Community Health Promoter – Mental Health – March 3

Internal/External Expiry Date: 2022/03/16 

The mental health promoter plans, implements and evaluates mental health promotion programs/ initiatives in accordance with the strategic directions of the Centre, and integrates an anti-oppression health promotion focus into the work of the Centre. The mental health promoter functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team working with staff, program participants and the broader community to implement health promotion strategies as outlined in the Ottawa Charter and Declaration of Alma Ata.

The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge and experience using expressive arts as a key modality in programming and service strategies. The candidate will not only aid in client wellbeing, but enhance the knowledge of program staff in the use of htis modality as an effective approach to metal health support.

Mental Health Promotion

1. Work with other organizations and community groups to identify mental health needs and work in collaboration with the community to plan for and implement strategies to support community achieve better mental health and wellbeing.

2. Be familiar with and use diverse mental health and wellbeing promotion strategies and therapeutic modalities including mental health education, social prescribing, peer leadership, policy building and re-orienting mental health services to support people and communities to increase control over and improve their wellbeing.

3. Act as a resource for community groups and staff by facilitating workshops, seminar, information sessions or groups; by providing consultation, referrals and information, and by advocating on behalf of or for groups in the community.

4. Mobilize the existing human and material resources in the community to enhance the capacity of the community to affect social change by developing self-help and social support networks, building coalitions and fostering grassroots leadership.

5. Maintain familiarity with mental health related services and programs in the community, and share this information organizationally as appropriate. Develop and maintain information resources for the Centre and informational/ educational displays on selected health topics as required.

Project Management
1. Develop and manage community based projects in conjunction with other staff that are responsive to mental health needs, and in accordance with the strategic directions of the Centre, using a project management approach.
2. Generate a process of stakeholder ownership, including community agencies, clients/ participants and community members, in the planning, delivery and evaluation of projects based on our values of interdisciplinary teams and collaborative approaches.
3. Lead the Implementation of projects by:  Participating in budget development and managing project activities as required  Overseeing effective delivery of project activities  Using a shared leadership, team based approach , provide guidance and direction to students, volunteers and project related staff to achieve identified project or program outcomes.
4. Evaluate programs to ensure that objectives are met and recommend changes to the day to day running of the projects based on community input.

Research, Advocacy and Social Action:
1. Initiate, carry-out, participate in or monitor research on mental health needs involving and mobilizing the community of interest around the research, and from the research, develop clear plans and positions upon which the Centre should base program and advocacy efforts.
2. Initiate appropriate links with educational and other institutions to promote the availability of the Centre as a learning site.
3. Support and participate in community based research initaitives, knowledge mobilization and social action in relation to mental health needs of immigrants and refugees.

1. Participate in Centre and Board committees, work groups, projects, and chair and or take minutes at such meetings as may be required.
2. Identify the need for or participate in the development of policies and protocols, and follow all protocols and policies of the Centre.
3. Develop a semi-annual workplan in conjunction with your supervisor, identifying actions plans, learning goals and professional development needs.
4. Submit program statistics and reports on a timely basis.
5. Participate in the development of funding proposals.
6. Contribute to the vision, mission, values, principles and strategic directions of the Centre.
7. Carry out other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience

 Ability to speak and write fluently in a language of one of the priority groups of the Centre;
 Graduate degree in Social Work and registration with OCSWSSW or a combination of relevant education and work experience;
 Minimum 3 years front-line experience in community based program planning, implementation and evaluation;
 Thorough understanding of service delivery strategies, in particular emphasis on expressive arts group programming and service strategies
 Thorough understanding of mental health promotion and community development principles;
 Experience working with low-income and other priority groups;
 Experience working with multi-racial, multi-lingual communities and teams;
 Success in partnership development and funding proposal writing;
 Experience managing project budgets;
 Prior involvement in community based research;
 Experience supervising/ mentoring staff, students or volunteers.

 Excellent interpersonal skills with colleagues and community members;
 Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with individuals and groups;
 Commitment to working with low income, multi-lingual and multi-racial communities;
 Demonstrated computer literacy and keyboarding skills;
 Demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness to community needs.
 Demonstrated knowledge and experience facilitating activities that promote mental health

Salary: $61,475 – 74,148
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Duration: Permanent
Bargaining Unit position: United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 175
Classification: Health Promoter

Please be advised that our organization requires all staff, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination can be obtained from the Ministry site.

Access Alliance offers comprehensive group benefits coverage, annual vacation entitlement, cumulative sick leave entitlement, employee assistance programs. Access Alliance is HOOPP employer.

Application Method With “Community Health Promoter – Mental Health” in the subject heading, please send your Resume and cover letter by 5:00 pm on March 16th : by E-mail: Only selected candidate will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will receive acknowledgement. Please note that a criminal background check will be conducted for this position.

We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ communities. We encourage candidate to include their relevant pre-Canadian experience in their application as applicable.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

Access Alliance encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.

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