RhPAP – Alberta’s Rural Health Professions Action Plan is one of Canada’s more comprehensive NGO programs for the education, attraction and retention of health service providers to work in rural Alberta. We are looking for an individual to work directly with the Rural Community Development and Engagement team to build programs that further strengthen local community capacity to attract and retain health-care providers in rural Alberta. This particular position will take a lead on conference, workshop, symposium and webinar organizing/support, as well as the review and updating of tools and resources that build successful rural attraction and retention efforts.
Six Rural Community Consultants (RCCs) currently live and work in various areas of rural Alberta, reporting to the Director of Rural Community Development and Engagement (CD&E). We are now recruiting for one part-time (0.8 FTE) CD&E Program Coordinator position in Alberta (preferably located centrally between Calgary and Edmonton) to be part of our CD&E team.
Key Responsibilities Include:
The focus of the RCCs is on community-based efforts, working with local communities to establish and support Attraction and Retention (A&R) committees. The focus of the program coordinator position will be to support the provincial CD&E program aimed at enhancing rural community capacity. There may also be a role in supporting a couple of rural A&R committees, pending discussions with the successful candidate.
Other responsibilities include design and implementation of evaluation and reporting templates and processes; organizing workshops, conferences and other activities to ensure relevant community capacity needs are addressed; and partnering on programming initiatives with other provincial organizations and networks with an interest in rural Alberta and rural health-care. This position will also work closely with RhPAP’s communications and marketing strategies, and collaborate on role-related content for RhPAP print and digital media.
As a newly expanded CD&E program area, we are seeking strong professionals who are comfortable thinking outside the box, identifying new and innovative programming approaches that are relevant to rural communities. Flexibility is essential along with the ability to assess and respond to situations in the dynamic environment of community-based work that supports health-care in rural Alberta. In order to develop long-term relationships, the successful candidate must possess outstanding facilitation and communication skills. Critical thinking and the ability to make informed decisions is crucial. Being approachable, personable and collaborative is important. Having direct experience in, and a strong understanding of, community development program design and evaluation is required.
As an ideal candidate, you should:
Have experience living and working in rural Alberta
Understand the unique challenges and successes found in rural health-care/rural communities
Hold a post-secondary degree in a related field
Have at least 5 years of community development and/or engagement programming experience
Have great listening skills and a keen sense of people
Be self-motivated and able to inspire action in others
Have excellent problem-solving skills, enjoy a challenge, and embrace change
Like to work independently yet be an integral part of a team
Be able to travel to various parts of the province
Possess excellent computer, project management, and communication skills (written & verbal)
Enjoy public speaking and making presentations
Excel at managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with varying deadlines