Citizen’s Appeal Panel – Request for Appeal Panel Members
Government of Alberta
Government of Alberta
Type of Position
August 16, 2022
The Minister of Community and Social Services and the Minister of Children’s Services are seeking individuals who are interested in serving as members to hear appeals on the Citizen’s Appeal Panel (the Appeal Panel), which includes the panels established under the following legislation:
- Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Act;
- Child Care Licensing (CCL) Act;
- Child, Youth and Family Enhancement (CYFE) Act;
- Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Act;
- Income and Employment Supports (IES) Act; and
- Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Services Act.
This posting is to fill panel member positions in all regions of the province.
About the Agency
The Appeal Panel hears concerns Albertans have about certain services being denied, changed or cancelled and provides a fair and independent review.
Panel members may also hear appeals as assigned by the Appeals Secretariat. The Secretariat has delegated authority to establish panels for other ministries through shared agreements.
Appeal Panel Structure:
There can be up to 125 panel members including a Provincial Chair and Regional Vice-Chairs.
Panel members are generally appointed for two to three years with the possibility of re-appointments to a maximum of 12 years in accordance with the Alberta Public Agencies Government Act.
To learn more about the Appeal Panel, please visit the website.
Panel members are accountable to the respective Ministers through the Provincial Chair. Members are responsible for actively participating in hearings in an impartial and unbiased manner, and in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.
Members’ responsibilities also include the following:
- Hearing and deciding appeals;
- Writing and issuing written decisions;
- Attending scheduled meeting and training sessions and
- Completing annual assessments.
Training on how to apply relevant legislation and appeal processes is provided.
Skills and Experience Required
The Ministers are looking for panel members who demonstrate the following competencies:
- Experience and knowledge of the principles of natural justice and quasi-judicial processes;
- Ability to read, interpret and apply legislation, and draft written decisions;
- Strong communication skills and ability to objectively examine written and verbal information;
- Ability to sift through verbal testimonies and submitted materials, weigh evidence and synthesize for purposes of writing decisions;
- Ability to use computers, such as accessing and navigating an appeals system and SharePoint, typing decisions and communicating effectively with colleagues and Appeals Secretariat staff via email;
- Demonstrate a fair, respectful, cooperative and assertive approach to reaching agreement;
- Clear understanding of the Panel’s role and responsibilities; and
- Some knowledge of the relevant Acts and Legislation.
- Previous experience on an adjudicative tribunal is an asset.
Remuneration and Time Commitment
CAP members receive an honorarium and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for time spent on Appeal Panel business in accordance with established policies.
Honoraria rates for Appeal Panel members are as follows:
- $164 for up to and including four hours in any day; or
- $290 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day or
- $427 for over eight hours in any day
Applications must include a resume and biography. Your application must include a cover letter indicating your preferred location and your ability to travel to conduct hearings.
Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to provide three references.
As part of the overall assessment, successful candidates from the interview stage will be required to complete a written assignment and undergo background checks.
To be eligible for appointment a candidate must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Be a Canadian Citizen or a Landed Immigrant;
- Have the ability to travel, and
- Be free from potential conflicts of interests with the Ministries of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services, including the service delivery regions and the Delegated First Nations Agencies.
Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission.
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