Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Educ. Programming, Level C
Dietetics Education Coordinator
Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Food, Nutrition & Health
$72,128.00 (minimum) - $86,587.00 (midpoint) - $103,910.00 (maximum)
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"Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
The UBC Dietetics Program is a five-year nationally-accredited health professional training program offered by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. UBC offers the only dietetics degree program in British Columbia. This position is responsible for educational planning, development, assessment, delivery and evaluation related to the UBC Dietetics Program.
The Program is complex and province-wide; therefore, strong educational leadership is needed to ensure its successful operation and outcomes. The Program has both campus-based and practice-based education components. The final program year involves full time structured practice-based education placements, delivered within eight health authority sites across BC. Student placements are supervised by approximately 300 preceptors (practitioners who assume this educational role on behalf of UBC). To ensure that students achieve required knowledge and skills for professional practice, the Program regularly reviews and revisits pedagogical models and teaching and learning strategies in use.
The position works in close collaboration with a large number of stakeholders, including students, preceptors, site internship coordinators, student assistants, contractors and UBC faculty and staff. The Dietetics Leadership Council provides general supervision. This is a high-profile educational leadership position and the incumbent must be able to represent the Faculty locally, regionally, and nationally.
- Provides orientation, education, support, and leadership on instructional best practices to preceptors and internship site coordinators.
- Conducts educational and operational needs assessments, using program planning, operational planning and pedagogical knowledge and skills.
- Leads projects and initiatives to re-design existing approaches to better meet the Program's educational and operational goals.
- Establishes and implements operational framework for the practice-based component of the program.
- Establishes approaches to preceptor education and recognition in the Program.
- Supports students and preceptors in the practice-based education component of the program, including the research component. Oversees project approval processes involving UBC Research Services, health authorities, and other agencies as required. Provides leadership on project selection, ethics, approval logistics, and research learning resources.
- Reviews Program curriculum to ensure that it meets accreditation and regulatory requirements and stakeholder needs.
- Plans and implements curriculum changes as required. Prepares curriculum proposals related to professional practice and internship courses for review by faculty colleagues and consideration by the Faculty curriculum committee prior to being sent to Senate for approval.
- Prepares and maintains curricular materials to support professional practice and internship courses.
- Leads and participates in short and long term program planning initiatives (for example, to bring on new program streams or partners, expand program, or enhance use of technology to support or enhance program delivery). Implements and evaluates program changes as required.
- Manages and contributes to various operational and project committees, both internal and external to UBC; establishes meeting agendas, chairs meetings, contributes to meeting discussions, communicates outcomes, and completes meeting-related actions.
- Represents the Program and Faculty on local, regional, and national initiatives relevant to Dietetics, practice education, and teaching and learning.
- Develops and maintains policies, systems, and organizational practices to support the Program.
- Serves as a key contributor to internal and external Dietetics Program communications. Manages website information and social media strategy; participates in media interviews; prepares reports, blog entries, and emails. Explores strategies for enhancing communication with stakeholders, including use of technology.
- Identifies and manages quality improvement initiatives related to the Program.
- Manages overall Program budget and initiative-specific budgets. Works within established budgets.
- Contributes to strategic and fiscal planning related to the Program; establishes and implements long range plans.
- Manages the Program's Clinical Instructors, as well as employees hired to support the Program such as consultants and student employees. Role includes hiring, discipline, evaluation and termination.
- Advises prospective and current students about program requirements, scholarships, etc. Develops written materials for use in advising.
- Contributes to planning and coordination of the Program's broad-based admissions processes.
- Maintains current knowledge of developments in teaching and learning and practice education. Reviews professional literature, consults other professionals (including those associated with dietetics programs across Canada), and actively participates in relevant educational programs.
- Contributes to planning and implementation of Program evaluation strategies.
- Contributes to development and implementation of program marketing plans and advocacy strategies. Creates promotional materials and promotes the program using varied communication strategies (written, oral, and web-based, including social media);
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Works within program and departmental guidelines under the general supervision of the Dietetics Leadership Council. Consults the Dietetics Leadership Council co-chairs about all significant and complex issues. Work is reviewed in terms of quality and effectiveness in meeting educational and other goals.
Supervises program consultants and dietetics student assistants (paid and volunteer). Provides educational oversight to preceptors (who are not UBC employees).
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Successful UBC Dietetics Program operations require the Dietetics Education Coordinator to make independent and timely decisions related to admissions, curriculum, program operations, and student and professional support. Poor performance in these areas could negatively impact stakeholder perceptions of and commitment to the Dietetics Program, jeopardizing program sustainability. Student ability to meet program requirements could also be negatively impacted. Errors in judgement could cause hardship, financial loss and/or affect the integrity and reputation of the Program, Faculty and the University.
Master's degree in Education. or other relevant discipline. Registered Dietitian (current registration with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia). Member, Dietitians of Canada. Active working knowledge of dietetics education and practice in British Columbia Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Familiarity with research processes including study approval requirements. Demonstrated experience as an educator with effective consultation, leadership and program planning skills.
. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to work effectively independently and in a collaborative team environment. Ability to conduct needs analyzes, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources. Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Strong interpersonal skills with well developed negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to exercise tact and discretion. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with an awareness of sensitive issues (i.e. intercultural). Ability to effectively use MS Office at an intermediate level. (including E-mail & Internet) Ability to adapt, organize, effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to coordinate and oversee work processes. (e.g., multiple practicums and program activities, deal with various stakeholders and dissemination of research project results) Well-developed skills in practice-based research
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.