Recruitment posting

Attendance Board

Competition #: 822
Ministry : Education
Opening Date : 2024/06/07
closing Date : 2024/07/12
Role : Attendance Board Member

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 Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a member of the Attendance Board.

  • There are 14 positions
Meetings of Attendance Board members take place virtually. Administrative work takes place virtually on own computer. Hearings mostly take place online or occasionally at a school/school board office in the community where a student resides.
About the Agency

Mandate and Function

  • The Attendance Board is a quasi-judicial body established under the authority of the Education Act to hear matters referred to the Board by school authorities across the province of Alberta.
  • The Chair or Vice-Chair determine whether mediation or a formal hearing will be conducted and selects members which form a panel to conduct a formal hearing or a mediation.
  • During a hearing of the Attendance Board, evidence regarding the barriers to a student’s regular attendance are reviewed and discussed with a focus on identifying solutions to address chronic absenteeism.
  • The Attendance Board is one component of the Office of Student Attendance and Re-Engagement whose goal is improved student attendance and re-engagement in learning.

  Overview of Board

  • The Attendance Board will be comprised of 40 members including a Chair and a Vice Chair.
Role Description

General Duties

  • Attendance Board members are selected to form panels to hear matters referred to the Attendance Board by school authorities.
  • Each hearing has a member selected to preside over the process, referred to as the presiding member.

  • At the conclusion of a hearing of the Attendance Board, a panel of the Board creates an order, which includes directives to the student and their parent/guardian that are intended to address barriers to attendance and support the student to return to school.
  • Members may conduct a mediation with a student, their parent/guardian, and representatives from the school authority. A mediation conducted by a panel of the Attendance Board is less formal than a hearing and does not result in the creation of an order of the Attendance Board

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Members are responsible for preparing for the hearing by reviewing referral documents and preparing questions for witnesses. During the hearing members are responsible for recording information and asking questions.

Presiding members are responsible for preparing for the hearing by reviewing referral documents, presiding over the hearing, leading panel deliberations, presenting the order during the hearing, and writing up the order and background after the hearing.

Members are responsible for preparing for and conducting a mediation as assigned by the Chair or Vice Chair.

Term for appointment

  • Appointments are typically for a three-year term.
  • Members may be reappointed for additional terms for a maximum of 12 consecutive years.
Skills and Experience Required
  • Legal/Regulatory Experience - Asset
  • Risk Management Experience
  • Government/Public Policy Knowledge
  • Sector Knowledge (education, social work, counselling, mental health services and child and youth work)
Remuneration and Time Commitment

Attendance Board members are typically appointed for a term of three years with the possibility of reappointment (cannot exceed a total of 12 years of continuous appointment).

Members are expected to participate in Attendance Board meetings and/or training approximately twice per year. All meetings are conducted virtually. The number of hearings a member is required to attend will vary dependent on demand and the availability of the member. Most hearings of the Attendance board are conducted virtually with occasional in person hearings under unique circumstances. The Attendance Board member should expect to commit time to review documentation in advance of a hearing and be prepared to ask questions of witnesses. The presiding member of the panel is required to draft the Order of the Attendance Board. Less frequently, members may also be asked to conduct a mediation related to chronic absenteeism.

The Attendance Board member should expect to commit a minimum of five - ten hours per month to meet the demands of this role and may receive requests for additional time at peak times throughout the school year. Attendance Board members are not active during the months of July and August.

Attendance Board members receive remuneration in accordance with the Committee Remuneration Order (O.C. 466/2007). Remuneration is provided for a panel member's time to prepare for and participate in hearings, draft Orders of the Attendance Board, and travel to hearing locations when required. Attendance Board members will receive $98 for up to 4 hours/day, $169 for up to 8 hours/day and $257 for over 8 hours/day. Compensation for travel will be provided for mileage, parking, meals, and accommodation, if required, in accordance with the 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.

Please note: This ad will close on July 12, 2024.

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.

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