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Current postings – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2) and an Executive Director

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Two Positions Available September 1, 2017

Mission Statement
Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (EST. 1963) is a family-focused clinical and educational centre that teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk, giving them the skills and confidence they need to achieve their fullest potential.

Young children who are deaf and hard of hearing are listening, talking, singing and transitioning into their neighborhood schools with readiness skills and confidence. You can be a part of the team that makes that possible.

Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC (CHSC) is hiring two Master’s level teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing with training and experience in listening and spoken language with young children. The teaching positions will begin in September 2017.

The multi-disciplined staff at CHSC works collaboratively with families to help their young children develop listening, spoken language, and literacy skills commensurate with their hearing peers, so they can speak for themselves. Children at CHSC learn to speak, not sign.

Candidates, first and foremost will have a passion for all that is possible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Certified, credentialed teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing will have knowledge and experience in working with young children, to help them develop listening skills in a cognitively-based, developmental and educational setting. Children and their families are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Speech Language Pathologists, an audiologist, early childhood educators, special education assistants, and an Occupational Therapist.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for this unique opportunity to use your stellar skills that will make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Submit cover letter and resume to Janet Weil, Executive Director & Principal at jweil@childrenshearing.ca, fax (604) 437-0260 or mail 3575 Kaslo Street, Vancouver, BC  V5M 3H4. Only those individuals who submit a resume that hold a master’s degree in deaf education will be contacted.

 

Executive Director (part-time)

Mission Statement Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (CHSC) (EST. 1963) is a not-for-profit family-focused clinical and educational centre that teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk, giving them the skills and confidence they need to achieve their fullest potential.

Young children who are deaf and hard of hearing are listening, talking, singing and transitioning into their neighborhood schools with readiness skills and confidence. You can be a part of the team that makes that possible.

The multi-disciplined staff at CHSC works collaboratively with families to help their young children develop listening, spoken language, and literacy skills commensurate with their hearing peers, so they can speak for themselves. CHSC offers on-site audiology; parent guidance for families and toddlers; education for newborns, infants and toddlers; preschool; pre-Kindergarten; Kindergarten to Grade 3; one-to-one therapy sessions; itinerant teacher support to children mainstreamed through Grade 12; and tele-therapy. Children at CHSC learn to speak, not sign.

We are currently seeking a passionate leader who can make decisions, lead teams and influence stakeholders to advance the mission and continue to strengthen the stability of CHSC. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director works in partnership with the Director of Education to administer the day-to-day affairs of CHSC. This part-time position is responsible for the strategic development, financial performance, ongoing management, vitality and success of CHSC. In fulfilling the duties of this role, the Executive Director is accountable for carrying out the vision, serving as an advocate for CHSC, managing personnel, maintaining community relations and overseeing marketing and fundraising efforts.

Primary Responsibilities:
Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the strategic plan.

  • Create CHSC’s annual business plan with measurable outcomes, programmatic and fundraising strategies, budgets and staff planning.
  • Work collaboratively with the Financial Administrator to ensure adequate financial stability for current operating obligations and long-term sustainability.
  • Oversee current CHSC programs and evaluate future needs.
  • Serve as a passionate and visible advocate and spokesperson for CHSC.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Education to develop staffing structure that supports efficient delivery of programs and services, accomplishment of major goals and effective overall management. Develop succession plans for CHSC.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Education to hire and manage staff, including implementation and ongoing revision of personnel policies; and staff performance review process.
  • Work in cooperation with the Finance Administrator to manage compensation and benefit programs.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the Director of Development in development and execution of fundraising programs. In doing so, direct the active pursuit of and negotiations regarding funding/grant/fee -for-service contract applications to all levels of government and funding sources.
  • Serve as marketing lead to ensure the development and implementation of a robust marketing and communications program – brand, messaging, presentations, donor correspondence, videos, website, social media, collateral, PR, community presence and involvement. Ensure personalized outreach for high-stake donors (individuals, foundations or corporations); bring heart-felt, compelling, personal stories to life so donors are inspired to support CHSC.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Board and Board Committees, providing advice, background information and briefing materials on industry trends, strategy and governance/policy. Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors and of Committees as needed. Submit to the Board a report on the ongoing operation of CHSC prior to each board meeting.
  • Represent CHSC by participating in key associations and community groups (BC Early Hearing Program Joint Executive, Federation Independent Schools Association and OPTIONS Schools, Inc.)
  • Establish good working relationships and act as a liaison with government and funding representatives and serve on committees and advisory groups.
  • Continue to bring thoughtful leadership and best practices to CHSC to continually evolve with trends and create opportunities. Reporting Relationships:Reports Directly to: Board of DirectorsDirect Reports: Director of Education, Financial Administrator, Director of Development and Administrative StaffKey Relationships: Director of Education, staff, parents of children enrolled at CHSC, alumni, donors, community agencies associated with deaf and hard of hearing, and OPTION schools community.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of leadership experience with a proven track record of advocacy, as well as experience in working with government.
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma and a history of ongoing professional development.
  • Proven business, financial and fundraising acumen. Strong business analysis skills and ability to interpret and make decisions based on results of analysis.
  • Possess the presence, maturity, political savvy and professional demeanor to generate respect, inspire confidence and relate effectively with the students, staff, Board, parents and other key stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with listening and spoken language development in children who are deaf/hard of hearing is considered an asset.
  • Passion for children with special needs, education, and learning.
  • Demonstrated success in working with not-for-profit boards.

 

Personal Qualities:

  •  Integrity: The Executive Director needs to be honest, trustworthy and operating in the best interest of CHSC and the larger community.
  • Charisma: Skilled communicator with a compelling presence – ability to speak about the work of CHSC in powerful and inspiring terms, able to command attention and inspire confidence and able to motivate others to follow and give. Strong network within the local community.
  • Initiative: Possess confidence to share ideas and pursue opportunities that will generate results for CHSC.
  • Team Player: Listens and works collaboratively with the community, staff, families, board members, stakeholders and responds appropriately.

How to Apply:To put forward your candidacy, please submit your application to: board@childrenshearing.ca We thank all applicants for their interest in CHSC; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.