Health Benefits, Advocacy & Promotion Officer

Job No: SN190732
Location: Squamish


CLOSES:  January 6, 2020 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Health Benefits, Advocacy & Promotion Officer to join our Child & Family Services team in Squamish.

Reporting to the Manager, Health Benefits, Advocacy & Promotion (HBAP) and under the day-to-day supervision of the General Manager, Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services & Yúustway Health Services-Squamish Valley this position develops and coordinates events, programs and workshops regarding health education, prevention and awareness. The incumbent works with the Home & Community Care team to assists members with hospital stays, discharge and accessing occupational therapists. This position also works with the HBAP Manager to advocate on behalf of members regarding all health needs. The HBAP Officer is also responsible for a variety of community health-related duties such as medical transportation, medical intakes, water testing, grant/ funding applications, newsletters/ publications, etc. The incumbent must be able to function independently and under pressure while managing multiple concurrent projects and deadlines.

Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates events, programs, and education/prevention/awareness workshops, abiding by all guidelines and policies of the department.
  • Advocates for clients, working with Health, Wellness & Recreation teams and external agencies on hospital discharges, home care for members, and the health and safety of member’s home environment.
  • Oversees medical transportation, ensuring all cases follow departmental policies and FNHA guidelines. Works with Manager to make sure program spending is within budget.
  • Communicates and promotes health education/advocacy and provides resources and support to community members with an understanding of federal and provincial health programs and services.
  • Assists with processing Squamish Nation Trust intakes.
  • Liaises with internal and external stakeholders while maintaining effective relationships with government agencies, professionals and Health, Wellness & Recreation team members.
  • Maintains complete and accurate client files, ensuring strict confidentiality of all client information and adheres to departmental policies/procedures. Records all required information into the Mustimuhw system.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Health Benefits Advocacy & Promotion and Squamish Valley Operations Teams.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Diploma in a Community Health Representative Program/ Business Administration Program with a focus on Health Care from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Standard First Aid, Level C CPR Certification, Food Safe Level 1 Certification. May consider incumbent who is willing to obtain within a set time frame.
  • 2 - 3 years of directly-related experience including client care, water testing, health benefits, health administration, electronic medical records, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses related to health benefits, health administration, electronic medical records, etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications – Outlook (Email), Word, Excel, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experiences with JD Edwards and health records database are assets.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel to the North Vancouver office on average 1-2 days per week.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance. May consider incumbent who is willing to obtain within a set time frame.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider a Certificate in a Community Health Representative Program/ Business Administration Program with a focus on Health Care and a minimum of 4 years directly-related experience.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation. 

Salary:  $43,995 to $51,758 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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