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New Job Approvals Specialist In Alberta

Approvals Specialist
Approvals Specialist

Approvals Specialist

Company : Government of Alberta
Salary : $5,112–$6,712 a month
Location : Alberta

Full Description

Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 28201

Ministry: Indigenous Relations

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36,25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Permanent

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: June 21st, 2022

Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Program Services 3

About Us

Consultation, Land & Policy Division provides guidance, specialized knowledge and expert advice to Indigenous communities, industry, stakeholders and other Government of Alberta (GoA) ministries to ensure Indigenous perspectives are heard and considered during the development, implementation and monitoring of policies, programs, services and initiatives, and supports engagement with Indigenous communities.

The Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO), which is responsible for the operational delivery of the Government of Alberta’s First Nations and Metis Settlements Consultation Policy and Guidelines on Land and Resource Management, manages the consultation process and determines the adequacy of consultation for activities under the jurisdiction or the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Additionally, the Aboriginal Consultation Office oversees the consultation process and provides advice, including recommendations as to adequacy or consultation, to other government ministries and it works with First Nations, Metis Settlements, the Alberta Energy Regulator, other government departments, and industry proponents to build respectful relationships, increase understanding of the Policy and Guidelines, facilitate dialogue, and manage emerging issues.


As an Approval Specialist, you will be an important part of the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) Regulatory Consultation team. You will be the first point of contact for industry clients requesting lands dispositions through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS) and Digital service (DS). In order to be successful in this role, you must be efficient, accurate and respond in a timely manner to interested parties prior to them applying for proposed projects on public land in Alberta. You will be responsible for reviewing proposed land use and resource development projects to determine if they may have the potential to adversely impact First Nations’ and Metis Settlements’ rights and traditional uses, providing initial direction to proponents.

As an Approval Specialist, you will be providing regional support and assistance to regional staff to manage regional files for consultation. You will be making decisions regarding the adequacy of proponent consultation and notifying industry, First Nations, and Metis Settlements of decisions made. In order to be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and public-relation skills, with the ability to manage conflict using a solution-focused approach, including mediation and negotiation.

Essential competencies for the Approval Specialist position include:

  • Agility: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty, and effectively work in a complex and changing consultation environment.
  • Drive for Results: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that align with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.
  • Systems Thinking: To identify emerging issues, challenges and opportunities; to understand implications of different options and how they affect all parties in the consultation process.
  • Creative Problem Solving: Ability to ask questions to get a deeper understanding of an issue, to look for new and different methods to achieve more effective and efficient outcomes within the organization, and to use judgment in assessing options when arriving at a proposed solution.


Required: University graduation in a related field (e.g. natural resources, public policy, etc.), along with two (2) years of related work experience dealing with industrial or other land-use clients to understand the range of natural resource and land management activities that may require First Nation or Metis Settlement consultation.

Equivalence considered:

A two-year diploma in a related field (e.g. natural resources, public policy etc.) with a minimum of four (4) years of related work experience.


  • Knowledge of the Public Lands Act, Public Lands Administration Regulation, as well as Alberta’s First Nations and Metis Settlements Consultation Policies and Guidelines on Land Management and Resource Development
  • Experience working with First Nations and Metis communities in a land management and resource development context
  • Natural resource background to understand the potential impact of the proposed land-use activities so that a correct determination of consultation requirements can be made
  • Competency in Government of Alberta and ministry-specific computer programs.

Please attach a Cover Letter demonstrating how you meet the listed above competencies. If possible, please provide an example for each.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

Below is a list of the APS Competencies to assist you:
  • Agility
  • Drive for Results
  • Develop Self and Others
  • Build Collaborative Environments
  • Develop Networks
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving


$2,556.10 to $3,355.81 bi-weekly. ($66,714.21 - $87,586.64 / year)


  • Hours of work: 36.25 hrs/week
  • Position to be filled: one full-time permanent position in Edmonton.
  • Final candidate for the competition will be asked to undergo criminal record check CRC (Level 1). The CRC will only need to be provided upon request.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. A current work visa is required.
  • Prescreening questions will need to be completed as part of your application process for this competition. As part of the selection process candidates may be invited to a telephone and/or written assessment prior to an interview. Please ensure you provide a current email address in your resume.

In order to accurately reflect your related experience/education, in your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience.

  • For employment: Please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. Example: Receptionist, Jan 2018 - June 2021, Part-time (three 8 hr shifts/week).
  • For any Post-Secondary Education: Please specify your major and length of program, the educational institution, and the year you graduated.


  • Bachelor of Arts, major in Psychology, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Social Work Diploma (1 year), Campbell College, 2017

Optional: Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

  • Working for the Alberta Public Service –
  • Pension plans:
    • Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP)
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
  • Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreements
  • Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool –

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

    It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

    Closing Statement

    This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

    If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Eunice Mangollo at [email protected]

    If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check