Tribal Health Educator
Full Time Indefinite Term
Southeast Resource Development Council Corporation (SERDC) Health Services is seeking a motivated, experienced and energetic individual for our organization to fill the role of Tribal Health Educator – Full Time Indefinite Term.
SERDC Health is accredited by the Canadian Accreditation Council to provide exceptional 2nd level services to eight or more First Nation Communities in Manitoba. We are community-focused, community-driven, and seeking enthused individuals to make a difference in First Nations Health.
The successful candidate will have a strong and proven ability to; coordinate, provide support/prevention strategies and services in the areas of Harm Reduction, Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBI’s) in SERDC First Nation Communities. This position will primarily be responsible for coordinating activities for SERDC First Nation communities as well as non-affiliated Indigenous communities in the respective region.
Reporting directly to the Tribal Nursing Officer this role requires an individual who, believes in and practices the principles of harm reduction, can demonstrate strong community engagement skills and work independently within a work plan to meet expected deliverables.
If you are someone with experience working in and with First Nation communities in the area of public health, harm reduction education, experience in supporting a team and organization has excellent people skills, enjoys helping others and is ready for a new challenge, we want to hear from you!
- · Engage and collaborate with internal and external partners (e.g. NNADAP, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network, RHA’s, etc.).
- · Consult with community leadership(s), attain buy-in for a targeted approach to Harm Reduction and determine community readiness.
- · Conduct health promotion and capacity building initiatives in communities.
- · Identify clients in need and provide appropriate referrals, including assisting clients with accessing support services and providing access to local testing and treatment initiatives.
- · Facilitate/organize harm reduction strategies including needle/syringe exchange in adherence with an identified exchange policy and procedure, safer sex - condom distribution, overdose prevention, etc.
- · Provide written and verbal harm reduction/STBBI’s information on safer strategies.
- · Collaborate with community agencies and service providers and assist in local advocacy efforts.
- · Conduct data collection within the program and community, analyzing the data, compiling and submitting required summary reports and planning program delivery according to the goals and objectives of the program.
- Develop effective, trusting relationships with clients and community members, with a focus on facilitating individuality and maintenance of improved physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
- Provide assistance to communities and other appropriate resources as determined.
- Keep current on new initiatives and research in related health areas and ensure staff is aware of new treatment methods as required.
- Maintain a current, thorough knowledge of community resources and utilize these to provide comprehensive, supportive services to clients and support to staff.
- Maintain and ensure client confidentiality at all times.
- Oversee all aspects of the program development and delivery.
- Working collaboratively with SERDC Health Services staff to ensure excellence in programming and delivery.
- Prepare reports for funder(s) and liaising with referring sources when required.
- Provide on-going, one-on-one guidance and support to clients and other health staff.
- Make appropriate referrals to other agencies/identify if interventions if required.
- Conducting follow-up calls to clients and record information gathered for documentation purposes.
- Participate in internal/external meetings as required and other education/networking and professional development opportunities as identified by immediate supervisor.
- Maintain current, thorough knowledge of community resources and utilize these to provide comprehensive, supportive services to clients and support staff.
- Participate in internal/external meetings as required and other education/networking and professional development opportunities as identified by Immediate Supervisor.
- Adhere to all SERDC policies.
- Undertaking other duties as assigned.
Conditions of Employment:
· Must produce a satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search).
· Must produce a satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check.
· Must produce a satisfactory Adult Abuse Registry Check.
Education & Experience
· Post-secondary education in a related field or a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the field of community health and/or social service.
· Combination of education & experience (**significant experience may be substituted for education) as determined by SERDC.
- Strong knowledge of harm reduction, safer sex, syringe services, and overdose prevention strategies.
- Valid current CPR/First Aid Certification.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the Indigenous community.
- Self-directed, motivated and flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of Indigenous/SERDC communities/cultures and traditions.
- Five or more years’ experience working with youth and individuals of all ages with drug addictions or who are at risk of developing an addiction.
- Experience working in the field of health promotion, HIV/STBBI, and Hepatitis C.
- Knowledge of and experience working from a harm reduction model of care.
- Ability to work flexible hours to ensure timely completion of the demands of the position.
- Excellent understanding and application of a computer/laptop including usage of MS Office programs.
- Strong time management and ability to multi-task.
- Excellent communication skills – interpersonal, written, verbal.
- Proven understanding of First Nations health care.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain professional relations and managerial skills.
- Knowledge of the issues and challenges in First Nations Health Management, and of the structure and operations of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada and other Federal/Provincial departments and programs.
- Knowledge of other health organizations within Manitoba.
- Capable to develop timely, sensitive analyses in a complex and rapidly changing environment;
- Knowledge and competence to plan, budget, develop, implement and evaluate projects/strategies relating to the management of health issues.
- Excellent research and writing skills.
- Ability to speak an Indigenous language is an asset.
- Capability to lift at least 50lbs and travel - by all forms of transportation, to remote and northern First Nation communities in MB.
- Current and valid MB Driver’s License with accessibility to a reliable insured vehicle.
SERDC recognizes the importance of building an exemplary service delivery organization that is equal, inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. Preference will be given to qualified SERDC or First Nation members who voluntarily self-declare in their application.
***Reasonable accommodation is available upon applicant request.
This is a Full-Time position located in our Winnipeg office. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Deadline for applications: Open until filled
Please send a current resume with an up to date covering letter in confidence to:
Director of Human Resources
6th Floor – 360 Broadway Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T6
Phone: (204) 956-7500 Fax: (204) 956-7382