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Community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre

Program Coordinator
Tending The Roots Program
Full Time – 35 hours a week; 5 Month Contract, April 2024 – September 2024

(Program Coordinator; Bargaining Unit position)

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is an accredited, innovative Children’s Mental Health Centre providing a range of mental health services for youth and their families. We are currently recruiting for a Program Coordinator for our Pride & Prejudice Program. This is an exciting opportunity to support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families in the Program.

Tending the Roots at CTYS

Tending the Roots is a new initiative designed to advance and bolster the work of agencies and groups serving 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families nation-wide by offering a space to share, deepen, and enhance learning and wise practices via a collaborative model.  The Community of Practice would be able to pool resources, share knowledge, and support organizations working with families of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in order to make their homes safer and strengthen family relationships.  Tending the Roots will create opportunities for conversation and collaboration, support working groups, create opportunities for co-mentorship and trainings, and more.  As Program Coordinator, you would be integral in launching this new program through building partnerships with community members, coalescing resources and facilitating cross-national knowledge exchange, organizing meetings and sub-committees, attending and presenting at workshops/ trainings/ conferences, developing promotional materials including website and social media, assisting with funding applications and reporting requirements, and so on.

As employers we are committed to building intervention teams that reflect the diversity of our clients. Priority will be given to applicants that identify with and have experience supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, in particular, transgender, non-binary and BIPOC communities.

Primary Responsibilities:
•    Review and mobilize literature, narratives, and resources on working with the families of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
•    Meet with potential Community of Practice members to build relationships of trust and mutual support, and to identify needs and levels of involvement with this project
•    Create, maintain, and advance connections across systems such as youth justice, child protection, and shelters
•    Spend intentional and critical time deepening relationships with Community of Practice members, through team building exercises, community presentations, webinars, terms of reference, and more
•    Design and evaluate the Community of Practice to improve processes and determine impacts
•    Create an online central hub for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families, as well as for service providers and research communities
•    Support the creation of a peer support network for direct service workers (many of whom are also community members and therefore uniquely impacted by the work)
•    Work with Community of Practice membership to identify gaps in research and resources
•    Contribute to sector-wide dialogue and action that holds Indigenous sovereignty and anti-racism/ anti-oppression as critical frameworks for addressing homophobia and transphobia at their roots
•    Establish and maintain a collaborative community of practice to support community groups, service providers, and researchers working with 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families across the country
•    Establish equitable and collaborative pathways for resource-sharing, knowledge exchange, and peer support
•    Create peer wellness networks for direct service providers who work with the parents/caregivers/families of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
•    Create a hub of Knowledge Development and Exchange materials and resources for community members, service providers, policy makers, and research and academic communities
•    Evaluate and create Knowledge Development and Exchange materials regarding the Community of Practice
•    Design and lead peer support calls/ virtual meetings and provide support for caregivers of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
•    Engage in partnership development to create networks of resources sharing and knowledge exchange
•    Attend/ present at trainings, workshops, conferences
•    Participate in internal/external committees related to Tending The Roots project
•    Attend Families in TRANSition team meetings and occasional Pride & Prejudice and CTYS staff meetings
•    Supporting funding application and report’s
•    Assist with funding applications and reporting requirements
•    Perform other duties as needed

•    A graduate degree in Social Services, Health Promotion or related helping profession and/ or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience
•    Membership in and identification with the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities (priority given to membership in the transgender, non-binary and BIPOC communities)
•    Experience organizing community of practices and service providers
•    Comprehensive knowledge of the issues, needs and Toronto resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
•    Knowledge of and commitment to practice from a decolonizing, anti-racist and anti-oppression framework
•    Knowledge of and commitment to an evidence informed practice
•    Experience supporting family members of transgender and non-binary youth, individually and in group
•    Minimum two (2) years’ experience working in Children’s Mental Health
•    Strong communication and computer technology skills
•    Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with community partners, youth and their families
•    Fluency in French and/ or another language is an asset
•    Full COVID-19 vaccination (2 doses) is required
•    Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Check is required

Start Date:           April 2024
Salary Range:     $ 63,270.80 – $ 75,355.35

Competitive Benefits Package
•    Generous Paid Time Off Entitlements
•    Pay in lieu of Benefits (due to short term contract)

Please submit a letter of application with resume by March 22 2024 to:


Central Toronto Youth Services
65 Wellesley St. E., Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1G7
Fax: (416) 924-2930

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

CTYS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection and hiring process. As employers we are committed to building organizations that reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage people of colour, queer people, trans people, people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental health challenges to apply.

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