CMHA BC is moving (just around the corner)! 
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Dear Community of Practice Members,

We would like to share with you an important staffing update for the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses initiative.  Shaylyn Matiichine, Provincial Coordinator of HM|HC, will be taking maternity leave starting mid-March. We are all thrilled about Shaylyn’s news and we look forward to welcoming Shaylyn back in April 2017.
Sarah Joosse will step into Shaylyn’s role as Provincial Coordinator during the length of Shaylyn's leave. Sarah will take over the day-to-day responsibilities of stewarding the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses community. We look forward to Sarah’s continued contributions in the area of post-secondary student mental health and her leadership in our provincial community of practice during the upcoming year. 
Sarah’s move into Shaylyn’s role will temporarily vacate the Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator role associated with our Changing the Culture of Substance Use project. Please feel free to circulate the job posting to qualified candidates. Please note that this job posting closes on January 25th. 

We would also like to inform you that our CMHA-BC Division office is moving around the corner in February.  Please make note of our new address in the announcement below.
The Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Team
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Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator 



Founded in 1918, The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the  nation-wide leader and champion for mental health and addiction, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and/or addiction.


We are seeking a Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator for the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Community of Practice, on a temporary basis to fill in for a maternity leave for a period of up to one year.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Policy, Research and Planning, and working closely in collaboration with the Provincial Coordinator, Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses, the successful candidate will play an important facilitative and documenting role within our community of practice (CoP).

This position will be responsible for a variety of knowledge exchange and social learning activities designed to support CoP members in their collective work to advance a provincial vision of healthier campus communities, with a strong focus on substance use in post-secondary contexts. This focus is attached to our work in the Changing the Culture of Substance Use project.


You will play a lead role in designing, planning, and implementing a variety of knowledge products, including the ongoing strengthening of the community’s website and online learning platform.

You will also work in close collaboration with the provincial Coordinator, Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses in the implementation of effective face-to-face and virtual social learning events (e.g. the community’s annual summit, webinars, online discussions). You will facilitate access to appropriate and tailored evidence, and information about promising practices, to support province-wide inter-campus learning related to population focused and systemic responses to promote student mental health and reduce harmful substance use. You will play a key role in producing the evidence-based content required to support the effective mobilization of knowledge throughout our learning community.

Your duties will include a focus on building and strengthening the linkages between the community of practice and the BC research community. You will also build and foster new relationships with researchers to enhance community capacity to engage in research about campus mental health and substance use and apply the best available evidence, while facilitating the effective participation of community members in knowledge generation and exchange opportunities.

Finally, one other key component of this role is the stewardship of two of CMHA BC’s scholarship and bursary programs (Lorne Fraser and LGM).


You have a graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Public Health, Social Work, Psychology) along with a minimum of 3 years of work related experience. An equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience may be considered.

You will also bring the following skills, knowledge and ability to the role:

  • Applied training in the areas of health communication, knowledge exchange/ translation/mobilization models, frameworks, and strategies is highly desirable
  • Applied knowledge in the area of substance use amongst young adult populations is also highly desirable
  • Experience with a range of knowledge exchange methods (e.g. communities of practice, newsletters, workshops, webinars, conferences, online collaborative spaces, online repositories, social media).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizational culture and working structures;
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, and develop knowledge exchange options and strategies, and ability to follow through;
  • Demonstrated competence in the areas of establishing and maintaining effective relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, time management, interpersonal communication, problem solving and an ability to manage a diverse task load. Comfort and skill in delivering presentations;
  • Creativity, energy, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated skills in the areas of web design (e.g. Drupal, WordPress), design software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign) and online community management and social media (e.g. BuddyPress, Ning, Moodle, Twitter) would be a strong asset;
  • Experience in planning and successfully implementing events (e.g. webinars, small conferences) would be a strong asset.


  • The work location is CMHA BC Division offices in downtown Vancouver.
  • The usual workweek is 37.5 hours. Most work is accomplished during usual 9am to 5pm business hours, although the candidate will need to maintain some flexible scheduling during weekends and evenings.


Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter on Charity Village outlining how they meet the specific requirements, along with a 250 word blog entry that responds to the following statement: â€œA mentally healthy campus community is……”. Please submit these documents in PDF format by 5 p.m. on January 25th, 2016. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.  

We are an equity employer and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, people of all sexual orientation and genders, and others who may contribute to our further diversification. 

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