Please apply directly with MNO Partner Ogders Berndtson

Location: Anywhere in Ontario
Remote Work: Flexible (both in-office and remote-work required)
March 28, 2023

All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.

What We Offer

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary

Further, permanent employees benefit from:

  • Comprehensive employer-paid health benefits,
  • Pension plan,
  • 15 days’ vacation to start,
  • Annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January,
  • 16 paid public and employer holidays,
  • Early closures on long weekends,
  • 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave),
  • Employee Assistance Plan, and
  • Telemedicine plan.
  • Preferred membership pricing at Goodlife gyms.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director, develops and directs the activities of the Community Wellbeing Branch, including establishing goals and objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards; prepares and administers the Branch budgets, including determining staffing needs; and approves and monitors Branch expenditures.

The ideal candidate brings proven experience developing community wellbeing initiatives. A collaborative leader, you have deep and broad experience in Métis relations that complements your passion for advancing community support and programming. Experience working in sensitive, highly political environments has developed your communication skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.

The hiring of this role reflects the dramatic growth of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the renewed focus on sustainable program delivery. This position requires a strategic, innovative and inspirational team leader who will provide direction to the Branch management team. The programs include: Mental Health & Addictions, including Tobacco, Cannabis, and Gaming; Justice, including Human Trafficking, Victim Services, and the Native inmate Liaison; Métis Healthy Babies Healthy Children, including the Canadian Pre/Post Natal Nutrition, and Canadian Partnership Against Cancer; and the Community Wellness Worker Program.

The Director is accountable for achieving Branch goals and objectives and for furthering MNO goals and objectives within policy guidelines. The Director is also responsible for creating an engaging and effective workplace culture and fostering a healthy and safe workplace. This includes managing and coaching employees, fostering a climate of continuous improvement, mitigating risk, and maintaining the integrity of programs, based on funding agreements.

Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Ensuring that the MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose is reflected in the goals and objectives, policies, procedures and work standards of the Branch, in accordance with MNO policy, the strategic plan, and Statement of Prime Purpose.
  • Ensuring accountability and transparency, specifically to MNO funders, in the development, design, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs.
  • Preparing and administering the Branch’s budget, ensuring appropriate systems and procedures are followed in order to provide financial oversight and budgetary control.
  • Overseeing and managing the Branch activities and related initiatives, including managing staff, external contractors or consultants.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating Branch procedures and policies and recommending, reviewing, evaluating and approving Branch documents, briefs and reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining Branch files in accordance with all relevant legislative requirements, including privacy laws.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive, collaborative and productive working relationships with other Branches, leadership, clients, citizens, external contractors and funders.
  • Ensuring that all activities are conducted in accordance with established Métis Nation of Ontario Policies and Procedures and Contribution Agreements (CA).
  • Ensuring deadlines are met and procedures are followed as outlined by funders and / or MNO.
  • Acting as an advocate on behalf of MNO when directed.
  • Attending and participating in the Annual General Assembly (MNO Policy 4.040).


  • Providing direction for the selection, training, development and evaluation of professional, office support and operational staff of approximately 65-70 employees.
  • Leading a culture of quality and service by prioritizing and allocating available resources and reviewing and evaluating program and service delivery.
  • Creating a healthy and safe work environment.

Research and Policy

  • Monitoring changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect Branch operations, and implementing policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to meet legislated requirements, MNO needs and the Branch goals and objectives.
  • Overseeing preparation of periodic and special reports, procedures, policies and other materials.
  • Preparing and delivering presentations to a variety of audiences.


  • Serving on the management team, and attending meetings and conferences, ensuring the Branch needs and concerns are represented.
  • Participating in strategic planning for the MNO.
  • Conferring with and representing the Branch and the MNO in meetings with various government agencies and the public.
  • Liaising and establishing linkages with provincial organizations, and government program representatives as directed.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold Métis rights and culture
  • Significant knowledge of Métis and/or Indigenous rights and policy issues and principles or a demonstrated ability to quickly acquire knowledge
  • Robust, effective leadership and management skills, including demonstrated skill to work collaboratively using a team-based approach.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to liaise with a wide variety of government partners and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of government processes and protocol, in the public health or mental health sector, at the provincial and federal level.
  • Significant skill and experience speaking to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated alignment with MNO’s Standards of Professional Conduct.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to all relevant employment related legislation, including privacy laws, and to respect confidential information.
  • A high degree of digital literacy, including demonstrated knowledge of MS Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (including weekends as required) and travel throughout Ontario.
  • Knowledge of the Métis and/or Indigenous policy issues, or demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand their knowledge of Métis specific matters is a definite asset.


  • Bachelor degree in Health Sciences or a related field, from a recognized university or college, and a minimum of 5-7 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Post-graduate degree in Health Sciences, Counselling or Public Health Administration, Business Administration or equivalent is preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic approaches within organizations through effective policy development, collaboration and working in partnership with government and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests.

Who We Are

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.

The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Community Wellbeing; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.

AODA Statement

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.

Please email if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption.  This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.

Please apply directly with MNO Partner Ogders Berndtson