Can you even imagine being in a job as important as advancing and protecting human rights for Albertans? As a Human Rights Officer, part of your role will be to respond to confidential human rights and discrimination inquiries from the public, including members of groups protected by human rights legislation, employers, service providers, landlords, unions, and other potential respondents. If your previous work experience has been in helping people find common ground, mediate issues, act as a conciliator, and educate the public on important social issues, you will feel at home with the Commission. Using your exceptional communication skills, you will provide information on the Alberta Human Rights Act, including processes for making complaints, requirements for reasonable accommodation under the Act, and dispute resolution services.
You will also manage a caseload, where you will be responsible for interpreting and applying legislation and broadly outlined legal principles and policy (such as reasonable accommodation), assessing potential complaints, and providing investigation and/or conciliation services to resolve accepted complaints. We know you are up for the task because you have exceptional analytical and fact-finding skills, excellent communication (verbal and written), strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, and the ability to lead systemic change processes. Consider joining the team and making the impact that you have been looking for!
Related university degree (ex. Law, social sciences, social work) and a minimum of 4 years related experience. The type of previous experience we are seeking is varied, such as experience with investigations, conciliations, mediations, legal work, social work or working in similar government program delivery services. Experience interpreting legislation to unique situations is a must, and knowing how to organize/manage a diverse case load is an asset. If you have previous work experience with the Alberta Human Rights Act and human rights principles, this would be an asset.
Equivalencies will be considered as follows:
Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of: 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.
The interview process will help assess your experience in a number of areas including:
Listening to clients and providing appropriate advice
Mediating and helping opposing parties achieve resolution
Collecting information that supports problem solving
An appreciation of reconciliation
Working with the public and explaining complex topics, like legislation
Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:
Develop Networks - Builds trust by being open to different perspectives while looking for long-term and mutually beneficial outcomes
Build Collaborative Environments - Promotes positive conflict resolution by identifying issues and facilitating discussion and/or coaching others to constructively resolve conflict.
Agility - Consistently takes action and remains objective under pressure by making well-thought through decisions when there are competing and ambiguous priorities. Supports others in managing their emotions.
Creative Problem Solving - Asks questions to get to the root issues and generate deep understanding and new ways of thinking about an issue. Ensures that the right questions are being asked about the right problem.
Systems Thinking - Considers the inter-relationships among different aspects of an approach including how they relate to other programs or areas. Considers emerging trends when contributing ideas to the development of broader priorities, strategies and approaches.
$2,803.40 - $3,674.86 bi-weekly ($73,168 - $95,913 annually)
Hours of Work: Monday - Friday, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (36.25 hours per week).
Please note this is a temporary opportunity with the duration of 1 (one) year.
This competition may be used to fill future permanent, temporary, and casual vacancies.
Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a Security Screening.
What we offer:
Comprehensive benefits plan: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/employees/DocList122.cfm
Pension plan: https://www.pspp.ca/page/pspp-home
Leadership and mentorship programs
Professional learning and development
Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. To apply online, users will be required to have an online account: https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx
As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file using the following suggested naming convention: Lastname,Firstname_JobIDXXXXXXX
If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume in one file (.pdf or .doc), quoting the Job ID 1057465, to Elena Lazar at Elena.Lazar@gov.ab.ca. When emailing, please describe in details the technical errors you are encountering, so we can better assist you in fixing the issue.
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies. In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html. It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.