Communications Associate – OMHAKEN

The Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group (HSHER) is a multidisciplinary group of research scientists and knowledge exchange specialists that looks at the design, delivery and effectiveness of health care, with a focus on systems, services and policies. It also looks at equity and access among those who are most vulnerable to developing mental health or addictions problems. The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network(OMHAKEN)is coordinated through the HSHER at CAMH.  OMHAKEN works to improve the quality of mental health and addictions services, supports, research and policy by linking and engaging service providers, planners, researchers, decision-makers, policy-makers, consumer/survivors and families in knowledge creation and exchange across all levels of government and the health care system.

 OMHAKEN has received funding to provide knowledge exchange support for a provincial, multi-organization initiative: the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).  Reporting to the Manager Knowledge Exchange the Communications Associate, working through OMHAKEN,  will develop and manage the communications activities to meet the needs of the DTFP funded projects. The Communications Associate will work collaboratively with other OMHAKEN coordinating centre staff, DTFP project leads, internal and external scientists, other stakeholders involved with DTFP and OMHAKEN, and liaise with other personnel across CAMH, when required. Duties include but are not limited to: working with the DTFP leads to develop and disseminate content related to DTFP, developing communication vehicles to update DTFP stakeholders, developing and maintaining the DTFP micro-website and  working with other OMHAKEN communications and knowledge exchange staff to meet the communications needs of the network more generally.  In addition this position will post English content on the DTFP micro-site, review content to ensure it is current, complete, user-friendly and consistent with communications industry best-practices; assist with the work of other content contributors; and help adapt new content. The Communications Associate will also use social media as a tool (where appropriate) to meet key knowledge exchange goals.  Other communications or knowledge exchange duties related to OMHAKEN will be performed as required. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at theRussell Street site.


The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree with two years of related experience preferably in a communications or research environment.  Familiarity with the addictions and mental health field, and the ability to understand and use health systems research would be an asset. The candidate must have experience working with diverse stakeholders to develop communications, website design and content development, development of communication materials, and be familiar with the concept and application of knowledge exchange.   The successful candidate will possess strong PC software skills including experience with Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.  Previous experience in social media and web-based content platforms is required.  Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills are required to handle multiple assignments in a complex, high pressure and time sensitive environment. Problem-solving skills, sound judgment, and attention to detail is essential.  The successful candidate will possess the ability for self-directed learning/working, as well as collaboration and teamwork.  Demonstrated interpersonal skills are required to work collaboratively with a variety of people at all levels.  Diversity is one of CAMH’s core values and commitments; candidates require the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language would be an asset. 

 Please note:  This full-time, contract position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.  The contract end date is March 31,2013.

 SalaryRange:                      $27.30 – $ 36.82 per hour.

 Please forward your résumé to:

Human Resources

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

1001 Queen Street West


M6J 1H4                  Fax:  (416) 583-4316


Closing Date:                        October 30, 2011 by 5pm

File Number:                         11428E                 

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