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Director of Strategic Relations and Communications

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is looking to fill a new position. We are looking for a Director of Strategic Relations and Communications. Find out more about this exciting new opportunity below.

CMHO, as the collective voice of its members, identifies and develops powerful solutions for the most important issues affecting the mental health of children, youth and their families across Ontario in order to build an effective and responsive children’s mental health system. We offer a dynamic work environment with a high-energy, dedicated and passionate staff, and are looking for someone who is equally passionate about our work.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director, Strategic Relations and Communications provides senior level leadership to the organization on government and stakeholder relations plans that advance CMHO’s objectives and reputation. Key to this role is the ability to represent CMHO in various capacities, enabling CMHO to represent our members’ interests effectively and thoughtfully. The successful candidate will collaborate with our members, government stakeholders and broader health system partners to ensure that our positions are clear, consistent and well-integrated across our membership.


  • Build and execute the Stakeholder Relations and Communications Plan including strategies and tactics on relevant public policy, legislative, and member issues
  • Communicate the value of members and the needs of children, youth and their families to government, the public, and broader system partners
  • Promote CMHO positions with senior government officials and other external audiences in person and in writing to support and improve the community-based children’s mental health system
  • Oversee the strategic communications activities, including digital and social media, media relations and member communications
  • Work closely with CMHO members to identify, understand and manage government related issues and opportunities in alignment with strategic priorities
  • Work with CMHO leadership team to plan the correspondence, presentations and formal policy submissions to government officials
  • Identify, develop and strengthen relationships with key decision makers and influencers in and outside of government
  • Identification of opportunities and development of funding proposals
  • Lead the management of critical incidents and opportunities impacting members as they arise
  • Take on special projects as requested


  • Proven track-record in a provincial government and/or a corporate government relations environment
  • In-depth understanding of Ontario’s government and political decision-making system(s), including the roles of Members of Provincial Parliament, Cabinet Ministers and the Public Service
  • Ability to foster and leverage relationships with partners across government, health care, and children’s social services
  • Experience presenting complex issues and opportunities to senior-level government officials and system partners
  • Excellent project management, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent at prioritizing and working under tight deadlines on multiple initiatives
  • Experience in strategic relationship building and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience in the development and execution of strategic communications campaigns
  • Knowledge of Ontario’s mental health system/children’s social services system is preferred
  • University degree in related field
  • Minimum of 7 years related experience
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and presentation skills

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application Deadline: January 19, 2018
Please e-mail your cover letter and resume in confidence to: [email protected]
We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Children’s Mental Health Ontario is an equal opportunity employer.

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