Registrar – Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) is dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession by:
- Regulating the chiropractic profession in a manner that supports quality care and upholds public trust;
- Furthering awareness and understanding of the benefits of chiropractic care among Albertans; and
- Fostering positive member engagement
Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession, which means that chiropractors in Alberta must obey all legislative requirements set by the government for all health care providers. Other health care providers that are regulated include nurses, dentists, medical doctors and optometrists. The ACAC is entrusted with enforcing the requirements set by government (legislation) for all chiropractors. To be a chiropractor in Alberta, you must be a member, in good standing, with the ACAC, which regulates the chiropractic profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act (HPA). The College and Association is also responsible for investigating complaints against chiropractors, through a formal process as specified in the HPA.
The ACAC is committed to patient-centered care, as articulated by The Chiropractic Patients’ Charter of Rights including: access to services, respect during treatment, privacy parameters, safety, and options for care.
The ACAC offers support to more than 1000 members in areas such as advertising and marketing; presentation assistance; regular communication about regulatory updates, insurance changes and practice info; as well as consultation with members regarding Standards of Practice and other legislative matters. In addition to the support they provide, the ACAC also works to ensure processes are smooth and efficient for members in the areas of: membership renewal, X-ray registration, laser registration, and professional corporations.
Council (comprised of six elected chiropractors representing the profession and two public members) sets policy for the Alberta profession and ensures regulations are met, which in turn ensures appropriate public safety. Council also sets the ACAC’s strategic directions, programs and activities and allocates budget funds to support these activities.
Council has identified the following seven strategic imperatives to provide clarity and guidance in the development and prioritization of activities, as well as in the allocation of resources for the ACAC on behalf of its members:
- To ensure the Alberta chiropractic profession is relevant and sustainable
- To sustain member confidence and engagement
- To promote chiropractic as a mainstream healthcare option
- To develop new and enhance current relations with external stakeholders
- To ensure appropriate regulatory structure and process
- To promote the value of and support for chiropractic research
- To ensure a commitment to the principles of patient-centred care
For further information about the ACAC, please visit their website at: https://albertachiro.com/
Job Title: Registrar
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports: Deputy Registrar, Professional Practice Officer, Practice Coordinator
Indirect Reports: None at this time
The Registrar is one of three senior-level positions reporting to the CEO. This position is responsible for the leadership, proactive development and administration of the ACAC regulatory program so that all requirements outlined in the Health Professions Act are upheld in best practice. The Registrar is responsible for all legislative matters related to the College’s regulatory business and serves as regulatory liaison to external organizations as appropriate. The Registrar authorizes inspections to assess compliance with legislation, policies, and standards. The Registrar hires, manages and supervises the regulatory staff.
Regulatory and Legislative Application
- Responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing refinement of all College regulatory activities including member registration and renewal, complaints process, and continuing competency (including practice visits) as set out in the Health Professions Act;
- Responsible for knowledge, understanding, and application of the Health Professions Act and other legislation (below) related to the administration of the ACAC and to the practice of chiropractic in Alberta:
- Health Information Act
- Radiation Protection Act/Regulations
- Workers’ Compensation Act (WCB)
- Diagnostic Treatment Protocols Regulation (DTPR)
- Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
- Automobile Accident Insurance Act/Benefits Regulations
- Responsible for the review of the Health Professions Act and relevant legislation and processes, such that the legislation and processes remain current and relevant to the practice of chiropractic in Alberta;
- Interpret and consistently apply all legislation, monitoring the intersection between ACAC Administrative Policies and Standards of Practice;
- Monitor legislation that intersects with chiropractic and provide recommendations on responses as appropriate;
- Develop and initiate legislative activities relevant to the chiropractic profession and develop and oversee implementation of approved legislation;
- Responsible for the participation of the ACAC in regulatory policy development by Alberta Health, and the Government of Alberta;
- Serve as ACAC regulatory liaison with Alberta Health, and Government of Alberta projects and initiatives;
- Responsible for the development, review and revision of ACAC Standards of Practice;
- Responsible for oversight of the administration of the Radiation Protection Act and Regulation, as delegated by the Government of Alberta, including the registration and renewal of X-ray and laser equipment, and quality assurance programs (technical and professional);
- Responsible for management and administration of Council election process and candidate communications;
- Responsible for parliamentary procedure and resolution review related to annual general meeting (AGM); and
- Responsible for oversight of development of annual report to government to ensure it meets legislative requirements.
- Responsible for oversight of all aspects of the complaints process, ensuring process is effective and meets legislated and organizational timelines; and
- Review and determination of social media issues for compliance follow-up.
Continuing Competence Program
- Responsible for development and oversight of an effective and relevant continuing competence program including:
- approvals of applications for Continuing Competence (CC) seminars; and
- practice reviews and on-site audits.
- In partnership with the Deputy Registrar, engage with the continuing competence committee and clinical advisors to understand trends in practitioner performance and identify opportunities for proactive management as appropriate.
- Serve as ACAC/member interface on regulatory matters; and
- Provide general practice consultancy to members regarding chiropractic practice in Alberta.
- Responsible for regulatory budget development and management;
- Provide coaching, mentorship and supervision of regulatory staff;
- Responsible for the development of regulatory process statistical records and analysis to identify emerging trends and develop a proactive response to address troublesome trends as needed;
- Provide regular reporting of regulatory activities to ACAC Council and CEO; and
- Responsible for recruitment, management and relevance of regulatory-related committees (investigators, inspectors, hearing tribunal, practice review, etc.).
- Serve as ACAC liaison with the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions, Federation of Canadian Chiropractic and Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board;
- Responsible for oversight of the administration of ACAC/DCP education institution interface (preceptorship); and
- Develop, review and approve content for regulatory communications, including the bimonthly Registrar’s Report and the ACAC website.
FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and working knowledge, including interpretation and application, of the various legislation which governs the practice of chiropractic in the province of Alberta;
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and working knowledge of the theory and application of the ACAC’s Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct;
- Clearly articulate the office of the Registrar’s strategy for advancing excellence in the delivery of chiropractic care in Alberta;
- Possess a solid understanding of the major projects in play and a proven ability to move the needle forward on those projects in a timely manner;
- Build strong and trusted relationships within the complex multi-stakeholder environment within which ACAC works; and
- Demonstrate the successful management of stakeholder expectations.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic institution.
- Minimum of 10 years’ practice experience as a chiropractor, with preference to practice experience in Alberta.
- Not been found to have committed unprofessional conduct pursuant to part 4 of the Alberta Health Professions Act for a five-year period immediately prior to applying for this role. Equivalent findings in other jurisdictions are considered with the same weight as findings in Alberta
- Experience delivering chiropractic care utilizing an evidence-based approach;
- Experience in regulatory activity, including committee work; is considered an asset
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and database entry.
Competencies and Attributes
- Commitment to upholding regulatory accountability in a best practice environment;
- High level of tact and discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality;
- Unimpeachable integrity;
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Ability to exercise judgment and decision-making skills;
- Excellent critical thinking skills;
- Demonstrated leadership ability;
- Commitment to combined regulatory/association values;
- Collaborative leadership style;
- Comfortable working in an environment that is highly-matrixed; this is not a “lone ranger” role;
- Comfortable working collaboratively with the CEO to determine regulatory framework;
- Interested in leading a team and working to help them build their competencies and experience;
- Forward-thinking approach with interest in continuous improvement and innovation in the regulatory program development and implementation;
- Comfortable in having forthright and potentially difficult communications on regulatory processes and accountabilities with members who may also be peers;
- Desire to coach and mentor members to stay on-side with regulatory requirements;
- Willingness to consistently hold members accountable to regulatory requirements, regardless of personal relationship;
- Committed to a consistent, process-oriented approach when executing activities; and
- Willingness to serve as a resident expert on the Health Professions Act, Regulation, Bylaws, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Administrative Policies, Health Information Act, and other legislation as required.
An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.
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