Employment Opportunity: Policy and Program Analyst, Health Transformation Program

February 13, 2024


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.


The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) has started the Health Transformation process with communities and is focused on building a First Nation healthcare system with the goal of meeting the needs and priorities of the 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations it serves. SCO is seeking to fill full-time Policy and Program Analyst positions that will support SCO’s community-driven engagement process, ‘Exercising our Treaty and Inherent Right to Health Transformation Initiative,’ on Health Transformation in southern Manitoba.


  • Policy and Program Analysts are valuable members of the SCO Health Transformation Team and work with the purpose to create positive change for southern First Nations peoples and communities
  • Policy and Program Analysts are involved at all stages of the policy development cycle including research, analysis, consultation, the development of recommendations, and the evaluation of southern First Nation public health and primary health care programs, services, and policies
  • Policy and Program Analysts will support work on the development of Public Health and/or Primary Health Care policies and participate in project and strategic planning at both program, community, and organizational levels
  • Policy and Program Analysts will research relevant issues, monitor specific government initiatives and legislation, and assist in the development of policies, programs, and services
  • Policy and Program Analysts will also support the work of various strategies and projects including, but not limited to, the Health Human Resource Strategy, Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, Senior Strategy, Housing Strategy, and various demonstration projects
  • Performing other duties as assigned as the system grows and develops is to be expected


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in a healthcare environment
  • Experience conducting research, analysis/evaluation and preparation of discussion or policy papers, reports, and presentations
  • Knowledge and application of change management processes and strategic planning
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to manage multiple priorities with competing interests and deadlines
  • Strong critical thinking skills with the creativity necessary to envision innovative solutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to write clear, concise documents and reports with a high degree of accuracy and for a variety of audiences
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate formally and informally with various audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team of colleagues and supervisors as well as other internal and external stakeholders
  • Self-motivated professional able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Political acumen and the ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Understanding of human and Indigenous rights
  • Knowledge of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) principles
  • Proficiency in the use of technology, including internet browsers and search functions, and Microsoft Office programs including Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • A master’s degree in a related field
  • The ability to speak Dakota or Ojibway language(s)
  • Knowledge of and experience working with First Nations, partners, and stakeholders


  • Must provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search and a clear Child Abuse Registry Check
  • A valid Class 5 MB Driver’s License with access to a reliable vehicle for business travel
  • If the candidate is a member of a registered profession, the candidate must be a member in good standing of their regulatory body

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  February 23, 2024, at 4:30 PM Central Time

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.

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