Manitoba Legislative Assembly

Posted Feb 12, 2020 at 04:00 pm Closes Feb 26, 2020 at 04:00 pm

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SP5 Social Services Worker 5




Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth


Special Investigations and Child Death Reviews


Winnipeg MB


Advertisement Number: 36029


Salary(s):  SP5 $64,721 - $87,851 per year


Closing Date: February 21, 2020




The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, résumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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


Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check, Prior Contact Check, Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Must possess a valid Manitoba Driver’s License, access to a vehicle, and ability and willingness to travel throughout Manitoba. Some travel outside of Manitoba may be required.
  • Willingness to work on a flexible work schedule including working outside of standard office hours






Essential Criteria:


  • Degree or graduate degree (preferred) in social work or other relevant field appropriate to the position with several years experience in a service field that provided direct service to children,  youth, or young adults, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Registered as a Social Worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers or eligible to be registered as a Social Worker; equivalent education, experience and eligibility for registration with a regulatory body may be considered.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of provincial child- and youth-serving public systems, including services/systems such as child and family, youth justice, addictions, disabilities, mental health, education, and victim support, including associated regulations and standards.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, particularly when communicating with families and community members.
  • Superior knowledge and understandings of other programs, policies and legislation (Federal and Provincial) serving Manitoba’s children, youth, and young adults, particularly government programs and structures.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting a variety of complex, difficult and sensitive investigations with sensitivity, confidentiality and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated research, critical analysis and investigation skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills with experience writing comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to successfully work and thrive in an environment with daily exposure to emotionally taxing situations (e.g. unexpected child deaths, suicides, accidents, and homicides) via case files, intake, reviewing and writing of reports, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage high volume work load with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the lives of Indigenous peoples and the aims and objectives of Indigenous communities, as well as other diverse cultures with respect to the provision of culturally appropriate services.  



Desired Criteria


  • Solid understanding and knowledge of the role and function of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth.
  • Knowledge/experience of child fatality research, risk assessment research and practice, identification of, and intervention in, child abuse/neglect and knowledge of dynamics of family functioning with respect to child maltreatment.
  • Ability to use, and knowledge of, automated management information and case tracking systems and word processing software.
  • Ability to communicate in one of Manitoba’s Indigenous languages.






The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly and is independent of government. The Manitoba Advocate’s statutory mandate includes representing the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children, youth, and young adults receiving any designated or reviewable services as described under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. The Manitoba Advocate also reviews and reports upon the standards and quality of those reviewable and designated services provided to children, youth, and young adults who have died, to educate the public and to enhance the safety and well-being of Manitoba children, youth, and young adults.


As directed or required by the Manitoba Advocate or designate, the incumbent represents the rights of, and acts as an advocate on behalf of any child, youth, or young adult. Reporting to the Program Manager, Special Investigations and Child Death Reviews, as designated by the Manitoba Advocate, the incumbent acts as an Advocacy Officer providing advocacy services on behalf of deceased children, youth, or young adults who, at the time of their death or in the year that preceded the death, were in the care of, or received services from any reviewable services as described under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. Advocacy services include investigative actions sanctioned under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. The Investigator prepares a comprehensive review on behalf of the Manitoba Advocate reviewing the services which were delivered to the child, youth, young adult, or their family, circumstances surrounding the death, and recommends formal changes to the standards, policies, regulations, or practices relating to the services in order to enhance the safety and well-being of children, youth, or young adults and to reduce the likelihood of a death occurring in similar circumstances.  The incumbent participates in public education and community development activities as assigned by the Manitoba Advocate or designate to bring awareness to the community regarding the principles and mandate under which these reviews will be conducted, or more generally, to the work of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth.




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Advertisement # 36029


Manitoba Legislative Assembly


Human Resource Services


302-386 Broadway


Winnipeg MB, R3C 3R6


Phone:  204-945-7279


Fax: 204-948-3115






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.




Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.


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