Associate Consultant – Cultural Educator

Alberta Health Services

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The SMART Initiative, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), is a 4-year project aiming to reduce barriers to foreign credential recognition, provide Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) with Canadian work experience, facilitate labor mobility across provinces and territories and assist IEHPs in understanding their role in the Canadian health system and its culture. The SMART Initiative (A Sustainable, Multi-Collaborator approach from Arrival to Readiness for Practice and Transition) offers the only comprehensive program in Canada that enhances existing pathways for Career & Learning Development, Practice Readiness, Mentorship, Work Placement and Social Support for IEHPs. The initiative will be a demonstration project in Alberta that is designed with flexibility for scaling across Canada. The Alberta International Medical Graduate Association (AIMGA) is a co-applicant in the grant, and the programs and tools that AIMGA have developed to support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) will be leveraged and scaled in this project. The initiative complements or expands existing efforts to support the integration of IEHPs into the workforce through three deliverables: SMART Hub: A multi-lingual web-based concierge platform for IEHPs and their mentors Microlearning Journey: Blended learning curriculums to assist both in the integration of IEHPs into the Alberta health system, and for training mentors to support IEHPs. Mentor Community of Practice: Strengthen networking and learning for mentors. The SMART Initiative is complex and will involve advanced business, project and technical subject matter expertise. The national scope, scalability, and replicability aspects are essential success elements, as is extensive collaboration and engagement with other Canadian healthcare jurisdictions and colleges.


The Cultural Educator will focus on what IEHPs need to know to adapting to Canadian practice as a whole, workplace communication styles, team dynamics, importance of rules and policies in the culture, beliefs, values and assumptions that guide practitioners in Canada. Using adult learning principles, the Cultural Educator leads the development and delivery of education, individual coaching, and practical experiences. They will engage with subject matter experts as needed to assess and determine the learning needs of the IEHP cohort related to the culture of clinical practice in Canada. The Cultural Educator is also responsible for: Conducting an on-going needs assessment in collaboration with mentors and cohort participants. Monitoring the development of individual cohort participants. Collaborating with other subject matter experts and project personnel in the development of courses, workshops, and informal learning opportunities. Advancing inclusion and integration of internationally educated paramedics into local work environments. Facilitating acculturation of internationally educated paramedics into local care settings and program areas. Remaining current with the literature regarding the acculturation of healthcare professionals. Advising other project personnel and collaborators on the cultural dimensions of adapting to Canadian practice. Contributing to reports required by the terms of the funding for the project as needed.

  • Classification: Associate Consultant
  • Union: Exempt
  • Unit and Program: Innovation and Business Intelligence
  • Primary Location: Southport Tower
  • Location Details: Eligible to work hybrid (on/off site) within Alberta
  • Negotiable Location: Provincial
  • Temporary Employee Class: Temp P/T Benefits
  • FTE: 0.80
  • Posting End Date: 19-JUN-2024
  • Date Available: 01-JUL-2024
  • Temporary End Date: 31-MAR-2028
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 8
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $23.59
  • Maximum Salary: $39.31
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable

Required Qualifications:

Degree from an accredited university.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Traditional Indigenous Knowledge (cultural preparation is based in oral cultures and not measured by diplomas and degrees) Traditionally earned understanding about Indigenous cultural beliefs, values, customs, traditions, healing ways, ceremonies, traditional medicine, protocols. Guided ongoing development with traditional Elders over the course of many years. Learning about Indigenous cultural identity that is recognized by other indigenous people and is respectful in a health care environment. Knowledge of how to respond to diverse cultural needs of a wide variety of Indigenous people. Knowledge about the effects of colonization and residential schools, including intergenerational traumas. Openness to continually learn. Experience in the delivery of adult educational material. Demonstrated strength in verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated strength in presentation and group facilitation skills. Experience working in clinical settings in Canada. Experience coaching others in adapting to different cultural environments. Lived experience adapting to at least one new culture as a professional.

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters Degree preferred. Professional experience with IEHPs and addressing their barriers to practice. Experience conducting research and needs assessments.

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