University of British Columbia Clinical Practicum Coordinator Part Time in Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Vancouver BC CA

Clinical Practicum Coordinator
Vancouver, BC

The incumbent will design, coordinate and implement curriculum relating to clinical education for instructors and students and coordinate the curriculum with…

The Clinical Practicum Coordinator – Speech Language Pathology (“SLP”) is responsible for the implementation and management of SLP Clinical Practicum placements for UBC SLP and Audiology Master Students, as well for PhD students requiring SLP clinical placements. The incumbent will be responsible for securing and developing clinical placement sites within the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) (and Canada) including recruiting instructors, policy development, long-term planning, program redesign, and outcome evaluation. The incumbent will design, coordinate and implement curriculum relating to clinical education for instructors and students and coordinate the curriculum with stakeholders. Some duties will be site-specific and others will involve collaboration with health care professions within the UBC Faculty of Medicine or internal or external health care professionals or agencies. The incumbent will also be required to organize and evaluate clinical education activities and performance of students during their Clinical Practicum Placements, implementing mediation with the instructor and remediation for the student if needed. The incumbent will be experienced in the provision of clinical training to SLP graduate students and be involved with other Canadian universities in setting performance standards. As a registered Speech Language Pathologist, this position provides consultation and direction to clinical faculty and students regarding the assessment and treatment of the full range of communication disorders.

This position is based at UBC Point Grey Site and will require some travel within B.C. Occasional visits are required to Clinical Placement sites primarily located in the Fraser Valley, Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island. The incumbent must be willing and able to travel independently between the sites, be energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and comfortable with ambiguity and change.

Organizational Status

.The incumbent reports to the Director, UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and through the Speech Language Clinical Education Lead or equivalent. The incumbent liaises closely and frequently with private clinics, administration at school board & hospital sites, and clinical faculty at clinical practicum sites. Close collaboration with program administrators, managers and directors, and the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C. (CSHHPBC) will be required.

Work Performed

-Conduct needs assessment for clinical placements to support expansion of UBC’s SLP Master’s program, including identification of new discipline-specific and inter-professional clinical sites and preceptors in remote/rural areas.

-Developing a long term plan to meet evolving needs of the educational and clinical components of programs.

-Redesign existing clinical placement program on the basis of the needs assessment, and develop policies, systems and organizational practices for clinical placements to meet existing and evolving needs of the educational and clinical components of the Master’s programs in SLP and Audiology, as well as the PhD program for students requiring SLP clinical placements.

– Develop infrastructure and establish new clinical placements for students in the SLP and Audiology programs, as well as new inter-professional clinical education learning opportunities involving students in other UBC health professions to enhance education on collaborative practice within health teams. This responsibility requires: building effective partnerships; developing leadership in policy development, coordination with the designated sites; recruitment of new clinical instructors and program coordinators; and the identification of barriers and potential solutions to maximize clinical training resources in BC, Canada, and internationally.

-Develop pedagogy and facilitate interaction with other units within the UBC Faculty of Medicine, the local community and designated sites to further the development of expanded locations in support of the expansion of the programs.

– Develop innovative models of clinical education, both discipline-specific and inter-professional, in collaboration with other health professions programs at UBC, and with staff from Health Authorities, School Boards and non-profit organizations, to further the development of clinical placements attended by UBC students from a variety of health professions.

– Manage clinical placements, including development and delivery of learning activities for clinical placements in rural and northern B.C. and maintenance of clinical faculty and site databases.

-Ability to diagnose, assess, and treat communication disorders in order to evaluate student performance during clinical placements; provide front-line advice and respond to complex questions about mediation and remediation policies and processes concerning student performance during placements, as needed.

– Communicate effectively with UBC faculty and staff, clinical instructors, program coordinators and other stakeholders.

– Design, implement, and coordinate education, orientation, and mentor ship programs for clinical preceptors from various health professions, for the provision of clinical supervision to individual students as well as to inter-professional student teams.

– Monitors student progress during clinical placements, and reviews performance of clinical educators and sites with respect to the educational objectives set by School programs; formulates and implements plans for ensuring that the clinical education provided by clinical educators and sites is of high quality, as required by School programs.

-Develop and manage site-specific UBC SLP Education events, such as UBC sponsored SLP meetings and clinical faculty development.

-Develop, maintain and document detailed procedures and operations for each site.

-Develop marketing plan to implement redesigned clinical education program, and develop tools to evaluate the outcome of changes.

-Work with UBC SLP and Audiology Faculty to coordinate academic and clinical components of the program, including development of teaching activities and materials.

-Collaborate with other Canadian university SLP programs to meet and develop national education goals and standards for practice.

-Assess and prioritize student needs for the issuance of financial support and bursaries.

-Work under general guidance from the Clinical Education Leader to meet educational program goals and objectives.

-Perform other duties related to the position and sites as required.

Supervision Received

Works independently with minimal supervision from the UBC Speech Language Pathology Education Leads. Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment with other licensed Speech Language Pathology Clinical Coordinators and UBC tenured Faculty.

Supervision Given

Supervises support staff as required for the clinical placement of students (Senior Clinical Program Assistant) and arranging distribution of program curriculum and teaching/learning modules via distributed education online technology (IT Support). Provides mentor ship to UBC students and clinical instructors.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The position’s main role is to provide dedicated support for clinical education expansion in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Northern British Columbia. It is imperative that the Clinical Practicum Coordinator builds effective partnerships and relationships at the designated sites. Due to the complexities and sensitivities of the Health Professions education expansion and distribution, the consequence of error in this position is high. Information provided must be accurate and timely and the incumbent must keep abreast of the status of SLP and Audiology educational activities and plans for the sites. Errors in judgement could have immediate repercussions for the clinical faculty, learners, hospital staff and on the School’s education program delivery.


Master’s degree in Education. Registered Speech Language Pathologist with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C. (CSHHPBC). Candidate should have a membership (or be eligible for) with Speech Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) or equivalent in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) from a University of recognized standing. A valid B.C. drivers’ license will be required to visit Clinical Placement Sites and the use of a personal vehicle. Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of four to a preferred six years experience as a Speech Language Pathologist and a minimum of three years in clinical experience in supervising students in a University setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Supervisory experience of at least five full-time placements of graduate level SLP Students to demonstrate a proven ability to be an effective clinical educator for Master level SLP students. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in a clear, attentive, and polite manner. Ability to determine the nature and urgency of inquiries and issues, and triage appropriately. Ability to make thoughtful, informed, and thorough decisions. Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Advanced skills in: Intervention and diagnoses in related disciplinary disorder areas; and clinical supervision. Ability to establish effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including private clinics, school boards, non-profit societies, hospitals, health professions, administrators, etc. Ability to design and deliver clinical education in the areas of SLP and development of SLP clinical education programme standards. Ability to instruct students and clinical faculty of SLP clinical education. Ability to analyze and redesign clinical placement processes to make them more efficient and effective. Ability to develop Clinical Education methodologies and techniques. Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care. Ability to review, analyze, and synthesize complex information into summaries and reports. Ability to gather, record, and organize information. Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite software at an intermediate level (e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel). Ability to assist clients in identifying appropriate courses of action. Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2017-01-23
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