Job Posting 85840

Chief Project Officer
Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division Ltd. 1984
Anywhere in Alberta
closed 21 days ago (Mon, 18 Jul)
full time

Our Organization

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.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and participating as part of the organization’s executive team, the Chief Project Officer (CPO) is responsible for supporting several CMHA Alberta Division projects, as well as supporting the development of new and emerging opportunities. This role has a specific focus on overseeing all aspect of the operational policies, procedures, and processes for all programs and services, including operational supports to the Project Managers. The CPO will identify and support the development of project work plans and ensure alignment on contractual deliverables including project reports. 

The CPO is responsible for developing effective working relationships; has the ability to work flexibly across professional and operational boundaries; and can communicate professionally with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. The CPO supports internal and external collaborative capacity building ability to apply current and emergent frameworks, methods, and tools for a greater mental health community impact. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support project managers as they direct projects from inception to completion.  The CPO will work with project managers to ensure projects are launched, informed by other projects, partake in bi-weekly Project Manager Meetings, and confirm that project deliverables are on target.
  • Provide operational, strategic, and executive leadership within the Division while collectively Division Staff drive forward overall strategic plan and vision.
  • Capacity coordination, planning, monitoring, and building across CMHA Alberta projects.
  • Help collaboration efforts both internally and externally, including helping to define what collaboration looks like at multiple levels and across organizations.
    • This also includes the identification of project overlap and development of plans to streamline overlapping components (i.e.: internal overlap, community and regional area overlap, values & principles overlap, outcomes overlap, etc.)
  • Work with CMHA-AB staff to plan and implement projects and initiatives that work towards advancing CMHA-AB Division’s strategic direction and objectives
  • Liaison with key stakeholders including Government, CMHA Regional offices and internal staff and Board of Directors.
  • Work with regional offices to identify issues and priorities facing projects and develop solutions to address them.
  • Cultivate and maintain a network of contacts across government and liaise with this network on an ongoing basis. Build and manage positive and respectful relationships with key politicians, political staff, public servants, and external stakeholders.
  • Active participation in manager & coordinator meetings.
  • Participate in the development of a common workplace, project, and community language around mental health in Alberta.
  • Work collaboratively within the CMHA executive team to support and maintain effective relationships with municipal, provincial, and federal government agencies
  • Support the iterative process of project development and growth by considering voice of lived staff experience and external expertise in the decision making and principal identification process.
  • Help establish a clear view of CMHA Alberta values and identify strategy to implement and “live” them.
  • Help in network development in areas such as engagement, equal opportunity, ease of access, reduction of barriers to entry, etc.
  • Participate in coordination of training and professional development opportunities for project managers and coordinator, with the HR Manager.
  • Development of human capital asset matrix based on staff and project strengths, passions, etc. and tie them to organizational goals, opportunities, weaknesses etc.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for new external stakeholder relationships requests and opportunities and coordinate with the office of the CEO and other executive team members.
  • Provide support to the leadership team in key meetings by helping identify and disseminate actionable items and relevant information to other CMHA-AB team members.
  • Manage the development and implementation of new projects, including the application for funding, establishment of key deliverables, preparation of project work plans and the development of project structures with the support of the CMHA, Alberta Division administrative team.
  • Support other CMHA, Alberta Division initiatives, including events, administration, etc., as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health resources across the province that align with CMHA Alberta’s strategic plan.
  • Experience in staff training, coaching, extensive supervision skills etc. Certifications are preferred but not required.
  • Masterful organization, strategic planning, and critical thinking demonstrated by previous professional success.
  • Ability to facilitate progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization.
  • Effective relationship building/team building and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical, project management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience of empowering and ethical leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with report-writing, grant writing, partnership building, and budget management.

Education / Professional Certification/Designations: 

  • Post-Secondary Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Social Services, or other relevant discipline (equivalency of related work experience will be considered).
  • 5 + years in business management or operations, particularly in an executive leadership role.
  • Previous experience in the non-profit sector is considered an asset.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and enhance professional relationships (i.e. external stakeholders, internal teams, and outside contacts).
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server.

Other Requirements:

  • Own Vehicle and Valid Driver’s License.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and that is dated within 90 days of the start date.

Working Conditions

  • This position is a full-time permanent position working 7.5 hours per day, five days per week.
  • Position is a weekday business hour position, with some weekends and evenings as required.
  • Office/Work from Home position; Edmonton residents may work 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.

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