BC Association for Child Development and Intervention
Project Lead – Training Program Development
The BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) represents member agencies across BC that contract with Government to deliver services to children and youth with special needs and their families. Services delivered include foundational programs such as the Infant Development Program, Supported Child Development Program, and Early Intervention Therapies (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology).
The Early Childhood Intervention Services Prioritization Framework (ECISPF) was developed with consultation from stakeholders. It is designed to ensure that social factors are considered when planning programs and when prioritizing children who are waitlisted for services within the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) contracted agencies who deliver foundational programs. The goal is to create consistent approaches to service planning and
prioritization practices which allow families to access the appropriate therapy services at the appropriate time, while recognizing the barriers to services that are present for families experiencing vulnerability. A pilot of the ECISPF has identified the need for strengthened understanding of the impact of social factors and trauma on child development. This needed education fits within three themes:
- Building Indigenous cultural competency and an understanding of how the legacy of colonization and intergenerational trauma impacts early childhood development for Indigenous children
- Building an understanding of how adverse childhood experiences impact brain development and can led to developmental delay
- Developing the skills to facilitate Trauma Informed Practice
BCACDI is recruiting an experienced project manager to lead the development and implementation of a training plan for early childhood intervention service providers, specifically Early Intervention therapists, Infant Development consultants, Aboriginal Infant Development consultants, Supported Child Development consultants, and Aboriginal Supported Child Development consultants on the effects of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and the legacy of colonization on development. This training plan will involve leveraging existing resources, such as Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth and Families.
Objectives of the training plan
- Early childhood intervention service providers understand how the legacy of colonization impacts Indigenous families who would benefit from early intervention services, consider Indigenous Ancestry in their service planning and prioritization practices, and consider what actions they may need to take in order to provide culturally safe and appropriate service
- Early childhood intervention service providers understand how social factors and adverse childhood experiences can impact brain development and consider these factors in their service planning and prioritization practices
- Early childhood intervention service providers have the tools to approach their practice with a trauma informed lens and trauma informed practices are integrated within MCFD contracted agencies and staff
Duties of the Project Lead
- lead the planning and implementation of project
- ensure the project meets its goals and deliverables, track deliverables accordingly
- work with an advisory committee that will help provide direction and input on the project; provide regular updates to the advisory committee
- ensure project stays within budget
- ensure project meets timelines
- present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions
- project evaluations and assessment of results
Education and Experience
- project management education and/or experience
- experience developing and implementing training opportunities
- knowledge of project management techniques and tools
- experience with Indigenous communities and/or culturally relevant processes
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- planning and organizing
- communication skills
- influencing and leading
- team work
- conflict management
The Advisory Committee will have the primary oversight of the project. See Appendix A for proposed timelines for the project.
- Project Lead duties to be carried out on a contract basis. The position is estimated to be a part-time commitment, and compensation via an hourly rate based on experience and qualifications. Up to $30,000 available in compensation
- Contract length June 1st, 2018 – March 31st, 2019.
- Project Lead will be reimbursed for reasonable project related travel and office expenses. To be negotiated
Interested parties please email your resume and cover letter to Jason@bcacdi.org.
Application deadline May 21st, 2018. Email email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
- Work with advisory group to develop a draft training plan with milestones, timelines and budget. Draft training plan for MCFD review
– June 2018 – September 30, 2018
- Advisory group to endorse and finalize training plan and budget. Submit to MCFD for final approval
– October 15, 2018
- Implement training plan including training material, payment to qualified instructors, establishing and payment of training venues
– February 28, 2019
- Draft final report on the implementation of the training plan, including an evaluative component
– March 15, 2019