The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a recognizable and reliable community mental health organization linked together through affiliation and shared vision nationwide. The Alberta Division’s growth over the last six years has created a flourishing working environment for those with a passion to link their work to tangible advances in better mental health in Alberta. Our work is focused on provincial scope with projects, stakeholder relations, government relations, projects, events, training, and engagement with Alberta’s communities, both large and small.
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 related to better mental health and the impacts of mental illness 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.
Through a collaborative lens and under the direction of the CMHA, Alberta Division Integrated Youth Hubs Project Lead, the Implementation Coach - Funding & Sustainability role will support the communities by coaching in fund development principles, mentoring for grants and proposals and guide in the development and building of sustainable funding.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Working with the Fund Development Manager to provide implementation and development support to integrated youth hub communities, focusing on:
- Event planning and execution
- Sourcing and communicating funding opportunities for communities
- Coaching and assisting hubs in grant and proposal writing
- Supporting the development of local fund development strategies
- Coaching in fund development principles and prioritizing goals
- Participating in planning sessions with coaching team and implementation support team
- Attend steering committee meetings, as needed
- Support and inform the evaluation team, and ensure continuous improvement of implementation framework and processes.
- Identify and support implementation planning that identifies and addresses conditions impacting economic and social sustainability of community hubs
- Build and sustain working relationships with the community, grant funders, provincial offices, and supporting foundations
- Provide opportunity and support for youth hub coordinators to build a strong community of practice.
- Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant application documentation.
- Remain current with new policies and legislation applicable to grant application and fund acceptance.
- Recognize and communicate issues requiring escalation to Project Lead and/or CMHA-AB Executive Leadership.
- Promote the principles of diversity and equity in all work-related duties, where applicable.
- Cultivate and maintain a network of grant partners and foundations of relevance to advance the vision and mission of CMHA-AB
- Provide regular reporting for executive leadership, committee, and
- Assist in budget
- Adhere to values and policies of CMHA Alberta division, CMHA Alberta divisions’ Strategic Plan (see attached), and National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace.
Skills and Abilities
- Experience with report and grant writing, partnership building, and budget
- Experience and knowledge in youth mental health trends and barriers to access to
- 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
- Knowledge and experience in community development, collective impact, and program implementation principles.
- Comprehensive understanding of inclusion, diversity, and
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Solid critical thinking and planning skills; some research experience will be an
- Self-motivated; able to work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining regular
- Proven track record with community development
- Experience with diverse sectors including government, community agencies (social service providers, etc.) primary health and mental health service providers.
Education (Professional Certifications/Designations)
- Completed or currently enrolled in a related degree or diploma program (Human/Health Services, Education, Social Work, Business). Equivalency of education and work experience will be considered.
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness training is an
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Clear Criminal Record Check 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
- 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.
Salary: $75,000 annually.