CEO - Children's Mental Health Ontario

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Who We Are:
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that represents almost 100 of Ontario’s publicly-funded and accredited child and youth mental health centres operating in the context of the child and youth mental health sector. Our mission is to ensure that children and youth get the mental health treatment they need within a coordinated and high-performing system of care, so that infants, children, and youth get the mental health supports they need to thrive. To accomplish this, we advocate for investments, policies, and programs for children, youth, and families seeking mental health services in Ontario and work collaboratively with partners in the mental health and addictions sectors and across children and social services. Our advocacy work, on behalf of the sector, aims to champion system change and improvements to address the lack of capacity and equity, so that the needs of all children and youth with mental health issues are met, regardless of who they are, what needs they have, or where they live in Ontario.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the operational head of the organization and is responsible for all CMHO activities, services, financial affairs, risk management, and results in achievement of CMHO’s vision and mission. Rooted in a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity, the CEO fosters the values of the organization and provides leadership, counsel, and guidance in planning and directing CMHO, implementing the strategic plan and maintaining effective relations between CMHO and its member agencies and with external stakeholders, including government. Leading an engaged team of 11, the CEO develops recommendations to improve the quality of services within a quality child and youth mental health system and works to strengthen CMHO’s advocacy efforts and public policy influence to expand access to care, improve equity, and increase system capacity.

About You:
The Board wishes to recruit a visionary CEO with a track record of success in leadership, advocacy, and strategically advancing an organization towards its mission. As the ideal candidate you are an inclusive, authentic, and inspirational leader with outstanding relationship building and communications skills. With excellent diplomacy and critical thinking skills, you share a passion for supporting children and youth through equitable, province-wide, system-level change and are attuned to the changing landscape of mental health in Ontario. With an excellent ability to engage and motivate others, you have the capacity to develop strong, productive relationships with CMHO’s members, the Board, staff, government, and sector allies. You have 5+ years of progressive executive leadership and public policy/advocacy experience, ideally acquired in the not-for-profit and social/community services sectors, or within government. To the role, you bring an ability to identify new opportunities that align with CMHO’s vision and an ability to provide clear direction to help the team adapt and execute on the vision. Bilingualism (French and English), experience working with a Board of Directors, and a track-record of influencing government decision making would be definite assets.

If you share a passion for improving child and youth mental health within Ontario, we invite you to bring your talents and energy to this rewarding role. To submit your application in confidence, please contact executive search partner Four Corners Group:

Suzanne Clark, Partner             416-593-0900 x2234     sclark@fourcornersgroup.com                          
Sup Das, Principal                     416-593-0900 x2285     sdas@fourcornersgroup.com

CMHO is an equal opportunity employer that aims to represent the diversity of Ontario and strongly encourages individuals from diverse groups to apply. CMHO and Four Corners Group are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. This document is available in alternate format(s) upon request.