Associate Chair, Health Care Aide – Regional in Edmonton, Alberta

Norquest College



NorQuesters are difference makers and we’re searching for someone dedicated to finding ways forward to support and teach our Health Care Aide program with a primary focus on rural delivery as an Associate Chair in the Faculty of Health Studies (FHS). The Health Care Aide program at NorQuest College is well-known and one of the largest in Alberta, continuing to meet our health workforce needs in the province by graduating many competent health care aides. Delivery modalities include full-time, in person, hybrid, and online learning.

The role of the Associate Chair-Regional as an academic leader is challenging and rewarding. The selected candidate will serve as a key connection between faculty-student interaction, external stakeholders, and administrative operation. This means supervising, directing, inspiring, and coaching a small team of instructional staff. To stay current with the faculty and student needs, the Associate Chair maintains a partial teaching load with relief for administrative and leadership duties. The Associate Chair works closely with the Academic Program Manager, Vice Dean, Dean, and other stakeholders to establish, implement, and achieve academic program and faculty goals and objectives, through innovation, creativity, and teaching excellence.

Success in the role is to provide academic leadership, develop stakeholder relationships, deliver, and promote the Health Care Aide program in key rural areas. Candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team, possess strong organizational capability, can creatively problem-solve, and have a strong understanding of rural culture will thrive in this role. Importantly the successful candidate is expected to travel to regional sites to teach and promote the program when necessary.

This role reports to the Program Chair and is an active Faculty member of the FHS Leadership Team.


  • Maintain strong relationships and collaborate with rural stakeholders externally and across the college to ensure desired outcomes are achieved.

  • Work with marketing to create promotional material about the program.

  • Attend recruitment events throughout the Alberta region, such as community events.

  • Organize and perform information sessions and presentations for high schools and other key stakeholders.

  • Coordinate the development and delivery of courses and programs tailored for rural regions.

  • Strategically plan and schedule the program and staff assignments.

  • Optimize internal processes to improve operations.

  • Focus on maintaining curriculum integrity and quality assurance.

  • Recruit and orient faculty and instructional staff.

  • Demonstrate understanding of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and the needs of our rural and Indigenous learners.

  • Coach faculty and staff to help them grow and develop.

  • Facilitate learning and advocating for learner academic success.

  • Teach virtually and in-person, including regional sites.

  • Supervise and assess students in a lab and clinical setting.

  • Resolve academic issues, such as student appeals, and escalate when appropriate.

  • Lead program reviews and support accreditation requirements.

  • Facilitate learning and advocating for learner academic success.


  • Current nursing license and a good standing membership in CLPNA/CRNA.

  • A Bachelor Degree is preferred.

  • Current CPR.

  • 1+ years management or leadership experience in post-secondary or clinical practice environment an asset.

  • 3+ years of clinical nursing experience is an asset.

  • Successful experience teaching in a post-secondary environment. Preference for candidates who have taught the Health Care Aide program or health care-related training prior.

  • Ability to travel to multiple locations, which includes regional and rural sites.

  • Proficient computer skills.


As a difference maker you bring:

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a team to achieve organizational goals.

  • Ability to manage and coach staff in a changing environment.

  • Ability to convey a professional image and represent the organization in the community and with all stakeholders.

  • Ability to foster collegial relationships within the program teams, with external partners, peers, and with supervisors.

  • Strong written and interpersonal skills to communicate with diverse groups including students, staff, and internal and external stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to make ethical complex decisions rooted in the policies and procedures of the organization and nursing profession.

  • Demonstrated project management skills, prioritizing effectively, meeting timeframes, and fulfilling goals.

  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and commitments.

  • Ability to maintain a passion for the nursing profession and engage in professional development to maintain currency.

  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.

  • Dynamic and innovative leadership skills.

  • Familiarity with the nursing profession and the scope of practice of a licensed practical nurse.

SALARY: Reflective upon what you bring, AKA your education and experience. This is a fulltime position with immediate access to our great pension and benefit programs. The Associate Chair role is for the duration of one year with the possibility of renewal, and a base Instructor position once the role of Associate Chair has completed. While in the role of Chair, a 5% stipend will be included in compensation.

This is a Faculty role therefore the pay range is quite large, the Faculty Association agreement outlines how pay is determined.

We offer flexible work options. We strive for balance between a flexible work environment, connectedness to the campus community, and ensuring NorQuesters are set up to succeed in their roles and responsibilities.


CLOSING DATE: April 23, 2023 @ 11:59PM

APPLY TO BECOME A NORQUESTER: If this opportunity delights you and your expertise will shine in this role, we invite you to apply for this position online by uploading your resume and cover letter combined as one document.

PSST: Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted and we’ll make sure to do this within 28 days of the closing date.

Difference Makers. If we were to describe what NorQuest College is, we’d say these two words. We are so fundamentally driven in our mission to make a difference to our students, our community, and to our fellow NorQuesters, that it guides what we do, who we meet, and where we are headed.

So how do we make differences?

  • We empower NorQuesters. When it comes to working, it’s up to you to decide where (on campus or from another location) and how you work. NorQuesters are expected to embody our Qs—lead from where you are, be dependable, find ways forward—to name a few, but how you do that is your choice!

  • We unlock potential. Whether its newcomers to Canada who want to improve their English, students who want to complete their academic upgrading, learners pursuing post-secondary education, or anyone who wishes to strengthen their skills through professional development, our passion to educate touches people of all levels and all backgrounds.

  • We strengthen Alberta. From our graduates who hit the ground running, to our partnerships with government, industry, and business, to our commitment to communities, including a dedicated focus on Indigenous communities, we contribute to our province and make it stronger. We strive to be an employer of choice for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in Canada by leading, supporting, and being an ally through our work toward decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization.

And that’s a snapshot of how we are Difference Makers. But there’s so much more to us and we invite you to explore further!

Job Type (EN): Full Time Term [TRM]

Job Industry (Choose up to 3 industries) (EN): Education, Healthcare and Medical Services

Career Level (EN): Experienced

External Company Name: NORQUEST COLLEGE

Post End Date: 2023/04/24

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