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Scientist--Lead Cancer Prevention in Indigenous Health in Research and Innovation, Alberta Health Services

Deadline November 25, 2016

Requisition #: 409710
Union: Exempt
Classification Title: Scientist
Department: Resrch Proj ACPLF006735 Todd K
Open: 2016-10-05
Close: 2016-11-25
Location: Negotiable within Province
City: Negotiable within Province
Employee Class: Temporary Full-Time
FTE:  1.00
Date Available: 2016-12-05
End Date:  2019-09-13
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:  Yes
Category:  Education/Research

Job Summary:

The Scientist--Lead Cancer Prevention in Indigenous Health in Research and Innovation is a key scientific leadership role in Population Public and Indigenous Health reporting to the Scientific Director Population Public and Indigenous Health. This position is responsible and accountable for leading and providing direction for applied research/evaluation initiatives resulting from the Alberta Health Grant (# 006735) related to the development of care models, provision of services and prevention programs that will improve health outcomes with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta.

The Scientist provides expert scientific counsel to Senior Provincial Directors, Executive Directors, Senior Analysts in Population Public and Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network (PPIH SCN) , CancerControl Alberta and the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) on all aspects related to scientific and Indigenous research/evaluation principles, frameworks, concepts, approaches, methods, analytics, and metrics that inform evidence-based decision making and evaluation of programming arising from this funding. This position establishes and maintains positive relationships with key local, provincial and national representatives and health care stakeholders including government departments and officials.

The Scientist will:

  • Lead independent applied research/evaluation projects and studies that align with the grant mandate and priority areas in Population Public and Indigenous Health SCN, including study design, implementation, management, analyses, and interpretation. Lead the dissemination of key findings critical for decision making.
  • Provide information and research evidence to support critical decision making regarding program and service design and evaluation criteria for the grant.
  • Undertake and oversee additional funding grant preparation.
  • Secure external funding where appropriate.
  • Oversee data analysis (epidemiological and statistical) and interpretation of grant related applied research/evaluation projects.
  • Present research/evaluation evidence in meetings and seminars internal and external to AHS.
  • Foster communication with partners within AHS and beyond (e.g. academic institutions, government, and national/international organizations).
  • Lead the development of written and oral presentations, summaries, reports, journal articles, manuscripts, etc.
  • Participate in scientific societies, committees, and review groups at the local, provincial and national level.
  • Provide methodological consultation to Directors, Senior Analysts, physicians and scientific staff on the application of appropriate methodologies, data collection, analysis and standards for portfolio specific projects.
  • Participate in the development of indicators and strategies for collecting, analyzing and reporting purposes.
  • Through significant interaction with internal and external partners and participants, builds and maintains an effective network of contacts and resources aligned with Research and Innovation and PPIH SCN.
  • Supports commitment to the vision for the improvement of cancer outcomes through effective communication strategies.
  • Serves as a role model in the support of the organizational culture and promotion of the Department’s vision, ensuring support of the vision, mission and goals of Alberta Health Services.
  • Maintains positive, supportive and productive relationships with directors, physicians and staff in AHS zones, Population Public and Indigenous Health, and other areas in AHS.
  • Works collaboratively with other AHS programs, in particular the Indigneous Health program and to ensures that program initiatives are based on current evidence.
  • Hire and evaluate program/grant staff as required
  • Qualifications:
  • A Doctorate degree in health services research or epidemiology.
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous Self Identification.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience conducting health services/applied research/evaluation with Indigenous peoples.
  • A minimum of 3 years in a health care organization of significant size, complexity and diversity (healthcare experience an asset).
  • A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development.
  • Currently possess or will seek an adjunct position within an academic institution.

In addition the following experience, skills and competencies are required:

  • Extensive knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing, research/evaluation methodologies including conducting scientific and evaluative investigations and translating evidence for informed decision making within an Indigenous context.
  • Experience and expertise in evaluation strategies relevant to Indigenous communities and programs.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of First Nations principles of OCAP – Ownership, Control, Access and Possession.
  • Ability to liaise and communicate effectively with Indigenous community leaders, program coordinators, researchers and community members.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills. Experience managing multidisciplinary projects that involve multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to liaise with senior leaders in health care, researchers, planners and senior administrators throughout AHS, Universities, Alberta Health, and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize and manage short and long term plans and projects and deliver customer-focused results.
  • Advanced analytic skills.
  • Excellent critical appraisal skills.
  • Strong conceptual and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, influential skills, client focused orientation and commitment to providing quality services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a high-paced team setting and independently.
  • Experience with strategic and business planning, budgeting and operations management would be an asset.
  • Ability to communicate in Blackfoot, Cree or another FNMI language relevant to Alberta would be an asset.

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.

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