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BC Public Service

SPO 24R - Family Justice Counsellor (Growth)

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Job Description

Posting Title
SPO 24R - Family Justice Counsellor (Growth)

Position Classification
Social Program Officer R24


Work Options

Abbotsford, BC V2S 1H4 CA
Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1A7 CA
Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)

Salary Range
$71,771.66 - $ 89,268.45 annually which includes a 1 Grid Temporary Market Adjustment*

Close Date

Job Type
Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date

BC Public Service -> Attorney General

Ministry Branch / Division
Family Justice Services

Job Summary

Provide services that offer ways to resolve post-separation family disputes and further the best interests of children

Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) delivers programs and services that promote the timely and just resolution of family disputes within a comprehensive family justice system. Through community-based Family Justice Centres and Justice Access Centres, FJSD provides various in person and virtual programs and services, including initial needs determination, dispute resolution, Section 211 Family Law Act reports, and Parenting After Separation online courses.

Maintenance Enforcement and Locate Services (MELS) is responsible for three program areas that assist families to receive the financial support they are entitled to under court orders or agreements. MELS also supports the work of the BC Family Maintenance Agency, a Crown Agency that monitors and recovers support payments owing under support orders/agreement that are filed with it.

The Family Justice Counsellor dispute resolution dedicated position provides information, referral, needs assessment, mediation and short-term counselling to families experiencing separation or divorce. These services are provided to support families with family law issues and offer out-of-court processes for resolving family disputes (where appropriate).

This role is responsible for screening all clients for dynamics of family violence, engages clients in immediate safety planning where necessary, makes referrals to appropriate community and legal resources, prepares documents and is responsible for documenting case management decisions.

Job Requirements:
  • A recognized undergraduate degree.Note:Applicants who obtained their degree in a "foreign country" must have that degree evaluated through the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Definition of "foreign degree" is any degree outside of Canada.
  • Completion of 80 hours of conflict resolution courses with the focus on mediation skill development.Consideration may be given to applicants who have less than 80 hours of conflict resolution courses.Note: The recommended Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) courses are offered by the Centre for Conflict Resolution and they include:

    o Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution - CRES-1100
    o Negotiation Fundamentals: Collaborative Problem Solving - CRES-1170
    o Mediation Fundamentals: Facilitating Conflict Conversations - CRES-1181
    o Navigating Intense Emotions in Conflict - CRES-1105
    o Advanced Meditation - CRES-1410 (formerly Mediation Skills Level II - CRES-1280, CCR290 or CR400)Note: If the applicant's conflict resolution courses are not from the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC), a prior learning assessment may be required to determine if an applicant meets this qualification.
  • Minimum of one-year related experience* in a human service field (e.g., Indigenous organizations and community services, counselling, community service agencies, employment assistance, dispute resolution, court services, legal services). Note: Experience may be gained in a professional/work, community or volunteer setting.

Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations status or non-status, Inuit and/or Metis), with the required combination of education and experience.
  • Completion of one or more of the following Justice Institute of BC courses:

o Family Justice Service in British Columbia - FAMJ-1000 (formerly FAM 190 or CORR 606)
o Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce - FAMJ-1002 (formerly FAM 191 or CORR 605)
o Advanced Mediation -CRES-1410 (formerly Mediation Skills Level II - CRES-1280, CCR290 or CR400)
o Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults - FAMJ1005 (formerly FAM 181 or FAM103)
o Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children - FAMJ-1006 (formerly FAM 182 or FAM104)
o Substance Use Issues in Family Justice - FAMJ-1019 (formerly FAMJ 1011 or FAM 187 or FAM 108)
o Diversity, Family Dispute Resolution & Access to Justice -FAMJ-1018 (formerly Multicultural Issues in Family Justice -FAMJ-1012 FAM188 or FAM109)
o Child Support Guidelines - FAMJ-1009 (formerly FAM 185 or FAM 112)

Willingness Statements/Provisos:
  • Required to successfully pass a BC Public Service Criminal Record Check (CRC) and a Criminal Records Review Act Check (CRRA).
  • Willingness to travel, including occasional overnight, is a requirement (e.g., itinerant service, training, meetings).
  • A valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's License or equivalent
  • Required to complete minimum requirements of a recruitment and individualized training plan which involves completion of coursework and practicum tasks within the first six months of appointment.
  • Successfully obtain and maintain appointment as a Family Justice Counsellor in accordance with Section10 (1) of the Family Law Act and accreditation as a family mediator in British Columbia through Family Mediation Canada.
  • May interact with clients who are distraught due to issues of family violence, personal safety, or emotional crisis.
  • Potential exposure to situation(s) where clients become difficult, angry, hostile or violent.

For questions regarding this position, please contact

About this Position:
There is currently 2 full-time vacancies available in Chilliwack.
An eligibility list may be established for future and permanent vacancies in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
Salary for this growth position will be assigned upon hire according to educational qualifications and related work experience.
Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to 2 days at home per week subject to an approved telework agreement.
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.
Please refer to MyHR for more information on Temporary Market Adjustments .

Working for the BC Public Service:
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact or 778-405-3452.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

Cover Letter: NO -Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES -A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES -You will need to complete a comprehensive questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and how you obtained your relevant experience. The questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Criminal Record Review Act Check (CRRA) will be required.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the posting.

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category
Social Services

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Company Size

10,000+ employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-16

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