Social Program Officer
Government of Canada
Kitchener, ON
Correctional Service Canada
Campbellford (Ontario), Gravenhurst (Ontario), Kingston (Ontario), Kitchener (Ontario)
WP-03 - Social Program Officer
$57,587 to $74,746
For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 17 December 2018 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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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

Candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet the essential education and experience factors listed by answering the screening questions. For each of the screening questions, provide clear and concrete examples and details of where, when and how you obtained the experience. For example, for each experience requirement, you must list where you gained the experience, your title at the time, a description of the tasks you performed relevant to the experience factor, and your accomplishments.

As a possible secondary source to validate your experience, provide an up-to-date résumé that clearly outlines your education and experience.

Failure to provide the above information may result in your application being rejected from the process.

Asset qualifications can be an important factor that may be considered for specific positions being staffed. Therefore, if you meet the asset education and experience, it is to your advantage to demonstrate this in your application as well.

In institutions every day, Social Program Officers plan, organize, and deliver social programs. These programs assist offenders with their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Programs can range from Community Integration Programs to Parental Skills Programs. They are designed to meet the social, cultural, and personal development needs of inmates.

Work environment
Candidates must be willing to work in a correctional environment where ongoing contact with federally sentenced inmates will be necessary.

Intent of the process
A pool of qualified candidates resulting from this process may be used to fill term and indeterminate vacancies.
Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Experience in organizing and/or monitoring social programs,
including social, recreational or leisure activities.

Experience in intervening with and/or supporting individuals who
are working on changing their behaviour.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
Successful completion of an accredited post-secondary program in Sports, Recreation, Leisure Activities, Social Sciences or any other area relevant to the duties.

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or a combination of post-secondary education, training and experience related to the position.

Degree equivalency

Experience in the use of various software programs such as: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Outlook and Power Point.

Experience in recruiting volunteers and facilitating volunteer run activities.

Experience in the delivery of programs that prepare offenders for reintegration into the community.

Experience working in a correctional environment.

Experience working with Indigenous organizations or communities.

Experience working with Ethno-cultural (not including Indigenous) organizations or communities.

Experience working with individuals with mental health needs.

Experience working with women in conflict with the law.
Note: This element applies to positions in Women Offender Institutions

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

Information on language requirements

A secondary school diploma, or a satisfactory score on the Public
Service Commission test approved as an alternative to a
secondary school diploma, or a successful completion of a
provincially/territorially approved secondary school equivalency

Degree equivalency

Knowledge of the Correctional Service of Canada’s Mission, priorities, and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act/Regulations.

Knowledge of reintegration programs and related policies.

Knowledge of needs specific to women offenders, including Aboriginal women offenders, and gender-specific interventions. Note: This element applies to positions in Women Offender Institutions.

Ability to plan, facilitate, and evaluate the impact of social programs including social, recreational or leisure activities.

Ability to establish partnerships with community organizations.

Ability to provide leadership to volunteers and offender groups.

Ability to motivate, positively influence, and assist offenders.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.




Sensitivity to Diversity

Values & Ethics

Sensitivity to interventions for women offenders, including Aboriginal women offenders.
Note: This element applies to positions in Women Offender Institutions.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Ability to communicate orally and/or in writing in a language other than English/French that is reflective of the offender population.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Employees must work shifts, variable hours, weekends, and statutory holidays.

Employees may be required to work overtime.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - Reliability and Security: reliability status.

Possession of a valid unrestricted driver's licence that conforms to provincial or territorial requirement may be applicable to some positions.

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

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