Mental Health Manager
Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, is Canada’s total athlete wellness program that strives to support national team athletes to live better and more holistic lives. Through the development of their skills and network, athletes are able to focus on health, education, and career opportunities both during their high-performance career and beyond. The program helps to develop mentally stronger athletes who apply what they have learned as leaders in sport for the betterment of themselves and their communities.
We are looking for a Mental Health Manager to join our team. We encourage applicants from all over Canada the successful candidate will need to be able to work from one our our Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institutes and Centres (COPSIN) located in Victoria, B.C.; Calgary, A.B.; Saskatoon, S.K.; Winnipeg, M.B.; Toronto, O.N.; Montreal, Q.C., and Halifax, N.S
Job Title: Game Plan Mental Health Manager
Job Description: Reporting to the National Manager of Game Plan and the mental health strategy partner group, the Game Plan Mental Health Manager is responsible for the implementation and communication of the Mental Health Strategy for High Performance in Canada. The position will require creativity, excellent attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, leadership and an entrepreneurial attitude. The objective of this position is to ensure that the Canadian sport system has world-class mental health programming and support. The successful applicant will be based in one of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institutes and Centres (COPSIN), which are located in: Victoria, B.C.; Calgary, A.B.; Saskatoon, S.K.; Winnipeg, M.B.; Toronto, O.N.; Montreal, Q.C., and Halifax, N.S.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES
Operations management (60%)
• Coordinate execution of Mental Health (MH) Strategy
o Support the collection of key data to inform an evaluation of the strategy’s implementation
o Identify MH points of contact (leads) across Canada
o Work with COPSIN, COC, CPC mental health leads
o Liaise between key mental health partners (e.g., Game Plan, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, COPSIN…etc.)
o Develop KPIs for key strategic priorities
• In collaboration with other partners, develop the business and performance case for the implementation of MH programming into athlete’s Yearly Training Plan
• Manage mental health budget
o Minimize duplication where possible
• Collaborate with external partners and collaborators such as Morneau Shepell, Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canadian Centre for Mental Health and
• Liaise with mental health leads from other countries to inform best practices and international partnerships.
• Develop communications strategy to effectively disseminate tools, information and supports to 60+ National Sport Organizations (NSO) and all eligible athletes.
o Work with sport partners to ensure 100% of national team athletes are aware of the services available.
• Assist with the implementation and dissemination of standardized mental health screening tools and major Games mental health protocols
• Develop NSO MH framework and toolkit
o Support NSOs, COC, CPC, COPSIN and other system stakeholders to implement the MH Strategy, as appropriate
• Manage education module development and dissemination so that every national team athlete has a basic understanding of mental health and supports available to them.
o May include liaising with external providers
Event Support (10%)
● Where appropriate, support planning of all major Game Plan and athlete-focused events by applying a mental health and wellness lens both to content and event structure.
Education and Experience:
- Excellent knowledge of the Canadian sport system
- Undergraduate degree in psychology, counselling, sport management, or a related field
- 5-7 years related experience managing projects or programs
- Excellent project management skills with demonstrated experience taking projects from start to finish
- Experience as an athlete on Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic or National Team or working with high level athletes
- Demonstrated ability to be a team player and build and maintain relationships
- Demonstrated experience developing programs and managing small collaborative teams
- Demonstrated experience managing sponsor expectations and executing terms of agreements
- Excellent management skills, including project management, financial management, and general operational management.
- People management experience an asset
- Foundational understanding of mental health, mental illness and related core concepts
- Strong communication skills in English and French
- Ability to balance multiple projects at once
- Strong computer skills (MS Office, database experience and project management tools