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Caseworker/Researcher at Yukon NDP Caucus in Whitehorse

Posted on Aug 05, 2013 in Journalism & Media

Hourly Wage/Annual Salary

More than $25/hr

Hours per Week

Full-time (35-40 hours)

Duration

Permanent

About this Job

General Summary

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, this position is responsible for casework and research duties for the Official Opposition Caucus.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Casework:

- Receiving requests from members of the public for information, advice and assistance on matters related to the territorial government

- Recording, assessing and verifying requests from members of the public and recommending an appropriate course of action to the MLA

- Advising, referring, advocating or letter-writing on an individual’s behalf

- Maintaining current knowledge of the structures and services of the territorial government, including mechanisms available to individuals to have questions answered and/or grievances addressed

- Maintaining current knowledge of advocacy and other community service organizations available to assist individuals

- Ensuring appropriate information disclosure consent forms are completed by individuals seeking advice or assistance

- Maintaining complete confidential records of contact

- Liaising between individuals seeking advice or assistance and governmental or non-governmental agencies

- Other duties as assigned

Research:

- Responding to requests for information from caucus members, staff and others as directed

- Monitoring opposition parties, government legislation, department programs and their budget estimates

- Monitoring media for developments related to research assignments, developing and maintaining resource contacts and retrieving information

- Analyzing, evaluating and preparing alternatives to government legislation, programs and regulations

- Researching and preparing papers and notes to assist caucus members to effectively advocate New Democrat Opposition policy and in their legislative and extra-parliamentary duties

- Participating in group efforts, which may involve other staff or MLAs on committees or task forces

- Liaising with community groups, government departments and others to obtain relevant information

- Preparation of communication materials for public distribution

- Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills Required

- Completion of a university degree or equivalent experience

- Strong written and spoken English

- Punctual, meticulous and reliable

- Courteous and diplomatic manner with the public

- An understanding of the northern cultural and political environment

- Demonstrated skills in team building, recordkeeping, analysis and problem solving, stress management, decision making, verbal and written communications and listening, and operating computerized spreadsheet, word-processing, database, email and other programs at a highly proficient level

- Graphic design and social media skills are an asset

- Thorough knowledge of Yukon politics and the Yukon New Democratic Party

- Sound understanding of territorial government departments and services

- Knowledge of community agencies and organizations

- Ability to multitask and meet changing needs and demands, including an ability to respond well to short deadlines

- Strong time management and prioritization skills

- Proven research and analytical skills including the ability to organize and interpret complex research findings in ways that provide options and recommendations.

- Familiarity with a broad range of research applications and databases

- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people

- Ability to work independently or as part of a team

Working Conditions

- Workweeks are 5 days, Monday to Friday, 7.5 hours per day (plus unpaid lunch break)

- Frequent exposure to noise and a regular flow of people around the office

- Constant interruptions and frequent assignment to changing priorities

- Frequent interaction with dissatisfied and emotional clients

- Regular and irregular critical deadlines

Pay, benefits and other conditions of employment are determined by the Collective Agreement between the Yukon New Democratic Party Caucus in the Yukon Legislative Assembly and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Pay is $29.74 per hour plus health, welfare and pension benefits. Subject to Clause 5.02 of the Collective Agreement, membership in the union is a condition of employment.


This job was posted on Aug 05, 2013 and will be removed on Aug 15, 2013

All applications must be received before Aug 15, 2013

Yukon NDP Caucus

Please Contact: François Picard

Email: Francois.Picard@yla.gov.yk.ca

Phone: 867-393-7050

Website: http://www.yukonndpcaucus.ca

To apply for this Job

Applications may be made in strict confidence to François Picard, Chief of Staff, by email to Francois.Picard@yla.gov.yk.ca. The deadline for applications is 5pm PST on Thursday, August 15th, 2013.