Competition # : 31011
Department: Human Rights Commission
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG
Closing Date: 6/17/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) is an independent government agency tasked with administering the Human Rights Act. The Commission focuses on two key areas: providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement, and policy development. Through this work, the Commission is helping to build inclusive communities and protect human rights in Nova Scotia.
The Dispute Resolution Division is an active unit within the Commission, employing close to 60% of the Commission’s workforce. The division’s work is highly sensitive and focuses on the resolution of complaints related to allegations of discrimination through various methods, such as resolution conferences and investigations.
For more information about the Commission, visit our website - https://humanrights.novascotia.ca/
About Our Opportunity
Human Rights Officers (“HROs”) play a key role in protecting and advancing human rights in Nova Scotia. HROs are responsible for resolving complaints accepted by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in accordance with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. Using restorative principles, HROs assess each complaint assigned to them to determine the most appropriate and respectful way of resolving the complaint. If you are people-focused and seeking an opportunity to play an important role in promoting fairness and justice in a diverse and inclusive province, this position is for you!
Key accountabilities include:
Investigation of allegations: Employing culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices to inquire into and investigate allegations of violations of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. The HRO will complete fair and impartial investigation of accepted complaints. This is achieved through assessing the complaint information to determine the relevant information required in the investigation, assessing the information (i.e., medical reports, policies, personnel files, data), contacting and interviewing witnesses. This information must be analysed in accordance with relevant human rights principles and a working knowledge of discrimination including systemic discrimination and its impacts.
Endeavour to facilitate settlement of complaint: In keeping with restorative principles and when deemed to be appropriate, HROs will assist the parties in resolving their complaints through collaboration and clarification of issues and mutual agreement on settlement terms.
Documentation: HROs carry a large caseload of complex files and must develop strategies for collecting information, consolidating, reviewing and prioritizing competing tasks in a timely and responsive manner while ensuring high quality documentation is maintained.
Report Writing: HROs are required to prepare high quality reports on complex investigations and materials. These reports contain a succinct description of the facts and evidence gathered, as well as the HRO’s analysis of the evidence and relevant legal/human rights principles. The recommendation made by the HRO must be comprehensive and clear in the report.
Qualifications and Experience
To be considered for this position, you hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Law or the Social Sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with investigation, interviewing, and mediation is required and/or human services case management experience. In addition, you possess:
Experience with or sound knowledge of restorative and trauma-informed approaches;
Knowledge of the content and intent of the Human Rights Act and related legislation, the theories and principles of human rights, and the dynamics of systemic discrimination;
Experience working with equity-seeking communities;
Sound interpersonal and communication skills with a strong focus on client-centered and culturally responsive service delivery;
Sound report writing skills to prepare formal case analysis;
The ability to manage a high-volume caseload while respecting deadlines;
An ability to remain objective and impartial and a sound understanding and adherence to the principles of confidentiality; and
Strong judgment and analytical skills, as well as an ability to work independently.
The following would be viewed as assets: experience interpreting legislation and policies & procedures, and cultural competency training.
We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.
This is a posting for two full-time permanent positions based in Halifax. The positions will require some travel within the province.
What We Offer
Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
Pay Grade: PR 04 - PR 14
Salary Range: $1,663.25 - $3,030.25 Bi-Weekly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:
Current NS Government Employee Sign In
Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.
External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.