The perpetual motion machine?

In 2006, an independent review criticized the province's child welfare system for having been "buffeted by an unmanageable degree of change," which included a "revolving door in senior leadership positions." So three years later, those concerned about the ministry of children and family development can only hope top bureaucrat Lesley du Toit's latest reorganization effort is her last. In October, we told you how she was using vacant assistant deputy minister positions to promote four regional executive directors. And, earlier this week, Ms. du Toit announced who would be replacing them. In the same email, she also named those who would be filling the regions' new executive director of practice positions. The following is a complete copy of that missive.

Hello all,

I'm writing to let you know that the appointments of senior leadership in regions is almost complete. Both the positions of Regional Executive Director (RED) and Executive Director of Practice(EDP) are new positions. These positions carry equal authority and status but have different and distinct core roles and accountabilities. Together with the Child and Family Development Services (CFDS) ADM, the RED and EDP form the senior leadership in each region. The RED is the person whom you contact if you are looking of the person "in charge of the organization" on a day to day management basis. The following positions are now filled.

Congratulations and welcome!!

Del Graff (RED for the North)
Robert Watts (EDP for the North)
Nancy McComb (RED for the Interior)
Barry Fulton (EDP for the Interior)
Barbara Walsh (RED for the Fraser Region)
Bruce McNeill (EDP for the Fraser Region)
Linda McNulty (EDP for Vancouver Coastal)
Mark Armitage (RED for Vancouver Island)
Tom Weber (EDP for Vancouver Island)

We will have a restricted posting this coming week for the Regional Executive Director Position in Vancouver Coastal Region.

During the next weeks the roles and responsibilities of the various new Directors in regions will be finalized and those positions will be posted as per my previous email.

For those of you who would like to understand the detail of the new senior leadership roles in regions I have included information below.

A further update will be sent to you during the week of December 13th. Don't hesitate to contact ADM's or other senior leadership if you have questions.

Kind Regards,

Lesley

For information:

Regional Executive Director (RED) role and accountabilities:

Purpose of the Position

1. The RED is the administrative lead for the region and the key contact for community and stakeholder issues.

2. The RED has responsibility to ensure business and organizational resources support effective practice in the delivery of services to children, youth, families and communities within the region.

Nature and Scope

The Ministry serves children, youth and families either directly or through contracted supports within our communities. The Ministry's service delivery partners include: contracted service providers, other ministries, family foster homes, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, delegated Aboriginal child and family development agencies, school districts and health authorities. The RED leads external transformation and planning processes to ensure the implementation of key operational priorities in the service system. The RED is the point of contact for the Region.

The Regional Executive Director has responsibility for supporting the planning and organization of the services and the service delivery structure within a region. The RED engages and aligns human, financial and information resources to ensure effective practice is strongly supported. The Executive Director of Practice has final accountabilities for day to day practice in the region.

The RED is responsible to lead the transformation of operational and administrative supports to the Practice Framework Services. The RED is responsible for Management Practice Change within the region. This includes transforming procurement processes, budgeting processes, infrastructures and human resources for aboriginal and mainstream.

In collaboration with Executive Director of Practice and under the direction of the CFDS ADM, the RED ensures business and organizational processes are aligned to support practice and ensure an effective service system for children, youth and families.

Accountabilities

The Regional Executive Director reports to and is accountable to the Assistant Deputy Minister Child and Family Development Services who has oversight of the region.

* Ensures priorities and objectives in relation to aboriginal service change are met.
* Aligns regional internal and external human, financial and information resources in support of practice.
* Upholds the rights of children as established in the UN convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
* Creates results orientated partnerships to seek innovative solutions to ministry and sector challenges.
* Monitors and identifies emerging issues, potential political situations, risks and impacts and provides recommendations and options to the ADM.
* Works in collaboration with the Executive Director of Practice to provide leadership and direction in the day to day management of staff, relationships with contracted agencies, and manages and monitors the regions allocated budget and FTEs.
* Ensures effective operational support for practice change.
* Using a participatory approach leads the development and management of the regional budget.

Executive Director of Practice (EDP) role and accountabilities:

Purpose of the Position

1. Leadership and management of practice within the service delivery system.
2. Accountable for day to day practice in the region.

Nature and Scope

The EDP has responsibility for direct service delivery to children, youth and families. The EDP provides leadership to integrated, multi-disciplinary teams of staff and contracted service providers to ensure that children, youth and their families have access to a continuum of appropriate services and programs consistent with Strong, Safe and Supported. The EDP has a direct reporting relationship and accountability to the ADM Child and Family Development. The EDP is a senior regional representative providing leadership in all areas of practice, including child welfare, youth justice, aboriginal services, adoption services, child and youth mental health, and children with special needs programs and related practice. The statutory obligations of the Child, Family and Community Services Act, the Adoption Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act for the region rest with this position and the broader staff of this Office.

The Ministry serves children, youth and families either directly or through contracted supports within our communities. The Ministry's service delivery partners include: contracted service providers, other ministries, family foster homes, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, delegated Aboriginal child and family development agencies, school districts and health authorities. The Executive Director of Practice ensures practice is complimentary and congruent between service delivery partners and Ministry staff and all staff who work with children, youth and families operate under the Ministries Practice Framework.

The EDP supports a strength based developmental approach in working with children, families and communities inside the Ministry and collaboratively with community partners. The Executive Director of Practice has responsibility for the planning and organization of the services and the service delivery structure within a region. All direct service practitioners report through to the EDP to deliver services consistent with the Ministries Practice Framework.

In collaboration with RED and under the direction of the ADM, the EDP ensures business and organizational processes are aligned to support practice and ensure an effective service system for children, youth and families. The Executive Director of Practice has final accountabilities for day to day practice in the region.

Accountabilities

The Executive Director of Practice reports to and is accountable to the Assistant Deputy Minister Child and Family development services that has oversight of the region.

* Ensure priorities and objectives in relation to aboriginal service change are met.
* Leads practice change in the region.
* Upholds the rights of children as established in the UN convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
* Day to day management and leadership of practice according to the approach and philosophy of the Ministry.
* Issues and practice management in relation to individual cases.
* Ensures that practice standards are met across the integrated continuum of services including the Ministry and the sector.
* Oversight for the quality of clinical supervision across the service system.
* Provides practice expertise and leadership in the development and implementation of policy and standards.
* Designated Director under Child, Family and Community Services, Adoption and Criminal Youth Justice Act.

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