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Career Opportunities

Gladue Coordinator

Department: Resource Services
Location: Calgary/YYC

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Justice Centre is a pro-bono law firm located in Calgary, also known as Moh-kíns-tsis (Blackfoot)/Wincheesh-pah (Stoney)/Kootsisáw (Tsuut’ina/Dene) and Otos-kwunee(Cree). The IJC is committed to providing service and access to justice to the Indigenous population within Calgary and the surrounding regions. The IJC is committed to providing a supportive and collegial team environment where staff works together to provide excellent and holistic legal services to our clients.

Ideal candidates are those looking for a challenge and an opportunity to play a role in the implementation of an innovative organization focused on reducing the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system and in restorative justice. Additionally, those interested in being on the front-line working in a fast-paced litigation-based office environment.

The Gladue Coordinator position will be responsible for Gladue training and mentorship of new Gladue Writers who write for the Centre. To oversee the quality of writing and processes related to assure reports are conducted correctly and effectively. The Gladue Coordinator will be expected to write reports for the centre and contract other qualified writers in the City of Calgary. The Gladue Coordinator will ensure Gladue factors are identified at intake and are noted for bail hearings. They will ensure referrals are made for the completion of timely and effectively written Gladue Reports.

Key Outcomes:

  1. Indigenous peoples’ legal matters will be conducted within the context of the principles set out in R. v. Gladue, 1 SCR 688 and R. v. Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13, and 718.2(E) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

  2. Gladue reports are consistently and effectively written;

  3. Gladue healing initiatives support effective alternatives to sentencing;

  4. Gladue writers are trained effectively to conduct both written and verbal communication skills to effectively conduct interviews and background research

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Obtain and clarify report requests from Indigenous Initiatives Justice Services;

  • Support interviews with individuals and collateral sources to prepare background information;

  • Prepare comprehensive, accurate, objective, and clear reports that include Gladue factors and provide restorative justice recommendations;

  • Conduct interviews with clients, collateral contacts, and community members/service providers and transcribe the interviews in a timely manner;

  • Conduct relevant research to ensure appropriate and timely resources are available to be referenced in completed Gladue Reports;

  • Keep informed of Gladue principles and Gladue Report writing practices and procedures;

  • Promote information about Indigenous Services, including Gladue Reports to lawyers, individuals, Indigenous communities, and others;

  • Increase ongoing knowledge of local Indigenous culture, communities and history;

  • Liaise with Indigenous and non-Indigenous resources/service providers to advance supports for healing plan initiatives;

  • Conduct training sessions for new contract and staff writers;

  • Supervise and support contract Writers;

  • Work with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Indigenous Initiatives Justice Services Division to support collaboration of reports and training.

Knowledge and Skills:

Exhibited Skill Sets:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to think strategically;

  • Effective time management skills;

  • Exhibited capacity to build on professional network

  • Ability to take direction and achieve quality results

  • Self motivated with the ability to work independently, and proactively as a team player;

  • Strong commitment to the vision and values of the Indigenous Justice Centre;

  • Strong knowledge of the structure and procedures of Canada’s Criminal Justice System, including understanding the Gladue principle and subsequent case law.

Cultural:

  • A strong understanding of Indigenous issues, social justice advocacy, diversity and anti-oppressive practice;

  • Understanding of Indigenous restorative justice approaches;

  • Knowledge of the structure of the Calgary Indigenous Court (asset not required)

  • Strong cultural knowledge and/or understanding of traditional and ceremonial teachings (particularly regarding local Indigenous peoples and diverse Indigenous populations);

  • Understanding of how to work effectively with Elders, Sacred Teachers and Knowledge Holders and follow traditional protocols;

  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language (asset not required);

  • Understanding of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Formal Education:

  • Completion of a recognized and accredited Gladue Training certification/diploma or proven relevant experience

Applicable Experience and Requirements:

  • 1-4 years of experience in Gladue writing

  • Exhibited excellence in Gladue Report writing

  • Vulnerable Sector Check required

Salary and Benefits:

Term Position – Full Time
Base Annual Salary Range – $55,000 – 57,600 annually

Weekly Hours – 40 hours per week
Benefits – 65% of benefits package includes dental, health, insurance, long term disability
Pension – 3% RRSP employer contribution – with minimum 1.5% employee contribution to RRSP or TFSP
Vacation – 3 weeks annual vacation
Cultural Days – 4 per year
Paid Time off – Annual sick days, Stat holidays as outlined by policy
*Benefits available after 6 months of continuous employment.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
executivedirector@ijcalberta.ca

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