University of Calgary
University of Calgary employees host a tour of the new 19,000-acre W.A. Ranch, the largest research-based cattle ranch in North America   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

  • University of Calgary helps employees save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance, as well as phased-in work options to help employees nearing retirement transition
  • University of Calgary maintains a detailed mental health strategy which includes awareness events for students, staff and faculty, workshops, training and resources, an annual wellness fair, and a dedicated UFlourish Week to support and build positive mental health
  • As part of its raison d'ĂȘtre, 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
Students, faculty and staff attended University of Calgary's sustainability awards ceremony in 2019   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

Highlights

Industry Post-secondary education
Established in Canada 1996
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,088
Part-time employees in Canada 394
Average age of employees in Canada 46.5 years
Longest serving employee 52.7 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
Health spending account up to $850 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week
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 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house 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

COVID-19

Pandemic response daily COVID-19 information bulletin, training and interactive workshops to help employees adjust to working from home, flexible work schedules to allow employees to manage their workloads and respond to their personal circumstances, implemented a COVID-19 Community Support website for the public (tips and advice from experts, webinars, tools, articles, resources and celebrations of acts of kindness and collaboration)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • University of Calgary launched 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 -- the Indigenous Strategy office created a grant program to promote Indigenous-focused research or initiatives and a speaker series to bring Indigenous scholars to campus to share their research
  • In the past year, the university also launched an Indigenous summer student program, working with community partners to hire 16 positions across the campus -- and, unveiled its inaugural Indigenous Student Mentorship Day, matching six students with employees for a day of mentoring
  • For the second 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
At the University of Calgary's 2019 Diversity Days, students, faculty and staff received Diversity Awards and heard from keynote speaker Adora Nwofor   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

Highlights

Industry Post-secondary education
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,088
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Diversity & Equity and Protected Disclosure
Formal commitment Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure, 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, diversity and inclusion committees for the faculty of arts, science, and the Schulich School of Engineering
Recruitment initiatives recruiting workshops for hiring managers and academic selection committees (best practices and unconscious bias), launched an Indigenous summer student program (working with community partners), hosted inaugural Indigenous Student Mentorship Day on campus (mentoring provided to 6 students)
Retention and development programs Women's Advancement Office within the Schulich School of Engineering (offers professional programming such as events and workshops and facilitates support and networking amongst employees)
Employee resource groups Academic Women's Association to advance career development, Diversity and Equity Network to share information and contribute to the development of best practices
Training and awareness training on topics such as unconscious bias, micro-aggressions in the workplace, anti-discrimination, inclusive language, and mental health, Office of Indigenous Engagement also offers a variety of learning opportunities such as The Story of ii' taa'poh'to'p and an Indigenous knowledge public lecture series
Diversity highlights formal awareness strategy for the Canada Research Chairs Program to close gaps in representation of the four equity groups in chair positions, fourth annual Diversity Days initiative (interactive events, panel discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including racism and discrimination, gender and gender expression, disabilities, Indigenous knowledge, colonialism, Muslim prayer rugs, poverty, and LGBTQ+), Positive Space campaign, The Q Centre for sexual and gender diversity, 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), Women's Resource Centre in support of gender equality, annual campus wellness fair to build positive mental health
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Calgary Immigrant Services, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Aboriginal Futures

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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