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Chief Medical Officer of Health

Inqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Deadline: August 02, 2014  12:00:00 am



Chief Medical Officer of Health
(2 positions)

The Government of Nunavut is hiring for the positions of Chief Medical Officer of Health and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Nunavut covers a huge geographical area, with no highway infrastructure and a shortage of many of the services Canadians have come to expect. There are approximately 32,000 residents, spread across 25 communities. With a predominantly young population and a growing aging population, Nunavut suffers from high unemployment and a limited economic base, as well as a housing shortage. Both of these roles will assess, and respond to, the Territory’s demographic, physical, mental and social challenges as they relate to the health of the population.

Nunavut Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ref. PH142415)

Reporting to the Deputy Minister, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) is a strategic leader responsible for assessing the health status, and threats to the well-being, of Nunavummiut and responding to their needs by working with individuals, organizations and all levels of government to ameliorate territorial health care. The CMOH is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of public health practice in Nunavut and advocating for the preservation and improvement of the health of Nunavummiut. Working closely with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Executive Director of Population Health, Regional Directors and Government of Nunavut departments, the CMOH will contribute to improving the health and well-being of Nunavummiut and to Nunavut communities thriving economically, socially and culturally.  

You will also foster positive working relationships with the Nunavut communities, community/regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, Inuit organizations, and territorial and federal organizations as integral elements of program planning and service delivery, to ensure that public health programs and services provide community-based solutions that work to improve the health and social well-being of Nunavummiut.

As CMOH, you will contribute to the achievement of a representative public service by focusing on the removal of systemic barriers and the continual recruitment and development of Inuit within the Division. You will be accountable for incorporating Inuit Societal Values into the day-to-day operations of the Public Health Division and the Department of Health.  Five positions report directly to the CMOH.

To succeed in this role, you will possess a strong knowledge and understanding of public health issues and priorities, socioeconomic issues and public sector structures and mandates. You have accumulated a strong knowledge of management theory and strong communication, fiscal management, leadership and interpersonal skills, gained through academic and practical experience. The combination of knowledge, skills and abilities would normally be acquired through completion of a medical degree, FRCP Public Health and Preventive Medicine preferred, with 5 years’ experience as a Medical Officer of Health.

Nunavut Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ref. PH142406)

Reporting to, and collaborating with, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health (DCMOH) provides leadership and support for the development of territorial strategies to improve, protect and promote the health of Nunavummiut. The DCMOH works with operational staff across Nunavut to research strategies and develop recommendations for actions to improve the health and social well-being of Nunavummiut and help communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally. The DCMOH is a member of the Public Health management team and is responsible for ensuring the proper coordination and functioning of the professional and administrative aspects of the Health Protection Section of Public Health. The DCMOH is accountable for performance outcomes and responsiveness of public health interventions. The DCMOH shares on-call duties with the CMOH and acts in the absence of the CMOH.

The DCMOH contributes to the achievement of a representative public service by focusing on the removal of systemic barriers and the recruitment and development of Inuit within the Division. The DCMOH is accountable for incorporating Inuit Societal Values into the day-to-day operations of the Public Health Division and the Department. Two positions report directly to the DCMOH.

As DCMOH, you will also foster positive working relationships with the Nunavut communities, community/regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, Inuit organizations, and territorial and federal organizations as integral elements of program planning and service delivery, to ensure that public health programs and services provide community-based solutions that work to improve the health and social well-being of Nunavummiut.

To succeed in this role, you will draw on your strong knowledge of public health issues in Nunavut and Canada, as well as of public institutions. You will have a commanding medical knowledge, including communicable disease management, epidemiology (and the software used in dealing with it), and environmental factors. You understand management theory, program planning and health policy formulation. You can demonstrate strong analytical skills in pursuing results-oriented outcomes, while taking into account political considerations, and community opinion. Knowledge of Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun would be an asset. This combination of knowledge, skills and abilities would normally be acquired through completion of a medical degree, FRCP Public Health and Preventive Medicine preferred, with 3 years’ experience as a Medical Officer of Health.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, IN CONFIDENCE, TO:
Phelps Talent and Executive Search
401 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON  M5H 2Y4
Nunavut@phelpsgroup.ca

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce, so that it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. While all responses will be appreciated and handled in the strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged

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