Health & Social Services Manager

Job No: HSSM
Location: Scugog, ON

  • Use your leadership skills to lead the charge in developing our community's Health and Resource centre
  • Receive a competitive hourly wage of $51.50 to $59.11 along with an excellent benefits package
  • Don't miss this chance to make a true difference to the vibrant community of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

About the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation is a strong, vibrant, and progressive Indigenous community that is approximately 1.5 hours drive from the heart of Toronto.  Located nearby to the rural community of Port Perry, MSIFN has the benefits of small town life while having a close proximity to urban areas. As part of the Anishinabek Nation and signatories to the Williams Treaties and other pre confederation treaties, MSIFN is extremely proud of our Indigenous culture and long history of protecting our Aboriginal and Treaty rights. As owners of the Great Blue Heron Casino and creators of the Noozhoo Nokiiyan Economic Development Limited Partnership, MSIFN has an entrepreneurial spirit and expectation for excellence. We encourage team members to be professional, flexible, dynamic, team players, who have a self-starting attitude and a respect for all employees in a workplace. While working within clear lines of authority, MSIFN requires someone who can bring out the best in those who surround them. We are a busy First Nation, with many capital projects and opportunities ahead.  The community and workplace is led by an elected Council of 3 (a Chief and two Councillors) and a Senior Management Team led by the First Nation Manager and including Managers from Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Health and Social Services. We value the hard work of our entire workforce and support them with a culture of collaboration and respect. 

For more information about our vibrant community please visit our homepage by clicking here.   

Make a Difference Within Our Community

Currently, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) is looking for an experienced Health & Social Services Manager to join our community and work with our senior management team in Scugog, ON on a full-time basis. Where possible this role will work remotely during the current pandemic. The hours of this role are Monday to Thursday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 1 pm though some flexibility will be required to work evening and weekends.

As our new Health & Social Services Manager, you'll report to the First Nation Manager and will be responsible for coaching the Health & Resource Centre team to plan, organize, implement, and control a variety of programs and services spanning health, social, cultural, and education. This role will also see you responsible for developing health, cultural, and social service-related policies and procedures for approval, implementation, and enforcement. In terms of leadership, this role will see you providing front line supervision, direction, guidance, and support to the Community Wellness Worker, Home Support Coordinator, Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, Community Health Nurse, Child and Youth Support Worker, First Nation Child Welfare Representative, Cultural Coordinator, HRC Administrative Assistant, Education Advisor, as well as other staff and providers who administer MSIFN health, cultural, and social programs and services to the community.

While no two days in this fast-paced role will ever be the same, your more typical responsibilities are outlined below. For a comprehensive position description please click here.

  • Supervising day to day activities of staff and ensuring adherence to HR policies and procedures. 
  • Working with the Health and Resources Centre (HRC) team to ensure program activities meet the community's needs and align with funder expectations and approved expenditures. 
  • Supporting and coaching staff with progression towards departmental objectives as well as developing staff in the areas of change management, accountability, and professional development. 
  • Fostering, encouraging, and promoting staff teamwork and effective communication. 
  • Overseeing the operations of the HRC including staffing and usage as well as troubleshooting any problem areas. 
  • Researching health-related information topics that would assist in meeting the community's health needs. 
  • Researching, developing, and implementing policies to support the implementation of best practices across program areas. 
  • Advising Council on all child welfare matters. 
  • Acting as a liaison and public relations officer in matters related to areas of responsibility. 
  • Negotiating funding agreements and planning, administering, and controlling budgets for designated programs. 
  • Acting as the Ontario Works Administrator in preparing and submitting reporting requirements. 
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with other governments, aboriginal organizations, communities, and stakeholders.  
  • Supporting the HRC staff in the development of a work plan to be created in conjunction with the employee or portfolio councillor, submitted with the annual budget each year, monitored monthly and reviewed with employees in order to measure success using the PIM process. 
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the Ontario Health East Region, DHT, and Southeast Area Health Board.
  • Coordinating service providers and contractor agreements and requirements. 
  • Coordinating budget submissions and year-end reports to funding agencies and overseeing year-end activities related to budgets.  

More About You

In order to qualify for this role, you will need at least a Bachelor's degree in health or social services along with a minimum of 5 years of management experience in the health field. A Master's degree in Health Administration Health Services, Social Services, Community Development, Public Administration or a related field is preferred. You will also have previous experience working within or with a First Nations community and a valid driver's license. Additional Indigenous training and education is considered an asset. 

You'll also join us with knowledge of/or experience with the following:

  • Knowledge of legislation governing First Nations (Ontario Health Act, Privacy Act, Child Welfare Act, Ontario Works Act, Education Act, Anishnabek Education System).
  • Knowledge of the operating structure of Indigenous Services Canada, Health Canada, Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. 
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial programs available to First Nations
  • Knowledge of the federal/provincial funding and contribution agreements, arrangements, regulations, and guidelines. 

As our ideal candidate, you will have a working knowledge of and respect for Indigenous culture, customs, traditions, and issues. In addition, it is essential that you have strong leadership and stakeholder management skills with the ability to manage, supervise, and provide support to staff. Your excellent communication skills in both written and verbal form as well as your organizational skills and timekeeping abilities will ensure your success as you work towards competing deadlines.   

In this high-profile position, you will have strategic and long-range planning skills, coupled with experience in organizational development/governance as well as public affairs. Sound decision-making skills and the ability to motivate your staff will also be crucial to your success in the role. 

Do you want to make a lasting difference to a vibrant First Nation community? Here’s your chance!

About the Benefits

In recognition for your hard work and dedication, you can look forward to a competitive hourly wage of $51.50 to $59.11 ($93,730.00 - $107,580.20/yr. based on a 35-hour workweek) along with the following excellent package:

  • Access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) along with life, AD&D, health, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Short and long-term disability. 
  • Employer pension matching scheme of 5%, voluntary contributions can be increased by a further 8%.
  • 2 weeks of vacation that increases to 5 weeks of vacation with your length of service. 
  • An additional 2 weeks of vacation during the office shut down over the holidays.
  • Managers are entitled to Lieu time for hours worked beyond 35 hours per week. 
  • 13 statutory holidays throughout the year. 
  • Bereavement leave of up to 5 scheduled business days for immediate family and up to 3 days for extended family in the unfortunate event of a death of a family member.
  • Access to the Wellness Motivational Benefit, receive payment of up to $500 twice in a lifetime for attempts at Healthy Lifestyle changes. 
  • A commitment to a policy of compensation which is internally and externally competitive and equitable. Though no pay progression is automatic, pay progression will be reviewed in line with professional development, previous work experience, seniority, cost of living, and market trends as outlined within the compensation policy.

This is your chance to be part of a dynamic and growing community where you will have the opportunity to implement processes and make your mark for the better of all.   

If you share our values and have the skills necessary to bring success to the role, then we invite you to apply today!

Please note that a criminal record check (CPIC/VSS) acceptable to the position is required upon conditional offer. Expenses for CPIC/VSS are reimbursed after orientation.

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