The Department of Health and Social Services works under the direction of the Minister and Deputy Minister, in partnership with the Health and Social Services Authorities, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the NWT through planning, development, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery.
HSS is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. HSS strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.
Reporting to the Facility Planning Consultant, the position must work extensively with representatives from the Department, Health Authorities, Communities and the Private Sector. The work is conducted to a large extent in a complex and diverse stakeholder group including Health and Social Services Authorities, Boards, Regional Wellness Councils Department of Infrastructure, and many other stakeholders, often requiring travel to regions and communities. The planner's analysis and recommendations directly impact the Health and Social Services system, including both service delivery and access to health and long term care services throughout the NWT.
The position is required to research, synthesize and operationalize health infrastructure policy in order to determine what programmatic elements are appropriate for which facility, and which technical engineering specifications are appropriate. The position uses professional judgement to achieve a consistent programmatic and technical approach, keeping programs and technical requirements standardized to minimize risk, and meeting the constraints of delivering patient care in the unique logistical, technical, operational and geographic realities of in the Northwest Territories.
The Infrastructure Planner is responsible for health project design and project delivery decisions. The position is required to monitor multiple projects with a variety of stakeholders in multiple communities at any one time in order to meet needs and satisfy requests as much as
possible within budget constraints, requiring negotiations amongst stakeholder groups.
This position serves the entire Health and Social Services system and requires professional knowledge of the intersection between health technology, facility infrastructure, and information and communication systems. The Planner also requires a deep understanding of the requirements of various stakeholders: medical and clinical staff, health administrators, patients, and equipment vendors. The Infrastructure Planner is expert in project planning and implementation and has an impact on health care delivery on a territory-wide basis.
The work of the planner has a direct and immediate impact on the end users and the recipients of care.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Specialized knowledge and understanding of principles and theories of professional engineering fields (e.g., civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering).
- Expert project management knowledge and skills.
- Specialized knowledge of health facility planning theories and principals.
- Negotiation skills with respect to vendor relationship management
- Ability to manage diverse activities that are often only broadly or generally defined.
- Technical knowledge in the areas of health facility functional programming, facility planning, architecture, engineering and/or design, in a health and /or social services setting.
- Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and written) to convey or solicit information related to projects and standards through a variety of means (e.g. briefing notes, project briefs, departmental or board presentations} for diverse audiences.
- Working understanding of health and social programs and services, including knowledge of program requirements, work flow and patterns, facility technical/design standards and prevailing trends and practices (e.g. Roles of Nurse Practitioner, Community Health Representatives, Mental
Health Workers, etc.
- Ability to adapt to change.
- Ability to show initiative within the scope of the position.
- Research, analysis and evaluation skills.
- Strong proficiency with computer software applications (particularly spreadsheet, database and statistical applications).
- General knowledge of the people, culture, government and health and social services in the NWT and its political and business environment
Typically, the above qualifications would he attained by
These skills are normally acquired through the completion of an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Architecture or Interior Design, and a minimum of four years (4) experience, of which at least two (2) years are in a remote location or a low-resource-setting.
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