Alberta Human Rights Commission

Alberta Human Rights Commission

Recruitment posting

Alberta Human Rights Commission
Competition #: 738
Ministry: Justice and Solicitor General
Opening Date: 12/10/2021
Closing Date: 01/10/2022
Role: Chief of the Commission and Tribunals
Role Required: The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals for the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Offices are located 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 and Solicitor General. 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
In this senior official role, the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals provides leadership in setting the vision and overall goals of the Commission to ensure the spirit and intent of the Alberta Human Rights Act are met. The role provides jurisprudential leadership through conducting case management sessions, hearings, mediations, and decision writing.

As a Tribunal Member, the Chief conducts Tribunal hearings, writes decisions, conducts mediations, and considers appeals from Director’s decisions. As head of the Commission, the Chief will set policy direction, oversee educational programs, and keep the Minister informed of emergent human rights issues and trends.

While respecting the Director’s independence, the Chief works to ensure that Commission procedures enhance access to justice, and the fair, just and expeditious resolution of human rights complaints.

The Chief also works with the Director of Communication, Education and Engagement to set the priorities for that unit, including the development of specific projects and initiatives, including in the area of Indigenous Human Rights, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and linking with community organizations that supporting equality-seeking communities.

Skills and Experience Required
The ideal candidates’ background includes:

Extensive senior management and leadership experience, including setting strategic and operational priorities.
A solid understanding of administrative law and the role of adjudicative bodies in providing fair, just and expeditious resolution of complaints is required.
Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging human rights principles and issues, including a solid understanding of systemic discrimination issues and issues affecting diverse communities is also required.
Candidates will have well-established credibility in their careers and are recognized for demonstrating fairness and personal integrity.
Excellent communication, complemented by strong analytical skills and a proven ability to write clear and fair adjudicative decisions in an arbitral, judicial or quasi-judicial role, is essential.
Experience with the Alberta Human Rights Act and related legislation, as well as experience with employment and labour law, is an asset.
Candidates must have a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor degree from a faculty of common law at a Canadian university or an equivalent qualification and must be eligible to become a member of 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 Chief of the Commission and Tribunals is a full-time position.

The appointment is recommended by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and made under an Order in Council approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Appointments are for a specified term, and reappointments may be possible to a maximum of 12 years.

The Chief of the Commission and Tribunals is a senior official position and listed under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Regulation: Order in Council (O.C. 68/2017) Schedule 2, Level 4 ($184,365 – $249,435).

Offices are located in both Edmonton and Calgary. Candidates should be available to travel throughout the province as required. Travel expenses will be paid in accordance to the Government of Alberta’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Policy.


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