Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs and Standards - Government of Nunavut

  • Phelpsgroup
  • Aug 07, 2018
Full time Other

Job Description


Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs and Standards

An impactful mandate within Nunavut’s Ministry of Health for a proven relationship builder who is prepared to be an active and productive member of a leadership team that envisions “the well-being of all Nunavummiut, with individuals leading productive lives in self-reliant and healthy communities throughout the territory.”

Officially founded in 1999, Nunavut exists where tradition meets progress. Much of the Territory has inherited millennia of history and culture of Inuit. Rooted in this rich tradition, the Government of Nunavut (GN) prepares for a prosperous future by investing in high-quality education, health care, culture, environmental protection, and industry growth.

The Government of Nunavut is seeking an Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs and Standards who, reporting to the Deputy Minister of Health, will be accountable for providing leadership and establishing programs and standards for a portfolio encompassing Population Health, Health-Related Travel Programs, Home, Community and Continuing Care, as well as Maternal and Newborn Health. In addition, the ADM will ensure the development of mental health programs, including addictions, and the development of mental health protocols and standards of practice to link all program staff.

As the new ADM of Programs and Standards, you will be taking the lead in ensuring the implementation of the Public Health Strategy, and acting as the key liaison with other departments, agencies, Inuit organizations and non-government organizations in matters of health policy, including suicide prevention and community wellness, often through work with committees such as the NSPSAP Steering Committee. The administration of the Medical Profession Act, the Mental Health Act, the Midwifery Profession Act and other applicable legislation will also fall within the scope of this senior role.

Nunavut covers a vast geographical area, with a population of approximately 35,000 residents located in 26 communities. Primary health care, child protection, public health, family programs, health protection and health promotion programs are delivered though community health centres and various other offices and structures. There is a growing demand for mental health services, particularly among youth, and, as ADM, you must influence the entire organization to share a common vision for an integrated health system that recognizes the benefits of preventive mental health interventions as a foundation for better overall health status.

As a result, a key measure of your success will be your ability to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated approach to territorial health and wellness programming based upon the principles of public and population health. More specifically, the Ministry will look to you to incorporate Inuit Societal Values and meet the objectives of Turaaqtavut, particularly in reference to working towards the well-being and self-reliance of the people and communities through Inuusivut.

This is a significant mandate for a senior manager who understands the health care challenges facing Northern, rural and remote communities and populations, and, in particular, is cognizant of the Nunavut context and health care issues in Canada, other territories and Greenland. As this accomplished leader, you will also have knowledge of policies related to health care services in Nunavut, and be able to assess situations, resolve problems, and implement changes or make recommendations for change.

With a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and at least 5 years’ experience in a managerial capacity, of which not less than 1 year was in a senior management role, you are a strong leader who can provide effective direction and inspire others towards a common vision and successful results. You are a conceptual, analytical thinker and a persuasive communicator, with the confidence and ability to build consensus among stakeholders, within the Department of Health and across the Government of Nunavut, as well as Inuit and non-government organizations. The ability to speak Inuktitut, and experience in the public sector or within a non-government agency will be considered assets.

This senior position is based in Iqaluit, NU, and offers the opportunity to support the success and vitality of a vast and growing territory and the quality of life of its communities, while enjoying a very attractive compensation and benefits package. This is a Position of Trust, and a Criminal Record check is required.

To apply to this life-impacting leadership role, please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format as one single document, in confidence, specifying the job title, by September 7, 2018, to Phelpsgroup, quoting the job title, at

401 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
Phone: 416-364-6229


Iqaluit, NU