Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist (AMENDED CLOSING DATE)

Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist (AMENDED CLOSING DATE)

P10 Professional Officer 10


2 year term

Department of Families

Strategic Initiatives, Child and Youth Services

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 36870

Salary(s):   P10 $84,480.00 – $101,998.00 per year

Closing Date:   December 2, 2020

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

This is a preference competition. All applicants are encouraged to apply, however first consideration for this competition will be given to Indigenous people. Applicants are requested to self-declare at the time of application.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 6 months.

Candidates who do not meet all essential criteria may be considered on an underfill basis at a commensurate rate of pay.

The Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist role is a temporarywill provide leadership and support to the Child and Youth Services Division in Indigenous Child Welfare matters and in responding to federal legislation, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families which came into effect January 2020 and provides a framework for the transfer of child welfare jurisdiction to Indigenous Governing Bodies.

This will be accomplished through overseeing the planning, execution, and monitoring of Manitoba’s approach, strong planning, issues management, data/trend analysis, relationship building with stakeholders, and understanding implications in all areas, including resources and service delivery. The Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist will be charged with ensuring that the development of coordination agreements align with government’s principles and are founded upon the intended direction of the Division, the Department and government.

To be considered for this competition you must submit an application form. See below for further instructions.

Click here to access the application form.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must provide and maintain satisfactory Criminal Record Check (with vulnerable sector check), Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Valid Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and the ability to travel within Winnipeg and surrounding areas


  • Post-secondary education in social services, public administration, business administration, or related field of study with extensive experience in negotiations, finance, law, business and administrative services in large multi-dimensional organizations, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience
  • Experience in supporting the negotiation of multiple complex bilateral or trilateral agreements simultaneously
  • Extensive experience working with government policy, legislation and decision making processes
  • Knowledge of the principles of the financial and political aspects of social services funding including accountability and good governance
  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to demonstrate initiative and sound judgment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise and build relationships with Indigenous leaders/organizations
  • Experience working with the principles of reconciliation 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience managing internal and external stakeholder relationships and the ability to address difficult issues using diplomacy
  • Experience providing leadership and direction in the design and implementation of policies and programs, strategic planning, transition planning and change management initiatives
  • Excellent political acumen skills demonstrated through experience providing strategic advice to senior leaders and officials on complex and sensitive issues and the ability to manage large scale change initiatives is essential
  • The incumbent must have a proven track record of working independently, with minimal direction, on complex policy issues, strategies and projects


  • Knowledge and understanding of Manitoba’s Child and Family Services legislative and regulatory framework, including the devolved governance structure
  • Experience working in a child and family services, policy and program development, and/or project management environment

As a conduit between the Division and lead representatives from other provincial departments (e.g., Indigenous & Northern Relations) the federal government, and Indigenous Governing Bodies, the Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist provides relevant, well-researched advice, up to date information, and support for any negotiations. The incumbent proactively identifies, documents, and communicates changes from the Federal, Provincial and/or Indigenous governments that may impact the Division. The incumbent liaises with impacted Divisional functions or teams to assess the impacts of the changes.

The Indigenous Child Welfare Specialist has management responsibilities of the policy/financial work in a number of crucial areas, including:

  • Coordinating, implementing governments directed strategy
  • Coordinating the required program-level analysis in the areas of policy, funding, trend, and data analysis
  • Providing advice/direction for new system requirements, project management, and issues management
  • Monitoring and approving all communications regarding program outputs

Apply to:

Advertisement # 36870

Service Centre 4

Human Resource Services

600-259 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3B 2A9

Phone:  204-945-7518

Fax: 204-945-0601

To be considered for this competition you must submit an application form.  Complete the application form at the link below or contact Human Resource Services under “Apply to” to request a copy of the application form.  The selection board will rely only on information provided in this form to determine whether a candidate will be invited for further assessment.  Note: You are not required to submit a cover letter, but may be asked to submit a resume, references, or other documentation at a later point if invited for further consideration. 

Click here to access the application form.

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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