Opportunities - Selection Processes


Directors, Canadian Race Relations Foundation,

Appointment opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Canadian Heritage is to implement the government's plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Directors (part-time positions)

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations.

The work of the Foundation is premised on the desire to create and nurture an inclusive society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity. Its underlying principle in addressing racism and racial discrimination emphasizes positive race relations and the promotion of shared Canadian values of human rights and democratic institutions. It strives to coordinate and cooperate with all sectors of society, and develop partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.

The Foundation was created in 1996 in accordance with the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement. The Government of Canada provided the Foundation with a one-time endowment fund of $24 million. The Foundation operates on income generated by investing the endowment fund and donations. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is accountable for its activities to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Board has the overall stewardship of the Corporation and is expected to provide strategic guidance to management and to oversee the activities of the Corporation. It has a duty to act in the best interests of the Corporation, and to exercise care and due diligence. The Board is also responsible to evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer on an annual basis. The majority of the Board’s work is performed through its active working committees.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $260 - $325

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Experience on a board of directors/trustees of a public, private or not-for-profit sector organization;
  • Experience with issues of racialized groups or communities;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas would be considered an asset:
    • A professional accounting designation (CPA) or a law degree;
    • Experience in financial planning or proven professional or institutional investment experience (in addition to the foregoing qualifications, investment experience is required for one of the positions) would be considered an asset;
    • Experience in research, education and/or training;
    • Experience in promotion and marketing, or in the communications and media sector, such as the distribution of creative and digital content; and
    • Experience in fundraising activities and developing self-generated revenues.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of government process and protocol;
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:
    • race relations, youth engagement, multiculturalism or Canadian identity;
    • results-oriented management, business management, human resources management or team building;
    • information technology; and
    • technological evolution related to digital.
  • Ability to identify, analyse and define priorities and strategies;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Board members and the Board's partners and stakeholders, and actively participate in debate and discussions among Board members and on committees; and
  • Ability to recognize and address opportunities, emerging issues and trends in race relations, as well as to advance ideas and innovation.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • A passion and commitment for community involvement
  • Sound judgment, integrity, and impartiality
  • High ethical standards
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Diplomacy, tact, confidentiality and discretion
  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • Persons appointed to the Board must have knowledge or experience that will assist the Foundation in fulfilling its purpose (statutory).
  • The Board generally meets at least three times per year.
  • Members are expected to attend each Board meeting and to be available for conference calls when required.
  • The average annual time commitment, excluding committee work, is three weeks.
  • Members are expected to sit on at least two committees of the Board resulting in an average annual time commitment of up to an additional 90 days.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment, as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.