University of Calgary
University of Calgary staff and faculty show off their float at the 2021 Calgary Stampede Parade   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • University of Calgary maintains a detailed mental health strategy which includes awareness events for students, staff and faculty, workshops, training and resources, a dedicated UFlourish Week to support and build positive mental health, and a wellness advocate program
  • University of Calgary supports employees through various stages of life, from maternity leave top-up payments for mothers-to-be, to flexible work options to help balance personal and family commitments, to phased-in retirement work options for those in the later stages of their career
  • As part of its raison d'être, University of Calgary offers a variety of professional development opportunities including in-house apprenticeships, leadership development programs, and the UNavigate career management program to help employees identify strengths, interests, and skill gaps
University of Calgary campus community enjoying some of the recently upgraded recreational facilities on campus   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

Highlights

Industry Post-secondary education
Established in Canada 1996
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,822
Part-time employees in Canada 380
Average age of employees in Canada 46.5 years
Longest serving employee 53.7 years
Benefits note University of Calgary has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 97.8% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $800 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,369 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

COVID-19

Pandemic response COVID-19 dashboard with up-to-date information, training and interactive workshops to help employees adjust to working from home, enhanced mental health and wellness resources for employees

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • University of Calgary launched a public-facing equity, diversity and inclusion dashboard to share the demographics of its student body, faculty, staff, and university leadership -- and to help revel gaps in representation
  • University of Calgary created an Indigenous Strategic Plan (ii' taa'poh'to'p) in 2017 to help guide its response to implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report -- and established an Indigenous summer student program, working with community partners to hire 24 positions across the campus
  • For the third year, University of Calgary offered Diversity Awards to students, staff, faculty and mixed teams (that might include community members) who have demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and equity on campus through initiatives, research or other activities
Belinda Heyne, a physical chemistry professor at the University of Calgary, investigates decontamination methods for the reuse of medical masks used during the pandemic   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)
We want to build them a pathway to success and to consider the University of Calgary as a place where they can go to school and find work — both academic and professional. We are just happy to be contributing in some capacity to Indigenous students, no matter where they end up. Creating a place where students can gain research experience, mentorship and work experience can only be a good thing. Lauren Remple, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Highlights

Industry Post-secondary education
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,822
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives inaugural Vice-Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion established in 2020 (responsible for driving the university's institutional and community EDI goals), office of equity, diversity and inclusion, workplace diversity and employment equity strategy, many faculties have also created individual committees and Associate Dean positions responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Performance management and accountability employment equity self-identification survey, launched a public-facing equity, diversity and inclusion dashboard in 2021 to share the demographics of its student body, faculty, staff, and university leadership
Employee resource groups Diversity and Equity Network to share information and contribute to the development of best practices
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies Indigenous strategic plan (ii' taa'poh'to'p) to guide the university in responding to relevant recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, campus mental health strategy
Recruitment initiatives recruiting workshops for hiring managers and academic selection committees (includes best practices and implicit bias training), launched an Indigenous summer student program in partnership with community organizations and participates in related career panels and events
Training and awareness initiatives workshops on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics for staff and faculty, including The Working Mind (to increase mental health awareness and reduce stigma), microaggressions in the workplace, inclusive language, power and privilege, and intercultural communication, office of Indigenous engagement offers additional learning opportunities on topics such as reconciliation, Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous relations (how to build relationships with today's communities), Courageous Conversation speaker series (to spark conversation around equity, race, systemic racism and anti-racism)
Diversity highlights Women's Resource Centre in support of gender equality, annual campus wellness fair to build positive mental health, Writing Symbols Lodge (support service dedicated to creating an inclusive community for Indigenous students and is a place of intercultural learning for the non-Indigenous campus community), The Q Centre for sexual and gender diversity, fifth annual Diversity Days initiative (interactive events, panel discussions and lectures), offers diversity awards for employees, students, faculty and teams who have demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and equity on campus, provides intercultural capacity building grants for individuals who have ideas on how to Indigenize campus

The Career Directory

University of Calgary has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
University of Calgary employees at the UCalgary Strong festival, celebrating the last day of classes and commemorating the first anniversary of the Brentwood tragedy

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post-secondary education
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,369 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads The Office of Advancement recently launched a two-year rotational program for recent graduates with a degree in communications. The university also manages a dedicated Indigenous summer student program as well as articling opportunities for those interested in a career in finance or law.
Typical new grad positions Postdoctoral Scholar, Research Assistant/Associate, IT Assistant/Analyst, Student Advisor, Admissions Assistant, Articling (legal and financial), Faculty/Program Assistant, Graduate Program Assistant/Advisor, Lab Technician
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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