Recruitment posting

Alberta Parole Board

Competition #: 709
Ministry: Justice and Solicitor General
Opening Date: 09/29/2020
Closing Date: 11/17/2020
Role: Chair and Board Members
Role Required

The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the Chair or as a board member of the Alberta Parole Board (APB).

Location
Regionally throughout Alberta.
About the Agency

Established under the federal Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), and the Corrections Act (Alberta) and Regulations, the Board will be an independent quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that will have the sole authority to grant, deny, suspend, revoke, or reinstate parole of provincially sentenced inmates. Two members will review parole applications and a panel of three members conduct re-examination or rehearing of matters.

Role Description

Board Chair and members will be part-time appointments made through Order in Council for a term of up to five years. The Board will be responsible for making critical conditional release decisions for parole-eligible inmates serving sentences of less than two years in provincial correctional centers.

Board and Chair accountabilities will include:

  • Hearing parole applications by way of file review, tele-conference or in-person appearance;
  • Making appropriate release decisions based on the parole application and relevant legislation and policies (e.g. Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), Corrections Act)
  • Providing timely and comprehensive written explanation of decisions;
  • Setting conditions of release for granted parole applications;
  • Assessing suspensions and authorizing revocation or reinstating suspended parole.

Chair specific accountabilities will include:

  • Assigning parole hearings to Board members;
  • Chairing re-examination and review hearings;
  • Assessing suspensions and authorizing revocation or reinstating suspended parole certificates;
  • Conducting reviews of Board decisions to ensure compliance with legislation;
  • Providing the Minister or designate with regular updates on the Board’s operations;
  • Ensuring the board conducts an annual evaluation of its performance;
  • Overseeing compliance with all relevant policies, procedures and standards by which the APB operates and ensuring that it operates at all times in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Skills and Experience Required

Ideal candidates will have community involvement. An understanding of applying regulations and or legislation, in addition, strong inter-personal and collaboration skills, experience in a consensus-based team environment, and a reputation for demonstrating fairness and integrity are essential and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ideal candidates for the Chair position demonstrate a clear record of participating in transparent and principled adjudicative decision processes. Experience leading an organization (Chair or Vice Chair), knowledge of the criminal justice system and a solid understanding of risk assessment and structured reintegration of inmates into the community are vital. Additionally, knowledge of administrative proceedings, experience interpreting and applying legislation, and conducting hearings are imperative. You also have experience in board governance, tribunal decision making and writing.

The Board recognizes the importance of reflecting the diversity of Alberta and welcomes candidates presenting varied backgrounds, careers, community roles, and geographical regions throughout Alberta.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Remuneration is by honorarium for time spent attending review hearings and conducting other board business. The board members’ expenses are reimbursed in accordance to the Government of Alberta’s https://open.alberta.ca/publications/travel-meal-and-hospitality-expenses-policy-expenses-policy

Subject to approval, the Order in Council will establish the following rates of remuneration payable to the Chair and board members of the APB:

The Chair and acting Chair shall be paid:

a) $375.00 up to and including 4 hours in any day, or

b) $750.00 for over 4 hours and up to and including 8 hours in any day,

c) $94.00 per hour after 8 hours.

A Board member shall be paid:

a) $175.00 up to and including 4 hours in any day, or

b) $350.00 for over 4 hours and up to and including 8 hours in any day,

c) $44.00 per hour after 8 hours.

An equivalent of up to five to seven full days per month for board activities. Parole hearings are scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance and members must be available to participate in hearings during regular business hours. Case preparation, decision writing and review may be conducted after hours or on weekends.

Additional Documentation

Please clearly indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for.

In this section:

  • Attach any documents that are required for the screening process: application form, conflict of interest form or other forms as required by the department
  • Include the following information: 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.

This ad will close on November 3, 2020 or until suitable candidate found.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission

Phone: 780-408-8460

Email: [email protected]

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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