Municipal Collaboration Advisor
Type of Position
Nov 30, 2023
Do you enjoy tackling conflict head on and using it to fuel effective conversations? Are you skilled in the art of fostering collaboration between individuals and groups? Do you possess a high degree of professionalism and sensitivity to deal with confidential negotiations and situations? Are you interested in being part of a strong team with a passion for supporting each other and Alberta municipalities? If so, this position on the Capacity Services team is for you!
Reporting to the Manager, Capacity Services, the Municipal Collaboration Advisor will work with a team of professionals mandated to help build the administrative capacity of Alberta’s municipalities. The Advisor will provide dispute resolution and mediation advisory and facilitation services for matters such as inter and intra-municipal disputes, collaborative governance, regional service delivery, education and training, and interdepartmental collaboration.
The main responsibilities of this positions include:
- Deliver the ministry’s mediation and collaboration services to address intermunicipal and internal council/staff disputes and support collaborative initiatives.
- Provide conflict coaching, advice, and recommendations on internal municipal collaboration and dispute resolution to senior management, municipal officials, municipal associations, and stakeholder groups.
- Convene discussions, facilitate inter-municipal negotiation, collaboration, and provide workplace conflict training to build the awareness, knowledge, capacity, and skills of municipal staff and elected officials to effectively collaborate and productively manage conflict within and between municipalities.
- Develop education materials to support stakeholder learning and training.
- Support ministry and divisional initiatives requiring facilitation expertise.
- Provide support to municipalities to understand options for regional service delivery (e.g. regional services commissions and municipally controlled corporations).
- Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, Business, or Public Administration.
- Minimum of 4 years progressive responsible related experience.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills
- Advanced facilitation, presentation, and workshop/professional development session design skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders and appropriately deal with sensitive and confidential issues.
- Conflict resolution, mediation and or alternative dispute resolution skills.
- Ability to function effectively under pressure and use tact, diplomacy, and good judgment.
- Ability to anticipate issues and take initiative to address them, and to act independently where appropriate.
- Certification in facilitation, adult education, and/or session/workshop design.
- Certification and/or experience in conflict management, mediation, and/or dispute resolution.
- Experience in municipal government.
- Experience in resource/online design tools for training and education.
- Membership in the International Association of Public Participation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Equivalencies will be considered. Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:
- 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
- 1 year of experience for 1 year of education
Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.
This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf
If you haven’t included competency information in the “Role” section, you can include the critical competencies with examples of how they relate to the role being recruited to in this section; below is a list of the APS Competencies to assist you:
- Agility – Identifies and manages required change and the associated risks: Identifies alternative approaches and supports others to do the same. Proactively explains impact of changes. Anticipates and mitigates emotions of others. Anticipates obstacles and stays focused on goals. Makes decisions and takes action in uncertain situations and creates a backup plan
- Drive for Results – Takes and delegates responsibility for outcomes: Uses variety of resources to monitor own performance standards; Acknowledges even indirect responsibility; Commits to what is good for Albertans even if not immediately accepted; Reaches goals consistent with APS direction.
- Develop Networks – Leverages relationships to build input and perspective: Looks broadly to engage stakeholders. Open to perspectives towards long-term goals. Actively seeks input into change initiative; Maintains stakeholder relationships
- Creative Problem Solving – Engages the community and resources at hand to address issues: Engages perspective to seek root causes; Finds ways to improve complex systems; Employs resources from other areas to solve problems; Engages others and encourages debate and idea generation to solve problems while addressing risks
$2,757.39 to $3,604.17 bi-weekly ($71,967 to $94,068 / year)
Term of Employment: Permanent opportunity
Hours of work: 36.25 hours per week (Monday – Friday)
Applicants are advised that a cover letter and resume are required. Your cover letter and resume will be used to assess your writing competency.
Instructions for your Cover Letter:
Please answer the following two questions:
- Why are you interested in working with the Capacity Services team as a Municipal Collaboration Advisor?
- How will your education, experience, and interests fulfill this role’s responsibilities?
Instructions for your Resume:
For Employment Experience:
Please indicate duration of employment (month, year)
Please specify employment status (i.e. Casual, part-time or full-time)
Ex: Youth Worker, Jan 2006 – June 2009, Part-time (three 8 hr. shifts/week)
For any Post-Secondary Education:
Please specify your major and length of program
Please specify the year you graduated
Ex: Bachelor of Social Work, 4-year Degree (Graduated 2017)
There may be the opportunity to participate in an interim hybrid work schedule (per Alberta Public Service policy) of up to two days working from your home office and three days in the office. This can be discussed with your manager upon hire.
Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees:
- Working for the Alberta Public Service – https://www.alberta.ca/about-the-alberta-public-service.aspx
- Pension plans:
- Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) – https://www.pspp.ca
- Leadership and mentorship programs
- Professional learning and development
- Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
- Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreements
Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool – https://researchapscareers.alberta.ca
How To Apply
Click on the “Apply Now” button.
Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system.
If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.
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Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.
Resources for applicants:
It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) or from recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information.
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Dana Polutnik at Dana.Polutnik@gov.ab.ca.
If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.