Opening/Closing Date: January 7, 2021 to February 15, 2021

The United Church of Canada is seeking applicants to serve as Conflict Resolution Facilitators under the United Church’s Dispute Resolution Policy

Applicant Profile: 

  • Have basic familiarity with the theology, polity and procedures of The United Church of Canada;
  • Have strong and demonstrated pastoral skills;
  • Begin and complete the conflict resolution process in a timely fashion, subject to availability of the parties;
  • Be able to travel anywhere in Canada (post-pandemic);
  • Be comfortable with facilitating conflict resolution processes remotely via Zoom or similar technology
  • Have completed or will complete to be eligible to serve as a Conflict Resolution Facilitator: a basic course or courses in alternative dispute resolution approved by the General Council office for a cumulative minimum of 40 hours covering
    • interest-based mediation process and skills
    • conflict resolution
    • negotiation
    • communication skills
  • Have had practical experience in mediating/facilitating an alternative dispute resolution process in at least three cases
  • Provide a letter of reference from the church officer who had oversight of one of the aforementioned processes (if conducted within the United Church) or a comparable source (if outside of the United Church).

Preference will be given to applicants:

  • who have experience or background in working with equity and diversity and/or experience or a background with intercultural conflict
  • whose training and experience includes multi-party conflict resolution or circle conferencing processes

People of all identities and backgrounds are welcome to apply. Applications are particularly encouraged from equity-seeking communities including Indigenous and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Additional information: 

  • Successful applicants must participate in a half-day virtual training event to be held in spring 2021 (there is no fee).
  • Most conflict resolution work is under section 8 of the Dispute Resolution Policy

Conflict Resolution Facilitators are entitled to a fee as negotiated between them and the appointing body for work under section 8 of the Dispute Resolution Policy. For other work under the Dispute Resolution Policy, there is a fee set from time to time by the General Council Executive. For both kinds of work, there is reimbursement for expenses as per General Council policy. 

To Apply

Please respond in writing in fewer than 500 words outlining your:

  • formal training or plans for formal training;
  • relevant experience;
  • other qualifications you would bring to the work; and
  • reasons for wanting to do this work.

Responses must be received via email at by February 15, 2021.