Muskoday First Nation, Barrier Reduction & Service Access Specialist

November 24, 2022

Community Posting

Muskoday First Nation Health Centre

Barrier Reduction & Service Access Specialist


Over the past 5 years, Muskoday First Nation’s health centre, school, daycare and band office have been collaborating to build a whole-of-nation approach to community safety and well-being. Through this process, we have begun to align our child and family services, prevention programming, intervention supports, and navigation efforts around shared outcomes centred on child and family. In this journey, we have identified a number of systemic, personal, situational, cultural, social, and financial barriers to care and support for children and youth in Muskoday. Particularly impacted the most are children/youth with cognitive and physical disabilities; complex social and behavioural challenges; and/or serious health and well-being needs. Some of the barriers identified to impact children/youth in our community are long wait-lists for services; difficulty getting proper assessments; stigma; anxiety for service access; insured health benefit service access; transportation; lack of anonymity; program thresholds; lack of understanding; mental healthcare shortages; inconsistent therapy access; jurisdictional challenges; and inaccessible infrastructure and equipment.

About Muskoday

Muskoday First Nation is a small community of just over 600 on-reserve members located 10 minutes south of Prince Albert, SK. The community is situated on both sides of the South Saskatchewan River, with scenic farmland and forestry throughout. Muskoday is a proud, safe and close-knit community. We have an active school, Eider’s lodge and increasing development of cultural traditions and practices. Human Services at Muskoday are pragmatic, forward-thinking, and committed to changing the system to meet the needs of people instead of expecting people to meet the needs of the system. We will continue to drive social innovation around themes of multi-sector collaboration, barrier reduction, and coordinated service delivery.

About the Position

  • The Barrier Reduction & Service Access Specialist position sits within our Jordan’s Principle initiative designed to champion our community effort to systematically identify and reduce these barriers. The successful candidate will work collaboratively across our various human service sectors, and across different jurisdictions of government (i.e., band, provincial, federal) to develop solutions for service barriers impacting children and youth.
  • The position will provide immediate support to children and their families during times of need, while also supporting human service providers in their respective efforts to mobilize proper services and supports around children and families.
  • The position will be housed in our health centre, with day-to-day supervision by the health director. The position will also provide direct support to the day care, health centre, school, and band office programs.

Job Duties

The duties for this position are split among three focus levels:

a)  Community-Level

  • Engage human service partners in shared ownership over barrier identification and reduction.
  • Facilitate implementation of an integrated needs assessment for children and families.
  • Champion upstream methods Of barrier identification and reduction.
  • Be a steward of collaboration around children and families with unaddressed needs.

b) Program-Level

  • Support data collection and analytical activities designed to better understand needs and service barriers in the community.
  •  Apply for and manage funds required to help children and families overcome barriers to proper assessment, treatment and support.
  • Explore funding opportunities both within Canada’s commitment to Jordan’s Principle as well as from additional sources of funding.

c) Individual-Level

  • Help children with unmet social, education and health needs, gain access to appropriate services. Coordinate clinical pathways for children to overcome barriers to proper assessment, treatment and support.
  • Advocate for access to quality and culturally appropriate health, education, and social services. o Arrange for and provide transportation for children and their families.

Candidate Qualifications

This job is open to all applicants who meet the following qualifications:

  • At minimum, 8 to 12 years’ experience in human service delivery (e.g., education, social work, justice, addictions, housing, nursing, among others).
  • A master’s level education is preferred. However, exceptional candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree and who possess sufficient skillsets and experiences may also be considered.
  • Demonstrable skills in proposal-writing and program management.
  • Proven ability to develop rapport with families and advocate for their interests.
  • Past experience negotiating with funders.
  • Strong analytical skills, logistics coordination, and multi-tasking ability.
  • Past experience identifying and mitigating the impact of systemic barriers on children and their families.
  • Can demonstrate skills and experience required for effective mobilization of community partners.
  • Can effectively plan and facilitate community (or multi-partner) consultations and engagement sessions.  Able to demonstrate an understanding of collective impact and the accompanying nuances of different mandates, visions and directives involved in multi-sector collaboration.
  • Effective case planning and service coordination experience.
  • Must pass a criminal record and vulnerable sector check.
  • Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license and report to work in Muskoday First Nation.


The successful candidate for this position will be compensated fairly. Level of the salary will commensurate with expertise and experience of the successful candidate.

Application Process

All interested applicants who meet the qualifications listed above are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2022, at 4:00 pm. Please email your resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the required qualifications directly to Muskoday Health Human Resources at

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Applicants are required to state how they meet the eligibility requirements in their cover letter.

* Internal postings are STC employment opportunites – open to qualified members of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Yellow Quill First Nation, or current permanent employees of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

* External postings are STC employment opportunites – open for application by the general public

* Community Postings are STC member First Nation employment opportunities – open for application by the general public

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