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Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist
Term for 1 year
This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
The Representative for Children and Youth Office is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly that exists to safeguard the rights and interests of the children and youth of Nunavut. The office fulfills a range of responsibilities under the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) Act, which include individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, critical injury and death reviews and public awareness. The office is guided in its work by Inuit societal values, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, national advocacy standards and the voice of the child.
Reporting to the Director of Child and Youth Advocacy Services, the Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist provides critical support to children, youth, and their families as well as service providers and Government of Nunavut departments and designated authorities. The position holds a great deal of responsibility and is directly accountable for assisting children and youth through difficult and challenging situations. The position works with a wide range of community stakeholder groups and is required to be knowledgeable on a vast array of programs, services, policy, and legislation across multiple sectors.
Some of the responsibilities include: providing information on rights, programs, services, and policies; preparing comprehensive case documentation and entering it into the case management system; identifying and reporting on deficiencies and service gaps for children and youth and recommending changes to the systems to address these concerns; developing and delivering workshops, seminars and presentations on topics such as the role and mandate of the office, children’s rights, and children’s services; establishing good working relationships with all stakeholders including government.
The ideal candidate for this position should have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a recognized university or a related field. In addition, a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a service field that provided direct service to children and youth is required. The ability to speak and work in the Inuit language is an asset, as well as past work or volunteer experience in delivering advocacy services to individuals or on behalf of others.
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.
Current Indeterminate Government of Nunavut employees that apply and are successful on this term position may be offered an internal transfer assignment for the duration of the term with the approval of their Manager.