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Director, Alberta Health Services

Edmonton, Alberta
Deadline June 17, 2016

Requisition #: 395939
Union: Exempt
Classification Title: Director
Department: P124.Admin Hlth Status Assess
Open: 2016-05-18
Close: 2016-06-17
Location: Coronation Plaza At
City: Edmonton
Employee Class:  Regular Full-Time
FTE:  1.00
Date Available:  2016-06-27
End Date:
Hours Per Shift:  7.75
Length of Shift Cycle:  2
Shift Per Cycle:  10
Shift:  Days
Days Off:  As Per Rotation
Rates of Pay:  AHS offers a competitive compensation package
Vehicle Required:  No
Category:  Business/Management/Leadership, Health Informatics, Health Promotion/Public Health

Job Summary:

The Director, Surveillance and Reporting, is a leadership role in the Population, Public and Aboriginal Health Portfolio (PPAH) and reports directly to the Executive Director of Public Health Surveillance and Infrastructure (PHSI). This position is responsible and accountable for leading an operational team in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health status assessment, surveillance, and reporting services in support of the vision, mission, and business plan of Alberta Health Services.

The Director, Surveillance and Reporting will develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders and leaders in order to provide operational leadership to and oversee all related programs and services. The Director, Surveillance and Reporting, provides direct support and expert counsel to the Executive Director, Public Health Surveillance and Infrastructure, and Senior Management Team on all aspects of population and community health status assessment, surveillance, and reporting. This position establishes and maintains positive relationships with key local, provincial, and federal representatives and health care stakeholders including other portfolios within AHS, as well as government departments and officials.

The Director, Surveillance and Reporting, manages two broad functions: health status assessment and public health surveillance. The Director, Surveillance and Reporting, is also responsible for:

  • Planning and operating the processes related to data access, collection, and management; data analysis and interpretation; and reporting and dissemination of assessment/surveillance products with a view to assisting AHS to take action to effectively address current and evolving health issues.
  • Planning and coordinating epidemiological analysis and interpretation of surveillance data, including monitoring trends, emerging trends, and priority populations.
  • Assessing current health status, trends and changes, health behaviours, preventive health practices, demographic indicators, health care utilization relevant to population and public health and reporting on health status, determinants of health information, and health inequities information.
  • Identifying key customers and meeting their assessment and surveillance related data and information needs and for assessing their satisfaction with the service.
  • Integrating syndromic surveillance into the overall surveillance plan.
  • Event detection in vulnerable populations.
  • Building and supporting field epidemiology capacity throughout the province and standardizing reporting.
  • Liaising/networking with experts (internal and external to AHS) with the aim of continually improving assessment and surveillance methods and services.
  • Liaising/networking with other units within AHS that use population data.

Resource Management:

  • Manages the overall operating and capital budgets for the designated program responsibility consistent with the plans and general guidelines established by Alberta Health Services' senior management.
  • Plans and determines allocation of resources, authorizes and controls expenditures, and is accountable for managing resources for Surveillance and Reporting.
  • Risk Management:
  • Promotes an environment that fosters quality improvement and a culture of safety for staff and patients.


A minimum of a Masters degree where the focus of study was public health surveillance and/or health status assessment.

A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a progressive senior leadership role in population/community health role is required. As well, the successful candidate will demonstrate a clear pattern of professional and personal development and be recognized as an expert/leader in this field.

The successful candidate will possess a record of accomplishments or demonstrate expertise in the following areas:

  • Broad-based skills and knowledge of public health surveillance and assessment related to communicable/non-communicable/chronic disease, injury and the environments that shape health issues, in particular those that lead to health inequities
  • Strong skills in epidemiology, bio-statistics, and the ability to interpret and translate surveillance data into actionable health surveillance information
  • Strong skills in the use of analytics and data visualization software (e.g., SAS, Tableau, GIS), and the ability to develop ongoing training activities for team members
  • Understanding of relational databases and experience with accessing and using large and complex health-related data from Oracle or MS SQL servers
  • Strategic thinking, taking into account long-term goals, assessing options, and implications, including risk
  • Ability to maintain a working environment that promotes innovation and process improvement, and inspires team members for achieving common goals
  • Strong skills in clearly communicating team's vision to the staff and developing processes and activities for achieving results
  • Effective communication skills with strong organizational skills, client focused orientation, and commitment to providing quality service
  • Proven ability to foster a climate of cooperation and build solid relationships with public agencies, government, boards, committees, and other partners
  • Leadership skills, including demonstrated ability and comfort with decision making responsibilities, coaching and teaching, and the ability to inspire and build confidence in others
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and physical resources in a changing and multifaceted environment with complex and sensitive issues

AHS values the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Mandatory conditions of employment and continued employment:

  • All employees must provide a criminal record check that is satisfactory to AHS in compliance with the AHS Security Screening Procedure.
  • All professions must provide proof of licensure or registration with the approved Alberta regulatory college, prior to commencing duties with AHS where applicable:
  • Regulated health professions under the Alberta Health Professions Act and Health Disciplines Act will be required to provide an original copy of a valid practice permit before commencing their duties with AHS.
  • Other professions governed by government acts, college or regulatory body requirements may be required to provide additional documentation.

AHS Job postings close at 23:59 Alberta Time (Mountain Standard Time) on the posting closed date indicated.

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