National Research & Policy Analyst
Full Time, Parental Leave Replacement
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is seeking qualified applicants for the role of National Research and Policy Analyst to join the National team for a one-year contract (parental leave). We are looking for a Research and Policy Analyst to work closely with the Research & Public Policy team in identifying and producing written analyses in response to key public policy issues, leading research projects, analysing legislation and public policy, supporting our government relations work, and investigating trends and opportunities.
About CMHA: Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. Our vision is a Canada where mental health is a human right. In 2021, CMHA was chosen as one of Canada’s best places to work by Forbes magazine.
Location: The role is based out of the CMHA National office in Toronto although staff are currently working remotely.
- Support CMHA National’s public policy issues:
- Produce written policy analysis, identify policy options and monitor service delivery approaches that relate to community mental health services, mental health prevention and promotion, and the social determinants of health that intersect with mental health.
- Bring an intersectional, anti-racist and anti-oppression lens to mental health policy analysis and research, and ways of working.
- Research, analyze and report on public policy-related issues in mental health and substance use:
- Prepare briefs, reports, submissions, and presentations, and provide policy insight to the CMHA federation.
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of trends in the health care system, clinical studies, global best practices and mental health and substance use issues affecting people in Canada and identify common themes and prepare clearly articulated recommendations and policy positions.
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of statistical sources related to mental health and substance use and participate in the development of knowledge transfer resources (for example: public statements, social media posts, etc.).
- Conduct environmental/research scans on key public policy issues identified by CMHA and help gather data to be presented.
- Strengthen relationships and engagement with stakeholders:
- Coordinate projects that convene multiple stakeholders on public policy-related issues in mental health and substance use.
- Work with CMHA National staff and federation on mental health and substance use issues and participate in the development of knowledge transfer resources.
- Liaise with workgroups, committees, branches, divisions and other organizations and associations as required.
You should have:
- Post graduate degree, PhD preferred, with preference for graduates of public health, public administration, social work, or sociology, psychology, or equivalent experience.
- 5+ years of experience in the fields of mental health, substance use, or healthcare, working in the not-for-profit or charitable sector or a comparable combination of experience and skills.
- Experience in the mental health-care sector, knowledge of the key stakeholders in the national mental health landscape and an understanding of the federal health policy context.
- High level of expertise with Outlook and Microsoft Office suite.
Your mindset and key skills should include:
- Strong research and analytical skills and a proven track record for developing briefs for government audiences, supporting, and conducting research and drafting reports.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct systemic analysis and develop and apply evaluation methodologies.
- Proven experience understanding and interpreting legislation, policies, and procedures.
- Demonstrated collaboration skills, within a federation or similar organizational structure, across departments and with external stakeholders, are essential.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with key stakeholders and manage multiple responsibilities.
- A strong commitment to reconciliation.
- Strong awareness of the history of mental health in Canada and are critical of how it has upheld racist and colonial practices.
- Exceptional organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail.
- Self-starter able to work with limited supervision in a remote work setting.
- Capability to work independently or within group dynamics as required.
- Highly motivated and passionate about mental health.
- A strong command of English, both spoken and written, are essential; fluency in French would be an asset.
Compensation: $65,000 annually along with benefits, a flexible work environment and a workplace culture committed to personal wellbeing and psychological safety.
Working conditions: This is a full-time position, working standard office hours (currently 35 hours/week). This position functions in a normal office environment, using typical office equipment, with extended periods of sitting, telephone interaction and/or working at a computer and no unusual physical demands. During the COVID pandemic, National staff are primarily working virtually.
Are you a fit?
If you are interested in applying for the role, please submit a PDF copy of your resume along with a cover letter to email@example.com by August 6, 2021. We thank you for your interest and please note that only those identified for an interview will be contacted.
To learn more about CMHA, visit: www.cmha.ca
CMHA is committed to our workforce reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work. As such, we explicitly encourage applications from persons with disabilities, members of Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our staff. We invite you to self-identify in your cover letter. Please let us know if you require accommodations throughout the application process.