Associate Director, Clinical Services, CDI

Associate Director, Clinical Services

Location:  Greater Toronto Area

On-site position



Child Development Institute (CDI) is a leading children’s mental health agency in the City of Toronto offering a range of services to approximately 3,500 children ages 0‐12, youth ages 13-18 and their families each year. Our mission is to promote and support the healthy development of children and to strengthen the families and communities in which they live. We provide four streams of service to families in need: early intervention, family violence, healthy child development and specialized mental health services for children and youth with learning disabilities.



Child Development Institute (CDI) is seeking an Associate Director of Clinical Services to join our dynamic Clinical Services team. This is a tremendous opportunity for a seasoned clinical manager who wants to contribute to making measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families.


Under the direction of the Director, Clinical Services, the successful candidate ensures that the conceptualization and delivery of CDI programs and services are consistent with the mission, values, policies, procedures standards and priorities of the organization and provided within assigned resources.


The ideal candidate will engage and inspire assigned and other staff groups towards excellence and professionalism. The Associate Director will possess a strong clinical Management background in Children’s Mental Health, a dedication to evidenced informed interventions, measurement-based care and a passion for transforming the lives of children, youth and their families in the context of their communities.


Why Consider Joining CDI?

The Child Development Institute offers:

  • A strong mentor in the Director of Clinical Services
  • A collaborative, multi-disciplinary and cross-function team environment
  • The opportunity to be part of an organization that is leading edge in measurement-based care
  • A diverse range of services from tier 1 to tier 4 levels of intervention, including specialized mental health services (LDMH; Family Violence early intervention, SNAP lab sites, 0-6; therapeutic recreation)
  • Internal resources to support onboarding and professional development
  • An opportunity to grow; a potential career path
  • An opportunity to provide impactful solutions in the infant, child & youth mental health sector
  • A balanced work-life is quite achievable


Our client is seeking to meet mid-career candidates who have the following experience:

  • At least 5+ years of management experience in the child & youth mental health sector with staff leadership, operational and change management experience
  • Minimum of seven (7) years progressive experience in the child & youth mental health sector
  • A Master’s level University Degree in a clinical field (Master of Social Work, clinical concentration)



  • Demonstrates macro-level systems thinking
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting and supervising a range of evidence-based and evidence informed programs and services in child & youth mental health from early intervention to intensive services (individual, group, and family therapy; Intensive in-home; Day Treatment) and experience working with a diverse community
  • An awareness and knowledge of current issues in children’s mental health, both challenges and opportunities
  • Experience in supervising professional staff including recruitment, training, evaluation and performance management
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, continuous improvement and change management
  • Strong analytical abilities, organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility and exercise good judgement in making decisions within the scope of authority of this position
  • Collaborative; a team player
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and team building skills
  • Strong work ethic, drive and commitment to quality clinical services
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times
  • Excellent organization, time management and prioritizing skills with the ability to handle complex and varied workload
  • High level of computer proficiency
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Commitment to continuous learning and professional development: supervision, leadership, program development, research (scientist-practitioner model)
  • Registration in good standing with a self-regulating College



  • $100,000 - $110,000 CDI offers a highly competitive total compensation package that includes Group benefits after 30 days. 


To Apply

This search is being conducted on behalf of the Child Development Institute by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting leaders for Canada’s non-profit sector, on behalf of our client. If someone you know may be interested in this position, please feel free to forward this information – we’d be pleased to connect with them.


Submit your application through our website by July 18, 2022.

Please visit Select the role and ‘Apply’ to upload your cover letter and resume in two separate documents. 

Issues with applying? Please email


For more information about the position, please contact Joanne Ticknor at or at 416.738.8993.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Child Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value inclusivity & diversity in the workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; and
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.


We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.



Child Development Institute is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), Child Development Institute will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with disabilities. During any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) you may require. Any information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.


Note: All CDI employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with CDI Mandatory Vaccination Policy.