Job Number: 909573

Category: YWHO Provincial Office

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 3

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Nov 8, 2022

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Program Consultant (Knowledge Mobilization Lead)
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario Provincial Office

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO, www.youthhubs.ca) is a network of 22 (14 established, 8 in development), one-stop service hubs 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
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario is currently seeking a full-time, contract (12 months) Program Consultant. The Program Consultant reports to the YWHO Director of Operations and will work closely with the Clinical Practice Lead. The Program Consultant will be chiefly responsible for providing YWHO sites and key stakeholders with access to knowledge, evidence, and resources to support capacity building, decision-making, program development and implementation relating to youth mental health and substance use and the YWHO model of care. They will also develop, refine, evaluate and mobilize the curricula and training materials for YWHO Networks and partners across Ontario. This position will be located in the Hamilton area.

Responsibilities
The Program Consultant will be responsible for developing and reviewing/revising knowledge products and resources to support integrated knowledge exchange and the management and mobilization of knowledge amongst service providers, knowledge users, researchers, policy makers, community members, and additional YWHO stakeholders.

The Program Consultant will gather, analyze and synthesize research, evidence and other forms of knowledge to inform best practices for youth with substance use and/or mental health concerns, practice innovations and capacity building initiatives. They will support the planning and content development for curricula for trainings, workshops, and other knowledge exchange activities for YWHO staff, partners and additional service providers across the province. In collaboration with the YWHO team, the incumbent will create and conduct needs assessments and environmental scans, identify key competencies needed for the implementation of all YWHO core components, define educational goals, objectives, and methodologies, and determine training formats. This role is responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with key partners at the local, provincial and national level and working closely with YWHO partners and other experts to guide this work.

This role will have a particular focus on capacity building initiatives relating to Peer Support and substance use services for youth, including substance use, concurrent disorders and harm reduction capacity within the YWHO network. The Program Consultant will support the development of policy recommendations to address substance use services for youth in Ontario and will participate in writing and preparing reports and manuscripts for publication. They will leverage a strong understanding of anti-racism/anti-oppression and principles of health equity to support implementation of programming that meets the needs of diverse youth.

Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Health Services, Health or Social Sciences, Public Health, Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation, or a related discipline, in addition to 3 years of related employment experience post graduation.
  • Familiarity with the mental health and addictions field and evidence of an understanding of system level issues within Ontario’s youth mental health and substance use system, social determinants of health and the principles of health equity and how they apply in the context of evidence and knowledge exchange is required.
  • Previous experience working in youth mental health and substance use services, with a focus on Peer Support, concurrent disorders and harm reduction, is an asset.
  • Demonstrated understanding of knowledge translation and exchange strategies, methods, and frameworks is required, including the ability to identify, and summarize relevant evidence and develop knowledge exchange products, such as options analyses, briefing notes, and other tools, to support development and implementation of new practices/services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning principles, experience in curriculum development and previous experience creating e-learning content and familiarity with LMSs, such as Moodle, is required.
  • Required experience developing and maintaining effective, strong partnerships, amongst diverse stakeholders with varying priorities and needs, including experience with youth and family engagement, service provider engagement, co-development, coaching and system change.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to develop and coordinate work plans, knowledge exchange plans and communication plans to support knowledge mobilization components of large, multi-year projects.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to accomplish project deliverables and objectives within specified timeframes is a must.
  • The successful candidate must be self-directed and able to take initiative and work and learn independently, with minimal direction, while identifying areas where support and guidance is needed, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse, cross-functional team internally and various partners externally.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to principles of equity, inclusivity, respect and cultural safety, including how these apply in the context of access to and sharing of diverse forms of knowledge and evidence is required.

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, contract (12 months) position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package.

 

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