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Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
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Contract - Part Time
BC - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
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Manager (Supervisor of Staff)
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Project Manager, Public Policy

Title:  Project Manager, Public Policy

Employer:  Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

Reports to:  Director, Public Policy, Research and Provincial Programs


The overall purpose of the position is to strengthen the voice and the leadership of the Association in BC based on the conceptual model outlined in the Framework for Support. The position is both proactive and reactive in its focus. The position seeks to influence legislation, regulations and or policies at primarily the provincial level.

In addition, the position has project management responsibilities for a number of BC Division community-based research initiatives:

  • Improves continuity of care for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use problems while interfacing with the BC adult corrections system
  • Improves practice in relation to privacy, confidentiality, and information sharing across child, youth, and adult mental health and substance use services
  • Improves the interface between individuals living with mental illness and/or substance use problems and police

General Responsibilities

  • Develops a 3-year public policy plan including a process for annual review and update
  • Plans & facilitates the development of BC Division public policy positions
  • Provides strategic oversight and supervision of provincial community based research staff

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participates on external committees that are provincial in scope and reflect the public policy plan
  • Provides leadership, develops and/or assists committees in formulating CMHA policy positions and advocacy plans
  • Hires, supervises and trains staff directly reporting to this role
  • Ensures an ongoing social media campaign to support key policy positions
  • Manages departmental spending within the approved budget
  • Sources funding from external agencies, and provides leadership in developing funding proposals
  • Conducts and prepares written evidence of research concerning public policy issues related to mental health and substance use services in British Columbia
  • Uses qualitative and quantitative methods to research a variety of topics
  • Develops options and recommendations on a range of policy issues
  • Consults with CMHA branches, individuals with lived experience, their family members and supporters, subject matter experts, to inform policy directions
  • Works with and provides staff support to committees and task forces
  • Presents research findings and information to key stakeholders as required
  • Scans for and identifies emerging policy and legislative issues that impact the mental health system
  • Provides timely information on policy and legislative issues to CMHA BC Division and Branches
  • Writes policy position papers and other documents
  • Contributes to CMHA BC Division publications and materials such as the CMHA BC Divisionwebsite and annual report
  • Participates as required in CMHA BC Division conferences and events
  • Responds to requests for information from CMHA branches
  • Supports and promotes the fundraising program of the Association


  • Direct involvement as an individual with lived experience or a family member of an individual who has lived experience is an asset
  • Extensive knowledge of mental health and substance use/addictive behaviours systems and policies


  • Masters degree in social policy, public policy/administration or related field


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the areas of project management, research, and/ or policy analysis/development
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, public and private sectors 

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy research and analysis
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and cross-jurisdictional scans
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitating, coordinating, networking, and organizing
  • Skills and knowledge in facilitating consensus in a tri-level organization
  • Skills and ability to disseminate research results to key audiences: people with lived experience, family members, policy makers, professionals, and others
  • Experience with teleconferencing, web-conferencing, and online content management systems
  • Computer skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook and Web 2.0 technologies
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • High degree of professionalism
  • A professional project management designation would be considered an asset

Working Conditions

  • 37.5 hours/week
  • Management position 
  • Flexibility to travel

Please email your resume to: 

We will consider applications from interested candidates who submit a resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications outlined above.

Please submit in Word or PDF format no later than 12:00pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014 to

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.


CMHA BC is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the Association. Lived experience of mental illness is considered an asset.