Lived Experience Coordinator – Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Summary of position

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to join our dynamic team at the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (CEYMH), located at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Through a combination of innovation in health service delivery and research focused on new interventions, the CEYMH is a hub for transformative change for youth facing a variety of needs – health, social, educational, employment, among others. The Centre focuses not only on research to generate new knowledge, but to directly applying such knowledge in the delivery of youth mental health services and providing training to a new generation of clinicians, researchers, and individuals with expertise by lived experience.

Work environment: The Lived Experience Coordinator will be based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, a highly specialized and research-intensive teaching institution providing mental health care services to individuals of all ages. It includes the Douglas Research Centre, the second largest mental health research center in Canada. Its vibrant multidisciplinary community of researchers investigate virtually all aspects of mental health, from genes to society.

Lived Experience Initiatives: One of our key commitments is the meaningful inclusion of youth, particularly those with lived and living experience of mental health problems, and their caregivers in co‐designing research, practices, and policies. We have created advisory councils that are consulted periodically in connection with the CEYMH and collaborating research and clinical groups, and the council members’ opinions have a concrete impact on these various activities. We invite individuals with living or lived experience with mental health challenges, individuals who are caregivers for people living with mental health challenges, or anyone with a keen interest in mental health to apply.

Employment advantages: Comprehensive health benefits package, vacation and illness entitlement, adherence to the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan, on-site daycare centre, on-site fitness centre, affordable parking, access to leadership and mentoring opportunities, to name a few.

Description of tasks

The primary responsibility of the Lived Experience Coordinator is to ensure that the CEYMH engages, includes, and advocates for youth and family members with lived experience in mental illness at multiple stages of its various research activities from conception to implementation. The incumbent will collaborate with teams across the CEYMH, the Douglas Research Centre, and the CIUSSS West Island Montreal to drive the achievement of research project objectives and outputs, while ensuring that research initiatives are motivated by the needs of youth and families with lived experience in mental illness, particularly when it comes to utilization of services.

The specific tasks will be the following:

  1. Lead and manage all aspects of the CEYMH Youth and Family Advisory Councils. This includes overseeing the induction of new council members, organizing and planning future meetings, facilitating meetings, and acting as the liaison between the councils and research or clinical teams.
  2. Provide consultation on project development and co-design support for ongoing research projects.
  3. Organize and coordinate the CEYMH Experiential Science Talks series by identifying speakers and managing seminar logistics.
  4. Engage with national and provincial advocacy organizations to facilitate the creation and implementation of youth mental health education, training, and citizen science programs.

Required qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum two years of experience in project coordination and/or facilitation of focus groups or similar

Required skills

  • Fluency in both official languages is a requirement
  • Proven ability to work with the full Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint)
  • Knowledge of or experience working in research design and healthcare systems is desired

Required abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, result-oriented environment
  • Ability to plan activities in advance, anticipate needs, and monitor progress
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship building and engagement skills
  • Demonstrated passion, interest, and motivation to work and engage with young people, families and service users.

Location of work

T Pavilion, Douglas Mental Health University Institute (on-site presence required but occasional remote work possible).

Work schedule

  • Full-time (35 hours/week) or part-time (minimum 21 hours/week) available
  • One-year contract renewable upon satisfactory progress
  • Will need to work some evenings for council meetings, which is included within work hours
  • Start date: May or June 2024


Commensurate with experience ($27-$42/hour)

Required to travel?

May occasionally need to travel to other CIUSSS-West Island establishments (accessible via public transit).

Instructions for submitting an application

Send your CV and cover letter to: Kristin Davis at Please ensure your application explains how your background meets the listed requirements for the position.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. Kindly note that only qualified applicants will be contacted.

 The Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons, visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.


Contact person

Kristin Davis


Name of immediate supervisor

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Director of the Douglas Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Under direct supervision of the Centre Managers Kristin Davis and Céline Villemus.

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