Job Youth Mental Health Research Project Coordinator

25 Sep

Youth Mental Health Research Project Coordinator
2 year, casual part-time contract

The LSB Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto (UofT) and Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health  Centre (AAMCHC) are collaborating on a two year community based research project exploring the mental health of newcomer youth and their families.  The co-applicants, Dr. Nazilla Khanlou (UofT) and Ms. Sonja Nerad (AAMCHC), hope that this research will inform strategies and policies for mental health services and mental health promotion of newcomer.  More specifically the study will explore:
* how Afghani, Columbian, Sudanese, and Tamil newcomer youth understand and conceptualize mental health and mental illness
* mental health needs and help-seeking behaviours of newcomer youth
* access and barriers to community-based mental health services

The research team is committed to participatory research models and the involvement of newcomer youth will be integral to capacity building and knowledge exchange throughout this initiative.  Newcomer youth will be engaged throughout the research process via a Youth Advisory Committee, community research training initiatives and as community researchers.
We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Research Coordinator to join the research team.  The Research Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and participating in all aspects of this 2 year project including:
* providing guidance to RAs
* networking and partnership development with youth service providers and youth
* overseeing the Youth Advisory Committee
* ensuring that the project maintains community based principles
* appraisal of literature
* data entry and collection
* data analysis, report writing
* preparing grant and manuscripts
* participating in dissemination of study findings

Qualifications and experience required for the position:

* Graduate degree in Health Sciences, Social Work, Education or a related field
* Minimum 3 years experience developing and co-ordinating community-based participatory research
* Experience working with newcomer youth and/or carrying out participatory research with youth
* Excellent understanding of different research methodologies and strong analysis and writing skills
* Thorough understanding of health promotion and community development principles
* Experience working with low income, multi-lingual and multi-racial communities
* Demonstrated success in research proposal writing, interagency networking, community-academic partnership building and policy development
* Experience managing project budgets
* Experience supervising/ mentoring staff, students or volunteers
* Ability to speak and write fluently in a language of one of the priority groups
* Excellent administrative, time management, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
* Commitment to working from an anti-racist/ anti-oppression perspective

This is a two year, casual, part-time position entailing a maximum of 20 hours work per week.  Hourly rate is $24 + 4% vacation pay.

Interested candidates should forward their resume and a cover letter by email or fax by
Monday 24 September 2007 to:
Youth Mental Health Project Hiring Committee
c/o Ms. Michelle Lee
Fax: (416) 978 8222
Note:  Only candidates selected for an interview (scheduled for Wednesday 3 October 2007) will be contacted.


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