Job Posting 70531

Indigenous Liaison - Integrated Youth Hubs
Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division Ltd. 1984
WORK FROM HOME (Telecommute), Calgary area, Edmonton area, Northern Alberta, ...
closed yesterday (Fri, 7 May)
full time  •  $75,000 Annually

Our Organization

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a recognizable and reliable provincial organization where Albertans find compassionate support, responsible care, and accessible resources.

For over 60 years, Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division (CMHA-AB) has focused on community-based services, recovery and support for Albertans impacted with mental health and/or addiction issues. We stand beside Albertans on their recovery journey as they live in their community and work to achieve their wellness goals.

CMHA-AB operates as a registered charity within the not-for-profit sector. We work at the intersection of clinical and local mental health care. Our projects and services are developed to address the unique needs of individuals and communities across Alberta.

Background

Alberta’s Indigenous youth and young adults continue to experience challenges and barriers to accessing mental health resources, both in and out of their communities. The Community Based Mental Health Hubs for Youth model provides a mechanism to support a true collaborative approach to streamline existing services, increase accessibility, and reduce some of the burden on our already over-capacity mental health system. Indigenous community-based hubs are youth-friendly, prevention focused environments that integrate mental health and addictions services, peer support, social services, primary health care, education, and others to provide innovative and coordinated access to care.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the CMHA Alberta Division Integrated Youth Hub Project Lead, the Indigenous Liaison will support all communities as they progress in the community-led implementation of the Integrated Youth Hub initiative.  The Liaison will provide leadership and cultural guidance by helping to build and maintain positive relationships between people of Indigenous cultures and non-Indigenous Albertans. Additionally, the liaison will play an integral role in ensuring resources, guides, and messaging, are appropriately culturally designed. The Indigenous Liaison will also provide support and mentorship to ensure Truth and Reconciliation principles are prioritized in a strategic direction. They will also guide and support communities towards long term systemic transformation in coordinated access to mental health care for youth and young adults.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide implementation and development support to Indigenous youth hub communities including (but not limited to):
    • Maintaining regular communication with communities
    • Identifying and arranging relevant professional development opportunities
    • Supporting the development of an inclusion strategy for all community youth hub initiatives
    • Facilitating planning sessions and difficult conversations
    • Attend community partner meetings
  • As an integral implementation team member, support and inform the evaluation team, and ensure continuous improvement of implementation framework and processes.
  • Support collaborative governance development and sustainability in youth hub communities.
  • Identify and support implementation planning that addresses barriers to accessing mental health services locally, regionally, and across the province
  • Foster strong relationships with community leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers.
  • Provide opportunity and support for youth hub coordinators to build a strong community of practice.
  • Create and/or identify opportunities for collaboration with other CMHA programs.
  • Transfer of knowledge and information between communities, project lead, and governance committee.
  • Provide regular reporting for executive leadership, committee, and funders.
  • Assist in budget planning for communities and overall project.

Skills and Abilities

  • Lived experience in Indigenous ways of learning, healing, ceremony, relationships, spiritual teachings, and protocols.
  • Experience and knowledge in Indigenous youth mental health trends and barriers in accessing services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health resources across the province that align with youth hub concept.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and shifting social, political, and organizational context.
  • Knowledge and experience in community development, collective impact, and program implementation principles.
  • Comprehensive understanding of inclusion, diversity, and equity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid critical thinking and planning skills; some research experience will be an asset.
  • Self-motivated; able to work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining regular communication.
  • Proven track record with community development projects.
  • Project management experience with diverse sectors including government, community agencies (social service providers, etc.) primary health and mental health service providers.
  • Experience with report writing, grant writing, partnership building, and budget management.

Education (Professional Certification/Designations)

  • Completed or currently enrolled in a related Degree or Diploma program (Human/Health Services, Education, Social Work) OR demonstrated experience.
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness training is an asset.

Other Requirements

  • Must have own vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions

  • This position is a full-time permanent position working 7.5 hours per day, five days per week, typically Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Position is a weekday business hour position, with some weekends and evenings as required.
  • Occasional travel to designated youth hub communities will be required
  • Work from Home position (Edmonton residents may work out of CMHA Alberta Division Office, however, temporarily remote due to COVID-19); must be able to sit at a computer for several hours.

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