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Health Coordinator, Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

Kawawachikamach, Québec
Deadline October 18, 2013


The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach (the “Nation”) is a Naskapi (First Nation) community of about 1,110 community members. Kawawachikamach is located in the sub-arctic region of Québec, approximately 16 km northeast of Schefferville, and has been home to the Naskapis since its construction in the early 1980s. The main language spoken is Naskapi, English is introduced in grade 3.  

Due to the isolated location of the community there are difficulties in receiving services and resources. Kawawachikamach is only accessible by plane (Air Inuit) or train (from Sept-Îles, Quebec). This isolation factor creates unique health issues. There are also challenges that affect the hiring and retention of health workers within the community.

Personnel Required: One (both women and men are encouraged to apply);

Duration: Contract position, one year renewable;

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week; (evening and weekend work may be required);

Wage: Commensurate to experience, Vehicle/Accommodations

Start Date: November, 2013 (start date to be confirmed).


The applicants must:

  • possess as a minimum a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other addictions/social service-related university program from an accredited post-secondary institution;
  • have previous work-related experience in good standing (e.g. performance reference check);
  • have excellent English and French verbal and written communication skills;
  • have above average computer knowledge and skills;
  • be outgoing and able to motivate community members;
  • have outreach experience and be enthusiastic and inclusive;
  • enjoy working independently and as part of a team, and be able to multi-task;
  • have administrative and organizational skills and demonstrate team leader qualities.

The following will also be considered an asset:

  • knowledge of First Nation communities and community health needs;
  • certification as an Addictions Counsellor or Specialist from one of the recognized Canadian Certification bodies (e.g. FNWACC, CACCF, CCPC, etc.), with emphasis on Cultural Competencies;
  • sensitivity to working within a small isolated First Nation community;
  • strong understanding of social problems (dependency, addictions, low self esteem, etc.) and family problems (single parenting, domestic violence, fragmentation and blending of families, etc.);
  • previous experience in managing reporting obligations for federal agencies.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Nation Office Operations, the Health Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all of the Nation’s health programs, for liaising with representatives of the Naskapi CLSC to ensure the efficient delivery of the said Program and for supervising the Nation’s frontline workers. The Health Coordinator will undertake duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • participate as an important member of the community health team;
  • prioritize, oversee and assist in the implementation of community health and social services based on the Nation’s health plan;
  • develop, oversee, and facilitate, as the case may be, activities that enhance community health awareness;
  • work closely with the Health Committee that oversees Naskapi control of health and social services;
  • identify and address community health needs through a collaborative approach with health and social workers;
  • meet reporting requirements for the Naskapi Health Committee, Council, and to appropriate funding authorities by ensuring the completion of activity reports and the monitoring  of expenses in accordance with contribution agreements;
  • oversee the Nation’s Health Canada budget by authorising expenses based on program requirements;
  • organize and maintain a working filing system;
  • collect, analyze and share appropriate information;  
  • network and maintain a good working relationship with internal and external workers, organizations and agencies, including the community-based health program personnel, community- and regionally-based resources, and other community members;
  • participate on behalf of the Nation in meetings and conferences;
  • provide support and motivation to health personnel, including coordination for the organization of community events and individual follow-up with internal and external personnel and organizations;
  • strengthen and create more efficient coordinated health and social service approaches for the Naskapi people, and improve Naskapi health service management and coordination skills;
  • identify and evaluate the need for participation by local personnel in trainings, conferences, etc., and ensure proper follow-up following such initiatives;
  • be a spokesperson in the health field, including participation in the Kawawachikamach Career Fair;
  • other related tasks that may be assigned from time to time by the Director of Nation Office Operations and/or Council.

Due Date of Applications

Applications must be submitted by 18 October, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. to Only applications retained will be contacted.