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Student Engagement Coordinator

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 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 currently hiring for a contract position for the 2020-2021 school year in the role of Student Engagement Coordinator. This role will 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 Student Engagement Coordinator will co-develop and implement the student engagement portfolio action plan, support the needs of school boards in this area, and amplify student voice across the province. 

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. 

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

Role includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Co-develop an action plan for enhancing student mental health engagement and leadership, guided by student priorities identified through the 2019 #HearNowON initiative.  
  2. Maintain and support the ThriveSMH reference group to ensure student perspectives lead and/or inform decision-making and resource development.
  3. Help to lead the development of the next #HearNowON student consultation, within the context of current school realities.
  4. Enhance the reach and breadth of SMH-ON’s provincial student network, applying creative methods to connect with a broader student audience and identify successful student-led initiatives to publicise ideas.
  5. Develop protocols, tools, and trainings for youth and adults to support safe and effective student engagement initiatives related to mental health awareness and promotion. 
  6. Facilitate youth focus groups and consultations and integrate the input of youth into resource development and long-term planning. 
  7. Support the development of a communication strategy for the portfolio and complementary roll-out plans for programs, tools, and events. 
  8. Consult with school boards to support board specific student engagement needs as required.
  9. Liaise and align with other provincial and national youth and student engagement and youth mental health organizations to support consistent messaging and amplify impact.
  10. Attend regular Student Engagement Team meetings.


  1. Completion of undergraduate degree in a health-related field such as psychology, health sciences, social work, or other. A graduate level degree in a health-related field is preferred.
  2. Minimum of 2 years experience in facilitating safe and meaningful engagement with young people.  Demonstrated ability to communicate and work with youth from racialized, gender diverse, and ethnoculturally and socioeconomically marginalized communities. 
  3. Interest in school mental health, and the promise of wellness promotion, prevention and early intervention with children and youth.  Experience in a school setting is an asset.
  4. Strong understanding of research and consultation methods, and experience with administering and/or using surveys, focus groups, social media and other methods of gathering insights.
  5. Demonstrated experience in resource development and program planning, with experience in knowledge mobilization. 
  6. A strong understanding and demonstrated use of youth engagement concepts and best practices. 
  7. Excellent group facilitation, 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. 
  8. Ability to work in an efficient manner independently, and, as part of a larger team.
  9. Bilingualism in English and French, or other languages, is an asset. 
  10. A clear, mandatory vulnerable sector check must be presented prior to hiring.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on December 11, 2020.

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.