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Director of Health

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date February 16, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Assembly of First Nations
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Higgins Executive Search
Contact Information

Director of Health

Assembly of First Nation.

Established in 1982, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is modelled after the United Nations General Assembly. AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nations communities and in cities and towns across the country.

First Nations leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs As-semblies held at least twice a year. The AFN National Executive is made up of a National Chief, 10 Regional Chiefs and the chairs of Elders, Women’s and Youth councils. The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations. This includes the facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advo-cacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as the public and private sectors and the general public.

The Role

The Health portfolio receives the largest funding at the AFN and oversees complex areas affecting First Nations Health including: Mental Health, Non-Insured Health Benefits, Home and Community Care, and Chronic Disease. You will lead the implementation of the National Chief’s mandate and effective national health advocacy strate-gies.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Health will work regularly with government officials (primarily Health Canada) to negotiate, advance and promote First Nations health related positions, policies, and interests. They will lead the AFN planning initiatives and develop broad strategy and policy positions for all health-related matters. The Director of Health will be an energetic leader ensuring strong performance of the dedicated health team and will develop positive and reciprocal relationships with First Nations on a national, regional and communi-ty level as well as with international Indigenous groups and organizations as well as maintaining relationships with mainstream leadership and representatives.

The successful candidate will have significant knowledge and understanding of health and wellness in First Nations communities. They will also have successful management experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, north-ern, urban and international governments and officials. A post graduate degree in public health or a related field of study and 5 to 7 years of direct, relevant, senior experience will be required. Equivalent combination of educa-tion and experience and a minimum of 5 years’ experience with First Nations health related senior roles will be taken into consideration.

For more information or to apply for this national health leadership opportunity located in Ottawa offering a strong benefits and pension plan, and relocation assistance, please contact Brock Higgins at 613-788-8254 ext. 101 or submit your resume and related information electronically to

For more information on the Assembly of First Nations please visit


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