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Job Posting: Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services – Government of Northwest Territories

Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services

Government of Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, NT




The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services (HSS) holds responsibility for the strategic direction and delivery of departmental policies, programs and services as they relate to the HSS portfolio. The Deputy Minister provides effective advice and support to the Premier, the Minister and Cabinet; provides leadership to staff across the department; and works closely with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (“the Authority”) and two smaller regional health and social services agencies. The Deputy Minister also works closely with local and indigenous governments, provincial and federal partners, as well as other partners, to meet the Department’s mandate.



With the recent establishment of the Authority, the Deputy Minister will continue to work closely with that organization’s leadership to address the ongoing transformation of service delivery. In addition, he or she will focus on the key priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly, including: focusing on mental health and addictions by ensuring that services are delivered locally with culturally-appropriate methods; taking action so that seniors can age in place; fostering healthy families by focusing on wellness, prevention, and improved nutrition; taking action on the crisis of family and community violence; and creating opportunities for healthy lifestyles and community leadership for youth.



As the ideal candidate, you have Deputy Minister or equivalent experience, or have held a senior leadership role in health care or social services. You have demonstrated an ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment to demonstrably improve the health and wellbeing of citizens. You are known for your ability to build productive and sustainable relationships with a diverse range of constituents, including elected officials, indigenous communities, non-government service delivery partners, and community members. You bring a balanced approach, strategic vision, strong fiscal acumen and an ability to quickly synthesize complex information to support astute decision making. You have experience working with rural, remote and indigenous communities and a proven ability to connect to community in a culturally-appropriate way.



If this is the next meaningful step in your career, visit our website and submit your application to Allison Rzen and Gordon Andersen at


The Northwest Territories is a land of 33 unique communities in five distinct regions. The multicultural “little big city” of Yellowknife buzzes with frontier spirit and cultural activity. Residents enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and opportunities abound professionally, personally and culturally. The Government of Northwest Territories employs 5000 public servants and works in a consensus-government model. One of the key priorities of of the 18th Legislative Assembly is to foster community wellness and safety, with the Department of Health and Social Services taking the lead to promote, protect and provide for the health and well-being of the people of the Northwest Territories, mentally, emotionally and physically.


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