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Student Equity 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 Equity Coordinator. This role will support a range of activities designed to enhance student engagement and leadership related to equity and mental health at school. Working with the Student Engagement Team Lead, the Student Equity Coordinator will co-develop and implement the student equity and mental health action plan, mobilize and support equity-focused student groups, and create tools to help culturally-responsive, identity-affirming and identity-promoting student mental health engagement practices.

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 guided by student equity priorities identified through the 2019 #HearNowON initiative.
  2. Provide support to school districts in the area of student engagement and equity, primarily through consultation with SMH-ON Implementation Coaches and school board Mental Health Leaders. For example:
    • collate and share best practices to support student equity initiatives  
    • customize provincial resources for the local context and the students served,
    • guide boards in selecting and implementing culturally-responsive student programming and initiatives.
  3. Liaise with School Mental Health Equity Team to support alignment with overarching goals and priorities.
  4. Develop, review, and revise protocols, tools, and trainings to support safe, inclusive, effective mental health awareness and wellness promotion activities for students including developing resources on anti-oppressive, identity-affirming student mental health engagement practices. 
  5. Mobilize and support student working groups to enhance equity in mental health programming and initiatives in schools across Ontario. Integrate the input of youth into portfolio priorities, resource development and long-term planning. 
  6. Support the development of a communication strategy for the student equity portfolio and complementary roll-out plans for programs, tools, and events.
  7. Discover, liaise and align with provincial and national youth equity organizations to support consistent messaging, amplify impact, and share knowledge. 
  8. Attend regular Student Engagement Team meetings.

Qualifications: 

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree in mental health, equity, or education (K-12), focusing on school-related fields such as psychology, social work, social justice, or diversity. A graduate level degree is preferred.
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ work experience with demonstrated knowledge and skill with respect to diversity and inclusion initiatives, anti-racism / anti-oppressive practices, culturally-responsive resource development, and programming. Demonstrated experience working with racialized and marginalized youth in community, school or research settings.
  3. Interest in school mental health, and the promise of wellness promotion, prevention and early intervention with children and youth. A clear understanding of the link between equity and mental health. 
  4. Able to draw on lived experience, education, and practice to bring a fulsome understanding of issues and challenges faced by students from racialized or marginalized communities with substantive knowledge on the intersectional complexities of identity through a lens of anti-oppression and anti-racism. 
  5. Proven ability to apply data, qualitative and quantitative, in resource and program development.
  6. 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. 
  7. Ability to work in an efficient manner independently, and, as part of a larger team.
  8. Bilingualism in English and French, or other languages, is an asset. 
  9. 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: hr@smho-smso.ca (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.