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The Organization

Founded almost a century ago, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a remarkable team of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 120 communities and provides vital services and direct support to more than 100,000 Canadians.

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA is the only association in Canada that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness.  As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, CMHA has helped shape the changing attitudes towards mental health and mental illness and promotes the mental health of all. CMHA accomplishes this mission through influencing public, education and research.

CMHA is structured as a federal body with 10 independently incorporated provincial divisions and a large number of local branches across Canada that together provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families.  These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based.  One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives.

The Position

CMHA is seeking an exceptional leader for the role of National Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  In this national leadership role you will be a strong voice and key spokesperson for mental health wellness and have the mandate to lead a dynamic organization to leverage its nation-wide expertise, capacity and dedication to address the mental health and mental illness needs and challenges of Canadians.

Responsible to the Board of Directors, your extensive senior leadership and management experience will be key to transforming mental health policy and services across Canada. You will achieve this in collaboration with 10 Provincial Executive Directors, and staff and volunteers in over 110 CMHA locations involved in public education, advocacy, and community-based service delivery representing annual spending of over $250 million. The national office has an annual operating budget of up to $1.2 million.

Key leadership areas of focus for the new CEO will include:

Strategic planning and change management

Public policy and government relations

Partnership development

Branding and strategic communications

Education, research and advocacy

Program design and implementation

Business development and fundraising

Board relations


As a national leader in mental health, the successful candidate ideally will have experience in the mental health and/or addictions fields with extensive senior leadership and management experience in strategic planning, public policy, government relations, advocacy, change management, strategic communications, branding, education, research, and partnership development.  As the key spokesperson for CMHA across Canada, you will be a highly skilled and effective communicator.  The ability to speak French is an asset.

For additional information about CMHA, visit their website at www.cmha.ca.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume or query, quoting the appropriate position title, to Morag McLean or Judy Mandelman, at resumes@promeus.ca.

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