Research Assistant 2
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, ON
Based in Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program, the donor funded McCain Centre is focused 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 McCain Centre combines evidence-based and innovative research approaches to ensure strong child, youth, family and other stakeholder voices in their initiatives. The McCain Centre is currently seeking a part-time Research Assistant 2. The position will draw from their own lived experience as a young person with mental health and/or substance use challenges (patient, consumer, survivor, service user) to support a youth-led study. This project will evaluate, refine, and disseminate a resource that is designed to help youth understand the services that might be available in their community and provide them with the means to advocate for the services that they feel best suit their needs. Developed by youth, for youth, the ultimate goal of this project is to move young people from the role of patient to partner in their own mental health care. Reporting to the McCain Centre Manager and collaborating closely with the Project Scientist and Youth Engagement Initiative Coordinator, the Research Assistant 2 will provide support in data processing and verification, updating research databases, communicating with youth leads on the study and members of CAMH’s National Youth Action Council, a network of over 100 youth across Canada. The Research Assistant 2 will assist with knowledge translation. The Research Assistant 2 will support the Scientist in preparing internal and external regulatory materials, and performing other office duties, as appropriate. This position requires superior interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively and strategically with diverse programs, staff and internal and external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory frameworks. This position is located at 80 Workman Way. Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.

The successful candidate will possess three (3) years of community college with one (1) year of related experience. The Research Assistant will be a youth/young adult (up to 29 years of age) with current or previous lived experience as a recipient of mental health and/or addictions services. Experience working or volunteering in a child and youth-focused clinical research setting is required. Experience communicating with youth participants and their families is also required. Knowledge about youth concurrent disorders is an important asset. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills and the ability to produce high-quality, accurate work while meeting lab deadlines and requirements. Strong PC software skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel) are required, Library literature search databases (e.g., PsycINFO, PubMed, MedLine), and experience using online survey tools (e.g., Fluid Survey, Checkbox, Redcap) is an asset. Previous experience with SPSS, data entry and cleaning is an asset. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Experience supporting youth engagement projects and/or youth advocacy initiatives is an asset. Experience in facilitating focus groups or other consultations with a broad range of participants will be considered an asset. This position requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively and to work independently. Candidates require the ability to work effectively in a wide range of settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please note: This part-time, contract position lasting 4 months is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.
Salary Range: $23.18 - $28.59 per hour

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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 with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.