First Nations Health Directors Association


New Job Opportunity: Advisor (West Vancouver, BC)

October 13th, 2022

FNHA Overview

The First Nations Health Authority is a diverse and transformational health organization of professional, innovative and dedicated team members and leaders.

The first of its kind in Canada, FNHA works as a health-and-wellness partner with BC First Nations to support self-determination and decision-making to improve health outcomes.

Join Our Historic Journey

At FNHA, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history.  With a unique governing structure and mandate, our fluid work environment means you can play an active role in real change. Our talented teams value respect and foster lateral kindness in their working relationships.  Our holistic approach to wellness, based on First Nations teachings, is incorporated into all aspects of work culture.  Where else will you get to create a personal wellness plan as part of your performance goals?

Position Summary

Provides strategic advice, guidance and support to management, staff, the First Nations Health Council and the First Nations Health Directors Association.  Support the Director in the development, execution and maintenance of function specific strategies, programs, processes and procedures that align with overall organizational needs and goals.  Proactively and routinely encounters complex issues (may include political and community issues) and demonstrates innovative thinking by researching, analyzing and preparing recommendations relating to the relevant functional area, and to the FNHC/FNHDA Shared Secretariat function overall.

As a health and wellness organization, the First Nations Health Authority has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at First Nations Health Authority. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.


·   Provides advice and supports the Director, Executive Director and the Shared Secretariat in general to support projects pertaining to the FNHC and FNHDA

·   Works closely with the Senior Advisor to provide in-depth analysis and recommendations to address strategic and operational issues related to the applicable portfolios; monitors and tracks the recommendations to ensure continuous transformation of services, programs and initiatives

·   Provides options and recommendations to support change management efforts, including risk analysis and other pressing transition and transformation issues that arise, and work with the appropriate experts to coordinate opinions 

·   Leads appropriate research initiatives and prepares briefing notes, briefings, reports, publications, strategies, presentations, etc. 

·  Participates in horizontal initiatives in collaboration with other FNHA staff and departments including but not limited to  coordinating activities and information to support individuals and teams, in order to carry out operational activities

A full job description is available upon request.


·   University degree in public policy, political science, First Nations governance, or related discipline plus 4-6 years of relevant specialized experience  or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

·   Significant, relevant and recent experience in providing written advice, communication tools, briefings or published papers

·   Significant, relevant and recent experience in project management supporting projects and small teams 

·  Experience in research, report and publications writing

·  Experience with public health and policy is an asset

·  Experience in maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships with First Nations communities, health associations, government(s) is an asset

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

·  Knowledge of the BC First Nations Health Governance Structure, Tripartite agreements and processes, including transition and transformation

·   Knowledge of project management processes, cycles, methods and approaches

·   Understanding of current health issues facing BC First Nation individuals 

·   Knowledge of change management practices and principles

·   Awareness – Thorough knowledge of the current First Nations health governance landscape in BC.

·   Decision making – Uses sound judgment to make good decisions based on information gathered and analyzed. Considers all pertinent facts and alternatives before deciding on the most appropriate action.  Commits to decision.

·   Problem solving – Analyzes problem by gathering and organizing all relevant information.  Identifies cause and effect relationships.  Comes up with appropriate solutions with minimal supervision. 

Closing Statement


The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

What You Can Expect From Us

Joining our family means joining an organization that supports personal growth, in-house training, a paid volunteer day and a unique full-day orientation program.

Leading with culture, all FNHA employees complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We support our family to be leaders in wellness and all staff members develop a yearly wellness plan as part of their performance partnership and goal-setting.


Please note that only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted. If you do not hear from us about this position, please accept our sincere appreciation for your interest in FNHA!  

For more information about us, please visit: or contact FNHA Recruitment at or call 1-844-699-3186.

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