Council Position Descriptions - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Council Position Descriptions

Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Chair of Council, Vice Chair, Deputy Chair/MLA, Member

Role Descriptions

Accountabilities of the roles:

Chair

  • The primary focus of the Chair is to provide strategic leadership and guidance to the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Council (the Council) in fulfilling its mandate.
  • Lead Council meetings and promote relationships with other Council Members.
  • Ensure Council members have opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the work of Council and to developing strategic and business plans for the Minister's consideration. Model active engagement in carrying out the activities outlined in the plans.
  • Act as Council's primary spokesperson and media representative, representing the position of Council rather than personal positions, and advise the Director of the Secretariat of any media contact related to Council business in advance whenever possible.
  • Be familiar with GoA's expectations, processes, and accountabilities as they relate to Council activities. Ensure the annual report reflects Council's activities and achievements.
  • Remain knowledgeable, have an informed opinion, and remain up to date on different and differing perspectives on diverse disability issues.
  • Engage with community and networks to remain current on issues that may impact people with disabilities in Alberta and bring to the attention of Council.
  • Be accountable to the Premier through the Minister and to Council as a collective entity.
  • Three-year appointment.

Vice-Chair

  • In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Chair.
  • Three-year appointment.

Deputy Chair

  • The primary focus of the Deputy Chair is to act as the liaison between the Council and the GoA and primary point of contact for elected officials.
  • A sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly with a strong interest in disability issues.
  • Three-year appointment.

Member

  • Engage with their communities and networks to develop an informed opinion on issues that may impact people with disabilities in Alberta and will bring emerging issues or trends to the attention of the Council.
  • Maintain familiarity with diverse disability-related issues at the local and national level and communicate these issues to the Council.
  • Remain knowledgeable and up to date on different and differing perspectives on diverse disability issues.
  • Advise on issues and matters that align with Government of Alberta (GoA) goals and priorities, with respect to persons with disabilities.
  • Commit to the Council's mandate and represent Council's positions and values, rather than personal ones at non-Council meetings and other events.
  • Actively participate in Council meetings and working groups, and attend pre-approved events.
  • Contribute to the development of the Council's strategic and business plans and activities outlined in the plans.
  • Be accountable to the Chair to the Minister and to other Council Members as a collective entity.
  • Three-year appointment.

About the Agency

The GoA is committed to engaging Albertans on how provincial policies and programs can best meet their needs. The GoA creates advisory boards as the means of hearing from citizens. The Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (the Council) is one of these boards.

  • Created under the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Act (1988), the Council is an advisory agency accountable to the Premier through the Minister of Community and Social Services.
  • The Council is responsible for providing advice regarding equal opportunities for persons with disabilities to reach their full potential and to engage in the life of the Province.
  • The Council will act strategically to ensure that input from a disability perspective is provided to key government policies.
  • The Council is established solely for the purpose of providing advice to the GoA, with no authority over budget or staff.
  • The board has a total of 15 appointments. This consists of one Chair, one Vice-Chair, one Deputy Chair/MLA and 12 members.

Agency Classification

  • The Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (PCSPD) is a public agency governed by the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act.
  • The Council is responsible for providing advice regarding equal opportunities for persons with disabilities to reach their full potential and to engage in the life of the Province.
  • The Council will act strategically to ensure that input from a disability perspective is provided to key government policies.
  • The Council is established solely for the purpose of providing advice to the GoA, with no authority over budget or staff.
  • The board has a total of 15 appointments. This consists of one Chair, one Vice-Chair, one Deputy Chair/MLA and 12 members.

Skills & Experience

  • Be a person with a disability, have a family member with a disability or have a strong connection to the disability community.
  • Live in Alberta.
  • Have proven leadership skills at the community or provincial level.
  • Demonstrate ability to think strategically, inspire and motivate others.
  • Strong connections at the local level to the disability community, stakeholders and service agencies.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and working with the media, and able to clearly convey and receive messages that meet the needs of diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate success achieving results and maintaining flexibility in adapting to changes in the external environment.
  • Expertise identifying issues and assessing options and implications before providing advice.
  • Demonstrate experience working within a council or board model, or working cooperatively and productively within a diverse team environment.
  • Proven competency with Microsoft Word, email and internet. Proficiency with any adaptive software and/or devices needed for computer access or document creation.
  • Have experience working with underrepresented groups e.g., people with disabilities, immigrants, youth, Indigenous peoples or mature workers.

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

  • Be knowledgeable about diverse disability issues and disability programs and services at the federal, provincial, and/or municipal level.
  • Show awareness of how urban-rural differences impact services for Albertans with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Act and awareness of the structure of Council and the government framework it operates in.
  • Be familiar with issues faced by Indigenous peoples with disabilities and demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

  • This is a volunteer position. Council Members may receive remuneration for time spent on Council business.
  • Remuneration rates are:
    • Chair: $219 for up to and including four hours, or $383 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or $601 for over eight hours in any day, spent on the business of the Council.
    • Member: $164 for up to and including four hours, or $290 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or $427 for over eight hours in any day, spent on the business of the Council.
  • Remuneration is based on Part A of the Committee Remuneration Order (O.C. 466/2007).
  • Council members may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses necessarily incurred in the course of performing their duties in accordance with the Public Service Relocation and Employment Expenses Regulation and the Government of Alberta's Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expense Policy.
  • Time commitment varies. Council meets in person two to three times a year; these meetings are typically two days in length. Additionally, there are meetings by videoconference.
  • Excluding the two-day meetings, the time commitment is approximately:
    • Chair: 25 to 30 hours per month averaged over a 12-month period.
    • Member: 10 to 15 hours per month averaged over a 12-month period.
Created:
Modified: 2017-08-16
PID: 14979