PEI Human Rights Commission: Qualifications, Overview and Application Information
- Respect, fairness, inclusiveness, and reliability;
- High ethical standards and personal integrity;
- Superior interpersonal skills, including collegiality;
- Tact, discretion, and sound judgment.
Commissioners are responsible for oversight and adjudicative roles at the Commission and should meet expectations in both areas.
Oversight / Governance role
- Knowledge of human rights issues, social issues, and the principles of natural justice;
- Knowledge of the role of the PEI Human Rights Commission and the principles set out within the PEI Human Rights Act;
- Knowledge of the issues and challenges impacting racialized and diverse individuals, and particularly the need for appropriate institutional responses;
- Ability to engage a wide variety of stakeholders through collaboration and consensus-building;
- Ability to work efficiently and independently, or as part of a team;
- Knowledge of financial management;
- Experience in a governance role;
- Significant leadership experience would be an asset.
- Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information from a variety of sources including the ability to identify relevant facts and analyze information in order to develop and substantiate decisions;
- Ability to impartially make timely decisions that are transparent, clear, accessible, well-reasoned and justifiable;
- Willingness to participate in ongoing training related to adjudication and human rights law.
- The following will be considered assets:
- Knowledge of the principles of administrative law, human rights law, and legal procedures, through any combination of education, training, or experience;
- Experience in alternative dispute resolution;
- Expertise or experience with employment and human resource management;
- Experience working in or writing decisions in an administrative tribunal setting or the field of human rights;
- A law degree from a recognized university.
- Proficiency in English, both oral and written is essential. Proficiency in French is an asset.
- The ability to use Microsoft Office, email and internet.
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission was established in 1976 to administer and enforce the PEI Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on 17 grounds or characteristics. The Commission investigates and adjudicates complaints. The Commission also develops public information and education to advance human rights principles, and advises government on suggestions, recommendations and requests made by private organizations and individuals. The Commission consists of staff members and Commissioners.
The Commission operates independently from government. It does not represent either side of a complaint. The Commission staff investigate complaints of discrimination, facilitate settlement discussions and when necessary refer matters to a hearing – called a Panel. Staff also lead education and advisory work at the Commission.
Part time Commissioners are appointed to provide oversight and governance to the Commission and to provide an adjudicative function. Commissioners are paid a per diem at a rate determined by the Province from time to time. They are subject to conflict of interest rules and during their period of appointment they may have to step away from certain activities, particularly those related to political activity.
Oversight/ Governance includes ensuring the Commission is operating effectively and is being financially responsible. Commissioners also provide strategic direction to the Commission, raise areas of public concern and participate in human rights and adjudicative training. Commissioners may also participate in community outreach and education and may represent the Commission at public conferences and events. Oversight/ Governance is generally done through monthly meetings during Commission working hours. Meetings maybe 3-7 hours in length and require some advance preparation.
Adjudicative functions include conducting Chair Reviews and Panel Hearings. When the Executive Director determines a complaint does not have merit to proceed to a hearing, Commissioners may be asked by the Chair to review that decision and the material upon which the decision was based including complaint and response forms, investigation reports, and legal opinions, many of which are complex. The Commissioner would then be required to prepare a written decision, based on facts and law as to whether the decision of the Executive Director should be upheld or not.
When the Executive Director determines that a complaint should be sent to a hearing, the Chair of the Commission will appoint a Commissioner to conduct the hearing which will include listening to witnesses to gather and assess the facts and then apply the law as it relates to those facts. At the conclusion of the hearing the Commissioner will draft a clear, comprehensive and well-reasoned written decision.
All decisions prepared by the Commissioner may be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
The time for the adjudicative functions of the Commissioner role will be dependent on the number of cases which proceed to a Chair Review or Panel. Commissioners may need to be available for a number of consecutive business days to preside over a Panel.
If you are interested in serving as a commissioner on the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission, please send a letter of application and your résumé by September 23, 2022, to:
Standing Committee on Health and Social Development
Office of the Clerk
197 Richmond Street
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
or by email to email@example.com.
Due date for applications to the Standing Committee on Health and Social Development is September 23, 2022.