Internship Opportunity


National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE) Coordinator

Canadian Mental Health Association
Number of Positions:
Open To:
Application Deadline:
Nov 27, 2020
Start Date:
Dec 07, 2020
End Date:
Jun 25, 2021

Job Description:

*PLEASE NOTE: This is a Part-Time Contract Position (3 days per week) with benefits and will be a DIRECT HIRE at CMHA. Please ensure to include a cover letter where you speak to your lived experience with mental illness* 

The NCPLE is an advisory body to the CMHA National Board of Directors that works with all levels of the organization advocating for the meaningful engagement of persons with lived experience (PWLE). We encourage those with personal lived experience with mental illness to apply for the role if you have the essential skills listed below.

Position Summary: With dual reporting to the National CEO and NCPLE Chair, the NCPLE Coordinator supports the Council's work within CMHA and is the liaison between the NCPLE and CMHA management. The Coordinator is responsible for all administrative tasks associated with operation of Council.

Location: The National office is based in downtown Toronto but, depending on the candidate, flexible work arrangements could be made.

You will have to:

  • • Develop, maintain and implement:
    • NCPLE policies and procedures manual, annual NCPLE workplan and Terms of References.
    • the "Model for Engagement", organize and support Council working groups for the purpose of information gathering, agenda setting and advocacy.
  •  Plan, administer and assist with:
    •  regular meetings of the NCPLE including sending out calendar invitations, taking minutes and following up on relevant action items as discussed.
    • budget associated with Council operations, producing printed materials as required and regularly updating SharePoint with news and working documents.
  • Act as a liaison and provide updates:
    • between National staff and the NCPLE on Portfolio priority areas as part of overall strategic planning for Nationwide incorporation of initiatives, as required from time to time.
    • to NCPLE on relevant CMHA National activities/projects and news via email and at NCPLE meetings.

You should have:

  • College diploma or certificate in related discipline is preferred, i.e. Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Behavioral Health, Health Promotion or related field.
  •  2-3 years of experience in an administrative role.
  •  Lived experience of a mental illness including addictions/ substance use is essential.
  •  Project management experience would be an asset.
  • Health care/not-for-profit experience preferred.
  • Expert working knowledge using Microsoft Office product suite required.
  • Health care and mental health industry knowledge is an asset.

Your key skills should include:

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and documentation skills.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and excellent listening skills.
  • Effectively able to work under pressure and manage change in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capability to work independently or within group dynamics as required.
  • Highly motivated and passionate about mental health.
  • Proficient critical and analytical thinking, problem solving and judgment abilities.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement with the ability to work independently and proactively seek solutions to issues as they arise.
  • Service-oriented with the ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment.
  • Flexibility with changing priorities and ability to remain focused to meet targeted timelines.
  • Bilingual (French & English) would be an asset.

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, 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.

To learn more about CMHA, visit:

CMHA is committed to our workforce reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work. As such, we encourage applications from persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Employer Question 1:

Do you require any accommodations for the interviewing and recruitment process?

Employer Question 2:

Are you legally able to work for the duration of the contract?

Employer Question 3:

What approach do you generally take when communicating with people?