Family Justice Counsellor – Report Writer
Social Program Officer 24R (Growth)
Please note that this posting is specific to recruitment for a current Report Writer vacancy.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future vacancies in either Report Writer or Dispute Resolution dedicated FJC positions.
Upon order of the Court, assess the relationship between children and their parents to help resolve post-separation family disputes and further the best interests of children
The 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 programs and services, including Section 211 Family Law Act reports, dispute resolution, and Parenting After Separation Workshops.
The Family Justice Counsellor position is comprised of two distinct roles, Report Writer and Dispute Resolution Mediator.
As a dedicated Report Writer, you will be a member of a provincial team that prepares Section 211 Reports upon order of the Court. These reports are provided to help the Court and parents determine parenting plans that are most appropriate for children post separation/divorce. In this role, you will be investigating and assessing the needs of the child and the parent’s capacity to meet those needs in addition to views of the child/ren through interviews and at times observations with family members and children as well as contacting collaterals. The focus of these reports is the best interests of the children.
Note: Overnight travel to various locations throughout the Fraser Valley area, and other parts of the province as needed, is a requirement for the Report Writer dedicated role. Please note this may include multiple consecutive overnight stays.
Strong writing skills and the ability to work independently will be important in this position.
For information about the Family Justice Counsellor position, Report Writer or Dispute Resolution, please contact
: The successful candidate will be trained for both the report writer and dispute resolution job responsibilities of the Family Justice Counsellor position. This training involves completion of required coursework and practicum tasks as part of an individualized training plan within the probation period upon appointment into the position.
Travel is a requirement of this position (e.g. service delivery, training, meetings).
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Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the
education and experience
as outlined below:
A recognized undergraduate degree.
: 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.
: A prior learning assessment may be required to determine if an applicant meets this qualification.
A minimum of one year of recent work or volunteer experience in a directly related human service field (e.g., counselling,
community service agencies, dispute resolution, court services, legal services, etc.).
– Ideally, the candidate will have one or more of the following:
Current certification by Family Mediation Canada as a Family Relations Mediator or Family Relations Comprehensive Mediator;
Employed as a Family Justice Counsellor (FJC) in British Columbia within the preceding 12 months;
Completion of the Family Justice Counsellor Individualized Training Program within the last two years,
Completion of one or more of the following Justice Institute of BC courses:
Mediation Skills Level II – CRES-1280 (formerly CCR290 or CR400)
Writing Children’s Needs Assessments – FAMJ-1021
Family Justice Service in British Columbia – FAMJ-1000 (formerly FAM 190 or CORR 606)
Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce – FAMJ-1002 (formerly FAM 191 or CORR 605)
Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults – FAMJ1005 (formerly FAM 181 or FAM103)
Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children – FAMJ-1006 (formerly FAM 182 or FAM104)
Substance Use Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1011 (formerly FAM 187 or FAM 108)
Multicultural Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1012 (formerly FAM188 or FAM109)
Child Support Guidelines – FAMJ-1009 (formerly FAM 185 or FAM 112)
Provisos - applicant must:
Successfully pass a BC Public Service Criminal Record Check and a Criminal Records Review Act Check.
Possess a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License or equivalent.
Must complete the Family Mediation Canada Certification within the initial probation period of appointment.
Successfully obtain 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.