Interim Medical Director, Primary Care (1 Year Term) – First Nations Health Authority

Interim Medical Director, Primary Care (1 Year Term)

Job ID: 504660
Location: Metro Vancouver Area
Full/Part Time: Part Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

FNHA 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.

Join our Historic Journey

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

We are looking for an Interim Medical Director, Primary Care for a 1 year term.

The Medical Director plays a key role in the establishment and design of the FNHA Physician Model that will align with our Primary Health Care ++ approach and team based primary health care model.  The Medical Director will develop a physician recruitment framework that ensures appropriate resources to create sustainability. This framework includes the development of a series of plans in support of the FNHA Physician Model including service delivery models, compensation models, recruitment framework, quality indicators, and Nurse Practitioner inclusion in the model. The Medical Director operationalizes FNHA strategies, including but not limited to, our HepC and Cancer strategies.
The Medical Director provides leadership to strategic partnerships and alliances to contribute to First Nations health policy and planning with the overall goal of improving the quality of primary health care services for First Nations people in British Columbia. This role acts as a healthcare advocate for community members and works with general practitioners, family physicians, and other clinical care providers on health issues, policy issues and operationalizing primary health care.  The Medical Director endorses and provides leadership to the development of FNHA into a learning environment.

This position will be part-time with flexible hours between 15 to 26.25 hours per week.

As a health and wellness organization, the First Nations Health Authority has aligned with the Provincial Public Health Order released on October 14, 2021. We have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees at First Nations Health Authority. This policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected for employment, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination by providing a copy of your BC Vaccination Card Passport with the QR code.


  1. Provide leadership and expertise to the establishment and design of the FNHA Physician Model and Frameworks.
  2. Provides expert opinion and advice to the Primary Care team on policy related issues such as compensation models for physicians, Physician Master Agreement, etc.
  3. Leads the collaborative efforts of service areas across FNHA by liaising with leaders and encouraging increased coordination amongst FNHA departments, resulting in a spectrum/continuum of care and service to First Nations Communities.
  4. Works collaboratively with the Director of Primary Care to operationalize the FNHA primary care policy and action plan.
  5. Provides the full scope of physician administrative duties necessary to support the FNHA model of primary health care and medical care of patients through FNHA primary health programs and services.
  6. Leads the development of corporate identity and plan for the building of a clinical physician team and physician and traditional wellness office.
  7. Acts as a thought leader and provides clinical expertise to strategic planning and development, including FNHA’s participation of Provincial and Federal activities and initiatives.
  8. Strategically influences primary health care services for First Nations through targeted partnerships with Doctors of BC, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Advisory Committees, Medical Directors of BC, the Rural Coordination Centre BC, Divisions of Family Practice, and other physician leadership forums.
  9. Leads the development of Primary Care clinical guidelines and protocols.
  10. Undertakes the development of FNHA’s primary care agendas and service mandates in collaboration with First Nations communities and external and internal stakeholders.
  11. Oversees performance management for primary care service delivery within FNHA by developing and implementing standards/guidelines for primary care service providers; developing systems for monitoring performance, and following-up on action plans for improvements.
  12. Provides clinical subject matter expertise in the development of emerging and existing FNHA primary health care activities (i.e. nursing, health benefits, virtual care), and in the development of integrated primary care (i.e. nursing, traditional wellness, mental wellness, oral health, and traditional medicines), to First Nations throughout the province.
  13. Provides clinical expertise with respect to reviewing incident reports, complaints or appeals to Health Benefits and supports the development of the FNHA’s responses and recommendations.
  14. Leads the clinical physician team including mentoring, career development, and supervision when necessary.
  15. Liaises with key stakeholders and government to enhance the delivery and development of clinical services to BC First Nations.
  16. Seeks to understand and respect First Nations cultural principles and protocols and apply and promote this understanding as well as cultural humility in all work situations.
  17. Delivers front line primary care when necessary.
  18. Represents FNHA and travels to various Regions and Communities to participate in Lower Mainland and/or Provincial Committees as required.
  19. Provides a point of contact for Divisions of Family Practice.
  20. Leads the implementation of key Primary Care Networks as they roll out to support and ensure First Nation interest, clinical mentorship, etc.
  21. Provides clinical advice and direction to front line clinical staff as required.
  22. Provides input and clinical expertise in the development of research in line with FNHA’s research strategy.
  23. Represents the FNHA in public communications as requested on current and emerging issues.
  24. Oversees quality improvement and standards of primary care service delivery including cultural safety and clinical standards.
  25. Participates in clinical education, mentorship, and training of health service providers.
  26. Supports interdepartmental areas with research and audit in the organization.
  27. Supports the development and delivery of educational material to clinical staff.
  28. Manages a team of directly and indirectly reporting clinical staff, also engage and oversee external consultants and service providers as needed.
  29. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • A medical degree recognized in Canada and completion of a post-graduate training program in primary care.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant subject (primary care, public health, health administration).

Occupational Certification

  • Requires a medical license to practice in BC with RCPSC certification or equivalent qualification in a specialty related in community medicine or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • CCFP or equivalent in Family Medicine.


  • Significant, recent and relevant experience (usually acquired over a period of five – eight years or more – experience in primary care medicine preferred).
  • Significant, recent and relevant experience in primary care medicine in an Indigenous setting is an asset (usually acquired over a period of five-eight years or more).
  • Demonstrated experience in a management role in a health service environment.


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.