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Early Intervention Therapy Program Lead

Jul 3, 2024 | Careers, News

Position open until filled. Please email cindy@cvcda.ca with any questions about this opportunity.

Job Summary:

We are looking for a skilled, empathetic Early Intervention Therapy Program Lead to provide exceptional care for the children and families who receive family-centred services at the CVCDA. As a member of a multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary team, you will provide early intervention services from your designated profession (SLP, OT or PT) to infants, toddlers, and young children (0-5) living with a delay in development or who are at risk for delay(s). Working with a diverse population, you will perform screenings, assess child and family needs, and design therapy and treatment plans. You will ensure that families have the tools, support, education, and training they need to support their child’s development.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative and reflective service provider with an understanding of child development,
infant mental health, and a passion for working on behalf of the healthy development of young children and their
caregivers. You will be caring, analytical and resourceful as well as being knowledgeable about current early years’
conditions and therapies for children.

We seek an organized and efficient team member with demonstrated leadership qualities who is excited to grow with this organization. Working in the Comox Valley catchment area, you will be a strong member of a well-developed Early Intervention team and contribute to the established goals of the program and the larger agency. Adaptability and curiosity are valued traits in CVCDA team members as we work together to meet the needs of children and families in our community. Together our goals are to help children thrive within their family and community.

This is a Program Lead position which provides a coordinating administrative function for the Early Intervention Therapies (OT, SLP and PT) and acts as a liaison between Agency administration, other Agency programs and EIT service providers.

Location

CV Child Development Association, Courtenay BC

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Requirements

  • Master’s or equivalent in Speech-Language Pathology or Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy from a recognized university is required,
  • Must be registered with the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC
  • OT candidates must be eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
  • PT candidates must be eligible for membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association previous, demonstrated paediatric experience with children from birth to five years of age.
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Responsibilities

Activities of the Program Lead are not exclusive of but include:

SUPERVISORY

  • Supervise the activities of the Early Intervention Therapy Program
  • Attend weekly meetings with other Program Managers to review and assign intakes.

CLINICAL

  • Maintain a caseload within the respective FTE.
  • Provide assessments through observation, formal and informal testing.
  • Develop goals for the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) in cooperation with families.
  • Provide therapy services on a one-to-one basis, or in small groups, designed to implement the goals identi-
    fied in the ISP.
  • Develop plans and strategies for parents to use at home to reinforce therapy services offered at the centre.
  • Provide reports and anecdotal notes in child’s integrated file.
  • Attend ISP meetings with families, and attend Team Meetings (as requested) to review the status of children
    receiving services.
  • Collaborate with the Program Manager, TAP, to align services for children receiving service in TAP and EIT.
  • Attend Transition Meetings to provide information to School District #71 as children leave the Child Development Association to attend Kindergarten.

ADMINISTRATION

  • Act as support and liaison between Agency administration and EIT service providers
  • Manage the EIT program wait list and required statistical information in the agency database Nucleus Labs.
  • Develop and maintain caseload and waitlist management improvement systems for EIT services.
  • Collect, summarize and report monthly EIT program statistics as needed by the agency funding bodies, Executive Director and/or Board of Directors.
  • With the Executive Director, monitor budget performance for EIT services.
  • Maintain equipment and supplies required for EIT department and order supplies as required, per the annual EIT budget.
  • Participate in interviewing and selecting EIT staff, and conduct supervisory functions that include Performance Appraisals and mentorship.
  • Oversee and prepare the EIT program report for the CVCDA Annual General Meeting.
  • Participate in performance reviews and program evaluations as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Respect and follow all agency policies and guidelines as set out by the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Ensure that the EIT department is in conformance with CARF standards.

COMMUNITY and AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Develop and facilitate community-based activities to support families and their children.
  • Offer parent training opportunities through workshops, Webcast presentations that are relevant to families, and other pertinent local opportunities.
  • Participation on relevant committees aimed at improving program or agency processes.
  • Represent the EIT program at the monthly Program Managers Meetings, and other agency/community meetings, as requested.
  • Participate in agency-required training and other appropriate continuing education as required.
  • Develop and maintain family-centred partnerships with other individuals/agencies involved in providing early intervention services.
  • Willingness to participate in agency community engagement activities such as the annual Telethon fundraiser and community engagement opportunities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
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Skills

  • Must be able to work in a consultative model/trans disciplinary model of intervention and a family cen-
    tered service delivery model.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the job.
  • Safeguard the confidentiality of all clients, at all times.
  • Report-writing competence, and verbal communication skills that are empathetic and articulate.
  • Establish and maintain healthy working relationships with clients and agency team members as a whole.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position including, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of testing equipment, toys and supplies. Must be able to sit on the floor and move quickly after infants and toddlers.
  • Must be willing to travel when necessary.
  • Vehicle that meets ICBC annual inspection standards, and valid Driver’s License.
  • A criminal record check will be required.
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Position

  • Status: Full time permanent (30 hours/week); 0.8 FTE
  • Program: Early Intervention Therapy (EIT)
  • Start Date: August 19, 2024
  • End Date: February 13, 2026 (or return of incumbent)
  • Closing Date: Open until filled

Wage

  • Classification & Salary Range: Health Sciences Association (HSA) PROFESSIONAL sub-sector Grid 13/Grade IV
  • Wage range: $49.15-$61.14 (@ April 1, 2024) (Commensurate with Education and Experience)
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Benefits

  • Offering an environment where team members can thrive and progress in their career is a part of the culture of the
    CVCDA. We strive to be a progressive non-profit employer incorporating best practice and training relevant to each
    employee’s position.
  • As a Health Sciences Unionized position you will have a full health and pension benefit package. In addition, you will
    have future opportunities for furthering your skills and education.

Apply today!

In recruiting our team, we are committed to fostering and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion and connectedness
both within our agency and our community. We value the unique contributions that each of our team members bring in
terms of their experiences, education, disability, culture, ethnicity, race, nation of origin, gender identity and expression,
age, languages spoken, religion, and beliefs.
All applications will be held in confidence, given serious consideration, and acknowledged via an email receipt.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter following these instructions:

  • A resume that summarizes your relevant professional, academic and volunteer experiences.
  • A cover letter that shares your professional interests and passions, and why this opportunity is of particular interest and a potential good fit for you.

Email your resume and references in PDF format (cover letter and resume combined in one document, with your name as the document name) to: Cindy Xavier, Executive Director , Comox Valley Child Development Association, cindy@cvcda.ca and HR Administrator, Michelle Erikson, michelle@cvcda.ca

 

Please email cindy@cvcda.ca with questions pertaining to this opportunity.

About the CVCDA

At Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA), a not-for-profit agency serving children with diverse abilities and their families since 1974, our multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary teams are committed to evidence-based and best practices, innovation and collaboration. We have excellent facilities to host families on site as well as offering in-home and community-based visits. We are well supported by an active, dynamic board of directors and passionate and skilled leadership who are invested in the continuing growth and development of team members in the pursuit of excellence for families.

About the Comox Valley

The Comox Valley is centrally located for all number of outdoor pursuits on the ocean, extensive trail networks and year-round activities at Mount Washington. The region offers a wide range of vineyards and local farms, a rich music, arts, sports and cultural calendar and annual festivals that attract people from around the globe. Comox has a new state-of-the-art hospital, schools at all levels as well as a North Island College campus, an aqua centre, ice arena and various rec facilities. The Comox Valley continues to attract a diverse population to its big city facilities yet maintains the small-town vibe for those who seek it. The busier southern tip of the Island or the more remote wilderness of the northern tip are both within 3hrs drive, as are the waves of the west coast and access to the various gulf islands up and down the Salish Sea.

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