Recruitment posting

Environmental Appeals Board

Competition #: 682
Ministry: Environment and Parks
Opening Date: 02/21/2020
Closing Date: 03/11/2020
Role: Board Chair
Role Required

The Minister of Environment and Parks is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as Chair of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). The Chair of the EAB is also responsible for the administration of the Public Lands Appeal Board (PLAB) program.

Location
The EAB and PLAB office is located in Edmonton. The Chair does not need to reside in Edmonton, but availability to travel within Alberta is required.
About the Agency

The EAB is a quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and it hears appeals under that Act as well as the Water Act, the Emissions Management and Climate Resilience Act, and Schedule 5 of the Government Organization Act.

The EAB is an independent board that gives Albertans an opportunity to appeal certain decisions made by Alberta Environment and Parks. These decisions may include approvals, water licences, preliminary certificates, remediation certificates, administrative penalties, enforcement orders, and environmental protection orders.

The PLAB is a quasi-judicial tribunal established under the Public Lands Act and the Public Lands Administration Regulation, and it hears appeals under that Act and Regulation.

The PLAB is an independent board that gives Albertans an opportunity to appeal certain decisions made by Alberta Environment and Parks relating to public lands. These decisions may include approval, licences, dispositions (such as grazing leases, surface material leases, and departmental licences of occupation), administrative penalties, and orders.

To ensure the Board provides the best possible advice to the Minister, the Chair shall:

  • understand the respective roles and responsibilities of the Minister, the Board Members, and Alberta Environment and Parks;
  • understand the role and operation of administrative tribunals;
  • understand the environmental regulatory system in Alberta;
  • understand environmental law and policy in Alberta;
  • possess relevant technical, scientific, or public policy experience; and
  • have a general understanding of the legislation governing the EAB and PLAB.


Role Description

The Chair is accountable to the Minister for upholding the transparency and accountability of the EAB and the PLAB to the Government of Alberta, and acting honestly and in good faith within the applicable legal, statutory, and regulatory framework.

Reporting to the Minister of Environment and Parks, the Chair provides leadership to the EAB and the PLAB.

The Chair directs EAB Board Members in their participation on hearing panels to complete extensive file preparation, review evidence and submissions, and make recommendations to the Minister to address the appeals.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides sound advice to the Minister relating to appeals that come before the EAB and the PLAB.
  • Ensures effective corporate governance for the EAB and the PLAB, which also includes ensuring uniformity in the procedural, administrative and judicial work of both boards.
  • Leads highly functioning boards that demonstrate strengths in the areas of their jurisdiction, in adjudication processes, and administrative law.
  • Ensures the effective coordination and delivery of the EAB and the PLAB programs, and for collaborating with senior officials and ministry staff from Environment and Parks.
  • Provides direction to board members to ensure fair and impartial mediation, preliminary meetings, hearings and appeals, in accordance with relevant legislation, principles of natural justice, procedural fairness, and other associated legal principles.
  • Oversees the day-to-day conduct of EAB appeals and assigns board members to files as mediators and panel members.
  • Prepares for mediations, preliminary motions, and hearings by reviewing and analyzing documents.
  • Participates in the decision-making process by listening, analyzing and weighing evidence, establishing findings of fact, interpreting and applying legislation and policy, and giving consideration to the submissions of the parties.
  • Participates in the formulation of policy and procedures related to appeals processes, corresponding legislation and regulations.
  • Participates in the review and evaluation of legislation with a view to making recommendations for amendments to meet current conditions and circumstances.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders including senior officials and government staff.
  • Participates in engagement functions including speaking to municipal, environmental and industry groups; awareness and educational functions; and attending provincial and national conferences and seminars as the Board’s finances allow.
  • Leads annual board meetings, training sessions, and planning meetings.
  • Provides oversight for operations and resources, including the budget for the EAB and the PLAB.
  • Evaluates the performance of direct reports and board members and ensures training needs are identified and met.
Skills and Experience Required

The Ideal candidate will demonstrate these core competencies:

  • Commitment to protect Alberta’s environment and serve the people of Alberta by understanding the respective roles and responsibilities of the Minister, the Boards, and Alberta Environment and Parks.
  • A related university degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred (equivalency will be considered)
  • Understanding of Alberta's environmental regulatory system as well as municipal planning, general environmental principles, and the interaction of different jurisdictions.
  • Understanding of the relevant environmental legislation and policy that the Boards operate would be an asset.
  • Senior leadership experience with strengths in administrative law and hearing processes and sound knowledge of management practices, performance measurement systems, and team building and engagement.
  • Experience in and knowledge of board governance, principles of natural justice and the operation of quasi-judicial boards and hearings.
  • Experience and knowledge of how administrative tribunals operate and experience participating in complex administrative hearings.
  • Experience in environmental law, policies, and regulations.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, collaborative and decision making skills and the ability to take complex information and diverse points of view into consideration in making sound decisions.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in leading mediation preferably in a multi-party mediation within a regulatory context.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills to respond to contentious, controversial issues within highly political environments.

The Government of Alberta is committed to offering qualified Albertans the opportunity to be considered as public members on Alberta’s public agencies, boards and commissions. To help ensure that Albertans are well-represented on boards, we invite applicants from all backgrounds who embody a range of knowledge, skills and expertise to apply.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The appointment as the Chair is made by Order in Council, for a fixed term of up to three years, with the potential for reappointment for additional terms up to a maximum of 12 years.

The expected demands of the Chair position require a flexible schedule, and time commitment.

The position offers a compensation of approximately $101,400 per year.

Eligible expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance directive on Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses.

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.

Final candidates will undergo a comprehensive background checks that may include reference checks, academic credential verification, security screening and disclosure and conflict of interest screening.

Please note: This ad will close on March 11, 2020 or until suitable candidate found.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta 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.

Qualified applicants may be selected to fill other vacancies. Applicants will be required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may be required to undergo additional security 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:

Environmental Appeals Board

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act