Job Posting 77967

Community Engagement Facilitator
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area
Aurora, ON
closed 4 days ago (Thu, 2 Dec)
part time - term / contract

POSTING DATE: November 17, 2021

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations

All CMHA-YRSS employees are required to be vaccinated as a condition of hire.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. We offer an inclusive, innovative and high-performance work culture that helps us deliver transformational impact. The organization cares about the growth, safety and well-being of employees and offers:

  • Competitive Total Compensation 
    • HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) effective Nov 2021
  • Robust Performance and Career Development program
  • Learning & development opportunities

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We are hiring 2 Part-Time Community Engagement Facilitators:

Closing Date: Until Filled

Contract Part-time: Two 13-Month Contract Part-Time Positions: 17.5 Hours per week 

Competition #: 2021-065

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, CMHA-YR employees will be working in a hybrid model which will require some in office days as well as potential opportunity to work some days from home. This role requires community-based work and will require the incumbent to work out in the South Central Richmond Hill and Central Newmarket local neighbourhoods. The successful candidate will work primarily from our Aurora office (15150 Yonge Street, Unit 201, Aurora ON L4G 1M2) and may be required to occasionally travel within York Region & South Simcoe for training or meetings.

Job Profile:

The Community Engagement Facilitator supports South Central Richmond Hill Central Newmarket local neighbourhoods and residents by building their collective capacity to facilitate community change and catalyze new actions in parallel with the work and priorities of the Community Action Table (CAT). The CAT is comprised of a range of stakeholders which includes residents, service providers, government, school boards, funders and York Regional Police – all contributing diverse perspectives to address York Region’s Safety & Well-Being Plan, specific to Mental Health & Mental Well-being and Housing Stability. The goal of the CATs is to: Strengthen local capacity by convening a broad cross-section of community stakeholders to address risks to community safety and well-being. Identify shorter- and longer-term solutions to address mental well-being and housing stability of the selected communities and articulate these insights for inclusion in the CSWB Plan for York Region.


  • Coordinate, support and provide oversight to Quick Action Funding process
  • Outreach and train neighbourhood leaders to engage in the CAT work and local Quick Action Grant initiatives
  • Identify and develop opportunities to engage residents in the CAT and other community initiatives
  • Facilitate on-going conversations with resident leaders and other residents to uncover and connect more grassroots initiatives
  • Provide additional support and check-ins with resident CAT members, such as coaching/mentorship to ensure their active participation in the table, as well as to other residents who show an interest in moving work in their community forward
  • Support table administration, community engagement, and relationship building with diverse stakeholders in the local community with a focus on equity and inclusion and addressing priority issues/actions
  • Work collaboratively with CAT Coordinator to identify, develop and deliver relevant workshops and skills building as identified by the CAT convening table
  • Support the CAT Coordinator in the development and implementation of communications and social media strategies, particularly as it relates to this component of the project
  • Responsible for any necessary data collections and reporting needed for this funded portion of the CAT work
  • Must be available for some evening and weekend work, as required
  • Other duties as identified by CMHA and the CAT that support moving the work forward
  • Protects own health and health of others by adopting safe work practices, reporting unsafe conditions immediately. Follows all guidelines for employees and employers as legislated under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act


  • Experience and/or education in community development or related field
  • Experience working at a grassroots level in a community and conducting on the ground engagement
  • Experience working with agencies and residents in York Region, the Central Newmarket or South Central Richmond Hill areas in particular, is an asset
  • Knowledge of working with diverse community groups
  • Knowledge of York region services and community resources


  • Experience in facilitating collaborative work
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Ability to mentor and motivate others
  • Is able to work using online platforms for remote engagement with key stakeholders of the project
  • An understanding of working collaboratively and building partnerships with community
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with diverse populations
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), strong facilitation skills
  • Available to work occasional weeknights and weekends
  • Must be comfortable in a mobile position that will work from multiple locations and in the community
  • Must have reliable internet connection for frequent online work
  • Speaking a second language is an asset
  • Use of a car an asset

Additional Requirements:

A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check). All applicants will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an acceptable exemption.

Working Conditions:

Office and community-based work.  Day, evening and weekend hours may be required.

This position reports to, and is supervised, by the Manager, Community Engagement

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.

Application Procedures:

If you are interested in this opportunity, follow the link below, go to "Current Opportunities" and click on the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of the job posting page to proceed to upload your cover letter and resume:

Complete the application form and submit the following:

1) Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want this position and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
2) Resume (PDF or Word)

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

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

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