Aboriginal Correctional Program Officer
Government of Canada
Edmonton, AB
Correctional Service Canada
Edmonton (Alberta)
$65,077 to $86,150
For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 31 May 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing or employed in Edmonton, AB and within a 150 km radius of Edmonton, AB, within Canadian territory AND that are members of the following Employment Equity group: Aboriginal persons.
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Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

  • NOTE: It is the responsibility of the candidate to clearly outline how they meet each of the screening criteria (i.e. Education and Experience Qualifications, both Essential and Assets) by RESPONDING TO THE SCREENING QUESTIONS IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the requirement is met or to provide a listing of current responsibilities, rather the candidate must provide concrete examples that illustrate how they meet the requirement. Lack of EXAMPLES and DETAILS may result in your application being rejected.
**Please note that the following Aboriginal Correctional Program Officer advertisements are posted simultaneously for positions in the Prairie region: Selection process no. 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152151, 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152157, 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152158, 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152159, 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152160, 2019-PEN-EA-PRA-152161.

If you apply to more than one Aboriginal Correctional Program Officer selection process, you will only be assessed once.

Aboriginal Correctional Program Officers (ACPOs) deliver correctional programs that combine traditional healing approaches (ceremonies and traditional teachings) with evidence based correctional practices (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Social Learning Theory) in an effort to reduce the recidivism rates of federally sentence offenders. The programs are designed to address, in a culturally sensitive way, behaviours that increase an offender’s risk to reoffend. They work in partnership with Elders and Parole Officers to contribute to the healing journey of Indigenous offenders by addressing identified needs. ACPOs are responsible for class preparation, the delivery of structured lessons and assessing each offender’s progress and accountability. They help guide, motivate and encourage Aboriginal offenders along their path to healing and reintegration. Correctional programs are generally offered in a group setting, but the position also involves interacting with offenders on a one to one basis as necessary. These positions may be based in an institution or the community.

Work environment
Correctional Service of Canada is seeking interest from persons looking for an exciting and rewarding career as an Aboriginal Correctional Program Officer.

Aboriginal Correctional Program Officers are essential to fulfilling the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) mission of contributing to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control.

For further information on the department, work environment, careers at CSC and application process, please visit our website at http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca.

Intent of the process
A pool of qualified candidates may be established and could be used to staff positions of various tenures in an institution or in the community nearby.
Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
A secondary school diploma or a satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission (PSC) test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

  • Significant work experience motivating or counselling persons in individual or group settings.
Experience applying traditional Indigenous cultural and spiritual teachings and values.
Experience working with Indigenous people, communities or organizations.

Note: *Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed these duties.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

Thinking things through
Demonstrating integrity and respect, including the CSC Values
Showing initiative and being action oriented
Working effectively with others including Elders and Spiritual Advisors.

Ability to plan, organize and deliver Indigenous programs.
Ability to analyse the impact of Indigenous interventions.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Sensitivity to diversity

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution a field related to the position or a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution combined with training and experience related to the position.
Graduation with a diploma from a recognized college in a field related to the position or a diploma from a recognized college combined with training and experience related to the position.

Degree equivalency

Certification in a specific Correctional Service of Canada program area.

Experience with the case management.
Experience preparing and delivering training or presentations.
Experience assessing human behaviour in the context of program delivery.
Experience interacting with and assisting people with unique and challenging needs.
Experience working in a correctional environment.
Experience working with Indigenous people in conflict with the law.
Experience working with an Elder/Spiritual Advisor.
Experience in the delivery of structured programs to Indigenous people who have integration or behaviour problems.
**Experience offering services or programs to women in conflict with the law.

Note: ** This element applies to positions in Women’s Institutions and/or at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.

Ability to communicate orally in an Indigenous language.
Ability to communicate in writing in an Indigenous language.

Selection is limited to members of the following Employment Equity group: Aboriginal persons.

Willingness and ability to travel.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

Other information
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Note for applicants who self-declare as Aboriginal:
An Aboriginal person is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit. North American Indians or members of a First Nation include treaty, status or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. Please note that you will be required to complete the Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form (AAAF) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/appointment-framework/employment-equity-diversity/affirmation-aboriginal-affiliation.html .

Candidates who are unable to apply on-line can send their application by fax to (613) 992-7716 or email to cscrecruitment@csc-scc.gc.ca. Please ensure to clearly quote reference/selection number and attach a completed and signed copy of the AAAF.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application on-line to take advantage of the many benefits in using this electronic recruitment system. Some of these benefits are that:
You can create an applicant profile and a résumé that can be used when applying for other selection processes without having to recreate a new application each time.
You can modify your application/résumé anytime BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement. You can verify the status of your application at any time.
Persons with a disability preventing them from applying on-line should contact us at 1-800-645-5605.

Applicants are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Please indicate your preferred official language in your application.

A random or top-down selection may be used at any stage of the process.

You will be required to provide proof of your educational credentials.

All information pertaining to this selection process will be sent by e-mail and/or will be indicated in your Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) account. It is therefore your responsibility to verify your e-mail account and your PSRS account for new communication regarding this selection process on a regular basis and to advise of any change of address, phone number and/or email address. Applicants must provide a valid email address and ensure that it is always functional. Applicants must also ensure that their system accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of emails).Responses provided after the indicated deadline may not be accepted.

Applicants are responsible for travel expenses related to this selection process.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.