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Chairperson, Payments in lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel,

Appointment opportunity

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 Public Services and Procurement is to ensure that the services provided by her portfolio are delivered efficiently, and in a way that makes citizens feel respected and valued.

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

Chairperson (part-time position)

Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel

The Government of Canada's property is exempt from local taxation under the Constitution Act, 1867. The federal government compensates local taxation authorities through payments in lieu of taxes. Pursuant to the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, Public Services and Procurement Canada (Public Works and Government Services Canada) makes payments to local taxation authorities on behalf of all federal departments and agencies. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel has a mandate to provide advice to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to assist in resolving disputes between the federal government and Canadian taxing authorities concerning payment amounts.

The Chairperson is responsible for the supervision, direction of the operations, and functions of the Advisory Panel.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Payments in Lieu of Taxes' website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 17, 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 online application.

Salary Range: $100 - $125 per hour

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. 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 this position, 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 a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A law degree with a background in property law would be considered an asset;
  • A certification or professional designation of the Appraisal Institute (AACI) from the Appraisal Institute of Canada; or Évaluateur Agréé (ÉA) from l'Ordre des Évaluateurs Agréés du Québec; or an assessment designation from a recognized provincial assessment association, such as Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (MIMA) from the Institute of Municipal Assessors of Ontario, or Member (MRICS) from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, or equivalent would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in valuing large and complex commercial or industrial properties for assessment purposes;
  • Experience in defending valuations for assessment purposes before provincial assessment tribunals or in the provincial courts;
  • Experience in one of the following:
    • Representing clients concerning assessment appeals before assessment tribunals or in the provincial courts, or
    • Participating as a member of an assessment tribunal dealing with large commercial or industrial properties;
  • Experience in achieving results with a demonstrated track record of leadership;
  • Experience in managing professionals in the preparation of objective evidence-based studies; and
  • Experience in working inter-jurisdictionally would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian property taxation system, and provincial models of assessment and taxation;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of an advisory panel would be considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of dispute resolution models, application, and trends would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to direct and manage a hearing process;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with Ministers and their offices, senior government officials, key decision-makers in other sectors, Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program stakeholders, and individuals from diverse sectors and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to extrapolate current theories of assessment and valuation to address often unique non-market situations;
  • Ability to manage difficult and diverging opinions; and
  • Ability to render and write concise and well-founded recommendations.

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:

  • Sound judgement
  • Strong ethical standards and integrity
  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Diplomacy and flexibility

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You are willing to travel across Canada and, on occasion, be away from home for periods of two weeks or more.

If you are appointed to this position:

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 this position. 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.