Effective June 24, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Principal Association Projects (PAP), a service partner of the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) is seeking two highly qualified practising OPC Members (one elementary and one secondary) as a project lead for the Supporting Student Mental Health Project, supported by School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON).

Project Scope

A project team, consisting of representatives from the service partners of the principal associations, the Catholic Principals' Leadership Development |Ontario (CPLDO), Leadership en action (LEA), PAP and SMH-ON will collaborate for the design, development and implementation of all deliverables. The following deliverables are expected (each in English and French):

  • Two focus groups for Associations’ Members to explore what supports are needed (to be held on July 13 at 10:00 a.m.) 

  • Three podcasts featuring Association Members, focusing on the application of the SMH-ON resources within their school 

  • Two Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) 

  • One webinar


The first project meeting will take place online on June 24, 2021 at 8 a.m. and subsequent meetings will continue to be virtual. The project leads will report to the Association Lead and be allocated up to a maximum of 16 days to support this initiative. The responsibilities are to

  • collaborate with all team representatives, including other project leads and stakeholders to ensure deliverables are implemented effectively, within specified project timelines and in accordance to the OPC Professional Learning Goals and Principles 

  • participate in project meetings

  • co-facilitate focus groups, webinars, podcasts and PLNs

  • develop content for all expected deliverables with consideration of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression and respecting the unique identities of Ontario’s English, French, Public and Catholic sectors in education

  • provide input to communications, while referring to PPT and style guidelines

  • report back to the association lead as per association protocol

  • refer any decisions that require a change to the deliverables or timelines or any other major issues to the association lead in a timely fashion and

  • draft written reports as required. 

Selection Criteria

  • practising principal, vice-principal or system principal

  • evidence of excellent performance as a project leader in a collaborative environment

  • demonstrated recent success as a principal, vice-principal or system principal within the province of Ontario

  • recognition by peers and supervisors as an exemplary public system school leader within the province of Ontario

  • ability to develop positive strategic relationships with partner organizations to ensure ongoing collaboration with all stakeholders

  • a high level of comfort using a variety of digital tools to enhance learning

  • demonstrates strong communication abilities in facilitating, speaking and writing

  • demonstrated a “lead learner/co-learner” stance as an educator

  • identified expertise in mental health

  • demonstrated leadership in supporting student mental health in their schools/boards through the implementation of SMH-ON resources

  • proficient in using various office programs including PowerPoint, Excel, Word and G-suite and

  • Appreciation for the linguistic and demonimational diversities within Ontario public education 

  • experience in developing content for all expected deliverables with consideration of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression with consideration for the Ontario Leadership Framework (OLF), the School Effectiveness Framework (SEF) as foundations and adult learning principles.

The following will be considered an asset:

  • Experience in both elementary and secondary panels

Selection Process 

Our selection team will review and assess all applications based on the identified success criteria. Candidates will be invited to take part in an online interview via Zoom meeting (with video) and will need to be available on June 17. This process also includes contacting references.  

Applicants are asked to submit

  • a cover letter 

  • a curriculum vitae and

  • contact information for two references (one for a supervisory officer and one for a practising principal).

This independent contractor position starts on June 24. With the understanding that this is a joint project, the successful candidate will be contracted with OPC’s service partner, Principal Association Projects. 

Please apply by June 14 at 12:00 p.m. (EST).


 All information received by PAP will be treated confidentially.  

PAP is committed to accommodating the individual needs of independent contractors, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation 191/11, within our selection processes and our skills assessment testing practices.  Disability-related accommodations during the proposal and selection process are available upon request.

PAP is an equal opportunity organization committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified independent contractors without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, and all other prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact learning@principals.ca to provide your contact information. A PAP staff member will contact you within two business days.

The information that you provide for the purpose of this retainment process and the results from this process may be used to fill other independent contractor positions. These independent contractor positions may vary in regard to the terms. Your information and the results from this retainment process may be kept for the purpose of filling other independent contractor positions in accordance with the associated success criteria.