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PARENT SUPPORT COACH – Canadian Mental Health Association BC – job opportunity

Are you invested in supporting the mental health of BC’s children and youth?  Are you ready to commit to strengthening your existing skills through an evidence based positive parenting model?

In 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC launched the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program. This early intervention initiative is a family-focused telephone-based coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. Through structured sessions with trained practitioners, parents and primary caregivers are empowered to become the primary change agents for the child.

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is delivered free of charge to parents and/or caregivers via telephone in the comfort and privacy of their own homes at times convenient to them. The program operates 6 days a week to  accommodate the reality of busy work and school schedules for most families. Confident Parents: Thriving Kids staff work day, evening and weekend hours to accommodate families’ needs.

In response to growing demand from BC families, and an additional investment from the BC Government, CMHA BC is hiring additional Parent Support Coaches to commence training in late April or early May 2017. Coaches are the backbone of this program and receive extensive training in the evidence-based Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (PMTO) ultimately leading to a PMTO Specialist certification.  Positions are full-time (37.5 hours/week), involve working evenings and/or weekends and are based in Vancouver.  To learn more about the program visit www.confidentparents.ca

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Parent Support Program Supervisor, the Parent Support Coach provides regular parenting support through structured , individual sessions to caregivers with young children at home. The aim of the sessions is to provide caregivers (including parents, grandparents, foster parents, etc.) with parent management practices that support social skills and cooperation in the child, in turn helping to prevent, improve, or reverse behaviour issues.

The key responsibilities include:

  • Participate actively in comprehensive, multi-phased training to achieve and sustain PMTO Specialist certification
  • Deliver parenting support through structured individual and/or group sessions via telephone or videoconference with families
  • Follow legislation, policies, and protocols that support program delivery
  • Provide comprehensive case management functions including maintaining accurate documentation and liaising with physicians and other service providers as required

 REQUIREMENTS

 Education:

Completed undergraduate education (BA, BSW, BSc) in Social Work, Child and Youth Care or related human services field. An equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience may be considered.

 Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge of child development and a commitment to strength based practice
  • Knowledge of the principles of adult education
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and case management software
  • Knowledge of culturally competent practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated interviewing and active listening skills

 Experience

  • A minimum of three years’ experience working with parents, families, and/or young people in a supportive and/or therapeutic role

 Values

  • Demonstrated openness to receiving feedback and integrating that feedback in a timely way
  • Demonstrated commitment to participating in ongoing learning with a team of colleagues
  • Demonstrated willingness to commit long-term to the role e.g. 2-years post-PMTO Specialist certification
  • Demonstrated commitment to evidence-based programming and interventions
  • Evidence of commitment to meet families where they are at by working flexible hours that include evenings and/or weekends
  • Able to practice from a non-judgmental, flexible, and creative perspective when working with families experiencing challenging circumstances

Application Process

Please submit a PDF copy of your resume along with a cover clearly documenting how you satisfy the requirements outlined in this job posting to human.resources@cmha.bc.ca. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Given the intended reach of this program, we are actively seeking applications from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.

We are an equity employer and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, people of all sexual orientation and genders, and others who may contribute to our further diversification.

 

Assistant Manager, Health, Safety and Wellness – job opportunity

School District No. 38

Richmond

 

Recognized for its dedication to inclusion, diversity, and strong partnerships with the community, the Richmond School District is among one of the largest districts in British Columbia with some of the highest graduation rates in the province. With a deep history of high quality experiences for students, the Richmond School District strives to provide the best education and future for every student.

As an employer, we provide comprehensive growth, learning and engagement opportunities to the 2,300 committed professionals across the district.   We are currently looking for a dynamic, progressive Assistant Manager, Health, Safety and Wellness to join the Human Resources team. Together with the Manager, Health and Safety, the Assistant Manager will develop, lead and champion District and project-specific Health, Safety and Wellness initiatives, to ensure continuous growth and success of the programs.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing day-to-day WorkSafeBC claims management, exercising discretion and adherence to WorkSafeBC requirements, legislation and regulations
  • Overseeing extensive communication with key internal and external stakeholders in all aspects of WorkSafeBC claims management including the facilitation of RTW and GRTW processes, offer modified duties and implementation of temporary and permanent accommodations
  • Providing proactive advice and decision making relating to claims management, promoting understanding of WorkSafeBC claims policy and manages processes that support cost efficiency in claims/injury management to district leadership and managers
  • Developing an integrated and thorough Return to Work/Stay at Work Program for the district and monitor various opportunities for improvement
  • Referring employees to appropriate resources as required such as BCTF Health and Wellness Program, IME, FCE, JEIS, EFAP and supporting attendance promotion
  • Leading JOHSC Meetings and providing expert advice to the interpretation and application of WorkSafeBC Acts and Regulations, standards, policies, procedures and programs across the district
  • Conducting safety inspections, accident/incident investigations and worksite visits, identify workplace hazards, corrective actions
  • Coordinating and investigating industrial hazards such as IAQ, hearing/noise, light, heat and chemical exposure
  • Developing, facilitating and tracking safety training programs/courses for staff on various topics

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A Diploma/Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Advanced knowledge of WorkSafeBC OH&S Regulations, Legislation and any other requirements pertaining to health, safety and wellness.
  • A successful track record in developing, implementing and coordinating H&S programs
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and compliance.
  • Proven ability to establish and engage in collaborative relationships and communication with all levels throughout an organization and external agencies
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including excellent public speaking, presentation and training skills
  • Proficiency in standard office applications and ability  to adapt to other specialized software applications as required
  • Experience in a complex multi-union environment
  • Attention to detail and superb organizational abilities
  • Related co-op experience

Interested qualified applicants should apply online at Make a future-Richmond. Application deadline is March 24, 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.

Chief Administrative Officer TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION – Job opportunity

Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) is a rapidly growing, self-governing First Nation with responsibilities that include community services, cultural and educational services, natural resource management, land management, economic development, health and social services, and all aspects of running a government body. Tsawwassen translates as “land facing the sea”, and that is an accurate description of the community’s traditional territory.

The natural resources and environment therefore play a significant role in all activities of the nation. There is an opportunity to help this well respected nation become even more powerful culturally and economically as the new…

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PHABC is seeking an Administrative coordinator

Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Administrative Coordinator is responsible for the administrative tasks related to the running of the Association’s office.  Supporting the ED in the managing all operational aspects of the organization including a large membership and volunteer base. The Administrative coordinator supports the ED to manage consultants, contractors, coordinators, communications, bookkeeping, and an IT professional.  This role is responsible for office support, committee support and event planning logistics for the Association.

Background

The PHABC is a voluntary, non-profit, NGO (est. 1953), affiliated with Canadian Public Health Association. The PHABC promotes and protects public health by actively working to advance the development and implementation of healthy public policy, by encouraging and facilitating research that supports public health and cooperating regionally, nationally and internationally with partner organizations. Its national linkages enable the PHABC to participate in dialogue and action on matters of interest across Canada. The PHABC has a long track record of fiscal and administrative stability and considerable experience with community development, continuing education, initiatives addressing the determinants of health and project planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation. PHABC has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to carry out significant knowledge development and exchange projects.

 Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • First contact and Correspondence with members and the general public (emails, phone calls).
  • Management and support of Board and Committees activities, assisting the ED and Committee Chairs in the organization and coordination of meeting and other events
  • Formatting and editing all documents (contracts, policies, communications, notices, presentations and publications)
  • Office operations and office supplies including mail and courier services.
  • Maintain the electronic records of the association including policies, project documents, policies, and financials.
  • Overall coordination of different events and logistics coordinator of major events
  • Membership database maintenance, payments and customer service support
  • Undertake communication activities such as e-blasts.
  • Assist and support to bookkeeper
  • Assist accountant and ED to conduct activities related to year-end review.
  • Work together with the ED to ensure implementation and compliance with financial policies.
  • Responsible for payments to consultants, services and vendors and deposits.
  • Working with the ED to complete reporting requirements for funders
  • Work with ED and the treasurer to prepare an annual budget.
  • Assisting project managers and consultants to meet project deliverables.
  • Project management support planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in Administration or Business field plus 2 years’ experience
  • Desirable experience and familiarity with non-profits and reporting to a board of directors.
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong Microsoft office skills
  • Basic WordPress management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and assume responsibility with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people and groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Possess a fundamental respect for all whom they meet and encounter through their work.
  • Valid BC Driver’s licence and vehicle.

 This is a one-year contract valued at $32,032 (plus 5% GST) at 3.5 days/week (28 hrs per week) with the opportunity for renewal. The position is located in Victoria.  Some travel is required as part of this contract. Please submit a cover letter and resume to staff@phabc.org by 4:00pm on February 28th.

PHABC is an equal opportunity organization and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this contract without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

 

Ministry of Education – Job opportunity

BC Public Service

Ministry of Education

Victoria

 Chief Psychometrician

Bring your specialized knowledge and experience to this key educational role

Salary: $72,095.17 – 82,478.97 annually

The focus of the Learning Modernization Project is the movement to increasingly personalized learning, which is enabled and supported by quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, and high standards. This includes the redesign of: provincial curriculum, assessment, reporting, and graduation requirements. Transforming Education’s core business affects every student, parent, teacher, administrator and Education partner organization in the province.

As the Chief Psychometrician you would be planning, implementing, managing and monitoring all psychometric and technical requirements of BC’s large-scale assessment programs; ensuring the accuracy of data; collaborating with program managers and test developers to support the program with routine psychometric services; suggesting and leading additional research studies to strengthen the program; working closely with content experts to improve and expand current assessments; participating in the design and development of new assessments; writing technical reports and other documentation; participating in design of internal research and test development processes/systems; writing research reports, and making presentations at various sessions.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Graduate degree in educational measurement, psychometrics, statistics or a related field, plus a minimum of three years’ experience working on large-scale testing programs.
  • Experience with analysis, interpretation and results reporting of large scale testing programs.
  • Must have experience in IRT-based scoring methods, test form equating, standard setting and validity studies.
  • Experience in supporting content specialists in their work of test development.
  • Must have experience in handling last data sets and a demonstrable experience in large scale data analysis.
  • Experience utilizing psychometric methods, statistical procedures and application of classical test theory and item response theory.

To learn more, including how to apply online, please visit:

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=38581

 

Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.

New digital comic book, Invasion of the Alien Zombies, aims to educate kids about the immune system

Comic takes kid-centred approach to underscore importance of immunization

OTTAWA, CANADA – Alien invaders descend on a world while defensive forces mobilize to battle the intruders… is this the plot from an upcoming blockbuster movie or a creative approach to science education? These scenes are from a new online comic, Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombies, created to educate elementary school students about the immune system and the role of immunization in defending against illness.

Conceived by Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician, researcher and comic book fan, Invasion of the Alien Zombies approaches immunization education from a child’s perspective.

To view the press release visit: CANImmunize Digital Comic book-News Release