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ABOUT CMHA NS: Founded in 1908, CMHA NS is the most established,

Team LEAD [Housing]
Project H.O.P.E. (Housing Outreach Peer Empowerment)
Canadian Mental Health Association NS Division – Annapolis Valley, NS
JOB POSTING (Permanent, Full Time starting February 2023)
Team LEAD, Project H.O.P.E (Housing Outreach Peer Empowerment)
Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division
The Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division is looking for a passionate and self- motivated individual to lead the Project H.O.P.E team during an exciting time of growth.
ABOUT CMHA NS: Founded in 1908, CMHA NS is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in 36 communities across the province, CMHA NS provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Nova Scotians to flourish and thrive. Today, the importance of our mental health advocacy work in combination with new energy and direction of our organization makes CMHA-NS a dynamic employer of choice.
OUR CULTURE: We nurture a culture grounded in curiosity, learning and building trust-based relationships. We are committed to advancing our JEDDI work (Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity and Inclusion) at the individual, organizational and community level. Our team values are – Compassion, Connection, Authenticity, Hope and Growth. We embed these values in the work we do in community every day.
To learn more about CMHA NS, visit:
ABOUT PROJECT H.O.P.E: The Project H.O.P.E (Housing Outreach Peer Empowerment) team works with people in our community who have experienced homelessness, are currently homeless or are at risk of homelessness, while also experiencing mental wellness issues. People may self-refer or may be referred by community partners.
JOB DESCRIPTION: As a member of the CMHA- Nova Scotia Division Leadership team, Project H.O.P.E (Housing Outreach and Peer Empowerment) Provincial LEAD is a champion for mental health and quality of life for all Nova Scotians. In collaboration with community partners and the Project HOPE staff, the Provincial LEAD will lead and provide mentorship to Project staff towards the provision of mental health, trauma-informed client centric supports and flexible services for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They will also be responsible to lead the engagement of community partners in support of client’s integration into the community. The Project HOPE LEAD will facilitate resilience-based capacity development knowledge and skills among CMHA NS staff, community partners, government and non-government stakeholders and service providers to maximize the client’s independence and quality of life outcomes. As a member of the CMHA-NS Leadership team, the Project HOPE Lead will also be responsible for supporting the overall strategic direction of the organization.
Provincial Strategic and Operational Leadership: 50%
 The efficient and successful operations of Project HOPE and its supportive services and supports
 Active contribution to CMHA and Project HOPE’s vision, strategic goals, objectives, project core actions, deliverables, and outcomes
 Leading day-to-day Project HOPE operations
 Leading, guiding and mentoring Project HOPE staff through demonstrating positive team engagement and active team culture of trust, transparency and collaboration
 Sourcing out appropriate funding opportunities as well as research and writing of grant applications as appropriate
 Compliance to terms and conditions of grant funding guidelines, deliverable and outlines
 Submission of project reports, data monitoring and financial expense oversight and submission of financial staff and project financial paperwork
 In collaboration with the CMHA NS ED, lead the advancement of healthy community supportive housing policies
 Develop quarterly roadmap (30-60-90)
 Along with CMHA-NS Leadership Team – contribute to building team culture across the organization and across the province
Partnership Development: 25%
 Develop and maintain collaborative and supportive provincial and community partnerships
 Lead supportive community housing stakeholder and partner engagements
 Lead community housing support needs’ awareness and knowledge development and growth among all stakeholder and partnership sectors
 Actively develop strategic community partnerships to ensure best and most appropriate care for clients at risk
 Leadership role in Homeless No More, Valley Roots, Coordinated Access Committee, Poverty Reduction Coalition and well as provincial and municipal ad hoc committees etc.
People Development 25%
 On-going staff capacity (knowledge and skill) development positive client relationship and case management supportive services
 Mentor and guide staff toward optimal clients’ growth and personal and professional life-skills development
 Onboarding of new staff
 Mentor staff to support successful attainment of project goals/objectives/deliverables
 Oversight of HR administrative functions – performance planning, staff coverage, time tracking, vacation approval etc.
 Oversee training and development
LOCATION: This position requires the individual to be based in the Annapolis Valley.
WORKING CONDITIONS: This position runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday Friday (37.5 hours/week). This position functions in a combination of working in an office environment, with stakeholders and working from home; within a work environment and a workplace culture committed to personal wellbeing and psychological safety.
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Range: $64,000 to 72,000 (fair market value within the sector)
EQUIPMENT: The employer will provide necessary office equipment for the employee’s use while employed with CMHA NS Project HOPE. This includes a laptop computer, printer/scanner, and cell phone.
A valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to a vehicle is required.
Reimbursement will be paid at a per/kilometre rate.
The employee is responsible to have reliable internet service.
 Effective coach and listener
 Ability to speak in public in a variety of settings
 Comfort in working with municipal and provincial government.
 Diplomacy and people management skills
 Calm under pressure
 Ability to prioritize multiple competing demands and work to a deadline
 Financial literacy
 Experience in grant proposal/writing
 A skilled strategic thinker
 Resource management (time and money). People management.
 Community, organizational, development and networking abilities
 Project management skills and attention to detail
 Creative thinking
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Excellent computer proficiency
 Growth mindset
 Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders
 Ability to work in both professional and community setting
 Post-secondary education in the field of human services, or equivalent combination of education and working experience
 Knowledge of housing first practices, principles and philosophies
 Knowledge of harm reduction practices, principles and philosophies
 Experience working with marginalized populations (including but not limited to individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals who use substances, individuals with mental health issues)
 Knowledge of social systems including housing and community development
 Knowledge of community mental health
 Leadership experience
 Proficiency in MS Office Suite
Closing date: December 18, 2022
Please provide us with a resume and cover letter stating how your values, goals and objectives are aligned and how you feel this job is perfect for you.
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We thank you for your interest and please note that only those identified for an interview will be contacted.
CMHA NS is committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work. As such, we encourage applications from Black, racialized and Indigenous Peoples, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities. If you are a member of a group that has been historically excluded from opportunities, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter or resume and to share your pronouns. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and accommodating those with disabilities at any stage of the hiring process.

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