Job Posting 82722

Mental Health Educator - CMHA College of Health & Well Being
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
Work From Home - York / Durham area
Aurora, Ontario
closed 10 days ago (Wed, 18 May)
full time - temp / contract

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


One of the fastest growing branches of CMHA, the Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) provides 30+ mental health and addiction programs to adults, youth (age 12+), family caregivers, local businesses and community organizations. Providing a safe environment for our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to closely follow COVID-19 protocols and directives from Public Health.


We have recently started testing a Hybrid Work Arrangement that provides our employees with the flexibility of working from home and on-site within a connected and collaborative team environment while continuing to make the needs and preferences of our clients and community our top priority. Each CMHA-YRSS program and department has developed a unique Hybrid Work Plan that meets the needs of their team and clients and supports the vision of the agency. 


All CMHA-YRSS employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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 (including salary, benefits, pension)
    • HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) effective Nov 2021
    • Comprehensive Health Benefits
  • Robust Performance and Career Development program
  • Learning & development opportunities

Learn more about us by visiting:


We are looking for a Mental Health Educator in our CMHA College of Health & Well Being!


1-Year Contract: Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours will be required


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. The Mental Health Educator will operate on a hybrid model, and will be required to work a minimum of 3 working days on site in our Aurora Office (15150 Yonge St , Unit 2, Aurora ON  L4G 1M2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.


Job Profile:


This role will support the expansion and adaptation of CMHA’s mental wellness and recovery programming within our Recovery College. The Recovery College (RC) provides an innovative learning space where anyone can access free courses, webinars, workshops, and attend events to learn, gain new skills, and connect with others in their community. This role will develop and distribute training to staff to equip them with the necessary skills to implement both virtual and in-person mental health education programming.

The Mental Health Educator will also be responsible for the following:

  • Assist with the development of engagement strategies with hard to reach and underserved groups including but not limited to; youth, seniors, indigenous and ethno-cultural groups
  • Raise awareness of Recovery College with partners, wider stakeholders, local communities and with potential students
  • Develop and deliver training for staff on hybrid group facilitation and adult learning principles
  • Develop course curriculum for CMHA College of health & well-being using adult learning principles
  • Lead co-production sessions to develop courses for the college
  • Support evaluation and outcomes data related to programs delivered
  • Analyze needs assessment information and feedback to determine course offerings
  • Adapt and change courses and training to reflect student needs
  • Develop curriculum using CMHA software and learning management systems
  • Present courses both in person and via digital platforms using a range of teaching aids
  • Document groups in CMHA’s health record system
  • Train staff in best practices of adult education and facilitation
  • Train staff in delivering hybrid course (in-person and virtually)
  • Provide expertise in curriculum development

The mental health educator will also conduct a needs assessment and develop new course curriculum and programming that focuses on a post-pandemic world, and helping individuals work on their own personal journey and resiliency.



  • A degree or diploma in education, health or social services is required
  • Degree or diploma in adult education is preferred
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience developing curriculum is required
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in public speaking/presentation/workshop delivery and delivering training effectively to adult learners.
  • Minimum 1 year experience delivering workshops virtually
  • Experience delivering recovery focused training
  • Experience conducting outreach to and building partnerships with community organizations and resources is required
  • Teaching experience is preferred
  • Experience in community capacity building and partnership development is preferred
  • Providing culturally competent to diverse populations with complex health needs is an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult and youth education and group facilitation principles and practices.
  • Strong knowledge of empowerment/recovery principles and practices
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma and the isolation felt by individuals with serious mental illness is an asset
  • Knowledge of mental health services and interventions is an asset
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to adapt presentations to suit the needs and interests of the audience
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment -oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
  • Proficiency using various forms of software and hardware media and teaching materials, including but not limited to, Microsoft Outlook, Office suite including PowerPoint and presentation hardware e.g. LCD Projectors, speakers
  • Ability to deliver training virtually using Zoom or other virtual platforms
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
  • Valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
  • Applicant must provide proof of full vaccination status

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.


This position reports to, and is supervised by the Manager, People & Teams.


Working Conditions:

  • Primarily operation during business hours, occasional evening will be required
  • Travel within York Region or South Simcoe to deliver presentations

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.


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


Application Procedures:


If you are interested in this opportunity, click on the “Apply Now” button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.


Complete the application form and submit the following:

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