Youth Engagement Specialist - Foundry Central Office

Work Area: 
Foundry - 1045 Howe
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
Mental Health
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Foundry is looking for a Youth Engagement Specialist to join our youth and family engagement team! As part of this team the Youth Engagement Specialist will help enhance and promote youth participation in the planning and development of Foundry services, programs and policies. The specialist will play a key role in helping grow Foundry’s provincial youth engagement network, building youth engagement capacity at centres, and creating foundational frameworks, tools and resources to support meaningful youth engagement across the network. If you are passionate about youth engagement and are looking for an opportunity to grow – both personally and professionally – we’d love to hear from you! To learn more about Foundry and the supports and services we provide, visit:


Reporting to the Lead, Experience and Engagement, and working in a collaborative team environment, the Youth Engagement Specialist provides leadership within Foundry to enhance, promote, and engage youth and community participation in the planning and development of Foundry services and other relevant planning and policy development processes across the Foundry network including its research program, central office, virtual services and centres.
This position oversees the development and management of the provincial youth network committee, including its role in provincial governance; identifies opportunities for youth skill enhancement, provides mentoring, leadership and advocacy skills development and support to youth in the Foundry Network in order to increase their comfort during and effectiveness participating in peer led activities pertaining to a specific program and/or project. The position helps facilitate and manage community and research partnerships to support enhanced engagement.
The Engagement Specialist is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting out on engagement activities across the Foundry network. The Engagement Specialist supervises Youth and Family Engagement staff, works with Foundry central office teams, Foundry centres and communities in the Foundry Network, in developing meaningful approaches required and developing youth engagement strategies.


Demonstrated creativity and initiative in designing, leading and evaluating youth or community engagement projects and developing new strategic partnerships both internal and external to the organization. Knowledge and experience in methodologies, planning, delivery, evaluation and reporting out on community engagement and public participation.
Knowledge of complex organizational and system dynamics in terms of involving multiple stakeholders.
High level communication, negotiation and facilitation skills, including understanding of social media in citizen engagement. Strong writing skills.
Demonstrated ability to speak on behalf of those with lived and living experience in a constructive way.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively with groups, individuals and organizations. Builds credibility, understanding and trust in the external community to assist Foundry to meet its strategic directions.
Knowledge of participatory community-based research, planning and analysis skills, and ability to synthesize information from a vast range of sources into practical plans and useful recommendations.
Demonstrated ability to independently determine appropriate levels of engagement with internal and external stakeholders while ensuring leadership staff are informed.
Demonstrated project management skills.
Demonstrated computer literacy and word-processing skills.


Bachelor’s degree in related field supplemented by three years of recent related experience in youth or community engagement and working with youth and young adults with lived and living experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience in youth/community engagement. Public speaking and strong facilitation skills an asset.


Supports the development of a comprehensive engagement strategy, with a focus on young people, that integrates with Foundry’s planning and organizational priorities, including themes related to: strategies to support relationship building, build engagement reach and youth participation, integration of engagement protocols, processes and structures for enhanced youth decision making in the design and delivery of Foundry research, services and supports.

Increases the Foundry network’s organizational capacity to meaningfully engage with young people locally and provincially. This includes inclusion, partnership and meaningful engagement of young people in governance, decision-making processes and the design and delivery of Foundry services, policy and program development, research, evaluation and education. Representation of Foundry to communities, related stakeholders and partner organizations.

Leads and facilitates events, working groups, workshops and meetings attended by Foundry central staff, partners and young people. Ensures appropriate and culturally safe processes and engaged and effective two-way communication. Supports Foundry centres in facilitating local conversations with youth, families and partners as required.

Creates opportunities and supports youth in Foundry’s research and evaluation program to attend conferences, develop leadership skills and advise on the youth engagement strategy within research and evaluation projects.

Supervises and provides leadership to the Foundry Youth Peer Engagement Coordinators by being the main point of contact for all inquiries related to youth engagement within the Foundry network. Mentors and empowers young people with lived and living experience on Foundry’s YFE team.

Leads the orientation planning of new Youth Peer Engagement Coordinators.

Works with the Indigenous Wellness team to integrate Indigenous cultural safety and humility knowledge into work by committing to ongoing learning and self-reflection about culture and biases and their impacts on equitable access to health care for young people.

Assists in the development of educational resources, guides and strategies to enhance FCO and Foundry centres’ organizational capacity to respectfully engage youth in the design and delivery of Foundry services and supports.

Participates in establishing and preparing standards, policies, procedures and instructions that contribute to the effectiveness, safety and inclusivity of youth engagement within FCO and across the network.

Supports Lead with Foundry Experience initiatives to create and maintain a consistent, optimal experience for young people within the Foundry network that is in line with the organization’s values and brand.

Recognizes where skill development is needed within Foundry’s Provincial Youth Network and creates opportunities for young people across the province to acquire the skills to thrive as young leaders and advocates in their local community.

Prepares reports, briefs, presentations, discussion and option papers and frameworks by formulating, researching, and identifying youth engagement experiences.

Develops personal performance goals and objectives consistent with Foundry’s vision, mission and values and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation.

Performs other related duties as required.