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Program Consultant (Implementation Specialist, Indigenous Wellness Initiatives)

Program Consultant (Implementation Specialist, Indigenous Wellness Initiatives)
Calendar Icon February 12, 2024
Time Clock Full Time
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Company: CAMH

Job Number: 925675

Category: YWHO Provincial Office

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 3

Location: Ontario, Ontario

Posted Date: Jan 31, 2024


Program Consultant (Implementation Specialist, Indigenous Wellness Initiatives)
YWHO Provincial Office 


Position Description
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO, consists of 22 hub networks in over 30 communities where young people ages 12 to 25 years have walk-in access to youth-centred, community based mental health and wellness services informed by youth, family members and service providers. The hubs are provincially-consistent in core features and locally led and adapted to offer and connect to a range of evidence-based services – mental health care, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing, peer support, family support and care navigation – in youth-friendly spaces. Outcomes are rigorously evaluated within and across hubs focusing on positive outcomes in areas of wellness important to youth and their families. This initiative engages youth, family members and other stakeholders through a co-creation process, ensuring services are designed and delivered according to their needs. 

Position Description

The YWHO Provincial Office at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is seeking a full-time, permanent Implementation Specialist, Indigenous Wellness Initiatives. The Implementation Specialist will work closely with the Manager Site Implementation, the Equity and Engagement team and the Clinical Practice Lead in YWHO. The incumbent will be required to bring specific capacities and expertise in the areas of youth and family engagement, service provider engagement, co-development, coaching and system change within Indigenous communities. The Implementation Specialist will play a key role in supporting deliverables of an Integrated Youth Services (IYS) delivery model within local YWHO networks. The Implementation Specialist will also provide guidance and coaching to support collaborative approaches to apply a health equity lens to implementation models, content expertise and evidence-based tools and practices with internal staff, external organizations, and stakeholders.

The successful candidate works collaboratively with the Integration and Implementation Team and brings specific capacities and expertise in the areas of implementation science, quality improvement, change management, stakeholder engagement and co-development, coaching and system change. The successful candidate will have a strong background in anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice, excellent knowledge of equity frameworks and tools, and significant experience supporting others to identify, prioritize, and develop equity-focused actions that advance meaningful and sustained change. The Implementation Specialist supports the active involvement of Indigenous communities and service providers in all stages of implementation, providing tailored and contextualized support at an agency and system level. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying and integrating evidence informed approaches to change such as Implementation Science, Quality Improvement and service/system design to support system stakeholders to adopt new practices.
  • Provide expertise and advice related to equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression to strengthen internal YWHO practices to support the implementation and evaluation of the YWHO model across sites.
  • Develop and support strategies to promote an ongoing learning culture for integrating equity into implementation science and quality improvement frameworks (workshop coordination, lunch & learns, Community of Practice, provide support/ consultation to YWHO sites).
  • Understand and review trends, monitoring and evaluating data, to identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen equitable service delivery into program and project planning for the YWHO program
  • Identifying, engaging and fostering collaborative relationships with stakeholders to develop a shared understanding and vision.
  • Developing an understanding of the local mental health and substance use system in order to support contextualized implementation.
  • Co-developing, facilitating and establishing direction, objectives and consensus across diverse stakeholders.
  • Assisting teams (internal and external) with implementing practice and/or system change through facilitation, problem solving, focused capacity building, consensus building, decision making and conflict resolution.
  • Assessing needs and coordinating capacity building for project members.
  • Developing project implementation plans, processes and tools based on evidence informed implementation approaches, utilizing Implementation Science as a foundational approach.
  • Coaching to multiple levels of organizational staff using strength-based problem solving, active listening, motivational interviewing, modeling and other coaching strategies.
  • Building and supporting the capacity of organizations/agencies to support sustainable and effective change.
  • Supporting the implementation of improvement cycles across and within organizations

This position requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis. The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in health, education or social services with three (3) years’ experience in health or social services, preferably in the Indigenous health and/or mental health and/or substance use sector. Thorough understanding of principles and practices of Indigenous engagement is required. Demonstrated knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, perspectives and health service providers. Experience with youth and family engagement, including advisory and committee work. Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines.

Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and leadership to collaborative partnerships and experience facilitating or contributing to strategic planning processes. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work on a team, as well as function independently with minimal supervision. Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication (oral/written), community engagement, and creative problem-solving abilities are required. Experience working within an Implementation Science framework or other evidence informed implementation or quality improvement frameworks. Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity, inclusivity, respect and social justice.

Strong knowledge of Ontario’s mental health and addiction system/services. Experience in assisting teams with system change initiatives through facilitation, problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution. Ability to translate various kinds of data, research and grey literature to non-academic target audiences. Demonstrated skills and commitment to data driven/evidence-informed decision making.

Bilingualism (French/English) and/or the ability to speak an Indigenous language is also considered an asset. A valid license, access to vehicle and ability to drive as regular travel across Ontario is required as related to program assignments. The position primarily remote and can be located anywhere outside of the GTA.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package.


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CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

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