University of Alberta

Director Finance, Alberta Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP)

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry- Dean Administration

Competition No.  -    A104433598
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD), in partnership with Alberta Health (AH), Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Cummings Medical School and the Alberta Medical Association, has developed a provincial governance, framework and policies for the oversight and administration of existing physician plans in the Department of Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and the Division of Neurosurgery. These plans will expand aggressively to all academic medicine clinical departments over the next three years.

The Director Finance, Alberta Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP) will manage the financial and operational aspects of the transition to a new funds flow model closely integrated with AHS. They will coordinate departmental manpower planning, assembling FoMD requirements and justifications in conjunction with AHS counterpart and submission to the Northern Zone AMHSP Committee. The Director reports to FoMD Chief Operating Officer and depending upon the project, to other academic leaders, i.e. Vice Dean Faculty Affairs. They will work collaboratively internally with FoMD Clinical Department Chairs, Assistant Chairs Administration, departmental Finance Managers, Director Administration and Director Budgeting and Financial Reporting and externally with Alberta Health Academic Affairs representatives and Alberta Health Services Medical Affairs, Northern Zone representatives and UC Cummings Medical school counterparts as required to ensure provincial consistency.

Major areas of responsibility for this position include:

  • Reviews and consolidates all departmental academic program submissions including annual budgets, three-year business plans and quarterly and year- end reporting in compliance with provincial policy, templates and timelines
  • Initiates, plans, leads and manages projects to ensure AMHSP and FoMD goals are achieved, including working with academic leads to identify opportunity or need, raise awareness of issues, build consensus to arrive at a solution, develop project plans and execute according to standard project management methodology, oversees departmental project managers or consultants if engaged, manages organizational change and stakeholder relationships
  • Contributes to Northern Zone AMHSP committee meetings agenda and discussions
  • Coaches Department Chairs, Divisional Directors and Assistant Chair Administration to develop logical, needs-based plans
  • Keeps informed of changes in the AMHSP environment and adds to the body of knowledge about physician practice plans and physician compensation
  • Builds relationships with key members of Alberta Health Services-Medical Affairs, Alberta Health Academic Medicine unit, Cummings Medical School, current and future FoMD clinical department chairs and senior administrators
  • Works with FoMD leadership and departments to develop strategy for key academic performance indicator capture and communicating the success of each arrangement and AMHSP in general. Liaises with AHS on clinical performance measures
  • Manages restricted fund grant balances and settlements with AHS, responding to audits by AH, AHS or UA external or internal audit
  • Reviews participating departments' uPlan budgets and forecasts to ensure appropriately captured, monitored and adjusted as required; completes consolidated academic program budget justifications to AHS and AH and variance reporting as required
  • Support FoMD senior leadership in ensuring an appropriate balance of clinical and academic service funding
  • Work closely with participating departments, human resources and AHS to distinguish clinical from academic program supports, recommending improved operational structures to support complex needs of academic physicians spanning the respective AHS and UA institutional responsibilities
  • Work closely with the existing practice plans, AHS and AH to transition independent contractor payments to AHS and UA in accordance with negotiated service agreements
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • At minimum, ten years' experience as CPA with a business administration degree or equivalent experience
  • In-depth knowledge of the teaching, research and clinical missions and services delivered by academic medicine and the complex environment in which it functions
  • In-depth knowledge of financial administration, budgeting, human resources administration and governance at the University of Alberta
  • In depth knowledge of health care policy; the health care environment in Alberta and the Capital Region and Alternative Relationship Plans
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Proven ability to successfully lead and manage change in large, complex organizations and partnerships, which have minimal direct authority or reporting lines
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem solving ability
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills- ability to clearly explain complex concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to provide information and advice to all levels across the University, AH and AHS with a high degree of credibility
  • Highly developed project management skills and knowledge of project management methodology. Demonstrated ability to achieve strategic goals through project management leadership
  • Willingness to mentor and coach individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Very good functional knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, power point and www browser applications

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $71,889 to $119,809.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

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.