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Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council

Competition #: 577
Ministry: Education
Opening Date: 06/27/2018
Closing Date: 09/15/2018
Role: Public 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 public member of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council (AARAC).

Location
Meeting locations will vary.
About the Agency

The Government of Alberta is delivering on its promise to create an Anti-Racism Advisory Council. The creation of the AARAC will help ensure the Alberta community, in all its diversity, is represented, and diverse Albertans have a voice in the ongoing implementation of the anti-racism actions to which the Government of Alberta has committed in the “Taking Action Against Racism” plan released in June 2018.

The AARAC will be established in summer 2018 and supports increased dialogue and collaboration between government and diverse stakeholders and a coordinated approach to tackling racism.

The Minister of Education will be a member and a co-chair of the AARAC.

The purpose of this Council is to advise the Minister of Education, responsible for the anti-racism file, on how to combat racism and on the implementation and evaluation of the anti-racism actions.

Members may advise Government in areas such as:

• the removal of systemic barriers to accessing government programs and services;

• the removal of language barriers in accessing information;

• options on how to educate and inform Albertans to prevent future racism and encourage greater acceptance;

• pathways and opportunities to connect with law enforcement agencies and communities to raise awareness and facilitate community collaboration across Alberta; and

• strategies and actions to combat racism.

The working language of the AARAC is English.

Role Description

As a member of this part-time board, you will play a role in advising the Minister of Education, responsible for the anti-racism file, on the ongoing implementation and evaluation of the commitments in the Taking Action Against Racism Plan and other opportunities the Government may consider in addressing racism in Alberta.

Public members are expected to be committed to the work of the AARAC in support of the ongoing implementation and evaluation of the Government of Alberta’s actions against racism. Public members, and the AARAC as a whole, are accountable to the Minister of Education.

Specific duties of the public members include the following:

• Advising the Minister on programs, services and funding optimization related to the anti-racism actions of the Government of Alberta;

• Understanding and communicating the needs, issues and concerns of the various Alberta communities;

• Working to enhance the relationship between government and various stakeholders;

• Attending AARAC meetings;

• Contributing to the development of a strategic plan, priorities and actions for the AARAC;

• Ensuring the AARAC carries out its activities in accordance with its mandated purpose; and within its powers;

• Providing regular reporting against approved plans through the co-chairs on the activities and results of the AARAC’s efforts;

Contributing to the development of a Mandates and Roles Document that is required for all newly established agencies governed under the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. Specific duties of the public member co-chair, include the following:

• Facilitating the work of the AARAC to achieve its mandate;

• Planning and managing board meetings;

• Collaborating with public members on the AARAC to provide the Minister with updates and advice;

• Ensuring that AARC activities align with its mandate and terms of reference;

Ensuring that:

  • a Code of Conduct is in place that conforms with a recommended Public Agency Secretariat template;
  • public members are aware of their obligations in the Code of Conduct;
  • appropriate procedures are implemented to foster compliance with the Code of Conduct;
  • oprocedures are in place for the AARC to address conflicts of interests matters.

Members are appointed for a term of up to three years and are eligible for reappointment up to a maximum of 10 consecutive years of service.

Skills and Experience Required

Skills and experiences required for all public members include:

• Professional/volunteer experience in the public/private/volunteer/non-profit sector that is relevant and valuable to the AARAC and informs the applicant’s ability to advise on policy implementation, evaluation and funding optimization. Experience in governance, business/management and public relations is considered relevant.

• Personal effectiveness skills include: leadership/teamwork, strategic thinking and planning skills, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and relationship building skills.

• Ability to carry out critical analysis of documents and issues, communicate effectively, ask open questions, listen actively and give advice.

• Ability to respect confidentiality, the code of conduct, and conflict of interest guidelines. Skills and experiences that are assets, but not required:

• Board and governance experience, including government relations experience.

• Experience planning and measuring performance.

Specialized knowledge and experience required include:

• Recognized by their peers for their commitment for human rights and combatting racism.

• Willing to represent the best interests of Alberta’s diverse communities.

• Committed to working proactively and in a manner that is not biased or in conflict of interest.

• Extensive understanding of realities and challenges that relate to racism.

• Representative of the diversity of Alberta, including factors such as geography, urban and rural regions, age groups, physical ability, sexual and gender identities, ethno-cultural groups, and service and activity sectors.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Members will receive remuneration in accordance with Schedule 2, Part B of the Committee Remuneration Order, OC 466/2007. Current rates:

A member of a committee, shall be paid

  • $82 for up to and including four hours in any day, or
  • $137 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or
  • $191 for over eight hours in any day, spent on the business of the committee.

Honorarium is subject to review. Members shall be reimbursed for travel and meal expenses related to approved AARC business in accordance with the Treasury Board Directive 01/2015 – Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive, as amended or replaced.

The AARAC meets at least three times a year. Extra meetings on request of the Minister or co-chairs. Members may be asked to participate in public engagement activities on behalf of the AARC.

Additional Documentation

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

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.

Contact Information

Wendy Boje, Assistant Deputy Minister, 780-415-6092, Wendy.Boje@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.

All potential candidates will be screened for potential conflicts of interest. 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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