Job Posting: Associate lead | ACCESS Open Minds (Montreal, QC)


Are you a highly motivated senior professional, looking for an opportunity to join the leadership team of an established, pan-Canadian youth mental health research to practice and policy platform? Consider joining our small but dynamic team.

About ACCESS Open Minds: ACCESS Open Minds is a pan-Canadian network uniting youth, families/carers, service providers, researchers, policymakers, and community organizations to transform youth mental health through improving services and leading ground breaking research. For more details, visit

The Associate Lead will join the ACCESS Open Minds team and a larger program of research in youth mental health at the Douglas Research Centre (affiliated to McGill University). Working closely with Lead (Iyer) and supported by staff, the Associate Lead will actively contribute to strategy, conceptualization, implementation, analysis, dissemination and other knowledge translation activities. The Associate Lead will have the opportunity to demonstrate significant leadership and initiative and contribute to an impactful program of services transformation and research in youth mental health.

Position Overview

Program Leadership and Coordination:

  • Support the Lead in the development and execution of strategy, work plans and deliverables
  • Aid in leading and coordinating research activities including academic publications and funding opportunities, in collaboration with internal and external partners
  • Analyze issues and defines project objectives, scope, implementation plans, resource requirements and timelines
  • Contribute to the planning, organization, facilitation and evaluation of events such as stakeholder meetings, workshops, expert roundtables, webinars and other engagement activities
  • Act as a resource, and provide general supervision to the central office team, including managing staff meetings and internal and external communications
  • Provide regular reporting to relevant parties regarding project planning, implementation and outcomes; ensuring that reporting is in accordance with established agreements


  • Identify and pursue various funding opportunities from a variety of funders (including research, philanthropic and governmental)
  • Responsible and accountable for the development and creation of various internal and external materials including reports, analyses, briefing materials, funding proposals and slide decks that are appropriate for intended audiences
  • Liaise with community members and key partners internally and externally to meet information needs
  • Lead consultations and collaborate with youth, families and other persons with lived experience to inform planning and progress


  • Monitor and report progress, as required, toward achievement of performance indicators and collaborates to analyze trends and meet targets
  • Constantly assess processes, suggest recommendations, develop and implement changes as necessary
  • Responsible for the acquisition and compilation of accurate information for the preparation of various knowledge-sharing products
  • Draft and lead the development and submission of all required reporting as outlined in established agreements


  • Maintain internal and external collaborative relationships with other CIHR institutes, relevant government departments, stakeholders, research institutions and national, provincial and community organizations
  • Prepare high-quality, accurate and audience-appropriate slide decks and other knowledge-sharing products for presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, etc., in collaboration with our KT staff
  • Prepare meeting agendas and minutes as required
  • Strong understanding of ACCESS Open Minds mission, values, and plans
  • Represent ACCESS Open Minds and the team at a variety of meetings as appropriate

Location:  ACCESS Open Minds Central Office at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre (Affiliated with McGill University) in Montreal, QC.

Terms: Full-time


Experience & Education:

  • 5+ years of leadership/management experience, ideally in a health or health services research field
  • A research-based Master’s degree or PhD including experience in a health research or health services related field, ideally with a focus on mental health and substance use/youth mental health and substance use

Skills & Expertise:

  • “Hands-on” equally able to lead high-level project strategy and roll up your sleeves when needed to ensure the success of the project
  • Collaborative communication style and ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders (researchers, service providers, youth, families/carers, community services/sites, etc.)
  • Demonstrate professionalism, discretion, courtesy, and respect in all interactions with internal and external clients
  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities and meet deadlines

Additional Assets:

  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of health systems and services
  • Project management certification
  • Research experience in mental health/youth mental health services research
  • Expert knowledge of and experience with either quantitative or qualitative research methodology, with at least familiarity with the other; implementation science and knowledge translation
  • Experience in an academic setting, research institute or organization
  • Bilingualism (English and French, spoken and written)

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and CV in one PDF file by email to: Please put “Associate Lead:  ACCESS Open Minds” in the subject line. Applicants should include detailed overview of previous experiences, including details regarding specific role, tasks, and specific description of research.

Deadline for submitting applications:  July 12th 2021

The position title is subject to change depending on interested candidates and their interests/qualifications.

Possibility of remote work can be discussed.

NOTE:  We thank all candidates who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.