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Job Title:Coach, Research
Reference #:19-156
Available Spots: 1
Union: Non-Union
Supervisor: Director, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Salary:$81,490.50 to $100,054.50
Posted Date: 2019-03-14


The Coach, Research is a provincial resource for the provision of methodological consultation in research, outcome measurement, study design and biostatistics to the Centre and its stakeholders, in order to contribute to an evidence-informed system of mental health care for Ontario’s children, youth and families. The Coach, Research will work with key stakeholders, including academic and applied researchers, MCYS, lead agencies and their service area partners to develop and implement the Centre’s strategic plan in collaboration with the leadership team. The Coach, Research will facilitate connections between the producers and users of child and youth mental health research. The Coach, Research will contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of various research activities (including policy-ready papers), and will lend their expertise to the creation of relevant knowledge products to mobilize the latest evidence on topics of relevance to Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector.

Reporting to a Director, the Coach, Research will coordinate their work with other Centre service staff and members of the leadership team.


Provide expert guidance and advice to contribute to an evidence-informed child and youth mental health system:

  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including academics and applied researchers, Ministry partners, lead agencies and service area partners to develop and implement the Centre’s research strategy
  • Provide methodological consultation in research, outcome measurement, study design and biostatistics to relevant stakeholders
  • Lead the development of knowledge products on key topics relevant to Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector
  • Travel across the province of Ontario as needed or required

Lead the development of Centre research activities, tools and resources:

  • Provide direction and coaching to research staff in the development of Centre research activities, resources and tools (including policy-readypapers)
  • Report to the Centre’s senior leadership team and product development team on progress and deliverables

Manage and coach research staff and

  • Recruit and retain one to two research staff
  • Provide ongoing coaching and direction to relevant staff, and conduct annual performance appraisals to ensure learning objectives are being achieved

Provide education and training to the Centre’s service team:

  • Work with Centre managers and directors to enhance staff knowledge and skills in research, writing and the mobilization of Centre knowledge products
  • Work closely with the Centre’s leadership team and key staff on the development of strategic and operational plans


  • Maintain documentation of activities per Centre requirements
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Centre programs and initiatives to respond to emerging needs of the sector and to strengthen or enhance Centre programs
  • Help to profile the work of the Centre to external and internal partners
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Police record check (Essential)
  • Doctoral degree in health or business administration, psychology, social work, education or related fields (Essential)
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience, including child and youth mental health (Essential)
  • Advanced knowledge quantitative and qualitative research design and related methodologies (Essential)
  • Strong knowledge of complexity, systems thinking and collective impact (Essential)
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and consult effectively with demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholders at direct service, senior manager, community and provincial levels (Essential)
  • Demonstrated skills in group facilitation and adult education (Essential)
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including tact and adaptability (Essential)
  • Experience working with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services or related Ministries; working knowledge of how the child and youth mental health system is transitioning (Preferred)
  • Independent worker and self-directed learner (Essential)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (Essential)
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to meet timelines and deliverables, and ability to manage competing priorities (Essential)
  • Strong skills in coaching and mentoring junior staff members (Essential)
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license (Essential)
  • Bilingualism (Preferred)

Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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