Min-O-Qwe-Ke-Ga-Bwe’in Social Services Initiative

Ogimaawabiitong is dedicated and committed to “Excellence in all that we do”.  The ethics, along with the Seven Teachings, speak to how the organization operates: in relation to interaction amongst clients, staff, members and other stake holders.  The Ogimaawabiitong code of ethics and teachings reflect in both decision-making and service delivery.

Do you want to work for a health care organization that changes people’s lives? One that not only cares deeply about clients, but also values that its employees are its greatest Gifts!

Examples of Support

  • Unique health services organization
  • Supportive management team and collaborative work environment
  • Family Culture
  • Innovative environment
  • Enriched job fulfilment and
  • We offer a competitive compensation package
  •  and exceptional opportunities for career growth
  • A retirement savings plan with company contributions

Position Description

Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer and serving the nine First Nations of the Treaty 3 area, the Director of Social Services, Min-O-Qwe-Ke-Ga-Bwe’in Social Services Initiative is responsible for the leadership and management of programs and services to participating communities of the First Nations Ontario Works (OW) programs, special projects, and supervision of OW team and experience within OW programs.

Position Title:                  Director of Social Programs, Min-O-Qwe-Ke-Ga-Bwe’in Social Services Initiative

Department:                   Min-O-Qwe-Ke-Ga-Bwe’in Social Services Initiative

Term:                                 Full time – 1 FTE

Location:                           100 Main Street, Kenora, Ontario

Reports to:                       Chief Operating Officer

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide program leadership with the community and develop strong partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with multi-departmental teams to find innovative solutions for serving vulnerable persons and families.
  • Lead, direct and provide support to Ontario Works (OW) staff consistent with KCA’s values, policies and procedures including, planning, recruiting, development and performance evaluation.
  • Provide direct supervision of department Managers.
  • Prepare, maintain and report on program statistics and budget to stakeholders and funders.  
  • Negotiate with provincial and federal officials and other external sources concerning program funding.
  • Develop, recommend, and administer the annual departmental budget.
  • Update program policies and procedures
  • Record and document all eligibility complaints from internal and external referrals into the First Nations operating/file system.
  • Ensure privacy legislation is adhered to in all aspects of documentation and client service.
  • Oversee and provide direction in cases of complaints, appeals and allegations of fraud for the member First Nations


  • Experience in leadership, supervision and the ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and use discretion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proficiency with Ontario Works Social Assistance Program, legislation and regulations
  • Commitment to working with vulnerable persons and households.
  • Knowledge of relevant government, provincial, local and community programs and services
  • Proficient with applicable provincial legislation and regulations and the ability to analyze, interpret and summarize information.
  • Ability to learn new skills and be flexible to adapt to changing workloads.
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial policies and legislation, regulations and/or guidelines that are relevant to the funding and delivery of services.
  • Organizational competencies in planning, financial management, and political acuity
  • Knowledge of the judicial and appeal proceedings as they apply to social assistance matters.
  • Experience in MS Office, technologically proficient
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary and traditional methods of intervention, assessment, counselling, support, training and healing that are effective in promoting community, family and individual development and well-being.
  • Experience and skills in working with First Nations communities, agencies and sector networks in the area of social and mental health.
  • Understanding of the Ojibway Culture, First Nation communities and language is a definite asset.

Education and/or Experience

  • A University degree/college diploma in Social Services or related field
  • Training in social services program areas is preferred.
  • 3-5 years related experience.
  • Previous experience of the Anishinaabe of Treaty #3 Culture and Customs

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • Must be willing to travel when required.
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Search

We’re looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for creating the best experience for our clients and within KCA.  Discover What’s Possible!

Please forward your resume cover letter and 3 references by October 6, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. to:

Human Resource Department

Kenora Chiefs Advisory

P.O. Box 349- 240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor

Kenora ON P9N 3X4

Fax: 807-467-2656

*We thank all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted

** Traditional practices involve burning sacred medicines including tobacco, sweetgrass,

sage and cedar within the work setting

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