Researcher, Special Reports
Manitoba Government
Winnipeg, MB
The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, resumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (formerly the Office of the Children’s Advocate) is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly and is independent of government. The Manitoba Advocate’s statutory mandate includes representing the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children, youth, and young adults receiving any designated or reviewable services as described under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. The Manitoba Advocate also reviews and reports upon the standards and quality of those reviewable and designated services provided to children, youth, and young adults who have died, to educate the public and to enhance the safety and well-being of Manitoba children, youth, and young adults.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
Satisfactory Criminal Record Check, Prior Contact Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, and Adult Abuse Registry Check
Valid Manitoba Driver’s License, access to a vehicle, ability and willingness to travel throughout Manitoba

Qualifications:Essential Criteria:
Degree or graduate degree (preferred) in social work or other relevant field appropriate to the position with several years’ experience in the areas of applied quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Extensive knowledge and understanding of provincial child- and youth-serving programs and public systems, including services/systems such as child and family, youth justice, addictions, disabilities, mental health, education, and victim support.
Experience acting in an advocacy capacity for children, youth, and young adults with a knowledge of children's rights and a commitment to child-centered practice.
Demonstrated experience assuming responsibility for a wide variety of complex, difficult, and sensitive cases, research projects and public educational activities with sensitivity, confidentiality, political acumen, and sound judgment.
Superior verbal communication skills with the ability to deliver presentations to large groups and to communicate effectively with individual children, youth, young adults, and their families.
Strong written communication skills including experience as the primary author of comprehensive and compelling research reports.
Strong organizational skills including the ability exercise initiative while managing high volume work loads with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
Working knowledge and understanding of the lives of Indigenous peoples and the aims and objectives of Indigenous communities, as well as other diverse cultures with respect to the provision of culturally appropriate services.

Desired Criteria:
Knowledge/experience in child fatality research, risk assessment research and practice, on issues related to the experiences of Manitoba’s children and youth.
Ability to use and knowledge of automated management information, case tracking systems, quantitative and qualitative analysis software, and word processing software.
Ability to communicate in one of Manitoba’s Indigenous languages.
Registered as a Social Worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers or eligible to be registered as a Social Worker; equivalent education, experience and eligibility for registration with a regulatory body, if available, will be considered.

The Researcher, Special Reports analyses trends, findings, and recommendations arising from the work of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) Office and creates and develops comprehensive special research reports about complex, interdepartmental issues and systemic trends that impact children, youth, and young adults in Manitoba. The purpose of special reports is to educate government, service providers, and the general public about systemic trends and issues that impact children, youth, and young adults. The special reports may be made public at the discretion of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, and may include formal recommendations to government ministers, other senior-level departmental staff, any public body or person, or any organization providing any designated or reviewable service as described in The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. The special reports developed by the incumbent may deal with complex, high profile, or contentious social and political issues, and may refer to and comment on any matter the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth has reviewed or investigated. The Researcher, Special Reports must demonstrate expert-level comprehension and extensive knowledge of a variety of inter-related social and political issues, protocols, and risk assessment strategies. The incumbent takes a leadership role in providing advice to the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth or designate on issues, trends, risks, and opportunities related to any designated or reviewable service or any other matter relevant to the work of MACY.

Apply to:
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Manitoba Legislative Assembly
Human Resource Services
302-386 Broadway
Winnipeg MB , R3C 3R6
Phone: 204-945-7279
Fax: 204-948-3115
The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth is looking for candidates who are willing to work on a flexible schedule to cover office demands and when travelling for work related purposes.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor's representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.