Opportunities - Selection Processes


Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member, Immigration and Refugee Board,

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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is to continue welcoming those who want to contribute to our country's success.

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

Assistant Deputy Chairperson (full-time positions)

Immigration and Refugee Board

The Immigration and Refugee Board is an independent administrative tribunal. The Board hears refugee protection claims, and immigration and refugee appeals ; holds admissibility hearings; and conducts detention reviews.

As independent single decision-makers, Immigration Appeal Division and Refugee Appeal Division Members review extensive documents ; conduct proceedings, including hearings; and render decisions on immigration and refugee appeals.

The Assistant Deputy Chairperson is both a Member and the senior decision-maker within the regional office of a Division. The Assistant Deputy Chairperson manages the work of the Division, including the work and performance of Members, while respecting their independence in decision-making. The Assistant Deputy Chairperson is responsible for administering an adjudicative system that has as its hallmarks quality, efficiency, consistency, transparency, and accessibility to citizens, permanent residents, and refugee claimants. As the senior decision-maker, the Assistant Deputy Chairperson leads by example in the adjudication of appeals. The Assistant Deputy Chairperson is responsible for efficient case management in the Division, and works collaboratively with the Registrar to ensure that the Division manages its caseload simply, quickly, and fairly by assigning resources and effort in proportion to the complexity of the case.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Immigration and Refugee Board's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 12, 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: $124,300 - $146,200 (GCQ-4)

Position Locations: Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario

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, or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training, and/or experience;
  • Recent experience in the interpretation or application of legislation and regulations, and in gathering and assessing complex information in order to prepare written decisions;
  • Computer skills, specifically in the use of word processing software;
  • Experience in managing at the executive level in a private or public sector organization, including managing human resources, would be considered an asset;
  • Experience as a decision-maker in an adjudicative tribunal would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in applying the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in matters determined by either the Immigration Appeal Division or the Refugee Appeal Division, or in the application of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the role and mandate of the Board;
  • Knowledge of the legal and administrative principles that guide the management of an independent adjudicative tribunal and its Members;
  • Knowledge of the principles of case management in an adjudicative tribunal;
  • Superior interpersonal and communication abilities;
  • Ability to sustain a high level of functioning; and
  • Time management skills.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred. Some positions require fluency in English or French, and some positions require proficiency in both English and French.

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:

  • High ethical standards
  • Impartiality
  • Sound judgment
  • Tact and discretion
  • Sensitivity to multicultural and gender issues

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You may not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with your duties and functions under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • You must devote the whole of your time to the performance of your duties under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto, or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.
  • You are willing to travel across Canada.

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. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. 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. Qualified candidates will be eligible for appointment for a period of two years from the date they are notified in writing.