Director of Clinical Services (Full-Time Permanent (EDMONTON))

The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children, teens, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Established in 1997, the Centre has grown to offer a wide range of services to individuals on the spectrum and their families. We are the largest accredited autism service provider in northern Alberta. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and innovative supports and services to those affected by ASD.

The people we serve come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds – not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it makes the Centre for Autism Services Alberta (CFASA) stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm to empower autistic individuals and their families to thrive, you will find a great career at CFASA. We welcome the unique contributions future staff can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

The Director of Clinical Services provides supervision of and direction to clinical staff of the Centre according to the agency’s stated Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan, and is responsible for clinical oversight regarding the overall administration of the programs and personnel of the Centre.

The Director of Clinical Services works closely with the Executive Director to ensure that the integration of evidence-based clinical care is practiced across the organization.

 

Qualifications

Ph.D. in a related field or equivalent experience, a registered health professional governed by an appropriate College, plus a minimum of 5 years of experience in autism-related program planning, evaluation, and supervision

 

Knowledge & Understanding of:

  • Autism intervention and support programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan
  • Practice knowledge or formal certification in Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), or other Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI)
  • Practice knowledge and experience with the neurodiversity paradigm
  • Practice knowledge or formal certification in trauma-informed supports
  • Theory and principles of child, adolescent, and adult development
  • Family and person-centered care
  • Best practices and current research on ASD supports and needs
  • School Act, FSCD Act, PDD, and other legislation and government policy impacting support for individuals with ASD

 

Additional Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated crisis assessment and intervention skills
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset
  • Experience with CARF or other international accreditation an asset
  • Clean criminal records check and child intervention check
  • Registration with a professional body and professional liability insurance ($2 million minimum)

 

Responsibilities:

Administration and Clinical Leadership

  • Ensure integrated services are delivered using evidence-informed care and is in line with the organization’s strategic plan and philosophical framework
  • Stay abreast of new developments in autism research and best practices in intervention across the lifespan
  • Provide clinical oversight in planning, coordinating, and supervising programs within the Centre in accordance with the agency’s vision, mission, values, goals, and mandate, in accordance with approved policies
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop and maintain an effective clinical organizational structure that reflects operational needs and identifies the authority and responsibilities of senior and junior clinical staff
  • Participates in effective evaluation of the agency’s work and supports senior clinical staff in setting and measuring goals, objectives, and program outcome measures consistent with the long and short-term goals of the agency
  • Be an active member of the Executive team

 

Supervision of Clinical Activities (Intervention and Assessment)

  • Provide clinical direction and overall supervision of staff from a wide range of clinical backgrounds including psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, board-certified behavior analysis, education, physiotherapy, interventionists, and any other staff involved in clinical decision making
  • Identify and procure appropriate assessment tools, protocols, and reporting mechanisms and provide direction on this as required
  • Provide leadership, direction, and encouragement to all clients and staff and promote agency wellness
  • With the support of other clinical leads, ensure adherence and training on the legal, ethical, and practice standards for all healthcare and non-healthcare professions that work under their direction
  • Work with the Executive team to ensure program expenditures are aligned with clinical priorities and outcomes
  • Chair and plan clinical training sessions (monthly) and clinical supervision (weekly) meetings

 

Consultative Treatment Support

  • Provide consultative guidance on complex families and children regarding clinical programming and become involved as a proxy member of the team if the situation requires it
  • Model exemplary behavior on ethical decision-making and practice including respect for the individual, person-centered planning, confidentiality, solid documentation, clear professional boundaries, avoidance of conflict of interest, commitment to ongoing learning, and promotion of evidence-informed practice
  • Model person and family-centered practice that values the role and voice of the person and the family in all decision making

 

Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance, and Stakeholder Relations

  • Anticipate and identify special needs and trends in the community, participate in the development and coordination efforts with community partners in the provision of services that address unmet needs
  • Responsible for the oversight of program development and research initiatives
  • Participate in meetings with external funders and contract negotiations to provide clinical priorities and oversight
  • Work with senior leadership to develop organizational goals related to clinical services, develop metrics on those goals, and ensure adherence to CARF international accreditation standards
  • Work with the Executive team to seek funds for additional programs and services as needed
  • Represent the agency to the public, the media, to funders, and other community stakeholders as deemed appropriate

A competitive salary and generous benefits package are offered.

Apply to: Human Resources by e-mail

E-mail: sgynane@centreforautism.ab.ca

Phone: 780-488-6600 ext. 247

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    Questions? Email humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca