Indigenous Health Education Coordinator

MED, Indigenous Health Initiatives, Office of Education, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Competition No.  -    S104643356
Posting Date  -    Jan 11, 2021
Closing Date  -    Jan 31, 2021
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $62,866 to $87,009 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    37.5

This position is for an initial one-year term plus a day with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Indigenous Health Initiatives, the Indigenous Health Education Coordinator (IHEC) will, in collaboration and engagement with each Education Program Director(s), education program committee(s) and/or Team Lead Medical Education, develop, coordinate, maintain, support and implement Indigenous Health Education across the FoMD. There is a spectrum of education programs across the FoMD including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Graduate Studies and Faculty Development. This position focuses on the five FoMD undergraduate programs: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Dental Hygiene (DH), Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) and Radiation Therapy (RT). There will be some overlap into the Postgraduate programs and with Faculty Development as the Indigenous Health education needs grow in these areas.

The successful candidate will be required to provide support for special projects, events, workshops and recruitment of session leads. This position requires a collaborative, team orientated, diplomatic and proactive individual capable of working autonomously but also within the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (IHIP) environment through sharing of knowledge and skills as well as contributing ideas and recommendations. The individual must have a detailed working knowledge of the requirements of their education program(s) and possess excellent interpersonal and multitasking skills with flexibility and adaptability when taking directions from multiple sources. This position requires a highly proficient individual who is adept at coordinating multiple schedules and the various detailed complex tasks and projects required of this position.


  • Further develop, plan, coordinate and implement Indigenous Health education across the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) that is inclusive of the advancement of the Indigenous Health Curriculum within programs and other Indigenous Health educational initiatives for all students in the FoMD, faculty/student/staff development, other Indigenous health education needs as they arise. 
  • Adapt, deliver, and enhance as necessary, existing Indigenous Health Education offerings to attract Indigenous students into our FoMD programs and strengthen relationships with Indigenous community partners.
  • Working with campus, community, and other partners, create and manage a Calendar of Engagement Events vis-a-vis Indigenous Health Education, and supplement the larger work of the faculty, staff and students in terms of professional development. 
  • Work with the Clinician Lead, Education (for the IHIP) to review, revise and enhance the curriculum.  
  • Represent the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the IHIP at FoMD curriculum and health education meetings and workshops and at external events as requested by the Executive Director, Indigenous Health.
  • Collaborate with the Undergraduate programs (DDS, DH, MLS, MD, and RT programs) on the ongoing development and implementation of the Indigenous Health course and other Indigenous health education needs. 
  • Collaborate with partners in Indigenous health (e.g. community, Indigenous Wellness Clinic, Poundmakers Treatment Centre, other Elders and Knowledge Keepers, other medical schools etc) on content development and course implementation. 
  • Collaborate and seek counsel from our Indigenous Elder in Residence and/or the wisdom council, and clinicians for relevant activities such as overall content of the courses, ceremony and student/program experiences. 
  • Maintain and further develop relationship and communication networks with Indigenous communities/peoples, the Indigenous Physicians and other clinicians who support the IHIP, and other partners in Indigenous Health in collaboration with the team within the IHIP business unit. 
  • Maintain a list of contacts and areas of interest regarding Indigenous Health education for possible and ongoing collaboration and engagement with community regarding Indigenous Health.
  • Network to create opportunities for advancement of Indigenous Health education to ensure it meets, and is responsive to, the needs of the communities we serve, and advocate for the removal of barriers.
  • Work with other curriculum coordinators in other provinces and at the National level. 
  • Serve as primary contact for Faculty programs, community groups and other partners in Indigenous Health in respect of Indigenous Health Education; provide information about the Indigenous Health Education program offerings to prospective Indigenous students, and to interested faculty, students and staff. 
  • Develop an Indigenous Health Education engagement plan that will serve as the foundation for communication/orientation on discussions related to Indigenous Health Education across the faculty. 
  • Respond to written, e-mail, voicemail and verbal requests for information about the IHIP, the Indigenous Health Course, its academic and student programs, and all other Indigenous Health Education initiatives and services.


  • A degree or Master’s in education (BEd, MEd) is preferred. A Master’s in Educational or applied Psychology, Social Work, Health Sciences or related field will also be considered. In addition, we require a minimum of three years’ experience in education, curriculum organization or implementing courses.  Other related student services programs or instructional experience in an educational institution is an asset. 
  • Required knowledge of Indigenous cultures, values and teachings.
  • Indigenous language and/or lived experience would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and Google platforms (Gmail, Calendar, Sites, Docs, Drive) required.
  • Knowledge of planning/coordination of large-scale initiatives.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.