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Durham District School Board (DDSB)

Mental Health Leader



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Mental Health Leader

An experienced clinical mental health professional will seize this opportunity to play an integral role throughout the Durham District School Board, providing leadership for the Board Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and supporting Board initiatives to promote student well-being.

As the Board’s Mental Health Leader, you will have system-wide responsibility to coordinate and lead Board-wide initiatives to: promote mental health; build resiliency; reduce stigma; and increase skills and knowledge about mental health and well-being. Reporting to the Superintendent of Education/Safe Schools/Well-being, you will enhance the expertise of professional staff in the mental health, well-being and addictions area, provide reports to the Ministry of Education, the Board, Senior Management, committees and others, as required, and develop protocols related to mental health/addictions. Providing leadership and support through the Board's governance model, including leading and participating on multiple system-level committees (Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee, Well-being Steering Committee, Safe Schools Steering Committee), will be central to this role. As the Mental Health Leader, you’ll be called upon to work with community-based agencies and service providers with a focus on building partnerships that support Board strategies and goals, and you’ll be in charge of coordinating, aligning and implementing the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Board-wide.

More specifically, as Mental Health Leader, you will:

  • Work with a variety of system leaders to coordinate, develop and implement a Board strategy to support student mental health and well-being in a tiered support model.
  • Serve as liaison and Board representative for provincial mental health initiatives (Mental Health ASISST) and collaborate with other mental health leaders across the province.
  • Establish Board-wide programs/approaches to support student mental health education.
  • Lead a Mental Health Advisory Committee composed of clinical staff or clinicians, principals, community partners, teachers and students to provide ongoing advice and recommendations, making direct links to the Safety and Well-Being, and Equity and Inclusive Education Teams.
  • Use various data sources to determine areas of need and those where effective practice already exists.
  • Coordinate the delivery of mental health awareness and mental health literacy programming to a variety of stakeholders within the Board and facilitate these staff training sessions.
  • Clarify and establish protocols for schools to support students with mental health concerns, including promotion, prevention for all students, and intervention strategies in a tiered approach.
  • Provide leadership and support for Board-wide self-regulation initiatives.
  • Enhance and foster collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and agencies, and establish/clarify protocols for accessing service.
  • Coordinate Suicide Prevention awareness and training.
  • Ensure that all mental health initiatives are implemented effectively throughout the Board.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Your profile as a qualified Mental Health Leader will include:

  • A graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in Social Work, Clinical/School Psychology, Psychiatry, or a related field.
  • Relevant and extensive experience working in an educational or treatment setting.
  • Membership, in good standing, in a professional college in Ontario.
  • Working knowledge of the elementary and secondary education system in Ontario.
  • Experience working with children and youth who have mental health and/or addictions issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategy development, coordination and implementation in the area of mental health.
  • Highly developed skills in knowledge transfer through presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal), coordinating and organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Valid driver's licence.

Salary range: $96,338 to $107,044 per annum

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB accommodates a school population of nearly 70,000 students, through 131 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres.

To apply online for Posting #2277464, by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, please visit the Vacancies section of our website at by choosing Educational Services under Employment.

The Durham District School Board is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our Region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

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Durham District School Board (DDSB)
Posting Date: 25-Aug-2017Social Work Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP