Senior Project Officer
University of Alberta, Department of LifeLong Learning

The Physician Learning Program (PLP) is housed in the Office of Lifelong Learning, which supports the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry’s (FoMD) mission to enhance the knowledge and skills of community practitioners in quality improvement initiatives. PLP's mandate is to support physicians and teams in advancing practice by addressing learning needs, providing information, practice data, feedback reports, and delivering knowledge transfer activities. Our department is passionate about supporting professional development and offers a positive and collegial culture. Due to the positive expansion of the Office of Lifelong Learning, we are looking for a Senior Project Offer that cares about patient care for the betterment of healthcare within Alberta.

As the lead of our data analysis group, you’ll oversee projects that align with the Program’s mission, vision, and support our strategic framework. A key responsibility will be liaising with physicians to help understand the clinical problem or gap that their proposed project will examine, and figuring out how and if their question can be answered with available data within the Physician Learning Program access points. You’ll supervise, mentor, and coach several project coordinators, providing guidance on methods and data analysis, monitoring metrics, and promoting the spread and scale of our projects by disseminating information to our key stakeholders through a variety of channels. If you are enthusiastic about helping us inspire and enable a learning health care system, then we’d like to hear from you. 


  • Supervises, coaches and mentors the Project Coordinators to support their professional development and technical knowledge.
  • Liaises with academic physicians to understand the proposed project and the clinical gap it addresses, frame the project scope, and provide guidance on whether and how the administrative health data can be analyzed to complete the project and improve physician practice.
  • Supports the data analysis group in fulfilling the terms of the PLP agreement such as completing the specified number of deliverables/outputs, and satisfying specified performance targets. This involves close monitoring of projects with data analysis elements; proactively identifying potential risks and taking appropriate corrective action.
  • Tracks performance metrics for the data analysis hub; maintains or contributes to metrics dashboard
  • Identifies needs and establishes goals in project management and data analysis projects, in collaboration with the medical leadership structure of PLP.
  • Participates in human resource management for the data analysis group, which includes but is not limited to: developing job descriptions, screening and hiring personnel, recruitment, training, and performance management
  • Participates in planning, evaluation, and execution of knowledge transfer and implementation science strategies related to departmental projects.
  • Oversees or provides guidance on projects in the data analysis group, through planning, execution, and closing.
  • Coordinates and contributes to writing grant and ethics applications, reports and manuscripts.
  • Assists in obtaining, preparing, writing, and compiling documents and other materials for physicians and educators for reporting, committees, and ethics applications.
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Associate Dean and the Managing Director to monitor resources and quality control, and to help balance project queueing for the department.
  • Participates in department quality improvement and implementation science projects to develop health communications and transform them into actionable information for healthcare providers, care teams and patients.
  • Participates in planning academic output from quality improvement projects, ensuring sound research methods and data analysis techniques are used.
  • Contributes to development and dissemination of academic output for quality improvement and/or implementation science projects through peer-reviewed publications, lectures, conferences, either individually or part of a project team.


  • PhD in a health related discipline, or in a social science or science discipline combined with strong experience in quantitative data analysis; Post Doctoral Training preferred.
  • Three or more years experience working in a relevant role, preferably in the post-secondary environment.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience managing a team with a positive culture while working on multiple initiatives; Demonstrated experience in motivating and collaborating with others.
  • Demonstrated familiarity or experience working with administrative data and datasets in the Canadian health care environment.
  • Able to liaise effectively with physicians and their teams.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in quantitative data analysis, and use of data analysis applications such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, Access) is required, and experience with qualitative data analysis (i.e., NVivo) is an asset.
  • Demonstrated skill in data visualization, interpretation, and presentation of data and reports (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Tableau) is preferred.
  • Experience in project management and coordination is an asset.
  • Understanding of audit and feedback, and other techniques for implementation science in health care is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in Implementation Science, Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement is preferred.
  • Strong and confident communication skills (listening and verbal) with ability to comprehend and translate administrative health data to multiple audiences.
  • Knowledge of healthcare industry and terminology is an asset.
  • Ability to develop and lead teaching and learning activities in the health sector.
  • Excellent facilitation, collaboration, and conflict management skills.
  • Advanced skills in problem-solving and critical analysis.
  • Experience planning and writing grant applications, journal articles, and conference presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, problem-solving abilities and results achievement.
  • Competent and efficient; able to take initiative and work in a team environment.
  • Able to build and maintain high quality relationships with external and internal networks and partners, including collaborators, funding agencies, etc.

A review of applications will begin on May 24th, 2019, however, the position will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff 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 $74,084 - $101,888. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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