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BC Public Service
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Victoria or Burnaby
Arbitrator
Salary $62,000 – $86,000 annually

There are 10 positions available. The successful candidate(s) can be located in either our Burnaby or Victoria office. Working from home options may be considered after successful completion of probation period.

The Residential Tenancy Branch is part of the Office of Housing and Construction Standards in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Branch promotes successful tenancies by providing high quality plain language information to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities and by delivering timely, neutral dispute resolution services to landlords and tenants. Our Dispute Resolution Team is an engaged team of highly efficient, knowledgeable, supportive and positive professionals who provide timely, consistent, effective dispute resolution services. We embody best practices, continuous learning, and a culture of continuous and measurable improvement.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • University degree in a related discipline such as Law, Public Administration, or Dispute Resolution; Preference may be given to those with mediation and/ or facilitation certification/degree/diploma.
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience in statutory decision making and writing, education and training which includes formal post-secondary level course work in a related field may be considered;
  • 3 years recent and demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Interpreting and applying legislation, regulations and common law to varied and often complex situations in order to properly and defensibly exercise delegated decision making authority;
    • Providing and communicating legal analysis and reasoning in written format;
    • Dealing proactively and effectively with others using tact, discretion and sound judgement. Preference may be given to those with this experience in the context of dispute resolution hearings.

To learn more, including how to apply online by November 13, 2017, please visit:

https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=45011  


BC Ministry of Finance
Financial Institutions Commission
Vancouver, BC
Investigator, Market Conduct
Salary $62,000 – $86,000 annually

The Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia (FICOM) is a Vancouver-based regulatory agency of the British Columbia Government. FICOM’s four pillars of responsibility are pension plans, mortgage brokers, financial institutions (including credit unions, insurance and trust companies) and the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation. For more information about FICOM visit our webpage.

The Investigator deploys investigative best practices in the handling of urgent, complex, and high risk cases relating to misconduct of financial institutions (i.e., insurance, trust, and credit union) regulated by the Government of British Columbia.  The Investigator exercises considerable initiative and flexibility when responding to the changing circumstances of complex investigations.  Management, executive, and legal counsel rely on the Investigator’s acumen, judgement, and tenacity to make compelling cases for regulatory action which is subject to public scrutiny.

In making file management decisions, the Investigator draws on their knowledge of the legislation, evidentiary standards and requirements, industry knowledge, and prioritizes files according to risk of harm to the public.  The Investigator may be required to occasionally travel and give evidence at administrative hearings as required.

The Investigator operates in a sensitive position and diplomatically represents FICOM. He or she builds positive relationships with Ministry of Attorney General legal counsel, regulators from other jurisdictions or business sectors, other functional areas within FICOM, the regulated entities, and the general public.  

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Organizational and/or academic coursework in administrative law and advanced investigative techniques, preferably leading to a certification, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  
  • Post-secondary degree in business, insurance, law, or criminology (preferred).
  • Five (5) years of recent and progressive investigative experience, preferably in a regulatory, corporate security, law enforcement or related environment.  Preference may be given to candidates with investigative experience in the areas of insurance and/or financial services.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.

For more information and to apply by November 19, 2017, please go to: https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=45521


Board resourcing and Development Office
Multiple locations
Safety Standards Appeal Board
Members receive a per diem of $450 for work undertaken on behalf of the Board in addition to reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.


Business and Structure                                                                                 

The Safety Standards Appeal Board is an independent administrative tribunal established by the Safety Standards Act to hear appeals of administrative decisions made under the Act. Its jurisdiction was expanded in 2007 to allow it to hear appeals from decisions of the registrar under the Homeowner Protection Act and in 2017 to hear appeals of administrative penalties under the Building Act. It has broad powers under the Administrative Tribunals Act to design its own rules of practice and procedure and to employ alternative dispute resolution processes. The Board currently has 5 members, including the Chair.  However, there has been a vacancy on the Board since May 2017.  All members of the Board are part-time Ministerial appointees.  The Chair and Vice-Chair have backgrounds in administrative law.  The other members have legal, technical or construction backgrounds in order to ensure there is sufficient expertise on the Board to fairly adjudicate appeals from the technical disciplines over which the Board has jurisdiction.  The Board has one full-time employee (registrar).  The Board’s annual budget is approximately $200,000.00.

Strategic Direction

The Board’s membership is designed to ensure the Board has the appropriate technical capacity and detailed knowledge of the relevant regulated industries to accommodate appeals under the Safety Standards Act, the Homeowner Protection Actand the Building Act.

The Board will continue to enhance its effectiveness by refining its Rules of Practice and Procedure, Practice Directives and Guidelines, policies and other information published on its website to clarify its jurisdiction and powers and the appeal process and create efficiencies with accessing the services provided by the Board.

Governance Structure

The Board operates at arm’s length from the government in its decision-making capacity. The Chair is responsible to the appointing authority for the Board’s performance.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Board’s role is to hear appeals of administrative decisions made under the Safety Standards ActHomeowner Protection Act and Building Act in accordance with the provisions of the Acts, as amended by the Administrative Tribunals Act, the rules of administrative law and the principles of natural justice. The Board may use a variety of techniques to resolve disputes prior to a hearing, including the settlement conferences and mediation.

The impact of the Board’s decisions may be considerable and may involve substantial financial implications or changes in practice. Members of the Board are expected to maintain the highest possible standards and must be able to demonstrate objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency and timeliness.

Responsibilities

Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the Board. Includes: monitor and improve quality of Board’s processes, ensure appropriate members; ensure appropriate Board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulate roles and responsibilities for the chair, vice-chairs, members and registrar; define Board process and guidelines; and identify potential candidates for membership.

Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the Board’s enabling legislation, relevant provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act and the principles of administrative justice, review and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.

Strategy and Plans: Enhance the Board’s capacity to provide low-cost alternatives to oral in-person hearings such as alternative dispute resolution, hearings by written submissions and where oral hearings are required, video-conferencing. Provide training to board members with an emphasis on early dispute resolution, particularly settlement conferences and mediation.

Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate board members; oversee management succession and development.

Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems; ensure appropriate risk management systems, ensure code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines in place.

Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.

Communications: Enhance the Board’s effectiveness by refining its Rules of Practice and Procedure, Practice Directives and Guidelines and other information published on its website to clarify any grey areas relating to its jurisdiction and powers and the appeal process, particularly the use of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process.

Accountabilities

When hearing appeals the Board must consider the maintenance and enhancement of public safety or the purposes of the Homeowner Protection Act, as the case may be. Unless an appeal is withdrawn, the parties otherwise agree, or the appeal is resolved in another way, the Board must hear an appeal as soon as practicable after receiving the appeal.

The Board must meet the expectations of its enabling legislation and applicable provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act.

In carrying out its work, the Board operates within the broad policy direction set by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the budget set by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Board Composition

Board members should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • Exercise appropriate discretion in resolving matters that come before the Board within the statutory framework of the Safety Standards ActHomeowners Protection Act, Building Act and the Administrative Tribunals Act and associated regulations; the Board’s Rules and the management framework established by the Chair;
  • Conduct hearings or participate at hearings;
  • Weigh and consider evidence to determine the relevant facts, interpret and apply the law and arrive at a balanced and considered decision;
  • Write clear, concise decisions which identify and canvas all relevant issues, evidence and submissions and provide appropriate analysis to support the conclusion reached;
  • Treat parties to proceedings before the Board fairly, courteously and with respect;
  • Complete assignments in a timely and orderly manner;
  • Make recommendations to the chair for improvements to the rules, policies, practices or procedures of the Board;
  • Assist in the orientation and training of new members

Personal Attributes

All members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues covered by the relevant legislation;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • commitment to continuous learning about the rules of administrative law and the principles of natural justice;

Competencies

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector;
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization;

Governance Experience

While previous experience as a governor is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of an administrative tribunal and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to the Board’s decision-making and oversight.

Part of the organization’s commitment includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for members.

Other Considerations

Within the context of the required board skills requirements, consideration is given to diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by the organization.

Vacant Position(s)

There is one unfilled vacancy on the Board and a number of members terms are set to expire. The vacancy on the Board is for a member with legal expertise, including experience relating to alternative dispute resolution. The following are the attributes sought for the vacant positions currently under consideration:

  • Exercise sound judgement and skill in the conduct of proceedings and in communication with other public agencies or the public;
  • Participate in procedural rulings and utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as settlement conferences, wherever possible to resolve appeals prior to a hearing;
  • Previous experience adjudicating disputes with a proven ability to base decisions on sound technical expertise and experience relating to the areas regulated by the Board’s enabling legislation;
  • Additional consideration is given to candidates with experience or particular interest in adjudication or alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation.

Time Commitment

Most Board members would be expected to conduct or participate in several appeals per year. Each appeal may involve a one or two day hearing (often conducted in writing rather than in person) plus two or three days for preparation and decision writing. Hearings may be conducted by the member alone or by the member sitting as part of a panel of the Board.

Members may also be requested to facilitate alternative dispute resolution processes or appeal management conferences from time to time. These generally require a half day of a member’s time.

If requested by the Chair, a member may be asked to participate in one or two public education events annually.

Term

Safety Standards Act, section 43: Members are appointed by the Minister after a merit based process and consultation with the Chair.

Administrative Tribunals Act, section 3 (1): A member, other than the Chair, may be appointed by the appointing authority, after a merit based process and consultation with the Chair, to hold office for an initial term of 2 to 4 years.

Administrative Tribunals Act, section 3 (2): A member may be re-appointed by the appointing authority as a member of the tribunal for additional terms of up to 5 years.

Compensation

Compensation is payable pursuant to Treasury Board Directive 1/17. Members receive a per diem of $450 for work undertaken on behalf of the Board in addition to reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

 

First

Appointed

Term Ends Occupation
Appointed:
Emily Drown, Chair May 15, 2008 December 31, 2017 Lawyer
Jeff Hand March 5, 2014 March 5, 2020 Lawyer
Tim Haaf May 1, 2004 December 31, 2017 Technical expertise in pressure vessel operation and building/construction standards
Ted Simmons May 1, 2004 December 31, 2017 Technical expertise in electrical safety and building/construction standards
Terry Bergen March 5, 2014 March 5, 2020 Technical expertise in building/construction standards
Elected: N/A
Ex-officio: N/A

 

Senior Executives:

Registrar: Yvonne Linge

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving the Safety Standards Appeal Board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines. For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Board Resourcing and Development Office website (www.gov.bc.ca/brdo) and link to the page “The Appointment Process”.