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Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Education Specialist, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 22603

Updated: April 7, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for an Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Education Specialist. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Working within the Office of Professionalism, Equity, and Diversity (OPED), the CSM Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Educational Specialist will provide expertise in strengthening the Cumming School of Medicine's (CSM) cultural literacy in EDI, as well as its core educational mandate by ensuring that equity, diversity, and inclusive principles and practices are intentionally and holistically incorporated into curricula; teaching, selection, and assessment activities; and learning and teaching environments throughout the School.  The nature of the work requires the incumbent to have a demonstrated ability to set priorities, act decisively and to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment on a wide range of issues, using discretion and maintaining confidentiality in the execution of their duties.  This position will require strong organizational skills in order to collaborate across portfolios and coordinate tasks and timelines.

The incumbent will work closely with the OPED Program Coordinator, as well as members of the Office of Faculty Development and Performance, Indigenous Local and Global Health Office, the CSM Director Educational Operations and CSM Education Leads. The incumbent reports to the Associate Dean, OPED.   

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Guidance and Training
    • Develop, implement, and deliver of CSM-wide EDI literacy programming and content that is appropriately targeted and longitudinally embedded across educational portfolios
    • Act as a senior EDI resource to peers in OPED, CSM educators, and CSM administration and leadership, integrating EDI best practices into curriculum design/curricula; teaching, selection and assessment activities; and learning and teaching environments
    • Develop, facilitate and provide EDI related training for educators to improve the quality of teaching and build capacity
    • Build capacity for faculty development by creating and/or adapting CSM-tailored resources and tools for CSM educators
    • Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate EDI processes and best practices in education across various levels of administration including senior leadership, as well as initiate and lead the development of guidance and training resources on topics and strategies to support EDI in education
  • Leadership
    • Lead organizational change to support adoption of EDI best practices for improving teaching quality; curriculum design/curricula; selection and admission processes; assessment activities; medical education scholarship; and, fostering safe and inclusive learning environments
    • Liaise and collaborate with EDI and Education Leads institutionally and to align with institutional and national standards in this area
    • Represent OPED team to relevant stakeholders including other CSM units, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Indigenous Engagement and external stakeholders as appropriate
  • Analysis and Reporting
    • Evaluate the impact of EDI strategies related to educational efforts in curriculum design and delivery, quality of teaching
  • Other Duties as Assigned:
    • administer CSM EDI awards, scholarships

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree and experience in the areas/expertise listed below:
    • Demonstrated ability in implementing inclusive and anti-racist: teaching, curriculum, and pedagogy - with particular expertise in critical perspectives such as Critical Race theory, Decolonizing the classroom, and Universal Design Learning
  • Master's Degree and/or postgraduate studies in an area(s) of EDI an asset 
  • Demonstrated ability of presentation and training skills for educators and/or trainers
  • Knowledge of EDI best practices, accessibility and human rights policies, and relevant federal/provincial legislation, in combination with insight provided by lived experiences of racism and/or other forms of discrimination
  • Demonstrated ability to include diverse perspectives and experiences, in order to build relationships and work effectively with diverse communities across a variety of settings
  • Demonstrated ability to support organizational change management and communication planning
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, planning and prioritizing own work, in a team setting
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Familiarity in developing, facilitating, and implementing EDI programs/actions/strategies for post-secondary initiatives an asset
  • Familiarity with medical education and/or adult learning pedagogies an asset
  • Familiarity in developing processes and monitoring frameworks to measure effectiveness of EDI approaches in educational and training programs an asset

Application Deadline:  April 20, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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