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According to the Health Professions Act, Part 1 Section 16 (2)(e), one of the duties and objectives of a College is “to establish and maintain a continuing competency program to promote high practice standards amongst registrants.” The continuing competency program is one of several quality assurance initiatives of the College designed to promote quality practice for the public’s protection and to maintain the public’s trust in BC opticians.

We've been working over the past few years on developing a new continuing competency program (CCP) to provide opticians the tools to plan and focus an optician's professional growth and learning goals. Opticians will no longer be required to meet credit requirements. Instead, the new CCP will help opticians continue to be a competent professional by:
  • Finding out which competencies opticians exceed in, meet expectations in, or require development in;
  • Creating a learning plan for development to focus an optician's professional development; and
  • Providing the opportunity for professional growth reflection. 
At the start of each continuing competency cycle, opticians will complete an online assessment that is based on the national competencies for Canadian Opticians. This online assessment will generate a competency profile that will list an optician's strong competencies and areas of development. Having a competency profile will help opticians identify what they need to work on and help direct opticians to the appropriate activities to work on areas that need development.

Opticians will work on at least 2 learning goals annually based on competencies that need development. These goals are SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely). Opticians will develop a plan to achieve their learning goals. This will include activities to achieve their learning goals. Then opticians will reflect on how these activities helped develop their skills and knowledge and improve their practice.

As an optician, the new CCP will provide you the data you need to focus and plan your professional progress. In addition, it will assure the public that opticians are staying competent throughout the length of their career.

Starting in 2018, opticians will change to the new CCP. Start dates:
  • January 1, 2018 - CE cycle 2
  • January 1, 2019 - CE cycle 3
  • January 1, 2020 - CE cycle 1
Opticians from other CE cycles can also voluntarily change to the new CCP to start the new program sooner. By 2020, all opticians will be on the new CCP.

Stay tuned, over the next few months as we will be announcing more exciting details about the program and program implementation. We're also excited to announce that opticians will be able to manage their continuing competency online through their registrant profile. We will also be providing support for opticians during this important transition.

For more newsletter articles about the new CCP and how it was developed, click here.
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Hiring for a program manager
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August 03, 2017 |
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: September 2017

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.
Program Manager

Job Type: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Number of Positions Open: 1

Start Date of Employment: September 2017

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Website Address: www.cobc.ca

As the program manager, your priority will be to develop and manage current statutory programs to regulate opticians in the public interest. The program manager’s key responsibilities are supporting the College of Opticians of British Columbia’s (COBC) Registrar, Board of Directors, and quality assurance committee. This includes project management, strategic planning, volunteer development and navigating politicized environments with stakeholders.

The COBC’s mandate is to serve and protect the public by regulating opticians. The COBC is responsible for setting and enforcing the standards of opticianry in British Columbia.


Culture
The COBC is a small professional regulatory body with a full-time staff of four people. Professional regulation is evolving so we value team members who are passionate, self-starters, innovative, flexible, and comfortable with the unknown. We are looking for someone who is willing to adapt in an ever-changing environment and look forward to having the opportunity participate in all the organization’s initiatives and administrative functions. To be successful at the COBC, you need to enjoy learning and be open to receiving feedback. The team is also compassionate and empathic. We care about public safety and the impact our policies and programs can have on people.


Skills
The COBC team comes from a variety of backgrounds. We typically find that people are successful in this role when they have:
  • Experience in professional regulation and board governance
  • Experience in program development and/or project management
  • Bachelor or Master degree in political science, public administration or equivalent
  • Passionate about public policy, health legislation and regulation
  • Ability to determine priorities, be self-directed and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience training, developing and managing volunteers
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to resource multiple projects and programs
  • Ability to interact with registrants and strategically understand user-experience for technology and program development
  • Ability to adapt new technology quickly
  • Ability to think critically and analytically

What you will be doing

Planning
  • Planning program and projects to accomplish their strategic goals within constraints such time and resources
  • Generate a work plan for various projects within a program and identify challenges and opportunities
  • Schedule tasks, deadlines, and milestones for stakeholder and volunteers
  • Schedule committee and board meetings and develop agendas according to strategic plan
  • Prepare and write grant proposals

Policy Development
  • Conduct research of issues to present to the Board and committees to develop policy
  • Develop, implement, regularly review, and update policies and procedures
  • Update and maintain professional standards of practice
  • Update and maintain COBC bylaws with legal counsel

Program & Project Management
  • Administer the current continuing education (CE) program including education activity accreditation and program support for registrants
  • Execute the new continuing competency program (will replace current CE program) including educating registrants and stakeholders on new requirements, managing registrant learning plans, and accrediting education activities
  • Develop tools to support the new continuing competency program
  • Monitor and evaluate progress on programs and projects
  • Coordinate program and project development with external project contractors/consultants
  • Manage projects to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Coordinate the annual general meeting, board meetings, board elections and committee meetings
  • Write reports and meeting minutes to keep volunteers and stakeholders informed
  • Prepare the annual report

Volunteer Management
  • Recruit, train, and support the development of board and committee members
  • Address volunteer concerns and providing guidance to volunteers
  • Prepare board and committee chairs to facilitate meetings
  • Coordinate volunteers and contractors for program and projects

Administration

It is a small office so all team members are expected to help with registrants and administrative functions as needed.


Contact Information:

Please direct enquiries, resumes, and cover letters stating your desired salary* to:

Connie Chong

Registrar

recruitment (at) cobc.ca

(Due to the volume of applications, we will not entertain phone calls)

*Cover letters that do not state desired salary will not be reviewed.


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