Director, Mental Wellness and Healing

Position Type : Full-time

Closing Date : Sunday, May 26, 2024 by 4:30 p.m.

Tajikeimɨk is seeking an experienced leader to join our team as the Director, Mental Wellness and Healing in our developing organization. Reporting to the Executive Director and working in collaboration with others as part of our health transformation journey, the Director is responsible for a Mi’kmaw led, comprehensive health planning process that will design and deliver a more wholistic, trauma informed, and culturally safe system that meets the mental wellness and healing needs of Mi’kmaw communities and individuals.

As a member of the team leading health transformation, the Director will provide leadership for the successful transfer of responsibilities from the Federal government, for improved collaboration with the provincial health system, and for the design and delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of Mi’kmaw communities. The Director will be responsible for leading health services planning, delivering on transformation initiatives, and providing clinical leadership and oversight to enable the achievement of the organization’s strategic goals and objectives to improve mental wellness and healing.

What you’ll do:

  • Develops and leads a health services planning process that supports the design of a mental wellness and healing system that is based on Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) and better meets the needs of communities and individuals
  • Applies clinical expertise and traditional knowledge to lead the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of mental wellness and healing programs, services, and models of care
  • Leads the development and implementation of a Mi’kmaw Mental Wellness and Healing Strategy and Action Plan to support health transformation
  • Ensures that Mi’kmaw culture and values are central to health planning by integrating Mi’kmaw values, culture, and a two-eyed seeing approach
  • Engages with Health Directors and partner organizations to ensure that their perspective continues to inform health transformation and health services planning
  • Supports successful health transformation by applying expertise in mental wellness and healing and skills and knowledge in planning, facilitation, and project management
  • Builds and maintains positive and effective working relationships with communities, Health Directors, Indigenous partner organizations, government partners, and funders
  • Represents the organization in external initiatives that support the advancement of mental wellness and healing
  • Supports the development of project plans that enable the successful transfer of responsibilities from the federal government

What we’re looking for:

  • You are recognized by others for your expertise in mental wellness and healing
  • You have demonstrated clinical experience in the area of mental wellness and healing and have experience providing clinical supervision and oversight of others
  • You are a strategic change leader and systems thinker who fosters inclusion and facilitates consensus building You have demonstrated success in leading initiatives to improve health services and programs and in managing complex initiatives involving a range of partners
  • You are an innovative thinker with experience leading process improvement, quality improvement, and innovation initiatives
  • You have knowledge of project management methodologies and principles
  • You possess strong collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and negotiation skills
  • You are results focused and have a proven track record of strategic thinking, effective decision making, and supporting others through change
  • You have sound knowledge of Mi’kmaw culture and experience with Mi’kmaw organizations
  • You are a relationship builder and have experience in working with government agencies, preferably in the delivery of health services
  • You have passion, personal alignment, and commitment to Mi’kmaw health and wellness through self-determination over health and wellness

Your qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline. Masters degree in a related field of study considered an asset.
  • If applicable, registration with and a member of good standing of the relevant health discipline college/association.
  • Minimum of five years of recent experience in a health leadership role.
  • Previous experience working in or with First Nations communities.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in the area of mental wellness and healing.
  • Previous leadership experience in strategic planning, health services planning, and project planning
  • Experience and knowledge of Mi’kmaw community health and wellness strengths and challenges and Indigenous community, provincial, and federal health systems, policies, programs, and strategies.
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, in the Mi’kmaw language would be an asset.
  • Preference will be given to Mi’kmaw applicants.

Salary: to be negotiated based on experience.
Location: Millbrook, Membertou, or to be determined
Closing: May 26, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

Please email your resume and cover letter, in confidence, to:

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Organization
Tajikeimɨk | Mi’kmaw Health and Wellness is the new and developing health and wellness organization being created to lead health transformation on behalf of Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia. In collaboration with Chiefs, Grand Council, and Health Directors, Tajikeimɨk will build on and evolve the health and wellness services and programs used by Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia; improve health service delivery; and strengthen coordination with Federal and Provincial health system partners—with the goal of improving overall health for Mi’kmaq and communities.

If you are a highly creative individual, seeking an exciting position in a dynamic environment where you can make a difference, Tajikeimɨk is looking for you.

Elukuti’kw wjit naji-wlo’ltinenew utanminal. ~ We are working toward better health for all in our communities.

Join us on this journey

Community organizations and members will have opportunities to help shape and develop health and wellness programs and service priorities for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. Stay up to date with progress by following us on social media.

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