CH&E Assistant (Youth Engagement)
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, ON
Based in the Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program, the donor funded Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health have a common focus on enhancing and improving the design, delivery and effectiveness of mental health and addictions care systems, services and policies for children, youth and families. The Centres combine evidence-based and innovative research approaches to ensure strong child, youth, family and other stakeholder voices in their initiatives.

Reporting to the Manager and working closely with the CH&E Specialist (Youth Engagement), the CH&E Assistant (Youth Engagement) will support a team of youth with lived experience to work alongside service providers and researchers to inform service planning, policy development and research within CAMH and the community. The role will involve assisting the CH&E Specialist (Youth Engagement) with activities of CAMH’s Youth Engagement Initiative, including the Youth Advisory Group and National Youth Action Council, a network of over 100 youth across Canada. The Assistant (Youth Engagement) will support social media engagement, blogging, facilitating youth focus/consultation/advisory groups and integrating the input of youth. The Assistant will also help the CH&E Coordinator (Youth Engagement) plan and develop interactive and developmentally-informed presentations, workshops and on-line and print resources. The CH&E Assistant (Youth Engagement) will provide special event support, such as help organizing project meetings and consultations, and may also be tasked with researching and synthesizing literature.

The CH&E Assistant (Youth Engagement) will be expected to work collaboratively with the research team, other McCain Centre staff, and community partners. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork, and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This role will require occasional evening and weekend hours. This position is located at 80 Workman Way and may involve travel within the GTA.

The successful candidate will possess three (3) years of community college with one (1) year of related experience. Coursework in at least two of the following: program evaluation, knowledge translation, health promotion, health communication, public health policy is an asset. Familiarity with the addiction and mental health field and experience working with youth and/or in research environments are considered assets. This position requires experience supporting youth engagement projects and/or youth advocacy initiatives. Experience is required in facilitating focus groups or other consultations with a broad range of participants. The candidate must also have proven experience in facilitating safe and meaningful engagement and be open to diverse ways of thinking about, understanding and articulating issues related to mental health and addictions. Office administrative skills and advanced social media and computer skills with knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access), Internet search engines, and the ability to learn new programs is also a requirement. The candidate must be able to monitor and meet project deadlines and deliverables, with well-developed organizational, and time management skills. This position requires demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgement, professionalism, a positive attitude, and the ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently are all requirements. The ability to work with stakeholders of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is essential, as is an appreciation of diversity. Bilingualism (French/English) would be an asset.

Please note: This part-time, contract (6 months) position, is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range: $25.22 to $31.10 per hour.

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities,
women, people with disabilities, (including people who have experienced mental health and
substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.