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Position: Manager, Indigenous Reconciliation   Location: London, Ontario

The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) has an exciting opportunity for a Manager, Indigenous Reconciliation to work within the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer. Reporting to the Chief Nursing Officer, the Manager will provide leadership for and participate in implementation of MLHU’s reconciliation plan. Taking Action on Reconciliation: An Organizational Plan for the Middlesex-London Health Unit includes recommendations in the areas of awareness and education, supportive environments, relationships, research, workforce development, governance, and equitable access and service delivery. The Manager will lead and engage in planning, implementing, and evaluating agency-wide efforts to further refine and carry out MLHU’s reconciliation plan, and will also supervise a Health Promoter and Program Assistant engaged in this work. The Manager will work in close collaboration with the Manager, Health Equity. Implementation of the Reconciliation Plan requires collaboration with all teams and leaders across the organization, as well as with various community partners, including Indigenous-led organizations, and First Nations. The Manager will champion Indigenous reconciliation and health equity and will be responsible for effective and efficient delivery of initiatives that promote reconciliation and health equity as essential for the well-being of all.

The successful candidate will use their experience and expertise to:

  • Contribute to the realization of MLHU’s vision and mission, and the living out of MLHU’s values
  • Support the implementation of MLHU’s strategic plan
  • Ensure adherence to the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services, and Accountability, including the Health Equity Guideline and the Relationship with Indigenous Communities Guideline
  • Provide leadership in the areas of Indigenous reconciliation and health equity
  • Oversee, coordinate, and actively engage in refining and implementing all recommendations in MLHU’s Reconciliation Plan
  • Facilitate and support individual and organizational capacity-building for reconciliation
  • Engage in program planning, implementation, evaluation, and evidence-informed decision-making
  • Provide consultative support to employees at all levels across the organization regarding Indigenous reconciliation, and act a liaison where needed
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including local Indigenous populations, First Nations, and Indigenous-led organizations
  • Actively participate on MLHU’s Leadership Team
  • Act as a mentor and resource for staff, and manage staff performance
  • Manage budgets
  • Oversee continuous quality improvement and risk management

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a health or related discipline preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in a health or related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in Indigenous health and/or reconciliation work
  • Demonstrated understanding of health equity and experience in taking action to reduce health inequities
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience working with anti-racism, anti-oppression, and culturally safe approaches, and in creating safe and inclusive environments for diverse populations
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous history, colonization, racism, and Calls to Action
  • Significant expertise and experience working with local Indigenous people, First Nations, and Indigenous-led organizations
  • Established relationships with local and/or regional Indigenous communities/organizations
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in project management; engagement and relationship building with partners, stakeholders, and priority populations; program and strategic planning; comprehensive population health promotion; and individual and organizational capacity building
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in providing leadership, mobilizing others, taking risks, and engaging in evidence-informed decision-making
  • Well-developed oral and written communication, facilitation, critical thinking, interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Communication proficiency (written and verbal) in French and/or any other languages is an asset

The Health Unit offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. Please see www.healthunit.com for further information about our programs and services.

Qualified applicants who identify as Indigenous will be given preference, in accordance with MLHU’s Reconciliation Plan and the special program provisions of the Human Rights Code. Candidates are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their cover letter, in a transparent manner, as part of the application process. When a candidate voluntarily discloses such information in their application, the information will be kept confidential and will be used only for the fulfillment of the purpose of the special hiring program. Disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking community will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.

To apply to this position, please submit all applications electronically via our Career Opportunities page at www.healthunit.com by October 27, 2021 quoting posting #IRFTMGR-1021.

Information concerning applicants is collected under the authority of the Health Protection & Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H-7, as amended, and will be used to consider suitability for employment. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Accommodations are available, upon request, to support potential applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. Should you require accommodation, please contact our Human Resources Department at 519-663-5317, extension 2512 or at accessibility@mlhu.on.ca

The Mission of the Middlesex-London Health Unit is to promote and protect the health of our community.