Recruitment posting

Alberta Human Rights Commission


Competition #: 796
Ministry : Justice
Opening Date : 2023/11/28
closing Date : 2023/12/22
Role : Director

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 of Justice is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the Director for the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Location
The Director position can be located in either Edmonton or Calgary and provides leadership to offices in Edmonton and Calgary.
About the Agency

The Alberta Human Rights Act establishes the Alberta Human Rights Commission as an independent body that reports through the Ministry of Justice. The Commission has a two-fold mandate: to foster equality and to reduce discrimination. This mandate is fulfilled through public education initiatives and the resolution of human rights complaints made under the Act.

Role Description

The Director makes reviewable decisions to screen complaints to be dismissed or referred to the Tribunal. The Director instructs legal counsel on unique and complex human rights issues being heard by the Tribunal and the courts. The Director oversees the case management and resolution of human rights complaints representing the public interest before the human rights tribunal and the courts. Reporting to the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, the Director supports the Chief in providing leadership and direction for the administration of the Commission. The Director requires a legal background to interpret the Human Rights Act and other legislative authorities, to issue legal reasons for screening decisions, and to lead the team of lawyers who advance complaints to hearing. The Director is directly responsible for senior managers who oversee approximately 30 full time equivalencies. The Director oversees the budget and operational planning for the Director’s office.

Skills and Experience Required

The ideal candidate’s background includes:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of administrative law. They will have a strong understanding of human rights, including the Alberta Human Rights Act, knowledge of the justice system, human rights jurisprudence, and the rules of natural justice and procedural fairness.
  • Senior leadership experience with demonstrated strengths overseeing corporate administrative functions and managing diverse teams in a complex environment.
  • Exceptional management skills, sound judgement, the ability to work collaboratively and make fair and independent decisions.
  • Knowledge in financial and operational planning
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) is required.
  • A minimum of eleven years legal experience following admission to the bar in a Canadian jurisdiction and be eligible for membership with the Law Society of Alberta.

Final candidates will be asked to undergo a comprehensive background check, disclosure and conflict of interest screening.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The Director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission is a full-time contract position. The salary for the position is $8,313.36 to $9,502.54 bi-weekly ($216,978 - $248,016 annually). 

This position can be located in either Edmonton or Calgary and provides leadership to offices in Edmonton and Calgary. Travel expenses will be paid in accordance with the Government of Alberta’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Policy.

Position Profile
Additional Documentation

In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require a biography. Click HERE to download the biography form.

Once the forms are completed, save them to your PC. When you click on submit application, you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop or upload your completed biography form and others requested into the ‘Drop files below or click to upload’ section.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Public Service Commission

Phone: 780-408-8460

Email: psc.executivesearchservices@gov.ab.ca

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 https://www.alberta.ca/public-agencies.cfm.

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, 12th Floor 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S7 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.

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