Health Projects Lead

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Author kanationtalk
Date May 11, 2023
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Community Development
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Health Projects Lead (Hybrid – Ontario) Full-Time
Contract until March 31, 2024

**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change. ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Paid time off at Christmas break
  • 35-hour work week
  • Paid Summer wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on a portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honor the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally, and internationally for generations to come.


The Health Projects Lead will coordinate, build capacity, and support health projects to ensure effective training and services are provided to Indigenous women and their families, in a culturally rooted, holistic way while ensuring Indigenous women are supported in navigating through the health care system. The Lead coordinators will ensure curriculum, training, and program services are implemented and produced according to the program standards and guidelines, build capacity in program sites across the province, provide development support, and facilitate the achievement of the program deliverables. The y will lead, coach, and support a group of employees while ensuring ONWA’s vision, mandate, and objectives are met and aligned with ONWA’s Strategic Plan. They will lead health-related projects and oversee the smooth operations and delivery of health-related training including networking provincially. The lead coordinator will advocate, create, implement, and train on specific topics related to safe access to healthcare services and work to ensure best practices are implemented. They will be responsible for liaison between health partners and keeping the health team up to date on any changes including new initiatives across Ontario. The Team Lead and Program Developer will be inclusive of all nations and include indigenous health and land-based teachings in all training programs through a two-eyed seeing approach.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Health, Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies, or business with a minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in a leadership position or supervisory/management role.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities.
  • Working experience on issues related to Health Care Systems. Thorough understanding of Public Health (Community well-being) Systems and Indigenous health care systems.
  • Knowledge of the history and jurisdictional issues that impact Indigenous
  • Understanding of contextual factors influencing Indigenous community wellbeing (public health), including the social determinants of health.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and their families and awareness of Community resources provincially.
  • Strong communicator with excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills, and the ability to effectively network with all stakeholders to find collaborative solutions to complex issues.
  • Solution-oriented with proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with other health care or social service agencies, ability to network and create/maintain these relationships.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation, programming, processes and procedures, workshops, engagements, and/or conferences.
  • Experience with financial planning; to plan and manage programs/projects and support planning processes and reporting, including results-based planning and annual plans.
  • Strong project management and time management skills with the ability to proactively plan to ensure deliverables are met.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, and engage in reflective practice with constructive dialogue about professional development.
  • Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
  • Highly motivated, punctual individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision, and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to critically think and able to manage stressful situations.
  • Sets and maintains high-performance standards while practicing independently to achieve results, with an ability to follow through on assigned duties while maintaining strict deadlines.
  • Has the ability to form professional and collaborative working relationships and function as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, the internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate 2-million dollar vehicle insurance coverage, and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and reliable internet access are required for this position.
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working-from-home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in-office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • The ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • ONWA is committed to implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required. 

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, and providing all training, onboarding, and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home-based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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