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Academic Chair, Department of Medicine

University of Alberta

University of Alberta
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry & Zone Clinical Department Head, Department of Medicine Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services
Academic Chair, Department of Medicine

Competition No. - A104439997
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services invites applications for the concurrent appointments as the academic Chair of the Department of Medicine and Zone Clinical Department Head, Department of Medicine, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions and is internationally recognized as among the world’s top 100 medical schools and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. The Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is one of Canada’s leading academic departments, with over 240 academic and 375 clinical faculty members. Research is a major focus, with annual research funding of more than $38M, research endowments of over $30M, and almost 100 MSc and PhD graduate students in experimental and translational Medicine. Department members actively contribute to Medical Education policy decisions at the local and national level. The Department is supported by an Academic Alternate Relationship Plan funding model. The successful candidate for Academic Chair will demonstrate excellent leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and have the necessary vision and experience to maintain and enhance the Department’s international research standing, and to stimulate teaching and research programs spanning basic, translational and clinical science as well as health outcomes. The Chair together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for: academic recruitment and retention in 14 distinct specialty and subspecialty divisions, provision of academic support, mentoring and assessment of faculty members, the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs, which are coordinated throughout the area; as well as a graduate student program.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province wide system responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories. AHS has recently been identified as being one of the top five most integrated health systems in the world. Alberta Health Services has over 110,000 employees and is supported by over 14,300 volunteers and almost 10,300 physicians practicing in Alberta. AHS operates the University of Alberta Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, seven suburban hospitals within the greater Edmonton Area and collaborates with two facilities operated by Covenant Health (the Grey Nuns and Misericordia Community Hospitals). The Department of Medicine consists of approximately 417 clinical members across 12 clinical sections. The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) of Medicine is a Senior Medical Leadership role in the Edmonton Zone; providing leadership support to the Associate Zone Medical Director and Edmonton Zone Medical Director (ZMD), as well as supporting the vision of the North Sector Vice President and Zone Medical Director; contributing expert guidance and advice to matters within the Zone Clinical Department including performance management and quality improvement. As ZCDH, the candidate will have responsibility for strategic leadership of the Medicine program in the Edmonton Zone, with a strong focus on physician human resources, including recruitment and clinical program development. The candidate will work closely with their dyad partner, the Zone Executive Director. The ideal ZCDH will have demonstrated abilities in communication, conflict resolution and a passion for quality and patient safety working as a part of a leadership team. The candidate will be an inclusive and visionary leader with significant experience in medical leadership and considered a strong clinician by their peers. To be eligible for the Zone Clinical Department Head Role, the candidate must have clinical operational experience, be clinically qualified in Medicine and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

As Chair and Zone Clinical Department Head, the candidate will perform administrative and academic duties but will also be required to provide clinical care in a manner that meets the expectations of both the University and AHS. To be eligible for either role, the candidate must be eligible to work in Canada, and should have evidence of formal administrative education and training. To be eligible for the Zone Clinical Department Head Role, the candidate must have clinical operational experience, be clinically qualified in Medicine and eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Edmonton is a growing city with a population of ~1 million and the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the health sciences, humanities, sciences, creative arts, business and engineering. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and attracts more than $480 million in sponsored research revenue.

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a cover letter, up to 3 pages, outlining their:

• Leadership experience;
• Current clinical, educational and research interests;
• Thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic and clinical service leadership in an academic health centre and provincial health system.

Candidates should also address:

• The University of Alberta Department Chairs Roles and Responsibilities and Zone Clinical Department Head role as outlined in the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules;
• Thoughts regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and
• How under your leadership, the academic and clinical departments will align with the Mission and Vision of the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

Three names of referees should also be forwarded. Interested individuals are asked to submit their material through online application by October 1, 2019 or through the job posting at; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Individuals may apply only for the Chair or Zone Clinical Department Head Role as there are separate search and selection committees for each position. The Chairs of each committee reserve the right to separate the positions.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Interested applicants may apply to:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.