Opportunities - Selection Processes


President, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety,

Appointment opportunity

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. 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 Employment, Workforce Development and Labour is to help Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs.

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

President (full-time position)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety was created in 1978 as a national resource to collect and disseminate information and best practices in the area of occupational health and safety. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety promotes and facilitates consultation and cooperation among federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions as well as participation by labour, employers and other stakeholders in the establishment and maintenance of high occupational health and safety standards and initiatives for Canadians. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety is governed by a tripartite Council with representation from labour, business, and governments. The Council of Governors helps ensure that the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety remains a trusted source of unbiased information for employers, workers and governments. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety functions as a departmental corporation and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

The role of the President is to promote the fundamental right of Canadians to a healthy and safe working environment, to effectively manage and lead the institution, and to work closely with the Council of Governors to identify and advance strategic priorities. The President also acts as Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In this capacity, he/she has supervision over and direction of the work and staff of the Centre and is also the chairperson of the executive board.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 16, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application. If you applied between March 20 and April 19, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

Salary Range: $129,500 - $152,300 (GC-5)

Position Location: Hamilton, Ontario

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 experience in one or more relevant disciplines related to the field of occupational health and safety;
  • A graduate degree in a relevant discipline would be considered an asset;
  • Significant leadership and management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing change and human/financial resources;
  • Experience in collaborating with and/or reporting to senior-level officials in the federal, provincial and/or territorial governments;
  • Experience developing and fostering productive relationships with non-governmental organizations and stakeholders; and
  • Experience in identifying, developing and marketing new revenue generating or cost recovery business lines.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of national and international occupational health and safety laws, standards, policies, and best practices;
  • Knowledge of the mandate and role of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Knowledge of the federal government structure and public policy environment and processes;
  • Ability to provide intellectual and strategic organizational leadership in order to help an institution develop and promote its vision and to define its objectives and strategies;
  • Ability to build and develop teams and lead the organization, its stakeholders and other significant organizations to advance occupational health and safety in Canada;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders and the media; and
  • Ability to provide leadership and strategic guidance in the area of existing and emerging Information Technologies.

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 judgment
  • High ethical standards
  • Fairness and impartiality
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and discretion

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must be willing and able to relocate to Hamilton, Ontario, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • You must also be willing to travel throughout Canada and internationally, and to conduct and attend meetings with a variety of stakeholders.

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. 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 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.