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SPO 24R (Growth) – Family Justice Counsellor – Report Writer

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date June 20, 2019
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $55,396.19 - $72,937.86 - Annual
Location Prince George, BC
Category Social Services
Client BC Public Service
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SPO 24R (Growth) – Family Justice Counsellor – Report Writer – (60977)

Posting Title: SPO 24R (Growth) – Family Justice Counsellor – Report Writer
Position Classification: Social Program Officer R24
Union: GEU
Location: Prince George, BC V3L4J8 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $55,396.19 – $72,937.86 annually (Growth)
Close Date: 6/23/2019
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date:
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Attorney General
Ministry Branch / Division: Justice Services/Family Justice Services
Job Summary

Family Justice Counsellor – Report Writer
Social Program Officer 24R (Growth)

*Please note that this posting is specific to recruitment for a current Report Writer vacancy.

An eligibility list may be established to fill future vacancies in either Report Writer or Dispute Resolution dedicated FJC positions in Prince George.

Upon order of the Court, assess the relationship between children and their parents to help resolve post-separation family disputes and further the best interests of children

The Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) delivers programs and services that promote the timely and just resolution of family disputes within a comprehensive family justice system. Through community-based Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres, FJSD provides various programs and services, including Section 211 Family Law Act reports, dispute resolution, and Parenting After Separation Workshops.

The Family Justice Counsellor position is comprised of two distinct roles, Report Writer and Dispute Resolution Mediator.

As a dedicated Report Writer, you will be a member of a provincial team that prepares Section 211 Reports upon order of the Court. These reports are provided to help the Court and parents determine parenting plans that are most appropriate for children post separation/divorce. In this role, you will be investigating and assessing the needs of the child and the parent’s capacity to meet those needs in addition to views of the child/ren through interviews and at times observations with family members and children as well as contacting collaterals. The focus of these reports is the best interests of the children.

Note: Overnight travel to various locations throughout the Northern Region, and other parts of the province as needed, is a requirement for the Report Writer dedicated role. Please note this may include multiple consecutive overnight stays.

Strong writing skills and the ability to work independently will be important in this position.

For information about the Family Justice Counsellor position, Report Writer or Dispute Resolution, please contact

Important: The successful candidate will be trained for both the report writer and dispute resolution job responsibilities of the Family Justice Counsellor position. This training involves completion of required coursework and practicum tasks as part of an individualized training plan within the probation period upon appointment into the position.

Travel is a requirement of this position (e.g. service delivery, training, meetings).

Prince George is a mid-sized city of about 74,000 people located in central British Columbia. Learn more about what this vibrant community has to offer at Move Up Prince George.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens.  Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO EITHER OF THE CONTACT EMAILS LISTED ABOVE. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Qualifications:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

Mandatory Qualifications

  • A recognized undergraduate degree.

    Note: Applicants who obtained their degree in a “foreign country” must have that degree evaluated through the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Definition of “foreign degree” is any degree outside of Canada.

  • Completion of 80 hours of conflict resolution courses with the focus on mediation skill development. Consideration may be given to applicants who have less than 80 hours of conflict resolution courses.

    Note: A prior learning assessment may be required to determine if an applicant meets this qualification.

  • A minimum of one year of recent work or volunteer experience in a directly related human service field (e.g., counselling, community service agencies, dispute resolution, court services, legal services, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications – Ideally, the candidate will have one or more of the following:

  • Current certification by Family Mediation Canada as a Family Relations Mediator or Family Relations Comprehensive Mediator;
  • Employed as a Family Justice Counsellor (FJC) in British Columbia within the preceding 12 months;
  • Completion of the Family Justice Counsellor Individualized Training Program within the last two years,
  • Completion of one or more of the following Justice Institute of BC courses:
    • Mediation Skills Level II – CRES-1280 (formerly CCR290 or CR400)
    • Writing Children’s Needs Assessments – FAMJ-1021
    • Family Justice Service in British Columbia – FAMJ-1000 (formerly FAM 190 or CORR 606)
    • Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce – FAMJ-1002 (formerly FAM 191 or CORR 605)
    • Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults – FAMJ1005 (formerly FAM 181 or FAM103)
    • Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children – FAMJ-1006 (formerly FAM 182 or FAM104)
    • Substance Use Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1011 (formerly FAM 187 or FAM 108)
    • Multicultural Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1012 (formerly FAM188 or FAM109)
    • Child Support Guidelines – FAMJ-1009 (formerly FAM 185 or FAM 112)

Provisos – applicant must:

  • Successfully pass a BC Public Service Criminal Record Check and a Criminal Records Review Act Check.
  • Possess a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License or equivalent.
  • Must complete the Family Mediation Canada Certification within the initial probation period of appointment.
  • Successfully obtain appointment as a Family Justice Counsellor in accordance with Section10 (1) of the Family Law Act and accreditation as a family mediator in British Columbia.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.


Cover letter required: No – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed. Please select “Skip Step” on the cover letter screen to continue with your application.
Resume required: Yes – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Online Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements.  Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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