University of Alberta

Senior Program Officer

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Office of LifeLong Learning

Competition No.  -    A104639568
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Office of Lifelong Learning is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD), and works to enhance the knowledge and skills of faculty members and community physicians. Our department offers a positive and collegial culture and supports professional development. We are looking for a Senior Program Offer to help develop our continuing professional development portfolio. If you are enthusiastic about helping us inspire and enable a learning health care system, then we’d like to hear from you. 

In this role, you’ll develop and implement projects that align with the office’s mission, vision, and support our strategic framework. You’ll serve as a primary contact for education and CPD-related courses, including activities in the Assessment and Professional Development portfolio. You’ll work with the Associate Dean and the L3 Assistant Dean to understand the system needs and opportunities for skills building and enrichment for practicing physicians. A key responsibility will be providing guidance and expertise with respect to medical education, and supporting development and delivery of L3 education/CPD activities, within the L3 office, and with our key partners for these events.

With a passion for medical or physician education, you’ll draw on your knowledge and experience in curriculum planning and development to understand physician learning needs, and identify and develop learning activities, events, or short courses, to fulfill these needs. You’ll establish a strong operational infrastructure and manage this programming within our office.


  • Collaborates with L3 partners, L3 education specialists, and L3PLP clinical liaison to understand physician learning needs, and identify and develop activities, events, courses, or resources (etc) to fulfill these needs. Where appropriate, the Senior Program Officer will provide guidance on environmental scans, event format, pricing recommendations, learning objectives, resources, etc.
  • Identifies needs and establishes goals for L3 education/CPD or implementation science projects, courses or events, in collaboration with L3 leaders.
  • Participates in planning, evaluation, and execution of education/CPD, knowledge transfer and implementation science strategies related to departmental projects, on individual projects and for the department overall.
  • Senior project management responsibilities, including managing or overseeing the monitoring and controlling of projects through planning, execution, and closing phases for risk, quality, scope, and resources. Responsible for project management for development of new Enriched skills training opportunities, as well as established/ongoing training opportunities, to ensure all necessary requirements are fulfilled satisfactorily.
  • Works collaboratively with the education specialist to support education activities as part of the L3PLP partnership with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UofA.
  • Understands the FMEC-CPD recommendations for changes to CPD processes for physicians, and participates in the strategic planning and operational planning processes, in L3 and with relevant stakeholders, to ensure that L3 is proactive in its approach to these changes.
  • Supports the Physician Learning Program events with Primary Care Networks, by assisting the clinical liaison with information about content, learning objectives, factors to be included to fulfill accreditation needs, etc.
  • Supports L3 activities for quality improvement, including the EPIQ program.
  • Supports the L3 Implementation Science Seminar Series, and may be a presenter in the series on a topic relevant to their expertise and/or role.
  • Other duties as required


  • Professional and/or graduate degree in a health science field (e.g., medicine, nursing, etc.). Alternately, a degree in medical education, accompanied by 3-5 years’ relevant experience working in physician education.
  • An understanding of education is required – this might be demonstrated by completion of relevant courses,  certificate, or a relevant degree.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in the post-secondary education and teaching environment.
  • Working knowledge of crafting and evaluating professional learning objectives; knowledge and experience specific to health care is a strong asset. Experience developing individualized learning objectives in partnership with learners is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience working with curriculum planning and development is required; experience with curriculum and development in medicine is strongly preferred.
  • Strong skills and experience in project management and coordination are required, including planning, development, implementation, and evaluation; formal training in project management is an asset
  • Understanding of competency based assessment is an asset
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills are required. Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team is required.
  • Understanding of audit and feedback, and other techniques for implementation science in health care are strong assets.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work independently and autonomously within scope of responsibilities is required.
  • Knowledge of healthcare industry and terminology is required
  • Able to develop and lead teaching and learning activities in the health sector.
  • Familiarity with CACME accreditation standards for CPD providers is an asset
  • Excellent attention to details is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and relationship management skills are required.

In accordance with the Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Staff (TLAPS) Agreement, this position has a term length of two years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $61,391 to $102,355. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The position will remain open until filled – review of applications will commence on August 6, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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.