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Expression of Interest - Intern - Policy Specialist

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 17947
Salary: $70,259 - $83,909
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Jan 17, 2020

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

The responsibility of the Intern Policy Specialist includes assisting with the evaluation of existing policy and the development of new policy for the NTHSSA, their staff, clients and visitors and maximizing health and safety programing for staff in accordance with Federal and Territorial legislation as well as policies and procedures of the NTHSSA.

Reporting to the Territorial Risk Manager and functioning as a key member of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) Division of Quality, Safety, and Client Experience, the Intern Policy Specialist is responsible for working with the Policy Specialist and the Territorial Risk Manager to provide leadership and expert advice and support relating policy and legislation.  This position will conduct research and analysis to ensure Territorial policies, procedures, and guidelines are current and aligned with Territorial legislation as well as Territorial, National and International best practice.  This position will assist with the establishment and implementation of a Territorial-wide policy framework.

The Intern Policy Specialist is responsible for promoting a client-centered approach to the development of policy, procedures, and guidelines across the NWT health and social services system.

The Intern Policy Specialist ensures that standardized policy, procedure and guidelines are established for the NTHSSA and are aligned with GNWT legislation and policy as well as other acts and legislation specific to the delivery of health and social services including but not limited to Hospital and Social Services Administration Act, The Mental Health Act, The Public Health Act, The Medical Professions Act and Medical By-laws of the NTHSSA, the Nursing Professions Act, The Child and Family Services Act, Access to information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Act.

The incumbent is responsible to monitor, and/or lead the improvement process to Territorial policy, procedures and guidelines.  The Intern Policy Specialist is accountable for working collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the NTHSSA, TCSA, HRHSSA, and Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to ensure NTHSSA policies, procedures, standards and guidelines are communicated throughout the NWT health and social services system.  Proactive strategies are developed to prevent and address workplace quality and safety issues and foster a strong, positive employment relationship with staff, where the customer is top priority.

There is significant shift to approaching policy management with a proactive lens.  This requires the Intern Policy Specialist to not only consider current policy, procedure, and system impacts, but ensure a forward look for future opportunities for quality care improvement across the GNWT.

This role is required to actively promote a high quality, friendly, respectful workplace that is safe, healthy, supportive, and client-centered in all Health regions across the territory.  This role fosters respectful, compassionate, culturally appropriate care that is responsive to the needs, values, beliefs and preferences of the clients and their family, supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, families and health care providers.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related discipline, business or organizational management or law and a minimum of two years’ work-related experience in a research, analysis or policy development.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor 
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Limited Competition

Intern placements are available to Northern graduates.  A northern graduate is an individual who has graduated with a diploma or degree from a designated post-secondary institution within a 24 month period prior to applying to the Internship Program or will complete all academic requirements for his/her program within 6 months of applying to the Internship Program. Applications to any intern job posting will only be accepted if you are registered to the Internship Program. For more information on the updated Internship Program including eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit

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Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $36.03 per hour (approximately $70,258 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.

Term Position

This job opening is for a 2 Year Term.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 17947

Closing Date: January 17, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time