Program Specialist

Program Specialist

SP4 Social Services Worker 4

Regular/part-time; Term/full-time

Department of Families

Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 37992

Salary(s):   SP4 $56,040.00 – $77,714.00 per year

Closing Date:   August 22, 2021

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).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

A 12-month eligibility list may be created from this competition for similar regular, term, full-time or part-time positions.

This is to fill 1 Term/Full-time designated bilingual position and 1 Regular/Part-time non-bilingual position, candidates are encouraged to indicate on their résumé if they fulfil this potential requirement. Candidates under further consideration from the interview process will be required to undergo a French language skills assessment.

The Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner is responsible for the implementation and administration of the substitute decision-making provisions of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act. Given its quasi-judicial role, the Office functions independent and at arms-length of the Department. 

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must have a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search, Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check


  • Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Extensive experience working with vulnerable persons in a professional and social services capacity
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting psychological assessment reports and related documentation
  • Broad understanding of the substitute decision making provisions of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act
  • Strong analytical skills with sound judgement and the ability to review and assess a wide range of complex technical information and documentation to reach reasonable conclusions
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of basic accounting/bookkeeping principles; and of financial programs and benefits pertaining to vulnerable persons
  • Effective written communication skills with the ability to summarize large amounts of information into clear, concise reports and letters
  • Effective verbal communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to prioritize a heavy workload in a work environment with conflicting deadlines and competing priorities
  • Excellent French verbal communication skills, *required for designated bilingual position
  • Excellent French written communication skills, *required for designated bilingual position


  • Knowledge of the social services system and programs

The Program Specialist provides advice, direction, counsel, and information to a wide range of individuals (families, vulnerable persons, lawyers, doctors, social workers, financial personnel, parents, etc.); conducts preliminary investigations, analysis and prepares reports with recommendations on substitute decision making-related applications; audits the financial management actions of appointed SDMs; participates in the delivery of training and undertakes special projects as assigned.

Apply to:

Advertisement # 37992

Service Centre 4

Human Resource Services

600-259 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3B 2A9

Phone:  204-945-7518

Fax: 204-945-0601

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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