This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
As per HRM Directive 518, this employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Inuit only.
Reporting to the Director of Child and Youth Advocacy Services, the Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist (Specialist) provides advocacy services to the children and youth of Nunavut and assumes a lead role in the resolution of issues, which are often complex and sensitive in nature. The Specialist ensures that advocacy services are provided in a timely fashion and are delivered in a manner that aligns with Inuit societal values, the Representative for Children and Youth Act (RCYA) and office policies and procedures. As a key member of Representative for Children and Youth Office, the Specialist contributes to the continual evaluation and improvement of advocacy services for the children and youth of Nunavut.
The position holds a great deal of responsibility and is directly accountable for assisting children and youth through difficult and challenging situations. The impact of this type of assistance has the potential to be significant to an individual’s life and well-being. Likewise, this position works directly with the Government of Nunavut departments and designated authorities responsible for delivering services to children and youth as per the RCYA, and as such their recommendations have the potential to have a significant impact on these departments/designated authorities and could lead to public policy and programmatic changes. In addition, the position is responsible for assisting in the creation and delivery of child rights resources and awareness and engagement activities across the territory for children, youth, the public, and service providers including: workshops, presentations, information booths, and informational materials.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a recognized university or a related field, along with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a service field that provided direct service to children and youth is required. Past work or volunteer experience in delivering advocacy services to individuals or on behalf of others would be an asset.
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. The ability to speak and work in the Inuit language is 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.
An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.