Vice President, People & Organizational Effectiveness – CMHA York Region and South Simcoe

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization providing a full scope of mental health and addiction services for over 100 years. The York Region and South Simcoe Branch is highly regarded as the nationwide leader in this federated organization. Their mission is to champion mental health, and facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

CMHA York Region South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is one of the fastest growing branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association with an operating budget of $40 million supported by over 350 staff and 100 volunteers. CMHA-YRSS offers 30+ publicly funded programs and services for youth (age 12+), adults and family caregivers. Last year we provided mental health and addictions services to more than 17,000 individuals. This is a period of rapid growth, with new innovative programs being implemented including the negotiation for a capital development project to build York Region’s first mental health and addictions 24/7 Crisis Hub.

CMHA-YRSS is a high-performance agency, driven by innovation, access to care and operational excellence, whose core culture embraces and celebrates equity, diversity and inclusion of the CMHA team and the community of 2+ million residents who live in the York Region and South Simcoe area.

In addition to being recently accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, we have been named Canadian Non-profit Employer of Choice for seven consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Forbes Canada’s Best Employer Awards.

Vice President, People & Organizational Effectiveness

The Vice President, People & Organizational Effectiveness provides overall strategic and operational leadership to the corporate services support and planning ecosystem at CMHA-YRSS.

You are excited by designing and leading a strategy that has never been done before. Your are a builder and entrepreneurial but lead with evidence, data and inclusion of the voices of our clients, families and staff. You want to leave a legacy of improving mental health and substance use care in our community that can be shared and scaled across the province and Canada.

You understand that standardization improves outcomes especially for equity seeking populations. We have a bold vision of becoming Best in Class for Standardization for community mental health and addictions care, trailblazing the way for our peers and health system partners. The successful candidate will optimize efficiency and performance both within their portfolio as well as in the further development of corporate-wide standardization and related metrics in both clinical and corporate programs. Thus, you are a collaborator, a connector, an enabler and results driven leader.

The role is responsible for driving overall corporate operational excellence including overseeing and monitoring all aspects of People and Culture including occupational health & safety; decision support and data analytics; facilities management, alignment of administrative support across all 5 sites; privacy, quality, and risk management, project management and planning; and business/operational process improvement.

The successful candidate will be a key member of the Senior Leadership Team and will interpret and advise senior management, the Board, and external agencies on how best to achieve the ambitious new endeavors, and on the operational performance of the organization. The role will also be responsible for developing and implementing strategic priorities, policies, processes, and systems for the overall organizational health of the Association.

With a focus on the future and an understanding of healthcare’s fast-changing environment and its associated risks, opportunities and trends, the successful candidate will ensure that CMHA-YRSS remains proactive, high performing, innovative and nimble. This role will be responsible for both further developing and leading a high-performance team of talented staff and provide leadership and direction on opportunities to improve processes and further strengthen the operating excellence of the organization.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in Business, Social Sciences or a related field, and preferably, a Master’s degree in a related field. In addition, they will possess a minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in human resources, organizational effectiveness, change management, improvement science, and cultural transformation. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong foundation in health care or a related not-for-profit field. In addition, the successful candidate will possess a high degree of leadership acuity, self-awareness, and a passion for building high-performance teams.

To Apply

To express your interest in this exciting leadership opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume, in confidence.  For additional information or a confidential conversation email Sarah Adams at

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including people with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply. CMHA York Region South Simcoe is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements for the open position. If contacted for this employment opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodation.

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