Implementation Specialist, Wellness Innovation

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Author pmnationtalk
Date December 4, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Location Toronto, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Implementation Specialist, Wellness Innovation

Shkaabe Makwa, Provincial System Support Program

(Toronto Office)


Position Description:

Shkaabe Makwa under the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), works with Indigenous partners across Ontario to support the province’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and create sustainable, system-level change. With offices across the province, Shkaabe Makwa is on the ground, collaborating with First Nations, Inuit and Métis service providers to build a better system through our work in implementation, knowledge exchange, research, evaluation, information management, health equity and engagement.

Shkaabe Makwa is seeking a First Nation, Inuit or Métis person for a full- time, permanent position as the CH&E Coordinator (Implementation Specialist). The Implementation Specialist works collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and service providers across health, social services, education, justice and other sectors to develop, coordinate, support, and monitor the implementation of evidence informed interventions aimed at transforming Ontario’s mental health and addictions systems with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of care for Indigenous peoples.

Reporting to the Manager, Wellness Innovation, the Implementation Specialist will work within Shkaabe Makwa and will be required to bring specific capacities and expertise in the areas of implementation science, quality improvement, service provider engagement and co-development, coaching and system change. The Implementation Specialist will provide coordination and planning support for assigned projects and work with both internal and external stakeholders to implement change. The Implementation Specialist supports the active involvement of Indigenous communities and service providers in all stages of implementation, providing tailored and contextualized support at an agency and system level.


This position requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis. The successful candidate will possess Master’s degree in Health, Education or Social Services with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the field of mental health and addiction or health services, preferably in the Indigenous health and/or social services sector. Thorough understanding of principles and practices of Indigenous engagement is required. Demonstrated knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, perspectives and health service providers. Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and leadership to collaborative partnerships and experience facilitating or contributing to strategic planning processes. Established relationships with Provincial Territorial Organizations, Provincial Indigenous Organizations, and Aboriginal Health Access Centres are assets. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work on a team, as well as function independently with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to coach to multiple levels of organizational staff using strength-based problem solving, active listening, motivational interviewing, modeling and other coaching strategies. Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication (oral/written), community engagement, and creative problem-solving abilities are required. Experience working within an implementation science framework or other evidence informed implementation or quality improvement framework. Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity, inclusivity, respect and social justice. Strong knowledge of Ontario’s mental health and addiction system/services. Experience in assisting teams with system change initiatives through facilitation, problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution. Ability to translate various kinds of data, research and grey literature to non-academic target audiences. Demonstrated skills and commitment to data driven/evidence-informed decision making. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or the ability to speak an Indigenous language is also

considered an asset. Strong PC software skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Excel), Internet Search and an ability to learn new programs quickly is required. A valid license, access to vehicle and ability to drive as regular travel across Ontario is required as related to program assignments. The two positions are located in Toronto.

Please note:      The 2 full time, permanent positions are part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range:    $32.44 – $43.76 per hour

File Number:     Please quote job number 850696 in the subject line when applying.

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