Indigenous Wellness Educator, Mental Health and Substance Use

Name of organization posting this job/opportunity: 
First Nations Health Authority
Posting Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Closing Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Job Status: 
Full Time

The Indigenous Wellness Educator works with the OCNO Mental Health and Substance Use Team to design, create, and implement an educational model and to build a core curriculum with an indigenous perspective. This role collaborates with regions and community to support them acquiring the essential skills and knowledge in the areas of harm reduction, substance use and mental wellness. The Indigenous Wellness Educator incorporates and braids in community, tradition and science in order to promote wellness and build capacity in nurses, other healthcare providers and in First Nation communities. This role partners with internal resources at the FNHA regional level to respond to community and healthcare provider requests for education sessions with a focus on harm reduction and mental wellness.

Union Code - PSA (Public Service Alliance of Cda)
Hours per week - 37.5

• Designs, creates, implements curriculum that promotes capacity in First Nation communities around Mental Health and Substance Use.
• Plans and implements appropriate wellness strategies for the community accessing the Indigenous Wellness Education Programs to enhance the knowledge of healthcare providers and community members and support the regional teams in the implementation of the harm reduction trainings
• Provides professional support, advice in confidence to community requests on matters related to practices and programs
• Establishes and maintains partnerships with regions to identify and achieve regional priorities and implement programs and services for the community
• Serves as a technical specialist and advisor to the Mental Health and Substance Use team and regional staff regarding program development, implementation, management, and evaluation.
• Facilitates workshops and trainings and supports adoption of culturally appropriate service delivery based on allocation of resources and community requests
• Monitors and evaluates program projects both individually, and as a regional roll up. Provide feedback ensuring projects are on track, and identifying the need for review and/or audit where necessary.
• Develops and maintains positive and trusting working relationships
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Social Work or Psychology, plus two (2) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations.
• Knowledge of Substance Use and addiction, mental health and harm reduction
• Knowledge of program planning and evaluation.
• Analytical and interpretive skills.
• Problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to use a variety of computer software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

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!

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If you have any inquiries or issues please contact FNHA Recruitment at or 1-844-699-3186.

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