Job Number: 896555

Category: Provincial System Support Program

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 3

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Jun 9, 2022

CH&E Coordinator (Health Equity Specialist)
Provincial System Support Program (PSSP)

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) works with communities, service providers and other partners across Ontario to move evidence to action to create sustainable, system-level change. With offices in Toronto and across the province, PSSP is on the ground, collaborating with stakeholders to build a better system through our work in implementation, knowledge exchange, evaluation and data management, and health equity and engagement.

Position Description
PSSP is seeking a full-time, temporary (18 months) Health Equity Specialist to work in our Toronto Office. The Health Equity Specialist will work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to coordinate and support the development of an integrated roadmap that establishes the foundation for clear, cohesive, and coordinated actions to create a culture at PSSP that centers equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression. Working closely with multiple stakeholders and partners, the Health Equity Specialist will provide leadership, coaching, and collaborative approaches to apply health equity content expertise and evidence-based tools and practices with internal staff, external organizations, and stakeholders within the PSSP program and PSSP-led projects as needed. The position will operationalize project deliverables and outcomes, communications and outreach, and maintain relationships with committees across PSSP and CAMH. This position requires extensive content expertise in health equity and engagement, and experience supporting others in this context area in a health system or point of care setting.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in developing and operationalizing plans and coordinating initiatives that dismantle anti-Black and/or anti-Indigenous racism as well as other intersecting forms of oppression such as homophobia, transphobia, and saneism. The successful candidate will have a strong background in anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice, excellent knowledge of equity and engagement frameworks and tools, and significant experience supporting others to identify, prioritize, and develop equity-focused actions that advance meaningful and sustained change.


  • Conduct environmental scans, needs assessments, and carry out special projects to identify the need for, and types of changes required to strengthen equity, anti-racism and anti-oppressive practices in program and project-level plans.
  • Provide expertise and advice related to equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression to strengthen internal PSSP practices as well as the implementation and evaluation of PSSP-led projects.
  • Organize and convene partners, stakeholders, and People with Lived Experience (PWLE)/System Users to support the identification, development, and implementation of meaningful actions to strengthen equitable, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive actions in PSSP and PSSP-led projects.
  • Understand and review trends, monitoring and evaluation data, and consultation results to identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen the application of lived experience analysis and equity-based thinking into program and project planning for PSSP and PSSP-led projects.
  • Develops relationships across PSSP and CAMH and with external partners involved in project-specific work to respond to gaps in the application of equity thinking and lived experience analysis.
  • Work proactively across PSSP and within PSSP-led projects to support the coordinated implementation of efforts to center equity and anti-racism/anti-oppressive theories, frameworks, and actions with a view to building programmatic capacity for centering equity.
  • Co-develops inclusive and adaptable tools and resources that support internal and external stakeholders to center equity and lived experience analysis as they carry out their respect roles.
  • Identify existing best practices, tools, and resources that enable staff and management to better integrate lived experience analysis and equity-thinking into PSSP practices and PSSP-led work.
  • Coach staff and stakeholders to use tools, processes, and best practices related to health equity.
  • Support the active involvement of PWLE and service users in PSSP activities, providing tailored supports to enable safety and equitable participation.
  • Support regular and strategic communication with a range of partners and stakeholders to enable transparency and trust.
  • Coordinate and provide secretariat support for steering committees and advisory circles as required.
  • Support the development and delivery of initiatives that strengthen the capacity of staff to integrate lived experience analysis and apply an equity lens in their work at PSSP.
  • Participate in special projects and committees.

The Health Equity Specialist will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable standards and requirements. For this role, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people who are reflective of intersectional experiences (i.e., 2SLGBTQ+, Muslim, neurodevelopmental differences, living with a disability, etc.). This position is located at 33 Ursula Franklin Street. PSSP currently works fully remotely but this is subject to change.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree in public health, social work, women’s studies, mad studies, disability studies or equity studies with three (3) years’ experience working in the mental health and addictions system. Equivalent experience supporting equity-focused change efforts in other sectors (e.g., public health or health sector more broadly) will be accepted.
  • Experience in a clinical setting is an asset.
  • Extensive content expertise in health equity and engagement, and a proven track record of engaging others in open, meaningful and productive dialogue about equity, racism, and oppression.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to structural, systemic, and institutional racism and oppression.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and leadership to steering committees, advisory circles, and other types of governance structures.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating or contributing to strategic planning processes.
  • Experience developing and coordinating plans to support organizational and programmatic change initiatives in a health system or point of care setting.
  • Experience in assisting teams with system change initiatives through facilitation, problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution.
  • An extensive knowledge of health equity models and frameworks, including community engagement, cultural safety, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and others.
  • Experience centering knowledges from Indigenous communities and communities of the Global South.
  • Experience using primary or secondary qualitative and quantitative data sources to highlight equity gaps and identify solutions and strategies in health or social service delivery settings
  • Experience engaging adults, youth, and families with lived experience of racism and other intersecting forms of oppression in a mental health/substance use context. Equivalent experience in another sector will also be accepted.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work on a team, as well as function independently with minimal supervision to accomplish objectives within targeted timeframes.
  • Exceptional ability to build and strengthen relationships with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and the ability to cultivate internal and external collaborative partnerships.
  • Ability to think analytically and strategically when solving problems.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication (oral/written), independent thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities are required.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language is an asset.

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, temporary (18 months) position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range: $33.59 - $45.31 per hour

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

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).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.