Speech Language Pathologist

Comox Valley Child Development Association

About the Comox Valley Child Development Association: Established in 1974, the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) is honoured to reside on the unceded traditional territories of the Pentlatch, E’iksan and K’ómoks First Nations. The CVCDA is a dynamic, multi-service not-for-profit agency dedicated to supporting children and families with a wide-range of programs for children, youth and young adults with developmental delays and disabilities. Our services have spanned across 47 years in the Comox Valley and we have grown to become one the largest CDA’s on Vancouver Island. Become a member of a passionate & knowledgeable non-profit team We are seeking a candidate who will display a strong desire to be a part of the larger community contributing to the health and well being of the families and children of the Comox Valley with an understanding of the unique intricacies of a charitable non-profit organization. This is a tremendous opportunity for someone who aspires to make a difference, sharing your skills to help us maximize and strengthen the capacity of our well-respected organization. You will thrive on a challenge, and enjoy being in our hub of activity with people who enthusiastically love what they do Job Summary: We are looking for a skilled, empathetic Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to work 30 hours/week 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 and Speech Therapy 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 to help the child develop necessary speech skills. 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 speech-related conditions and therapies for children. We seek an organized and efficient team member with demonstrated experience 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 Speech and Language Pathology sole position in the Health Sciences Association (HSA) Professional sector union, Grid 12, which functions as an integrated Team Member with the Early Intervention Therapy Program (OT, SLP and PT). Qualifications: Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from a recognized university is required, must be certified by the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC. and; have previous, demonstrated paediatric experience with children from birth to five years of age. Activities of the Speech Language Pathologist are not exclusive of but include: SUPERVISORY Schedule and supervise the activities of the SLP Therapy Assistant. CLINICAL Maintain your Speech-Language Pathology caseload respective of the relevant FTE. Provide SLP 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 identified in the ISP. Develop plans and strategies for parents to use at home to reinforce therapy services offered at the centre. Provide SLP reports and anecdotal notes in child’s integrated file. Collaborate with Autism Program (TAP), to align services for children receiving service in TAP and EIT. Attend ISP meetings with families on your caseload, and attend Team Meetings (as requested). Attend weekly meetings to review intakes. Attend Transition Meetings to provide information to School District 71 as children leave the Child Development Association to attend Kindergarten. ADMINISTRATION Provide client reporting required in the agency database Nucleus Labs. Maintain equipment and supplies required for SLP department and submit requests for approval to the ED when ordering equipment and supplies as needed. Respecting and following all of the agency’s policies and guidelines as set out by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Ensure that your SLP work, accreditation and reporting is in conformance with CARF standards. COMMUNITY and AGENCY ACTIVITIES 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. Participate in agency-required training and other appropriate continuing education as required. Maintain family-centred partnerships with other individuals/agencies involved in providing early intervention services to shared clients. Willingness to participate in agency community engagement activities such as the annual Telethon fundraiser and other community awareness/engagement opportunities. Perform other related as assigned. SKILLS and ABILITIES Must be able to work in a consultative model/trans disciplinary model of intervention and a family centered 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. 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. 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. We look forward to your application for the position and the possibility of having you join our CVCDA family Notice: Employees of the CVCDA are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID19 and will be required to obtain boosters as necessary and set out by agency policy. 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, cindycvcda.ca and HR Administrator, Michelle Erikson, michellecvcda.ca Please email cindycvcda.ca with questions pertaining to this opportunity.

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