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Program Assistant

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted October 13, 2020.


Program Assistant (2)
General Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (GPUB-PICU)
Acute Care Program

Position Description:

The Acute Care Program is currently seeking (2) full-time, temporary (12 month) Program Assistants to work on a new General Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (GPU2-PICU) that opened in March 2018.  This is an exciting and unique professional opportunity! You will help contribute to development of new programming and clinical processes as well as help to shape the team values and charter.

The model of care on the new unit will emphasize treatment of concurrent disorders and patient engagement in therapeutic programming and you will have opportunities for capacity building and skill development.

As a member of an inter-professional team, you will:

  • work with clients from diverse backgrounds experiencing a variety of mental health issues and addiction;
  • contribute to the safety, organization and optimal function of the inpatient unit and promote maintenance of the therapeutic milieu, under the direction of the clinical staff;
  • contribute to and participate in the assessment of designated clients and provide direct client care;
  • accompany clients off site for medical clearance and for any other transfers/appointments as deemed necessary;
  • communicate both verbally and in writing behavioural observations, assessments and client’s responses to care interventions;
  • assume an active role in maintaining both dynamic and static security elements of the unit; and
  • support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements.

We are looking for a passionate program assistant, who:

  • has demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in an interprofessional team environment;
  • is reliable, co-operative and client-focused as well as a motivated team player who shows initiative.
  • has experience working with clients from diverse ethno racial and cultural backgrounds, teams and stakeholders;
  • has demonstrated high levels of sensitivity and diplomacy; and
  • possesses effective organizational, problem-solving and communication skills.

You will be required to work day, night and weekend rotations. These positions are located at 250 College Street. 


The successful candidate will have a Secondary School diploma or equivalent and preference will be given to candidates that have 2 years’ experience in a health care related field. The successful candidate will possess a Personal Care Worker Certificate or possess or be in the process of pursuing a certificate/diploma/degree in a health care discipline. CPR is considered as an asset. Ability to work with diverse clients and staff is required. Familiarity with clinical care and issues specific to mental health and or addictions settings is preferred. Familiarity with clinical care and issues specific to mental health and or addictions settings is preferred. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language is considered an asset.

Please Note:   These two (2) full-time, temporary (12 month) positions are part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $20.81 – $25.65 per hour           


CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute.  As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.