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The College always welcomes people who would like to get involved in the health regulation in British Columbia. Please use the application form at the bottom of the page to get in touch with us. 


OPEN POSITIONS

PATIENT RELATIONS AMBASSADORS
The Patient Relations Program aims to improve the relationship between the opticians and the patients. 

The Ambassadors will be peer advisors who provide other opticians support on practice issues like patient interactions, communications strategy, conflict resolution and patient understanding of opticianry. Training will be provided to all Ambassadors to prepare them for this role, along with ongoing support from the College. This position offers a flexible time commitment, as work depends on opticians who require advice and can be done ,mainly through the phone or email. 

  • Time Commitment: 20 hours, completed throughout a year. 
  • Position Duration: 1 year minimum. 
  • Skills and Attributes Required:
    • Experienced optician and/or contact lens fitter
    • Strong communication skills
    • Positive attitude and professional demeanor
    • Interest in mentorship and peer networks
    • Passion for opticianry and commitment to patient care
  • Benefits of the Position:
    • Training provided for communication, personal branding, conflict resolution, professional boundaries, standards of practice, and mentorship.
    • 4 EC continuing education credit


POTENTIAL FUTURE POSITIONS (Apply now to join the pool)

EXAMINERS FOR NACOR EXAMINATIONS
Examiners help to ensure fairness and high standards at the national entry-to-practice examinations. Models and examiners are remunerated on an hourly basis.

Profile of an Examiner 

1. An examiner must be registered as an optician for a minimum of three years.           

2. An examiner must be currently practicing and fluent in the subject they are examining. 

3. An examiner must not be currently teaching in an opticianry program.   

4. An examiner must not have been found to have committed an act of professional misconduct. 

5. An examiner must not have a finding of professional misconduct for sexual abuse against them.   

6. The examiners certificate of registration must not have been revoked or suspended in the six years preceding the date of the exam.    

7. Examiners of the Optical Sciences 2 – Advanced Practice Contact Lens examination must be registered with their provincial regulatory board to dispense contact lenses.   

8. An examiners certificate of registration must not be subject to a term, condition, or limitation other than one prescribed by regulation. 

9. An examiner must be current with respect to their provincial continuing education requirements. 


BOARD MEMBERS 
Licensed Opticians who are interested in contributing to the governance of Opticianry in B.C. are invited to run in the Board elections. Licensed Opticians who are nominated for election have the opportunity to make a difference through regulating the practice of optician ensuring BC opticians continue to help the public achieve better vision. Those who have the knowledge and expertise to help the Board make important decisions or initiate action on opticianry issues are highly encouraged to become involved with the College as a Board member. 


COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Committee members are Licensed Opticians or members of the public who are passionate about the profession and want to ensure safe and effective vision care to the public. Committees are integral to the work of the COBC. Join one of five committees: registration, inquiry, quality assurance, discipline, and patient relations.

All Committees are currently filled with volunteers, but the College is interested in all members who have a passion for the College's work in regulating the profession in the public interest. When Committee positions become available, potential Committee members will be contacted to.


COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENT VOLUNTEERS
The College is committed to educating the public on safe vision care and the role and services of Licensed Opticians. The College’s vision is to be recognized and valued as a progressive accessible organization that ensures the public’s right to quality vision care while providing accountable leadership in the self regulation of Licensed Opticians. Community outreach events occur throughout the year. Check the events page for announcement of upcoming events.

 
 
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Hiring for a program manager
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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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