SP5 Social Services Worker 5


Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth

Research and Special Reports Program

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 40103

Salary(s):   SP5 $68,390.00 - $92,825.00 per year

Closing Date:   November 23, 2022

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

This is a preference competition. All applicants are encouraged to apply, however first consideration for this competition will be given to Indigenous people. Applicants are requested to self-declare at the time of application.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 6 months.

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth 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.

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
  • Valid Manitoba Driver’s License, access to a vehicle, ability and willingness to travel throughout Manitoba


Essential Criteria:

  • Post-secondary education, preferably at the Master’s level (or higher) in social sciences, public health, statistics, social work, or public administration with a minimum of five years of experience in the areas of applied quantitative and qualitative research (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Experience designing research and evaluation, conducting primary data collection (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and surveys), and doing qualitative and quantitative data analysis using programs such as R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, MAXQDA, and NVivo.
  • Superior ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in written formats as the primary author of research reports, particularly involving children, youth, young adults, and their families.
  • Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility for a wide variety of complex, difficult, and sensitive cases, research projects, and public educational activities, to handle such assignments with sensitivity and sound judgement, and to observe confidentiality requirements and sound judgement within the parameters of the MACY mandate, policies, and procedures.
  • Negotiation, problem solving, dispute resolution and mediation skills in resolving issues at many different levels (interpersonally and systemically) through gaining cooperation and commitment of others.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous history and culture in Manitoba and the aims and objectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis with respect to the provision of culturally appropriate services.
  • Knowledge and understanding of one or more provincial child- and youth-serving public systems, including services/systems such as: child and family services, youth justice, addictions, disabilities, mental health, education, and victim support.
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Desired Criteria:
  • Experience analyzing data from large government databases, such as CFSIS, ADT, EDIS, MATC, MHID, CdS, or COMS.
  • The ability to communicate in French or in one of the Indigenous languages spoken in Manitoba is considered an asset.

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth is looking for candidates who are willing to work on a flexible schedule to cover office demands and when travelling for work related purposes.  


The Researcher analyses trends, findings, and recommendations arising from the work of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) Office and creates and develops comprehensive special research reports about complex, interdepartmental issues and systemic trends that impact children, youth, and young adults in Manitoba. The purpose of special reports is to educate and inform, and to issue recommendations to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of public services in Manitoba. The special reports may be made public at the discretion of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, and may include formal recommendations to government ministers, other senior-level departmental staff, any public body or person, or any organization providing any designated or reviewable service as described in The Advocate for Children and Youth Act. The special reports developed by the incumbent may deal with complex, high profile, or contentious social and political issues, and may refer to and comment on any matter the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth has reviewed or investigated. The incumbent must demonstrate expertise and knowledge of a variety of inter-related social and political issues, research methodologies, protocols, and risk assessment strategies. The incumbent will brief the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth or designate on evidence-informed issues, trends, risks, and opportunities related to any designated or reviewable service or any other matter relevant to the work of MACY.

Apply to:

Advertisement # 40103
Manitoba Legislative Assembly
Human Resource Services
302-386 Broadway
Winnipeg MB , R3C 3R6
Phone:  204-945-7279
Fax: 204-948-3115

Competitive process: The competition will include a board interview and a comprehensive written assessment. The successful candidate will be subject to a six (6) month probationary period.

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions for represented positions may be grieved by internal represented applicants. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor's representative. 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.


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