

On behalf of the Aboriginal Health Centres Executive Director Circle, we are seeking a skilled and experienced Director, Indigenous Strategy and Relations with solid knowledge of Indigenous communities to join the dynamic team at the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC).

The Director, Indigenous Strategy and Relations is a highly visible position dedicated to implement the Aboriginal Health Centres Strategy within the proposed health system transformation;  aligned with the guiding principles for decision making, the Ontario Aboriginal Health Policy and the Model of Wholistic Health and Wellbeing.

This position will be responsible to lead a team of community engagement specialists, capacity development officers and administrative coordinator for the advancement of improved health outcomes for Indigenous people across Ontario. This position reports to AOHC’s Chief Executive Officer and works closely with the Aboriginal Health Centres Executive Director Circle, Indigenous Community Engagement Specialists in the field and AOHC staff.


You will:

  • Lead a team of Indigenous community engagement and health care capacity specialists, working closely with government partners and Indigenous stakeholders to improve cross sector intelligence informing Indigenous health service delivery development;
  • Facilitate input to response to MOHLTC’s Patients First Act on health system transformation among Aboriginal Health Centres Executive Director,  Aboriginal Community Health Centres and other Indigenous provincially-funded primary health care service providers;
  • In collaboration with the Team, prepare primary care scan, options and recommendations;
  • Broadly engage with indigenous and other relevant stakeholders identified by Aboriginal Health Centres Circle (likely to include LHINs, MOHLTC, MCYS and other partners) to secure endorsement and support for Aboriginal Health Centres’, Aboriginal Community Health Centres’ and other provincially funded primary health care providers towards improving Indigenous health and wellness outcomes ;
  • Implement framework and action plan for Aboriginal Health Centres and Aboriginal Community Health Centres evolution;
  • Explore renaming/rebranding of Aboriginal Health Centres.

Qualifications and Experience:

Understanding of Indigenous Communities

  • Proven Team Leadership capabilities with high performance and quality;
  • High levels of business and political acumen;
  • Proven experience working with status and non-status First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations, on and off-reserve in urban and rural settings within Indigenous  communities;
  • Proven experience with cross sector planning and collaboration in high paced, diverse environments;
  • Demonstrated excellent relationship management and communication expertise;
  • Extensive knowledge of Indigenous community engagement methods, approaches and techniques;
  • Staff and team coaching and mentoring experience;
  • Must have knowledge of Indigenous cultures and communities across Ontario;
  • Must have knowledge of the impacts of colonization and residential schools and current community priorities for reconciliation and change;
  • Ability to speak Ojibway, Oji-Cree or Cree considered an asset;
  • Conducts work in keeping with the Aboriginal Health Centres/ Aboriginal Community Health Centres commitment to the model of wholistic health and wellbeing, health equity, anti-oppression, anti-racism, de-colonization Indigenous Cultural Safety  and as per the Ontario Government Employment and Safety legislation.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Master’s degree in health studies, public health, health promotion, public administration or business administration;
  • Candidates who are currently enrolled in these programs may be considered for mentorship;
  • Understanding of community-based, interprofessional team base approach to health care delivery;
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a health or social services environment, specifically working in quality improvement, planning and/or performance management;
  • Experience working within Indigenous service providers and communities in the advancement of health and wellness.


  • Highly skilled in the area of community engagement;
  • Successful and effective leadership, coaching and facilitation skills;
  • Strong time management and excellent organizational skills to balance varying priorities and assignments, often with strict deadlines;
  • Superior people skills, communication and influencing skills;
  • Demonstrated superb project management skills;
  • Demonstrated capability to work collaboratively with stakeholder organizations;
  • Ability to work effectively on team projects; self-motivation and experience in making independent judgments within the context of established assignments, policies and procedures;
  • Creative problem-solving skills;
  • Solid understanding of the Aboriginal Health Centre and Community Health Centre sector an asset;
  • Proficiency in the use of Windows and Microsoft Office software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Visio, PowerPoint, Outlook;
  • Conducts work in keeping with AOHC’s commitment to Anti-Oppression, Cultural Competency and as per the Ontario Government Employment and Safety legislation.

Compensation:  AOHC offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package, including pension with HOOPP. Salary is commensurate on qualifications, experience and is set within the AOHC’s established salary grid and policy guidelines.

Application deadline: March 24, 2017 at 10:00am EST

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume in confidence to  Please have “Director Indigenous Strategy and Relations” in the subject line of your email.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres is an equal opportunity employer and Indigenous applicants will be preferred for this critical role.  Indigenous applicants are kindly asked to self-identify as Indigenous in their cover letter.

Upon request, reasonable accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants in advance however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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