Mental Health Educator - Youth Wellness
CMHA York Region
York, ON
Mental Health Educator – Youth Wellness

Closing Date: July 31, 2019

Full-Time Contract until June 19, 2020; Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Competition #: 2019-049

Our Mission: As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Our Organizational Values:
Client and Family Centered – through partnership, accountability and action

Culturally Competent – to provide the best service and work experience

Innovation – to bring value to our community

Team Values: Trust, Respect, Communication and Teamwork.

Hours of work: 35 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

Location: York and South Simcoe

Job Profile:
The Mental Health Educator is responsible for researching, delivering mental health related, and educational workshops and presentations for school aged youth, for teachers and other community professionals and for the general public. The Mental Health Educator will also facilitate psycho-educational and/or support groups for youth.

Consultations with teachers, guidance counsellors and administrators, as well as recommendations and access to community services are often carried out. Identification and follow up of high-risk students is implemented with school administrators.

The Mental Health Educator is familiar with and adheres to relevant provincial laws, including, but not limited to; The Mental Health Act, the Child and Family Services Act, the Health Care Consent Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to make ethical decisions, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, work in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and relationship building.

Degree or diploma in social services, child and youth work or counseling is preferred
Degree plus four years or more experience in the mental health field with youth is an asset
Diploma plus six years or more experience in the mental health field with youth is an asset
Formal training and education in adolescent development and mental health, education, group work, program planning and evaluation, community facilitation and development
Ability to apply Recover principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
Practice from an acceptance/anti-oppression perspective
Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally with clients and School Board personnel
Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
Excellent written and oral communication with the ability to adapt presentations to suit the needs, learning styles and interests of the audience
Ability to assess risk and take informed action in crisis situations
Strong time management and the ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks
Experience with client needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, crisis intervention, work in schools or classroom setting with large groups, community education, health promotion, public speaking and work with diverse cultural and age groups
The ability to use various forms of media and teaching materials, including but limited to MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel
A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred
A valid Canadian driver's license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening
This position reports to and is supervised by the Program Manager, Youth Wellness and MOBYSS.

Working Conditions:
Corporate and community settings, government offices.
Frequently out of office, in office for preparation of workshops and trainings
Occasional weekend/evening hours may be required

Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

As the Canadian Non-Profit Employer of Choice for three consecutive years and one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, we offer:

Competitive Benefits (Life Insurance, Extended Health & Dental, Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days)
Excellent learning & development opportunities (internal conferences, external trainings)
Diverse & Inclusive work culture
Flexible work environment
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services.

Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!

Application Procedures

If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow the link on this posting or visit the Career section of our website. Complete the application form and submit cover letter and resume (PDF or Word) together as one (1) document / attachment in the Resume section, outlining how your experience matches our requirements, to the Human Resources Department quoting Competition # 2019-049.

CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email

Online:, under CAREERS section.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.