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Bilingual (French & English) Student Engagement Portfolio Assistant

School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) works together with Ontario school districts to support student mental health.  As a provincial implementation support team, SMH-ON provides leadership, resources, implementation coaching and a community of practice in order to promote the uptake, scaling, and sustainability of evidence-based, implementation-sensitive, culturally-responsive practices in school mental health.  SMH-ON serves the 72 English and French publicly funded boards in Ontario, remote school authorities, and provincial demonstration schools.  The team works alongside the Ministry of Education and has a role within the wider system of care, linking with partner ministries and organizations to advance child and youth mental health.  

We are seeking a Bilingual (FR & EN)  Student Engagement Portfolio Assistant to support a range of activities designed to enhance student engagement and leadership related to mental health at school. Working closely with the Student Engagement Team Lead, the bilingual portfolio assistant will help implement the portfolio action plan, support the Pros’pairs SMS student reference group, and facilitate meetings and consultation activities. 

At SMH-ON, we recognize diversity as a source of organizational strength.  We welcome applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing student mental health with clear focus on human rights, and on reducing disproportionality and disparity in outcomes.  Those with experience in serving racialized communities, and those with identities that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, will bring particular assets that are highly valued within the organization.

Bilingual (FR & EN) Student Engagement Portfolio Assistant

Contract position to August 31, 2021, with extension contingent on needs

Role includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Assist the Student Engagement Team Lead to implement the portfolio action plan with particular focus on French language students.  Assist with related coordination, communication, and reporting.
  2. Develop, coordinate and facilitate the Pros’pairs SMS student reference group. Support onboarding of new group members, updating of student information, meeting preparation and note-taking, and responding to member questions and needs. 
  3. Support various student engagement activities, groups and consultations under the action plan of Student Engagement Coordinators, as needed.
  4. Help with research reviews, practice scans to support innovations and discovering new student-facing resources.  Conduct jurisdictional scans to surface ideas and innovations for French language students.
  5. Assist with co-design activities, alongside initiative leads (e.g., webinars, forums).
  6. Summarize French language student inputs from various feedback loops to inform evolving work.
  7. Provide administrative support such as inputting volunteer hours, taking meeting notes, planning meetings, preparing presentations and reports, and supplying attendance lists.
  8. Support the development of resources and offerings under the action plan of Student Engagement Coordinators, including amplifying francophone student voice and ensuring youth-friendly language in student facing materials.
  9. Attend regular Student Engagement Team meetings.

Note: Given the pace of work within the organization, rush requests are sometimes needed.  It is   important that these requests are not subcontracted, in order to maintain one high-quality voice in all translations received.  


  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree in a health-related field or education such as psychology, health sciences, education, or other. This opportunity is well suited to a recent graduate as an internship position.
  2. Bilingualism in English and French is required (additional languages are an asset).
  3. Demonstrated experience working with young people in the community, school or research settings. Familiar with youth engagement practices (creating safe spaces, recruitment, sustaining engagement and participation, etc.).
  4. Interest in student engagement in school mental health, and the promise of wellness promotion, prevention, early intervention, and culturally appropriate supports with children and youth.
  5. Ability to work effectively across racial and cultural differences in collaboration with the wider community and other education stakeholders.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in French, planning, organizational, and time management skills. Proficient computer skills, including database management systems, Microsoft 365, and web meeting technology.
  7. Ability to problem-solve adapt to a quickly changing environment and offer creative approaches to new challenges.
  8. A clear, mandatory vulnerable sector check must be presented prior to hiring. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on August 6th 2021.

Please apply to:   

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Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest; however, only those who have been short-listed for an interview will be contacted. Accommodation for applicants is available in the recruitment process. All interviews will be held virtually by web meeting.