Executive Director, Student Mental Health Systems, Policy and Strategy

University of Toronto
Toronto (City), Ontario
Closing date
Jun 10, 2022

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Established by royal charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. Located in Toronto—Canada’s largest city—the University encompasses 18 Faculties and Schools, more than 100 departments, and 170 research centres and institutes. Its teaching programs are delivered on the historic St. George campus in the heart of Toronto’s downtown, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough, and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals. With approximately 22,000 faculty and staff, 93,000 students of which 25% are international, and an annual operating budget exceeding $3.0 billion, the University is one of the world’s largest publicly funded research-intensive universities, and contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy each year.

The University of Toronto seeks a collegial and engaging leader for the newly created role of Executive Director, Student Mental Health Systems, Policy and Strategy.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Provost, Students, the Executive Director, Student Mental Health Systems, Policy and Strategy, provides strategic oversight and vision in support of the University’s efforts to enhance services to students experiencing mental illness. The Executive Director promotes mental health and wellness across the University and deepens the University’s commitment to developing a culture of caring. Serving as a principal liaison to institutional health teams, student life portfolios, and divisional wellness offices, the Executive Director provides guidance to help develop and instill best practices and changes for student mental health within a tri-campus mandate. 

The ideal candidate possesses more than ten years of experience leading and advancing mental health in a complex multi-constituent environment and has overseen clinic operations or a clinical practice in an outpatient mental health care setting or health promotion operation. A member of a regulated profession and with a graduate degree, candidates have developed mental health care services that are innovative, adaptive, and equitable. Knowledge of electronic medical and patient records and information systems will aid the successful candidate in their mandate. Leading and supporting large-scale change initiatives, demonstrated success mentoring and coaching professionals, and a collaborative and consultative approach will all be sought in candidates. The new Executive Director will be inspiring and visionary and effectively co-create and sustain an organizational culture focused on student success.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately at https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/17969. The Committee’s consideration of candidates will commence in early May, with the Executive Director, ideally, taking office on July 1, 2022. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Julia Robarts of Odgers Berndtson at 1 866-962-1990 ext. 323 julia.robarts@odgersberndtson.com

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