Las Vegas, NV, USA

Head Therapist - NEW CREATION

Médecine de la performance | Performance Medicine

Temps plein | Full-Time

Cirque du Soleil is much more than just a show: it’s also you. At the center of Cirque's creative energy are talented people with a passion for challenging their own limits. Life at Cirque is about creating wonderment with colleagues of enlightening talent, doing so at nothing less than the speed of light. Together, we work hard and juggle priorities, sometimes shifting trajectories and always having loads of fun. Above all, we dare to reinvent ourselves as we reach for and meet new challenges.

Anticipated Start Date: May 20, 2019
Reporting operationally and functionally to the Manager – Performance Medicine (RSD) you will be directly responsible to:
·         Ensure that all relevant medical care, prevention, rehabilitation, and health care administration is being delivered to the highest possible standard of care and confidentiality, while relevant to the functional demand of our artists and environment
·         Lead and ensure that the environment’s (show, training, PR events etc.) emergency response preparedness in relation to our artists is at the highest possible state of readiness and well documented with clear written Emergency Action Plans – this requires regular close interactions with members of the emergency support team, and routine practice of scenarios with each of those involved;
·         Deliver emergency response care in a safe and professional manner;
·         Achieve and maintain an appropriate CdS approved First aid and Trauma Management Certificate, to work as first responder and incident lead for training and in-show cover;
·         Stimulate and foster close functional relationships with Coaches and other Artistic team members to establish and implement programs directed at the reduction of injury in an effort to achieve optimal performance, relevant to an artists’ specific needs;
·         Make recommendations for psychological and nutritional referrals, when appropriate, for medical conditions;
·         Ensure cost effective and timely referrals to appropriate medical providers for any relevant illness or injury.
·         Collaborate with the Coaching Team to create moments of exchange for feedback and problem solving in regard to strength and conditioning, reintegration planning, and performance support.
·         Establish and actively participate in regular artist Performance planning meetings with Coaches and any other relevant team members;
·         Ensure that all medical information, interactions and interventions are being documented and communicated as per medico-legal and CdS specific requirements including but not limited to MediCirque and completion of necessary legal/insurance documents, while making sure artist-therapist confidentiality is being adhered to at all times;
·         Ensure that artists are accompanied to medical appointments whenever indicated;
·         Actively participate in medical consultations where appropriate.
·         Collaborate with artistic team, and attend appropriate meetings etc., to ensure clear communication regarding PMD recommendations for artist functional restrictions;
·         Maintain a direct link with the show’s appropriate representative regarding insurance and worker's compensation needs; ensuring all necessary information, forms and reports are communicated and delivered in a timely and organized manner.
·         Be the responsible specialist on medical matters for your show/environment and make clear decisions over suitability to participate in training or show based on these, considering and mitigating the risk to the artist and business of any recommended modifications. These recommendations should be made to the Coach / Head Coach and Artistic team who will conclude any modification strategy.
·         Create and implement appropriate Injury Risk Reduction strategies;
·         Perform all relevant tasks inherent to the position of Head Therapist of PMed in a professional, ethical manner and at the highest possible standard of care, in alignment with your professional licensure or CdS Standard, whichever is higher;
·         Lead and Manage the day-to-day operations of the PMed Department which, amongst other duties, includes: scheduling of staff, show emergency cover, managing the impact of injury and illness information on performance, undertaking injury risk reduction strategies based on show-specific KPIs, managing medical contractors (e.g. massage therapy), maintenance of supplies all while ensuring the workspace is properly and professionally organized and maintained at all times;
·         While keeping focus on the specific needs and challenges of the local show environment, ensure contribution to the success of the entire PMed Department as needed, including active involvement in Performance working groups, to grow the Intellectual Property of Cirque in performance matters;
·         Manage, mentor and support the professional growth of your PMed Therapist and wider PMed team (including On-Calls, massage therapists, etc.)
·         Participate with the show’s Artistic Team and PMed Manager in the evaluation of PMed Therapist staff as well as the establishment of their performance objectives;
·         Manage, and work within the constraints of, established relevant PMed budgets and manage ordering for specific projects in relation to the PMed Department's needs;
·         Lead communication with the Artistic Team regarding injury timelines to allow show to determine necessity for temporary replacements; provide recommendations for external care when appropriate and liaise with artist repatriation;
·         Collaborate with PMed Manager to identify show specific injury trends for potential analysis and solutions;
·         Implement targeted injury prevention approaches based on injury trends within your show, and deliver these projects;
·         Manage and maintain the network of appropriate external medical specialists, e.g. imaging facilities, orthopaedic consultants etc. and continually ensure these resources are sufficiently qualified to meet the show community's requirements;
·         Liaise with appointed CdS Medical Consultants to manage intake evaluations and provide consistent and ongoing patient care for medical issues;
·         Ensure compliance of your PMed Team and Show with all CdS PMed governance and audit processes;
·         Create a reflective workspace environment where crisis reporting is clear and systematic, and significant event analyses are undertaken as required; communicate medical network needs and feedback to PMed Manager;
·         Compile a comprehensive list of medical resources at the end of each city run and communicate these to PMed Manager, and upload to relevant sharing system;
·         Support and lead monitoring of Artists with long term injuries;
·         Ensure that all arrangements and agreements made between Cirque du Soleil and other medical authorities and institutions are being respected in an ethical and professional manner, putting the artist as first priority in your professional decision making;
·         Ensure that all the department's daily operational needs are being met at the highest possible standard of professionalism, care and ethics;
·         Adhere to the direction of, and timely communication with, the show Artistic Team and PMed Manager; this includes the operations management team;
·         Adhere to, promote and contribute to optimal safety guidelines and processes within the artists’ working and performance environment;
·         Create and foster interdependent relationships with the members of the artistic and coaching teams
while being responsible for the active and professional contribution of the PMed department to functional decision-making processes (Human Performance Risk Management);
·         Foster a positive, stimulating and ethical working environment for the PMed Department staff while being responsible for the guidance and supervision of their functioning and professional growth and development;
·         Promptly convey all pertinent medical information to the management team and the PMed Manager while actively participating in periodic meetings and reporting;
·         Comply with all CdS Performance Medicine governance standards and audit requirements;
·         Strive to ensure PMed in your facility represents the PMed Department values of Compassion, Reflection, Innovation, Ensemble (Togetherness), Fearlessness and Fun;
·         Actively participate in continuing professional development opportunities, to remain an expert and leader in Medical, Therapy and team approaches;
·         Undertake any additional tour specific tasks as agreed between your operational and functional managers.
Requirements of the post-holder:

·         Master’s degree and eligibility for Nevada licensure in  Athletic Training or Physical Therapy;
·         Eligible to obtain Nevada State registration as an AT or PT;
·         Current and maintained professional registration with an appropriate professional body for the jurisdiction and nature of your therapist qualification and/or the country or state of the post;
·         Minimum 6 years' relevant clinical musculoskeletal experience (on-field/event coverage preferred);
·         Must be able to achieve and maintain a current valid First Aid and Trauma Management certificate issued by a CdS recognised body;
·         Fluency in English (French an asset);
·         Significant experience working with high-caliber athletes or artists delivering treatment and rehabilitation programmes;
·         Experience of working with Performing artists/Performance athletes and coaches in a professional environment
·         Able to travel as required by the business, including overseas;
·         Able to work in a culturally diverse environment;
·         Able to quickly adapt to unexpected situations and work flexibly with a variable schedule whilst under pressure;
·         Able to work at height or in confined spaces, including as Lead of Emergency Response Team;
·         Able to liaise with medical professionals to the best outcome for artists; 
·         Strong organizational, management, and leadership skills;
·         A pro-active, problem-solving attitude, with the ability to motivate others and work well in a team;
·         Be a lifelong learner, driving their professional practice and standards for continual improvement in relevant areas to be an outstanding MSK Therapist.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and attributes:
·         Post-graduate Qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. but not limited to: Sports Medicine/Physiotherapy/MSK Therapy/Strength and Conditioning)
·         Experience managing/leading staff or teams ideally in Professional Performance or Sports environments;
·         Good computer skills; 
·         Budget management and responsibility experience

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