Manager, Health Emergency Management – (West Vancouver, BC)

Type: Full Time
Category: Administrative
Location: Metro Vancouver Regional District, BC
Date posted: April 22, 2021
Closing date: May 6, 2021
Position Overview

The First Nations Health Authority is a diverse and transformational health organization of professional, innovative and dedicated team members and leaders.

The first of its kind in Canada, FNHA works as a health-and-wellness partner with BC First Nations to support self-determination and decision-making to improve health outcomes.

At FNHA, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history. With a unique governing structure and mandate, our fluid work environment means you can play an active role in real change.
Our talented teams value respect and foster lateral kindness in their working relationships. Our holistic approach to wellness, based on First Nations teachings, is incorporated into all aspects of work culture. Where else will you get to create a personal wellness plan as part of your performance goals?

Position Summary

The position, as part of the FNHA emergency management and public health response functionality, supports operational readiness, response and recovery for FNHA as related to all emergencies , including the development and establishment of emergency plans as well as procedures, guidelines and processes.


  • Provides direct emergency management support to the Director, Health Emergency Management including acting as a central FNHA contact for health emergencies in First Nation communities.
  • Collaborates with FNHA officials in responding to emergencies such as catastrophes, natural disasters, pandemics, and crisis situations including supporting the FNHA emergency activities such as mitigation, planning, response and recovery across FNHA and to 203 First Nations within British Columbia.
  • Develops and implements strategies to proactively address and mitigate emergency and crisis challenges and risks.
  • Maintains situational awareness during freshet and fire seasons, and any other situations with potential impacts on the health of communities; and manage, monitor, control and mitigate sensitive and complex cases related to health and safety risks of First Nations residents.
  • Supports internal and external communications during an emergency. This may include briefing materials, situational awareness reports and debriefs.

A full job description is available upon request.


  • A University Degree with specialization in Public Health, Health Sciences, Disaster and Emergency Management or other relevant health field or an equivalent combination of education, training and professional experience.
  • Completion of formal training or qualification in health emergency management or emergency management is an asset.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Knowledge of First Nations in BC, including the governance landscape particularly as it relates to health and wellness
  • Knowledge of health services delivered to and by First Nations communities
  • Knowledge of theories, practices and principles related to emergency preparedness and response activities
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government and organizations related to emergency management and response

Closing Statement


The First Nations Health Authority is committed to respecting diversity within our workforce; preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

What You Can Expect From Us

Joining our family means joining an organization that supports personal growth, in-house training, a paid volunteer day and a unique full-day orientation program.

Leading with culture, all FNHA employees complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We support our family to be leaders in wellness and all staff members develop a yearly wellness plan as part of their performance partnership and goal-setting.


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.