Aboriginal Community Development Officers (ACDOs) are integral to the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC’s) strategic priority of enhancing the programming and support it provides to assist Aboriginal offenders in their rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community.
ACDOs work with Aboriginal communities, in both urban settings and on reserves, to ensure that effective support systems are in place for federal offenders preparing to return to an Aboriginal community. In so doing, ACDOs also work to build trusting and respectful relationships with Aboriginal communities, and ensure that members of Aboriginal communities are consulted before an offender returns to the community.
As an ACDO, you will notify leaders of Aboriginal communities when an offender is applying for parole and has indicated they would like to return to the community.
Working with the offender, CSC case management staff, Aboriginal community members and Aboriginal organizations, you will also develop release plans based on traditional Aboriginal community practices. The release plan may include partnerships with federal, provincial, or territorial governments, as well as Aboriginal organizations. ACDOs then facilitate, coordinate and assist the implementation of these plans, while ensuring they meet the needs of the community and the offender.
You will work closely with other CSC professionals including Parole Officers, Psychologists, Correctional Officers, Primary Workers, Kimisinaws, Correctional Managers, Elders, and Aboriginal Liaison Officers to ensure all relevant information regarding Aboriginal offender and their release is shared.
CSC has a presence from coast to coast -- from large urban centres with diverse populations, to remote communities across the North.
CSC operates under three levels of management: National, Regional and Institutional/Parole Offices. The National Headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic regions.
CSC operations include 57 penitentiaries at minimum, medium, maximum and multi-level security classifications. These institutions include facilities for women offenders, Healing Lodges designed to address the needs of Aboriginal offenders, and Regional Treatment Centres that provide mental health interventions to offenders.
CSC also operates 16 community correctional centres and partners with 175 Community-Based Residential Facilities for offenders on some form of conditional release into the community. As well, CSC operates 84 parole offices and sub-offices in every region of Canada.
As an ACDO, you will work both inside a correctional setting and in Aboriginal communities. You will be expected to work regular work hours with occasional overtime.
CSC is a large government agency with a wide variety of occupations. Depending on your interest and skill set, career opportunities exist in a variety of positions in the organization, both within an institutional and community setting, as well as at regional or national headquarters.
About the selection process
CSC job opportunities are posted on www.jobs.gc.ca . Applicants are screened according to essential education and experience, and cultural competencies listed on the advertisement.
Applicants knowledge, abilities, skills, and personal suitability may be assessed with a written test and an interview.
CSC provides national training and orientation to all ACDOs.
Please visit www.jobs.gc.ca to learn about the job opportunities currently available at CSC and how to apply.