Employment Opportunity: Non-Insured Health Benefits

May 14, 2024

Brandon, Manitoba Sub-Office


Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. Established in 1999 by the Chiefs, SCO is mandated as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO provides competitive compensation and excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


SCO is hiring a Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Navigator for our Brandon sub-office who will report directly to the Director of Mental Health and Wellness. The NIHB Navigator will assist and support status First Nation citizens to access NIHB benefits.


  • Serving as a point of contact for communities and individuals to facilitate access to the Non-Insured Health Benefit Program including providing information to clients, and service providers on eligible benefits
  • Partnering with First Nation health services, organizations, and health service providers to assist members in navigating the NIHB Program
  • Providing patient advocacy on behalf of clients and their families including assistance in appealing NIHB denials
  • Maintaining confidentiality of all personal health information
  • Maintaining a program statistical data and database of client contact and preparing reports as required by funders and SCO
  • Performing other duties as assigned


  • Degree, diploma, or certificate in a related field, such as Health or Social Sciences
  • Minimum of three years working in the field of health care
  • Knowledge of systematic barriers, community resources, system navigation, and referral options
  • Understanding of Anishinaabe and Dakota cultures and traditions and respect for community protocols
  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to write reports and briefing notes on complex health issues
  • Excellent verbal communication skills when communicating or presenting to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to build new and strengthen existing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Adobe


  • Knowledge of policy and issues relating to First Nations health services and

the NIHB Program

  • Fluency in Anishinaabemowin or Dakota language is considered an asset


  • Must provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Must hold a valid class 5 MB driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle for business travel
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends as required by the program

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, at 4:30 PM CST.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources

Southern Chiefs’ Organization

202-600 Empress Street

Winnipeg, MB R3G 0L5

Fax: (204) 946-1871 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

Preference will be given to qualified First Nations candidates.

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.