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NCAS Assessment Centre Coordinator


Permanent, f​​​ull-time​

Location: Vancouver, BC

Number of positions: Two

Start date: Immediately

Note: The position requires some weekend work.​



The opportunity

Do you have experience coordinating simulation activities in a health care simulation lab? Are you interested in bringing your commitment to high standards, meticulous detail, ethics and professionalism to the assessment of nursing professionals in British Columbia? Do you enjoy engaging directly with people with a diverse set of backgrounds, skills and talents?  

We’re looking for Assessment Centre Coordinators for the Nursing Community Assessment Service. This role will provide technical, administrative, and operational support to the delivery of the NCAS Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment – high stakes examinations taken by hundreds of health professionals annually who are seeking licensure as nurses and health care aides in British Columbia.

Who we are

The Nursing Community Assessment Service is a unit within the BC College of Nursing Professionals.  BCCNP is a newly created regulatory college that brings together all nursing disciplines within one organization.  BCCNP is empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of all licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia. Regulation helps to protect the public by ensuring that professional care or service received by the public is competent, ethical and meets the standards that society views as acceptable.

BCCNP launched the NCAS assessment service in January 2017. NCAS assesses the competencies of those seeking licensure to enter practice in BC as health care assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses. The high-stakes assessment is comprised of a computer-based test that is administered at testing sites all over the world, as well as a simulation-lab and oral assessment, both delivered at a nursing simulation lab in Vancouver BC.  The NCAS assessment is aimed at providing assessment takers and nursing regulators a consistent, rigorous and defensible approach to determining the extent to which individuals possess the competencies required to enter practice safely. NCAS works with regulators to enhance BC’s capacity to build and maintain a safe, competent and adequately resourced nursing workforce.

At BCCNP, each of us strives to meet our commitment to the following values in order to maintain a workplace that is respectful and that supports the well-being of every BCCNP employee:

  • Trust is essential
  • Better together
  • Speak the truth
  • Protect the public
  • Stay curious​

As a member of the NCAS team, you can expect to be treated in a respectful and professional manner. While your workload will be busy, the college supports staff in achieving a healthy work-life balance.​

The position

Reporting to the Assessment Operations Manager, the Assessment Centre Coordinator manages the administration of the Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment at a state-of-the art simulation lab on a college campus in Vancouver, BC.  

The ACC ensures the assessments are delivered to the highest standards of security, consistency, rigour and professionalism, according to defined policies, procedures and standards. The coordinator facilitates the regular operations of the simulation and oral assessment by, among other responsibilities:  recruiting and overseeing the work of all part-time and occasional assessment service employees (including assessors, standardized patients, standardized patient trainers, and technicians); purchasing  supplies; setting up and taking down assessment stations; scheduling assessment takers (test takers), staff and assessment dates; and working closely with the NCAS staff team to support the continuous improvement of the SLA and OA. 

NCAS is hiring two assessment centre coordinators.  The responsibilities noted below will be allocated and shared between them.  ​

Responsibilities​

A. Assessment Administration

The ACC ensures the NCAS Simulation Lab Assessment and Oral Assessment are delivered as per established standards, policies and procedures, and facilitates the regular operations of the assessments. Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:​

  • Setting up and taking down all assessment stations; attending assessment day sessions; ensuring all equipment, supplies and materials are prepared and meet specifications of the assessment
  • Facilitating assessment taker flow at site, including all aspects of the assessment taker experience;
  • Scheduling and leading pre-session sim-lab tours for prospective assessment takers
  • Identifying, resolving and/or escalating and reporting problems and issues as they emerge
  • Data entry; supporting testing of the computer platform
  • Liaising with educational institution/simulation centre hosts
  • Supporting all activities related to assessment field testing and dry runs in the sim lab
  • Supporting appeal processes, and preparing reports as necessary.

B. Staffing 

The ACC is responsible for recruiting, contracting, training and monitoring performance of all occasional and part-time assessment centre service employees. Additional related tasks include:

  • Preparing contracts, timesheets, and invoices;
  • Identifying, resolving and/or escalating employee conflict, issues and concerns as they arise and in a timely manner
  • Delivering, monitoring and contributing to the continuous improvement of training programs
  • Scheduling all temporary employees, assessment takers; liaising with simulation lab provider to develop, optimize and revise (as necessary) annual, rolling assessment date calendars
  • Managing, and from time to time evaluating, any technology platforms, apps, databases and systems required to schedule staff and assessment takers.

C. General NCAS responsibilities

The Assessment Centre Coordinator contributes to the day-to-day activities of NCAS, liaising with assessment takers, supporting all projects and programs, contributing to organizational planning processes, and furthering NCAS’ spirit of innovation.  

NOTE: Almost all assessments take place on the weekend (either Saturday, Sunday, or on both days), approximately 35-40 weekends per year. Weekend shifts will be distributed evenly across the two ACC positions.  In addition, simulation lab tours take place in the evenings, approximately 2-4 times per month. When not working at the simulation lab, the successful applicant will work from the office of BCCNP at 200 Granville St.  

Qualifications

This ideal applicant for this position will have the following combination of education, experience and skills:

Education

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of experience and training
  • Training in simulation education would be an asset

Experience

  • Minimum of two years related experience preferably in a health care setting 
  • Experience administering Objective Standardized Clinical Examinations is a definite asset
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating, coaching and evaluating diverse staff teams
  • Demonstrated experience with group facilitation and/or training in workshop settings 
  • Demonstrated experience resolving problems and addressing issues in real-time situations 
  • Familiarity with high stakes examination environments
  • Experience delivering customer service with speed, care and attention to detail
  • Experience managing budgets and writing reports; experience with contract management is preferred
  • Experience working with health care professionals or in a health care setting is preferred
  • Experience in event planning and coordination is an asset

Skills, competencies and knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex environments, unfolding situations, and work under strict time pressure
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, and an ability to execute activities involving multiple stakeholders and sets of activities
  • Demonstrated skill with online database platforms and technologies and ease with on-line programs
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills and cross-cultural competencies
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Knowledge of medical equipment and supplies typically found in health care settings and/or simulation labs, including mannequins is an asset
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills (written and oral)
  • An ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity, and to be flexible in evolving work situations
  • A demonstrated ability to take initiative and to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of the health regulatory environment is an asset
  • A positive attitude with an eagerness to commit to innovation and change

How to apply

Please forward your resume and cover letter, indicating where you learned of this opportunity, to careers@bccnp.ca. The closing date for applications is 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Oct. 21, 2019. Interviews will take place Oct. 23 - 24.

To learn more about our organization, please visit www.ncasbc.ca​. Thank you for your interest in the BC College of Nursing Professionals, and the Nursing Community Assessment Service​​​​​