Employment - Newcomer Mental Health Coordinator (CBICI)

Newcomer Mental Health Coordinator (CBICI)

New Dawn

Part-Time Temporary

Weekdays Weekends


The Newcomer Mental Health Coordinator will develop a series of regular and accessible outdoor activities for newcomers to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), on at least a bi-weekly schedule. As a part of developing this program, they will be responsible for the creation of a survey feedback mechanism to better understand the impact of group outdoor activities on newcomer mental health. These activities will have the dual impact of broadening awareness of local outdoor activities that are accessible by transit in the local area and fostering intercultural (and perhaps intergenerational) connections and friendships between and amongst newcomer populations in the CBRM, bolstering support networks which can help to combat feelings of isolation.

Parallel to this program development piece, the student will engage in research throughout their tenure on newcomer mental health, to provide a basis for understanding the main mental health challenges that newcomers face. This research will be integrated with survey feedback to determine whether the general mental health challenges faced by newcomers as found in the research are the same, or different, for newcomers living in the CBRM. A final piece of this research will be the compilation of mental health resources accessible to newcomers, with a focus on determining whether there are varying eligibility criteria (ie. are some programs available to permanent residents but not temporary residents, like international students and open work permit holders). 

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Implementation Duties

  • Develop a rough schedule of events
  • Develop registration forms for events, register participants, respond to inquiries related to the activities
  • Develop and implement a survey feedback mechanism in collaboration with the Team Lead, ISRP
  • Utilize feedback provided to improve on event delivery
  • Where possible, engage with local organizations/groups to participate in scheduled events
  • Provide updates during team meetings on events, seek out opportunities to engage clients in other program areas at CBICI

Research Duties

  • Conduct a literature review on newcomer mental health in Canada
  • Compile and synthesize event survey data
  • Compile mental health resources, engaging with local stakeholders as necessary

Core Competencies

  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written) – intercultural communication experience an asset
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness & ethics
  • Organization
  • Teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Effective time management skills
  • Cultural awareness


  • Possess university-level research capacity
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)


  • Experience with newcomers
  • Event coordination experience
  • Access to own transportation

Work Conditions  

  • Regular weekly or bi-weekly travel via transit to various locations
  • Long periods of sitting/concentrating
  • Some event-related work on evenings and weekends

Where CBICI and Cape Breton Island aim to settle and orient newcomers (international students and graduates and their families), preference will be given to newcomer applicants.

Hourly Rate between $19.70-$22.80 


How To Apply

New Dawn will be accepting applications for this position via email. Please follow the instructions below carefully. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Resume and Cover Letter can be submitted (in one document) care of:

Nadine Paruch (hr@newdawn.ca)

Email Address: hr@newdawn.ca Apply here

Intended Audience

This employment opportunity is open for: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents who are able to work for any employer in Canada (study permit, open work permit holders).

Only applicants who are authorized to work in Canada will be considered.

Location Information
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Nova Scotia
Opportunity Information
New Dawn
NOC Code
Public and environmental health and safety professionals (21120)
Experience Required
Available Openings
Pay Type
Pay Period
To be Determined
Remuneration Per Pay Period
Estimated Weekly Hours
Start Date
July 29th 2024
End Date
October 18th 2024
Language Proficiency Level
Posted on
July 3rd 2024
July 17th 2024