University of Alberta

Academic Chair, Department of Pediatrics (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) & Zone Clinical Department Head Child Health (Alberta Health Services)

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Competition No.  -    A104436942
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 Pediatrics and Zone Clinical Department Head, Clinical Department of Child Health, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions and has been internationally recognized as among the world’s top 50 medical schools and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. The Department of Pediatrics within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research. The mission of the department is to deliver excellence in care for infants, children, youth and families by: providing comprehensive health care; educating health professionals for today and the future; advancing knowledge through innovative research; advocating for vulnerable populations; promoting quality and patient safety; and developing leaders in child health. The Academic Chair will demonstrate excellent leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and
have the experience to stimulate teaching and research programs spanning basic science and clinical areas as well as health outcomes.  The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs, which are coordinated throughout the area; as well as a graduate student program.  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. As such, the candidate must be MD, qualified in Pediatrics and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, eligible to work in Canada and will have evidence of formal administrative education and training.

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. The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for Child Health is a Senior Medical Leadership role in the Edmonton Zone; providing leadership support to the Associate Zone Medical Director (AZMD), as well as supporting the vision of the 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 Child Health program in the Edmonton Zone, with a strong focus on physician human resources, including recruitment and clinical program development. The Child Health portfolio includes the Stollery Children's Hospital, one of Canada’s premier children’s hospitals. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is Western Canada's referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery and a national leader in organ
transplantation. The hospital is based at two sites in Edmonton, providing tertiary and quaternary child health care for Alberta Health Services and Western Canada.  The Child Health portfolio also includes tertiary child health at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, community based clinics, and community hospital services with specialty programs. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is also involved in extensive outreach within Alberta, and extending to Cambridge Bay and Inuvik serving populations with diverse clinical needs.  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.

The University of Alberta is also home to the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), a formal partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with financial support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. WCHRI supports the research excellence and training of investigators from a wide range of clinical and academic disciplines and includes a Pediatric Clinical Trials Support Unit and a Data Coordinating Centre. In addition, the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC), a state-of-the-art infrastructure for clinical trials, is also located in Edmonton. 

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 outlining their current clinical and research interests, leadership experience and thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic and clinical service leadership in an academic health centre and provincial health system.  Three reference letters should also be forwarded. 

Interested individuals are asked to submit their material by September 30, 2018 to both eneil@ualberta.ca and christopher.chen@AHS.ca ; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

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

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are 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.