Recruitment posting

Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation

Competition #: 790
Ministry : Jobs, Economy and Trade
Opening Date : 2023/10/20
closing Date : 2023/11/08
Role : Hearing Chairs, Full-time (Multiple)

It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are valued and supported on the boards of Alberta's public agencies

Role Required

The Minister is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as Hearing Chairs for the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation (Appeals Commission). Up to five full-time vacancies are to be filled.

Hearing Chair appointments are made by Order in Council for an initial term of one year, with re-appointment for terms of up to three years, to a maximum of 12 years of service. Hearing Chairs are designated as either representative of the interests of workers or employers.

Interested individuals who would like to learn more about this opportunity and the Appeals Commission are invited to attend information webinars on Wednesday, November 1 at 1pm or Tuesday, November 7 at 9am. To register, please email

The Appeals Commission’s main office is located in Edmonton, with an additional office in Calgary. We are seeking candidates to work out of our Edmonton office, with occasional travel to Calgary as may be required.
About the Agency

The Appeals Commission is a quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a final level of appeal for workers and employers on workers’ compensation matters. We are independent from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), arm’s length from government, and report to the Minister.

The Appeals Commission is committed to a fair, client-focused appeal experience, consistent with our values of respect, service, integrity and accountability. In serving our clients, we understand their needs, offer user-friendly resources, guide them through the appeal process, create a safe and respectful place to be heard and issue clear, timely, independent and unbiased decisions.

The Appeals Commission’s welcoming culture is inclusive to all individuals. We respect and value the unique perspectives and voices that are part of Alberta and strive to ensure our team is representative of the communities we serve.

Further information regarding the Appeals Commission can be accessed through its website at

Role Description

The Appeals Commission conducts over 500 hearings per year both virtually and in-person from its offices in Edmonton and Calgary. As a Hearing Chair, you will chair three-person panels to hear and decide appeals of decisions of the Workers’ Compensation Board’s review body.

Hearing Chairs manage hearings, facilitate decision-making processes, and prepare the panel’s written decision. You have excellent leadership and writing skills, and extensive experience in the interpretation and application of legislation or policy, preferably in a quasi-judicial setting, and a sound understanding of administrative proceedings.

The role of Hearing Chair offers opportunities for development, including extensive training, mentorship and continuous learning. Vice Chairs and the Chief Appeals Commissioner may be recruited from the Hearing Chair pool.

The Appeals Commission is a hybrid work environment. Hearing Chairs work at the Appeals Commission’s offices in Edmonton and Calgary. Hearing Chairs must attend at either office location three full workdays per week.

The Appeals Commission hosts in person, documentary, teleconference and video conference appeal hearings. In-person appeal hearings take place at both office locations. We are accepting applications from individuals who are able to attend hearings in-person and virtually. Please note that full-time Hearing Chairs are expected to attend at either office at least three full workdays per week.

Skills and Experience Required

We encourage applications from all individuals who believe they have an equivalent combination of skills, training and experience that meets the following standards:

  • Commitment to excellence in client service and teamwork.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • High level of writing proficiency, with the ability to clearly explain complex concepts in plain language. Experience in or familiarity with drafting decision documents is an asset.
  • Strong organization, time management and prioritization skills in a sustained complex environment, to manage a significant workload.
  • Demonstrated accountability for meeting time and quality performance measures.
  • The ability to manage administrative proceedings gained through experience in the interpretation and application of legislation or policy in a quasi-judicial or similar setting.
  • Experience chairing administrative hearings and leading discussions for consensus-based decision-making is preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills at analyzing evidence, exercising judgment, solving problems, and working towards consensus.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate views and opinions while respectfully and inclusively working towards consensus in decision-making.
  • Capable of working in a computerized environment with demonstrable skills relating to Microsoft Office applications and virtual ways of working.
  • A post-secondary education is required. Related experience and/or training in administrative law principles is an asset. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will also be considered.

Background checks will be completed on the final candidates and may include reference checks, security clearance, and academic credential verification.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary and benefits are set by legislation and Government of Alberta policy.

Salary range is established by the Reform of Agencies, Boards, and Commissions Compensation Regulation, Schedule 2, Level 1.

Position Profile
Additional Documentation

Please note: This ad will close on November 8, 2023, or until suitable candidate found.

The posting may be used to fill current and future public agency vacancies.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission

Phone: 780-408-8460


How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.

Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at

The personal information in ePAAS is collected pursuant to section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used to administer and manage recruitment for current and future public agency appointment opportunities. Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Public Agency Secretariat, Public Service Commission, 3rd Floor, Peace Hills Trust Tower, 10011 109 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8 or by calling 780-644-3060. Applicants will be required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may be required to undergo additional screening.

Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.

Agency Website:
Link to Enabling Legislation:

Workers' Compensation Act in Alberta