School Mental Health Equity 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 public school 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 School Mental Health Equity Portfolio Assistant to support a range of activities associated with this growing area of work within SMH-ON.  Working closely with the School Mental Health Equity Team Lead, the incumbent will help with implementing the portfolio action plan, supporting project working groups and committees, facilitating meetings and consultation activities.  This contract position would suit an early career mental health professional or new graduate interested in contributing to system-level work related to the intersection of equity and school mental health. Though the position is currently being offered from mid-June through August, there is possibility of extension through the 2021-2022 school year.

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.

School Mental Health Equity Portfolio Assistant

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

Role includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Assist the School Mental Health Equity Team Lead with implementation of the portfolio action plan, by offering administrative support, coordination, communication, and reporting.
  2. Coordinate and help to facilitate various project and committee meetings.  Support orientation of new project group members, assist with meeting preparation, create meeting minutes, collate reference materials, and respond to member questions and needs. 
  3. Help with research reviews and practice scans to assist in identifying culturally responsive and relevant school mental health innovations. 
  4. Assist with co-design activities and consultations alongside initiative leads.  Summarize and analyze inputs to identify critical themes that can inform evolving work.
  5. Support and engage in deep co-learning about equity and school mental health alongside the SMH-ON team.  Attend regular School Mental Health Equity Team meetings.
  6. Join full team meetings and take part in learning activities that build your own professional knowledge.  


  1. An undergraduate degree in a health-related field such as psychology, social work, health sciences, or public health.  Those in the final year of their program seeking an internship position may be considered.
  2. Ability to work effectively across racial and cultural differences in collaboration with the wider community and other education stakeholders.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with young people in the community, school or research settings.   
  4. Interest in school mental health equity, and the promise of wellness promotion, prevention and early intervention with children and youth. 
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, planning, organizational, and time management skills.  Proficient computer skills including database management systems, Microsoft 365, and web meeting (virtual interview) methods.
  6. Bilingualism in English and French, or other languages, is an asset.
  7. A clear, mandatory vulnerable sector check must be presented prior to hiring. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on June 18, 2021. 

Please apply to:   (Include the position title you are applying for in the subject line of your email) 

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.