Over the past 31 years, Kids Help Phone has had an indelible impact on the lives of millions of young people and, in these complex and most unprecedented times, continues to be a vitally important service. The organization is firmly committed to accessibility—it provides free bilingual counselling services, 24/7, through telephone, online means, and text—and works with a cadre of values-driven counsellors equipped to respond to the continuum of emotional and mental health needs of young people.
The virtual frontline of Kids Help Phone has responded in record numbers in a year of the pandemic and communities in crisis. In 2020, Kids Help Phone connected with young people more than 4.6 million times (an increase of 137% from 2019). This transformational impact is just beginning. We have charted an innovation strategy like no other in the youth e-mental health ecosystem to serve the 8.2 million young people in Canada, leveraging a well-known and strong brand position.
This strategy will be enabled by Canada’s largest campaign for youth mental health, currently in development.
Fulfilling its promise to Canadian youth, and ensuring every young person has access to meaningful support in times of need, has always been top of mind for Kids Help Phone. This vision is imbued in the organization’s approach to building its team and will inform its search for an Associate Vice President, Community Partnerships. Nominations and applications are now open for this critically important position.
A key leader in campaign development and implementation, the Associate Vice President Community Partnerships is a key Executive leader on the Advancement Team. The successful candidate will build and foster new, effective, inclusive and purposeful relationships with national partners; will inspire innovation and leverage technology; and launch event campaigns that are future focused, transformative and in collaboration with long-term partners. Kids Help Phone’s events and partnership portfolio is coming from a place of strength – working with Founding Partners (Bell, BMO, Nestlé and Lactalis/Parmalat) and growing integrated partnership opportunities to engage stakeholders in communities across Canada, through our partners.
The Associate Vice President Community Partnerships reports to the Vice President National Partnerships and Chief Community Officer and will be a critical position to build one of the largest campaigns of its kind in Canada for youth mental health. This position is located in Toronto., ON. They will work with the fundraising team of nine members and network of community volunteers to execute national and community-based events, connecting communities and partners with Kids Help Phone’s mission in supporting Canada’s youth.
How to Apply
Kids Help Phone is committed to an inclusive, equitable, and accessible workplace, and welcomes applications from racialized communities, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who reflect the diversity of its service users. To ensure plurality in its candidate pool, including attracting greater representation from Black, Indigenous, and communities of colour, the organization is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search. All interested applicants can send their resume to Helen Mekonen and/or Jason Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org, or can apply through the BIPOC Executive Search mobile app.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.
We thank everyone for their expression of interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.