Regional Improvement Coaches

Regional Improvement Coaches (Five Positions Available)
Temporary One Year or Secondment Opportunity
January – December 2020

Closing Date: November 15, 2019 4:00 PM MST

The Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network (AMH SCN) together with PolicyWise for Children & Families are recruiting up to five individuals who are interested in supporting regional partnerships working to improve mental health services for children and youth in schools. The objectives of the regional partnerships will be to:

  • Promote a provincial understanding of how health and education work together to deliver child and youth, middle tier addiction and mental health supports in school settings.
  • Co-design, implement and evaluate model(s)[1] of cross-sectoral and collaborative care and support in school settings for the middle tier[2] of intervention.

You will support this work through a Collaborative Learning Approach (CLA). By supporting this CLA you will:

  • Encourage rapid implementation and change in local settings and across the province
  • Encourage evidence-informed practice implementation while leveraging local knowledge, learning, and sharing (e.g., existing practices, resource availability and limitations)
  • Promote regionally specific but provincially aligned approaches to providing addiction and mental health supports in school settings
  • Facilitate a link between policy levers and on-the-ground efforts

[1] The term model(s) is used in this document to reflect an intent to develop a provincial pathway that will allow for some adaptation to fit local contexts. Local models will include all core elements of the provincial model.

[2] A continuum of intervention is a framework for delivering and monitoring services and treatments, so that the most effective yet least resource intensive treatment is delivered first; only ‘stepping up’ to intensive/specialist services as clinically required. Typically the ‘middle tier’ represents services inclusive of targeted prevention and early intervention to identify youth at risk.

Position Overview

A total of five (5) Regional Improvement Coach Positions are available. These positions are a temporary one year contract or secondment opportunity. They will be located across the province.

Starting in January 2020 and continuing through to December 2020, the AMH SCN and PolicyWise will be facilitating a CLA designed to help educators, health services clinicians, and other stakeholders implement or reinforce core elements to address of intervention in school settings.

The CLA will include:

  • Three learning sessions (face-to-face meetings) in January, April, and September 2020
  • Three action periods (periods of rapid implementation and data collection) following each learning session
  • Ongoing support for rapid-implementation, developmental evaluation, and performance reporting through a variety of communication methods
  • A closing summit in December 2020
  • A hand-off to organizations/individuals responsible for sustaining and encouraging additional improvements.

CLA participants will be multi-stakeholder teams of three to ten people with a mandate to attend the learning series sessions, introduce local improvements aligned with the conceptual model and its core elements, and collect and provide data to the developmental evaluators. Each participating team will include representation from education, health, community agencies and organizations, and families and youth. Teams will be supported by Regional Improvement Coaches and Developmental Evaluators.

As a Regional Improvement Coaches you will support the CLA Participants in the design, development and evaluation of the model. You will have a strong understanding of health and education systems, addiction and mental health service delivery, and experience with implementing change. As a Regional Improvement Coach you will be embedded in the evaluation team.

Major Duties

Key responsibilities include:

  • Acting as key contact and resource for local CLA participants
  • Providing implementation support, strategic planning, relationship building, engagement and communication efforts to support CLA participants’ change efforts
  • Participating in and supporting CLA participants in evaluation activities (e.g., data collection and sharing, sharing lessons learned, identifying what is working well in local sites)
  • Participating in Design Team meetings
  • Sharing lessons learned with evaluators, other coaches, and CLA participants


Required Experience and Skills

Regional Improvement Coaches must:

  • Have strong local knowledge of education and health services in local communities
  • Be knowledgeable about the need for and gaps and needs related to child and youth addiction and mental health supports in schools
  • Have direct experience with encouraging and supporting improvement and change in and across organizations
  • Be able to travel and work remotely

A Masters degree in a related field is preferred; however relevant experience and education will be considered.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to by November 15, 2019 4:00 PM MST.

Your cover letter should demonstrate your understanding of addiction and mental health supports in a school context in which  the CLA and model(s) of support and services will be implemented, experience with Education and/or Addiction and Mental Health systems, experience with improvement and change supports, and assessing capacity and readiness.

Additionally, for those applying for a secondment opportunity, please include a letter of support from your organization with your application.