BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) is a provincial non-profit organization with a vision where those affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses receive effective treatment and support, and family members are an essential partner within the mental health system. Our mission is to support families affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses in British Columbia through education, advocacy, and research. Founded in 1982, BCSS is a charitable society with a head office in Vancouver, BC.
BC Schizophrenia Society’s Kids & Teens in Control (KIC/TIC) programs provide education and support for children and youth ages 8 to 18 years old who have a family member with serious mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, etc.). The programs are prevention-focused and aim to foster resilience. They provide children and youth with opportunities to practice healthy coping strategies, learn about mental illness, and connect with peers who share similar experiences.
The Kids & Teens in Control Manager is responsible for the oversight, development, province-wide delivery, and evaluation of the Kids and Teens in Control programs. They work closely with the Director, Operations and Programs to support the growth and evolution of the programs by building and maintaining a cohesive team of coordinators, facilitators, and volunteers to deliver the programs across BC.
Position reports to: Director, Operations and Programs
This position is based in the Lower Mainland and will require the successful applicant to work from the BCSS Provincial Office in Vancouver. Currently, due to COVID, the position is primarily remote, but will require the applicant to work from the office when needed.
- Provides leadership to ensure the delivery of high quality programs that meet the needs of children and youth
- Trains, mentors, and oversees the Kids & Teens in Control team in a way that builds cohesion and encourages innovation
- Identifies staffing needs and works with the Director, Operations and Programs to hire and train new Kids & Teens in Control staff
- Supports and oversees the work of contract facilitators delivering Kids & Teens in Control programs
- Extends the scope and impact of the Kids & Teens in Control programs throughout the province
- Builds and maintains strong relationships with stakeholders and community partners
- Develops and revises program measures and evaluation processes
- Reviews program curriculum and policies and procedures regularly, and makes updates as needed
- Identifies areas of growth for the programs (e.g., expansion into new communities, new audiences or new program content)
Budgeting and Grants
- Works with the Director, Operations and Programs and the Financial Manager to create, manage, and maintain program budgets
- Writes funding proposals, and works with the Director of Development to complete grant applications
- Collects program evaluation data, writes program reports, and ensures reports are submitted to meet deadlines
- Works with the Kids & Teens in Control Communications Coordinator and BCSS Marketing & Communications Manager to promote the programs through program specific promotional materials, social media, websites, newsletters, and other channels
- Responds to inquiries about the programs in a timely manner
- Delivers presentations about the programs for funders and other stakeholders as required
- Provides support and resources to children, youth, and families through phone and email
- Facilitates Kids & Teens in Control programs, online or in-person as needed
- Supports Kids & Teens in Control Coordinators with program logistics including scheduling, booking venues, and purchasing program supplies
- Follows all BCSS policies and procedures to ensure safety and risk management
- Any other duties as requested by the Director, Operations and Programs or CEO
- Expected to attend the AGM and any other BCSS and BCSSF events or staff meetings as required
Education and Experience:
- 2-4 years experience in a relevant management position
- Minimum education: Degree in child and youth care, clinical or counselling psychology, social work, education, or a related field
- Experience facilitating group programs for children and youth ages 8-18
- Experience training, supervising, and mentoring staff and volunteers
- Experience developing and implementing curriculum, policies and procedures, and evaluation measures for child and youth programs
- Experience in project management and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines
- Experience working with large budgets and multiple budgets at once
- Experience engaging stakeholders and building community partnerships
- Knowledge of mental illness and its impact on family members
- Knowledge of the BC mental health system and resources for children and youth
- Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom
- Mental Health First Aid, and/or suicide alertness training are assets
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish rapport with staff, volunteers, and families
- Ability to work with diverse populations with sensitivity and awareness of different needs
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills
- Demonstrated critical thinking/problem solving skills
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Current vulnerable sector Criminal Record Check
- Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certification
- Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
- Must be able to work flexible hours when required, including evenings and weekends
Please send a cover letter and resume together in a PDF.
Attention: Andrew Stewart
Closing date: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
BCSS thanks all applicants for applying, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.