Job title: Educational Program Specialist

Company: University of Saskatchewan

Job description: Educational Program SpecialistPrimary Purpose: To spearhead the creation, implementation, and continuous enhancement of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program’s curriculum and assessment strategies. This new 2-year professional graduate program is scheduled to commence its first cohort in Fall 2025, with 20 students. The program is structured with a first year focused on classroom-based clinical science education, followed by a second year dedicated to clinical placements. The Educational Program Specialist role involves designing and developing comprehensive educational frameworks and evaluation methods from the ground up, ensuring alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in the medical education landscape. Additionally, the specialist will collaborate with faculty and stakeholders to foster a culture of academic excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.Nature of Work: The Educational Program Specialist will play a pivotal role in the conceptualization, development, and operationalization of the curriculum for the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. Reporting directly to the Academic Director and administratively to the Program Manager, this role demands close collaboration with MPAS academic leadership to design and implement a curriculum framework that meets rigorous academic and clinical standards. The Specialist will also actively work alongside the MPAS Curriculum Leads, participate in MPAS committees, contributing to broader program strategies and ensuring the curriculum supports the program’s goals and accreditation requirements. This position is essential for creating a foundation of educational excellence as the program prepares to welcome its first cohort.Typical Duties or Accountabilities:Curriculum Development and Assessment:

  • Lead the creation, ongoing refinement, and review of curriculum maps, course content, and learning objectives in collaboration with faculty, ensuring alignment with MPAS program goals, competencies, and accreditation standards.
  • Design and implement comprehensive assessment strategies to measure student performance and program effectiveness, working closely with faculty to develop formative and summative assessment tools aligned with learning outcomes.

Faculty Support and Educational Enhancement:

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  • Provide ongoing support and consultation to faculty on curriculum design, instructional methods, and assessment techniques, fostering an environment of continuous improvement and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Development team to enhance learning opportunities for faculty, focusing on areas relevant to the curriculum of the MPAS program, and ensuring effective teaching practices.
  • Work closely with content-experts to improve the delivery of various learning components, determining and implementing effective teaching methods that promote evidence-based practices and align with the program’s objectives.

Program Management and Quality Assurance:

  • Coordinate with various internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation of the program, managing scheduling, resource allocation, and technology integration effectively.
  • Monitor program timelines and milestones, providing regular updates to leadership and recommending adjustments to ensure timely progress and achievement of program objectives.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of the program to ensure quality, compliance with accreditation standards, and continuous improvement, assisting in preparing accreditation documentation and participating in site visits.

Education: Master’s degree in Education, Health Professions Education, Educational Psychology, or a related field. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.Experience: A minimum of five years’ experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating educational curriculum in higher education is required, preferably in health sciences or medical education. Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of accreditation processes and standards in health education programs is required.Skills: A solid foundation of pedagogy, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Experience with curriculum mapping software and learning management systems. Familiarity with the medical model of education and training. Expertise in evaluating and enhancing teaching methods and educational delivery. This professional challenge will require the application of intelligence, innovation, creativity, and passion. The successful candidate will be a leader who embraces challenges, solves problems, and thinks progressively.Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Gayathri Manoharan 306-966-4252.Department: College of Medicine – DnOffce
Status: Term 2 year with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $66,030.00 – 103,174.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional
Salary Phase/Band: Phase 2
Posted Date: 5/2/2024
Closing Date: 5/15/2024 at 6:00 pm CST
Number of Openings: 1
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace GuidelinesThe successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Job date: Fri, 03 May 2024 07:11:44 GMT