University of Alberta

Program Coordinator, Training and Professional Development

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100836006
Closing Date  -    Jun 25, 2018

The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research.  The mission of the research portfolio is to enhance the capacity to succeed in research and translate knowledge for the betterment of children.

Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.  The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) and supports researchers conducting patient-centered research by providing access to experts and knowledge in seven core areas of expertise (called platforms). The Knowledge Translation Platform is based in the Department of Pediatrics and will provide a training and consultation service for health science researchers incorporating (or seeking to incorporate) knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation and/or implementation science into their patient-oriented research projects.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Knowledge Translation (KT) Platform, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT unit, based at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence in the Department of Pediatrics, the Program Coordinator, Training and Professional Development will lead the Training and Professional Development program within the SPOR KT Platform, addressing the areas of knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation and implementation science. 


  • Leads the Training and Professional Development program within the SPOR Knowledge Translation Platform, addressing the areas of knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation and implementation science
  • Fosters and maintains communications with Joint Leads and Assistant Director of the SPOR Knowledge Translation Platform, off-campus partners including clients, Co-Investigators, Clinical Leads and representatives from funding agencies
  • Develops and manages team work plans in support of strategic objectives, and co-ordinate the network of staff and volunteer collaborators
  • Conduct ongoing internal and external consultation and strategic planning to ensure the directions and activities of the Training and Professional Development program remain aligned with the Knowledge Translation Platform’s needs and those of its contributors
  • Leads a number of specific projects addressing identified learning objectives, including identifying and engaging with key stakeholders, identifying appropriate teaching and communication strategies, and developing learning materials in collaboration with other contributors
  • Develops, leads and supports the KT Platform’s Trainers’ Network, ensuring that appropriate support and professional development are provided and that the training activities are delivered to a high standard
  • Establishes and coordinates a comprehensive mechanism of evaluation for the training and professional development activities, aligning this with the evaluation framework of the platform as a whole


  • Doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Public Health Sciences or related field preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • Experience demonstrating leadership in designing and managing complex learning or development programs and collaborating with multiple stakeholder groups
  • Excellent skills and experience in teaching in systematic reviews and knowledge translation, including classroom, individual and online settings, and development of teaching materials
  • Experience managing a team, preferably working remotely with geographically dispersed team members and stakeholder contributors, and a collaborative management style
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including experience in working with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, with excellent organization and time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines and flexible hours as needed
  • Excellent skills and experience in strategic planning, project management and prioritization
  • Understanding of systematic review methods at least at a basic level
  • Ability to travel around the province several times per year

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position is to commence August 1, 2018 and end on August 31, 2019, and offers an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a maternity leave replacement. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered.

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.