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Civil Resolution Tribunal - Vice Chair of Strata (Full Time)

Requisition #2325996
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamLegal
Job TypeAppointment, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$1.00 / Year
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date27-May-2019
Expiry Date26-Jun-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.

Business and Structure

The B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal (the “tribunal”) is an independent, quasi-judicial body established under the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act (the “Act”). The tribunal provides self-help tools, online dispute resolution, and other collaborative dispute resolution services. As a last resort, disputes are resolved by adjudication, based on written submissions or, occasionally, following an oral hearing. Most of the tribunal’s services are delivered through remote communication methods like email, the internet, telephone, and video. The tribunal has jurisdiction over strata (condominium) property disputes, small claims disputes $5,000.00 or under, motor vehicle injury disputes $50,000 or under, and (in June 2019) disputes under the Societies Act and the Cooperative Associations Act.

 

The tribunal is currently made up of the Chair, a Vice Chair for each of the Strata Property, Small Claims, and Motor Vehicle Injury Divisions, as well as a Vice Chair Quality Assurance, who are also tribunal Members, as well as full and part-time Members. The Chair, Vice Chairs and Members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council after a competitive, merit-based process. Tribunal operations are supported by a number of employees.

Strategic Direction

The tribunal’s mandate is to provide “accessible, speedy, economical, informal and flexible” dispute resolution services, which are proportional to the issues in dispute. The tribunal is an expert tribunal, and tribunal Members apply their expertise in resolving often complex disputes through adjudication. The Act provides that the tribunal’s online dispute resolution services are available to the public generally. For more information, see www.civilresolutionbc.ca

Vacant Position(s)

The tribunal has one vacancy for a full-time Vice Chair – Strata.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector tribunals. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

 

To support strong tribunals that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector tribunal appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The Vice Chair - Strata provides guidance, training, and support to the Members and performs a quality assurance function within the strata property dispute area.

 

The Vice Chair - Strata provides excellent decision-making services to Tribunal participants, including the speedy and fair resolution of pre-hearing applications and disputes through online and remote justice service methods, with in-person services as a valued last resort.

 

The Vice Chair adjudicates claims or applications as a single-member panel, and rarely, as a member of a multi-person panel. Claims are adjudicated based on a review of the evidence, the parties’ submissions, and the applicable law and policy.

 

The position is responsible for the overall conduct and control of the hearing, including the identification and clarification of issues, the provision of procedural directions, research and evidence gathering, and the conduct of written and oral hearings. For each claim, the Vice Chair provides a clear, sound, concise, and timely written decision.

 

Through CRT staff, the position interacts verbally and/or in writing with parties, their representatives (where authorized by the Act and/or the tribunal), witnesses, experts, colleagues, and support staff.

 

The Vice Chair manages a variable caseload, depending on the needs of the tribunal.

 

The Vice Chair:

  • plans and coordinates continuing education for Members and staff on strata property issues in BC;
  • implements quality assurance processes within the strata property dispute area;
  • participates in peer review of decisions and other activities, such as continuing education in support of quality, consistent, and timely decision making;
  • assists in the development and maintenance of strata property content for the Solution Explorer;
  • assists in the development of rules, policies, procedures, and public information on strata property disputes;
  • at the direction of the Chair, consults with stakeholders about CRT issues;
  • adjudicates a variable volume of claims, many of which are complex or contentious, in a fair and impartial manner, and renders decisions within the time frame established by the Chair;
  • adjudicates a high volume of applications, including those for dismissal, default, and fee waivers, among others;
  • is responsible for the overall conduct of each dispute assigned;
  • reviews evidence and submissions, identifies substantive and procedural issues, and ensures that the appropriate hearing process (oral or written) is used;
  • conducts the hearing (either oral or written) in accordance with the Act, the tribunal’s rules and policies, and principles of procedural fairness;
  • determines what further evidence or information is required to fully and fairly decide the claim and the procedure for obtaining that information;
  • ensures that parties have had an opportunity to address the issues and all new evidence obtained in the process;
  • evaluates the evidence and makes findings of fact;
  • identifies and applies the relevant law and policies to the issues in the claim or application;
  • produces clear, well-reasoned decisions that are based on the merits and justice of the specific case;
  • ensures decisions respect the tribunal’s policies on privacy and public access;
  • always treats the parties, with respect, dignity, and patience;
  • has high ethical standards, personal integrity and a strong sense of fairness;
  • is service-oriented and focussed on addressing the needs of tribunal participants quickly, efficiently, and fairly;
  • appreciates the tribunal’s duty to the public, its focus on providing effective administrative justice services to participants, and the need to put the public interest first; and
  • works as a team member and works on individual case management with tribunal support staff.

Competencies/Attributes

The Vice Chair - Strata is selected based on merit, knowledge of and experience in strata property issues, experience in a high-volume, public service environment, and a comprehensive understanding of the related statutes interpreted by the tribunal.

There is currently one vacancy on the tribunal for a full-time Vice Chair - Strata.   The following are the attributes and qualifications sought for the position:

  • Law degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, preferably in Canada;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ current and related expertise and experience in strata property law;
  • Adjudicative experience and/or applied knowledge of administrative law, specifically the principles of procedural fairness;
  • An interest in strata property matters and an understanding of the tribunal’s mandate, structure, and processes;
  • Highly developed ability to read large volumes of complex information, identify issues, analyze evidence, interpret and apply the applicable law and policy, and write well-reasoned and very concise decisions;
  • Highly developed ability to organize and manage a steady and high-volume caseload, producing timely and sound decisions;
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills to clearly, concisely and respectfully convey information in plain language;
  • Ability to preside over oral hearings, maintaining the impartiality, gravitas and decorum necessary to ensure procedural fairness and orderly conduct;
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds, to listen and understand, and effectively manage angry, frightened, or distraught behaviour;
  • Demonstrated collegial orientation including consulting, listening to and sharing information/opinions with colleagues, and maintaining positive working relationships with all tribunal staff and Members;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify information gaps or inconsistencies and conduct research to gather complete information;
  • Demonstrated comfort with office technology, including web applications, word processing, file and document review, online case management, and research, as the tribunal is almost paperless; and,
  • Integrity, credibility and sound reputation in their chosen field and the respect of peers and clients.

 

To be eligible to apply, all candidates must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident or equivalent;
  • willing to work primarily remotely, from home or personal office, using a variety of communication methods including telephone, video-conference and internet;
  • commitment to learn and contribute to education seminars, workshops, and self-study and to contribute to an organization-wide team effort;
  • willing to travel periodically to attend training sessions, meetings, or rarely, hearings;
  • willing to meet the requirements of tribunal rules and policies, including a Code of Conduct, and to meet performance and productivity standards; and
  • willing to receive constructive feedback.

Time Commitment

The Vice Chair - Strata position is full-time and based in British Columbia. The position works primarily from home.

Term

Initial appointments are for terms of between 2 and 4 years. Vice Chairs may be appointed for additional terms of up to 5 years.

Compensation

The salary range is currently $143,000 - $161,000. The salary range is set by Treasury Board Directive, which is regularly reviewed. The current Treasury Board Directive is Number 1/17, which can be accessed at

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/services-policies-for-government/public-sector-management/psec/remuneration-guidelines-appointees-amin-tribunals.pdf.

 

The benefits package includes medical and dental coverage and participation in a defined benefit pension plan. For further information regarding benefits, see section 5.2 of the Treasury Board Directive.

Personal Attributes

All tribunal members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the tribunal;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to the tribunal; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the tribunal and the relevant sector or industry.

List of Current Members

For a list of current tribunal members please visit: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/apps/appointments/boardView.asp?BoardNum=215163

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this tribunal by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the tribunal, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.