Vice President, Human Resources


At First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history. With a unique governing structure and mandate, our dynamic 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.

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.

If you are looking for more than a job, come join the FNHA family.

About the Organization       

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is a diverse and rapidly evolving First Nations health organization of professional, innovative, and dedicated team members and leaders. Founded in 2013, the FNHA is the first of its kind providing a proactive and holistic approach to health and wellness, and to the delivery of services which are sustainable and honour the customs and traditions of First Nations communities. The FNHA cultivates and values working collaboratively to achieve a shared vision of healthy, self-determining, and vibrant BC First Nations children, families, and communities.

FNHA works closely with the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities and is focused on community-based services that advance health promotion and disease prevention including: Primary Health Services; Mental Health and Addictions Programming; Health and Wellness Planning; Health Infrastructure and Human Resources; Environmental Health and Research; First Nations Health Benefits and e-Health Technology.

With 650+ employees, FNHA is transforming the way health services are delivered to First Nations people in BC. It is creating and leading a social innovation movement. It has a very clear Leadership Statement supported by 7 Directives and clearly defined Operating Principles and Shared Values that guide the culture, the work, and the decisions of the team.

As an employer, the FNHA provides the opportunity to contribute to BC’s history and play an active role in real change. Being the first-of-its-kind organization means doing important and meaningful work that often has not been done before.

Organizational Values


We believe that maintaining respectful relationships is fundamental to the achievement of our shared vision. Respectful relationships are built upon the recognition that we all have something to contribute as individuals and participants in the First Nations health governance structure. Therefore, we commit to treating each other with dignity and generosity, being responsive to one another, and acknowledging that each one of us has our own respective process and practice. We are also committed to respectful interactions with First Nations, tripartite partners, and other collaborators.


We have the historic opportunity to achieve transformative change in First Nations health and wellness, and an obligation to make the most of this opportunity. This will require discipline amongst us, including through loyalty to one another and our shared vision; upholding and supporting our roles, responsibilities, decisions, and processes; maintaining and nurturing unity and a united front; integrity and reliability in fulfilling our commitments, and accountability to one another for these commitments and contributions; and, solutions-oriented and active participation.


We believe that effective working relationships with First Nations, tripartite partners, and with one another are the foundation for achieving our vision and implementing our health plans and agreements. We commit to fostering effective working relationships and camaraderie underpinned by trust; honesty; understanding; teamwork; and mutual support. We also acknowledge that humour and laughter are both good medicine, and a good way to build relationships.


We are here because of those that came before us, and to work on behalf of First Nations. We draw upon the diverse and unique cultures, ceremonies, customs, and teachings of First Nations for strength, wisdom, and guidance. We uphold traditional and holistic approaches to health and self-care and strive to achieve a balance in our mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.


We are humbled and honoured to have been asked by First Nations to work on their behalf to improve health and wellness and have a moral and personal responsibility to strive for excellence. Excellence means that our outcomes are sustainable, that our processes are professional and transparent, and that we commit to learning continuously – through capacity development opportunities, from each other and from new, different and innovative models worldwide.


We work to improve the health and wellness of all First Nations in BC. Our decision making reflects a commitment to health for First Nations and leads to just and equitable treatment amongst all First Nations communities, First Nations organizations, and across all regions of British Columbia. We are committed to making room for everyone and are inclusive in our communications, information-sharing, and discussions.

The Opportunity

As a member of the Senior Executive Team (SET), the Vice President, Human Resources (VP-HR) is an experienced, influential, intuitive, charismatic and inspirational leader who partners in the overall success and achievement of the organizational goals. Ensures that the FNHA reflects a First Nations health and wellness organizational culture. The VP-HR builds strong collaborative partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships with diverse stakeholders, including professional regulatory bodies; health authorities; federal and provincial government departments; educational institutions; and unions.

The VP-HR demonstrates the FNHA’s Wellness behaviours and champions the FNHA’s Shared Values and Shared Principles, as well as provides strong and sustainable leadership to the Human Resource function by fostering a healthy and engaging environment that promotes personal excellence. The VP-HR also provides a framework for planning, designing, implementing and assessing numerous aspects of human capital strategies, programs, and processes in the areas of: Organizational Development and Effectiveness; Employee Communications; HR Operations and Advisory Services (including labour relations); Total Rewards; Employee Experience (including talent management, leadership development, training and learning and development); and Governance and Enablement (HR systems and policy).

As part of an ecosystem of health, FNHA respects the interrelated nature of our values and behaviours as well as the integrity and uniqueness of BC First Nations individuals, families, communities and nations. As such, FNHA works to champion, partner and live a holistic view of health and wellness that is inclusive and acknowledges others on a truly human level. This role presents an incredible opportunity to influence positive change for BC’s First Nation communities’ health through wellness, leading the Human Resources team in fulfilling their integral role in creating a positive, effective work environment to deliver on the FNHA’s province-wide mandate.


  • Degree in Business or Human Resources (or equivalent experience).
  • A Human Resource designation (CPHR, CPP).
  • 10-15 years of progressive experience in a senior human resources leadership role.
  • Extensive experience in human resource management in complex settings, including supporting labour relations and negotiations.
  • Experience or knowledge running HR services across a broad geographic location.
  • Human Resource Management experience in an Indigenous setting.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to model the behaviours of the FNHA’s Wellness philosophy across the work environment
  • Influential and visionary leader; Understands transformative change and the role of leadership in supporting change.
  • Agile and solutions-oriented; Has the capacity to quickly assess issues and respond with actions that are aligned with organizational values.
  • Effective and proven negotiation skills and has a track record of positive labour relations.
  • Expert-level communication skills; Has the ability to listen and understand diverse perspectives and synthesize ideas to develop plans in a respectful manner.
  • Engaging and optimistic; A collaborative team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Has the ability to balance confidence and subject matter expertise with humility and compassion.
  • In-depth knowledge of legislation and regulation governing human resource management in British Columbia.
  • Strong administrative skills including in financial management, budget preparation and forecasting and project management.
  • Demonstrated skills in critical thinking and analysis, strategic planning and policy development and management; Computer and communication technology and software abilities.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive; Mental and physical capacity to address the demands of the position.
  • Understanding of Canada’s historical relations with Indigenous Peoples and understanding of First Nations’ right to self-determination.
  • Familiar with the Tripartite Agreement and formation of the FNHA.
  • Knowledge of the First Nations perspectives of health and wellness is an asset.

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact either Laurie Sterritt at 778-838-4569  or Robin Noftall at 778-754-0499 Or: Submit your resume and related information to or


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