University of Alberta

Assistant Director, Office of Rural & Regional Health

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Community Engagement

Competition No.  -    A104435204
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Assistant Director, Office of Rural & Regional Health (ORRH) will help develop, build and inspire innovation in engagement of rural communities and preceptors, Rural & Regional Health programming and research collaborations for the Division of Community Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD).  Reporting to the Director, Office of Rural and Regional Health (ORRH) and to the Associate Dean & Division Director, Community Engagement, the Assistant Director, ORRH will be responsible for overseeing the Rural and Regional Health office. Specific accountabilities include leading the strategic planning process, supporting program development and overseeing the administration of the RRH office while strengthening existing and expanding rural programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops and leads the short and long-term strategic planning process for the ORRH:
    • Develops the strategic plan, develops work plans to guide implementation, executes and implements strategic administration, monitors key outcome measures and revises plan as appropriate
    • Briefs the Director, ORRH and Associate Dean & Division Director, Community Engagement regularly on the progress of initiatives, trends and changes in rural health education, and on issues of importance to rural preceptors and communities that concern the areas within the remit of the ORRH 
    • Contributes to the expansion of programs by seeking program funding through the preparation and submission of grant applications, proposals to government and external funding agencies
    • Develops ORRH budgets for approval of Associate Dean
  • Maintains the day to day activities of the ORRH and supervise ORRH staff
    • Oversees completion of required reports and financial documents
    • Collaborates with other Directors in the Division of Community Engagement in areas of overlapping responsibility
    • Maintains and works within the approved ORRH budget
  • Develops and implements new initiatives and programs and maintains and supports existing programs to meet the mission & goals of the ORRH, the Division of Community Engagement and through the Division those of the FoMD
  • Leads the development of new and maintenance of existing relationships with rural communities and organizations, including supporting the Director, ORRH in the development of new teaching sites; develops and institutes a program promotion plan
  • Develops robust program evaluation to track results of initiatives and programs in collaboration with other Directors and Associate Dean, Community Engagement
  • For all activities of the ORRH, periodically reviews and confirms or revises, as appropriate, daily processes to maximize efficient and effective operation
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean & Division Director, Community Engagement


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; advanced degree would be an asset
  • 3 or more years of management experience with demonstrated experience in effective program development and staff management
  • Knowledge of and experience in rural Alberta; understanding of health professional education is an asset
  • Experience in organizational aspects of medical education
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with rural preceptors, communities and community organizations
  • Ability to travel in rural Alberta
  • Ability to operationalize work plans from strategic objectives and to understand financial reports
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to accept constructive supervision and direction
  • Self-motivated, with a proactive approach to all duties
  • Ability to work well independently with limited supervision
  • Commitment to providing timely, efficient, exceptional service
  • Understanding of limits of independent actions
  • Conflict resolution and mediation skills
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs
  • Working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the University of Alberta, the FoMD and the Division of Community Engagement would be an asset

In accordance with the Trust Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an initial appointment of three years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits plan found at and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

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.