Community Action Initiative – Community Grants Manager, Counselling

Community Action Initiative Society of BC

Community Grants Manager, Counselling

Vancouver, BC



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.



Application instructions

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