Director of Mental Wellness
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
July 30, 2021
Director of Mental Wellness
Full-time; Permanent Position
Overview: There are nearly 40,000 Indigenous people in our Nation’s Capital and Wabano serves over 15,000 of them every year. While Wabano’s core business is health care, we are the cultural hub for Indigenous people in the National Capital region. For over 20 years, Wabano has offered an array of support services to the diverse and growing Indigenous community, from Elder teachings, to ceremonies, to homeless outreach to art therapy.
In the last five years, Wabano has doubled in size and now has five robust departments with 120 staff, creating and delivering unique services for every stage of the life cycle. Out of the five departments, the Mental Wellness team has been a cornerstone of the therapeutic services offered at Wabano. This interdisciplinary team of clinical therapists, art therapists, family support workers, cultural “grandparents” and system navigators offers mental wellness services to support people wherever they are on their healing journey.
Wabano is now looking for an experienced leader to continue the Mental Wellness team’s success and reach. If you are the right person for this role, you understand process, people, and how they work in tandem for service excellence. You have experience managing and leading therapeutic services in a community-based organization. You thrive equally on balancing budgets and balancing workflow (yours and your team’s). But most of all, you have the passion and drive to build strong teams that have the right mix of skills to serve and transform community.
The Responsibilities Reporting to the Executive Director and working as a member of our senior management team, the Director of Mental Wellness will lead the operational success of Wabano’s Mental Wellness Department and its interdisciplinary teams. We will rely on you to maintain a strong, enthusiastic team dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous people and with the skills to meet both funder and community expectations. The Director of Mental Wellness ensures that Wabano’s Mental Wellness programs and services align to Wabano’s strategic plan, meet professional and accreditation standards, and most importantly, respond to community needs. The successful candidate will be responsible to:
Lead and manage
Supervise and coach 3-5 Team Leads
Provide leadership and performance management to over 20 mental health and addiction staff, including supporting employees through conflict resolution and client crisis management
Talent management: recruit, hire, and oversee orientation and continual learning of the department
Plan and coordinate professional development activities
Create, deliver and evaluate quality services
Identify client and community needs, advocate for new funding through proposal writing and stakeholder relationships and support team in creating services to meet these needs – balancing with funder requirements
Develop and manage the implementation of strategic and annual workplans for Wabano and the team members
Be inspired by Indigenous ways of being and knowing, finding innovative ways to merge culture with services.
Monitor quality of all services, identifying areas for improvement and leading quality improvement initiative when needed
Streamline internal operational processes so that staff can do their work effectively.
• Represent Wabano in relevant committees and coalitions, advocating for Indigenous needs and initiatives and overseeing any joint projects
• Ensure interdepartmental collaboration and service integration
• Maintain key linkages with other organizations and individuals promoting health activities in Ottawa to ensure Indigenous representation
Manage Program budgets and Reporting
• Create budget forecasts and spending plans, in collaboration with Finance Director and Executive Director
• Manage program budgets and monitor spending
• Maintain and collate statistics for evaluation and reports to funders and other stakeholders and ensure all reports are completed accurately and on time
• Manage funder and stakeholder relationships
Master’s degree in social services or mental health-related field or combination of education and experience.
Minimum 5 years of management experience with team(s) of 10 or more people.
o Including a minimum of 2 years experience managing regulated and non-regulated professionals in mental health and addiction field
o Experience with Human Resources Information Systems will be considered an asset.
5 years experience in project management in community-based organization.
o Experience in Indigenous organization considered an asset
o Experience in health care setting or mental health setting considered an asset
o Experience with Electronic Medical Records will be considered an asset
Demonstrated ability to achieve goals set out in strategic plans
Talent for networking and relationship management with a broad spectrum of contacts
Experience, understanding and knowledge about social determinants of health and how they relate to the urban Indigenous community
Sensitivity to Indigenous traditions and cultural practices. Specific knowledge and experience with Indigenous healing practices will be considered an asset
Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and creative problem-solving skills
Successful Candidates will be asked to provide a clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population
$80,000- $90,000 + benefits
Why Work for Us:
You would be a part of a collaborative and supportive work environment. Additionally, you would have access to:
Comprehensive Group Health and Dental Insurance Coverage
A Defined Benefit Pension Plan/ Employee Pension Plan with an equal contribution by Wabano (HOOPP)
An Employee Assistance Program
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials include a cover letter and resume. As an option, we would welcome a 2–3-minute introduction video to get to know you better.
Wabano is an inclusive and equitable organization, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry (please self-identify in your application).
Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.