Community Grants Manager, Counselling


About the Community Action Initiative (CAI):

The Community Action Initiative Society of BC (CAI BC) supports community-led projects that promote mental health, prevent substance use problems and promote effective treatment and support for individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in BC. We a take a localized, collaborative approach by creating networks and encouraging dialogue within and across sectors. Our goal is to bring together diverse community-based organizations to work to establish innovative, community-generated models for delivering mental health and/or substance use services in BC.

The CAI Leadership Council/Board of Directors represents a coalition of non-government organizations (NGO), First Nations Health Authority, Metis Nation British Columbia, provincial government bodies and other key stakeholders.  We operate on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

About the Job:

The Community Grants Manager will coordinate, manage and facilitate a province-wide, community-based project. This multi-year project includes the implementation, management and administration of a $10 million grants program in addition to supporting training, evaluation and knowledge exchange activities. With a focus on health equity, the aim of the project is to increase access to publicly funded, community-based counselling, and increase the quality of community-based counselling services, to achieve improved mental health and substance use outcomes in BC. This position reports directly to the Provincial Director.


  • Lead the application and adjudication process for dissemination of annual grant funding awards
  • Develop and administer grant program training and capacity-building activities
  • Ongoing communication with grantees, and follow-up to ensure alignment with original grant application
  • Ensure reporting and accountability requirements of grants are met by grantees and trouble-shoot any difficulties or issues that arise
  • Work with online system designer to ensure the CAI’s online granting and reporting system is updated to reflect the needs of the project
  • Develop and manage project budget and resources to ensure cost-effectiveness and program accountability
  • Support the CAI Manager of Policy, Learning & Evaluation and third-party evaluators by coordinating and compiling project related qualitative and quantitative data for quality improvement, reporting and grant program sustainability
  • Develop project reports, briefing notes and status updates
  • Support knowledge translation efforts that promote high quality, evidence-based resources to guide and inform community-led approaches
  • Provide regular updates to the Provincial Director and the Ministry of Health / Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

What you will bring to the role:

You will have a Graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Work, Counselling Psychology), and 3-5 years of project and/or grant management experience. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.


  • Experience in working with community grants and an understanding of the principles and practices of contract management
  • Excellent project management skills including; project planning to ensure the project achieves its goals and objectives, resource and financial management, and being an effective communicator for successful project delivery
  • Knowledge of risk management, along with resourcefulness and innovation to solve problems
  • Strategic and conceptual thinking and analysis, including ability to adapt project delivery to respond to evaluation results, stakeholder input and opportunity
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships and partnership with internal and external stakeholders
  • Familiarity with the mental health and substance use service delivery systems and approaches in BC
  • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands
  • Sound knowledge of principles of health equity, mental health and wellness, and social determinants of health
  • Plain language writing and editing, and structural editing
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Knowledge of and/or work experience in the community-based counselling sector in BC will be considered an asset.

Working conditions:

  • This position is located in downtown Vancouver, and we offer a flexible work environment. This position is full-time at 37.5 hours/week. Most work is accomplished during usual business hours however; the successful candidate will need to maintain some flexible scheduling. Travel may be required.
  • This position is a unionized position under The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association Collective Agreement. The rate of pay is $34.20 per hour.
  • This position is offered as a 2-year contract with the opportunity for extension.

Additional Details

Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 5pm April 17, 2020.