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.
Alberta’s youth and young adults continue to experience challenges and barriers to accessing mental health resources in 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. 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.
Under the direction of the CMHA Alberta Division Integrated Youth Hub Project Lead, the Collaborative Governance Lead will support the organizational development and strategic direction of both the Collaborative Governance Committee and individual community governance structures. In providing expertise and guidance, the Collaborative Governance Lead will use their comprehensive understanding of complex multi-stakeholder collaboration principles and challenges to create a framework that focuses on community development, community-based design, and a community-led approach to Integrated Youth Hubs. Confidence and exceptional communication skills will be fundamental to engaging with high level government personnel, funding organizations, and community leaders.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Facilitate the creation and development of the Collaborative Governance Committee through collaborative governance principles, providing foundational documents, and a framework for operations.
- Provide facilitation and administrative support during committee meetings.
- Support and inform the evaluation team to ensure continuous improvement of collaborative governance processes and stability.
- Support implementation coaches with collaborative governance development and sustainability in youth hub communities.
- Create strong relationships with local, regional, and provincial stakeholders.
- Identify opportunities to build a strong community of practice among community hubs staff and local partner agencies.
- Create and/or identify opportunities for collaboration with other CMHA programs.
- Transfer of knowledge and information between governance committee, communities, implementation coaches, evaluation team, and CMHA-AB leadership.
- Recognize and communicate issues requiring escalation to project lead and/or CMHA-AB executive leadership.
- Provide regular reporting for executive leadership, committee, and funders.
- Assist in budget planning.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience and knowledge in youth mental health trends and barriers to accessing resources.
- Demonstrated knowledge of mental health resources across the province that align with youth hub model.
- Confidence in working in a dynamic and shifting social, political, and organizational context.
- Knowledge and experience in collaborative governance, community development, collective impact, and social innovation.
- 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 budgeting 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.
- Non-violent Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness training is an asset.
- Own Vehicle and Valid Driver’s License.
- Clear Criminal Record Check and that is dated within 90 days of the start date.
- 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.
- Office/Work from Home position; Edmonton residents may works out of CMHA Alberta Division Office (Temporarily remote due to COVID-19). Must be located in Alberta. Must be able to sit at a computer for several hours.