Opportunities - Selection Processes
Members, Veterans Review and Appeal Board,
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 Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence is to ensure that the government lives up to our sacred obligation to veterans and their families.
The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:
Members (full-time positions)
Veterans Review and Appeal Board Canada
The Veterans Review and Appeal Board is an independent administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers that provides two levels of appeal for disability benefits decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada. The mission of the Tribunal is to provide timely, respectful hearings and fair, plain-language decisions to Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members, and their families.
Members of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board function as independent, administrative tribunal decision-makers, mandated to provide fair and impartial quasi-judicial hearings and decisions of reviews and appeals for disability compensation decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. They also conduct hearings and make decisions for War Veterans Allowance appeals and applications for Compassionate Awards. Members are appointed for various terms and conduct hearings in 23 locations across Canada. All members work on a full-time basis and are assigned to hearings by the Chair of the Board. The work requires extensive travel across Canada where travelling 3 out of 4 weeks would not be uncommon. Members operate in a high volume and fast paced work environment focused on respectful hearings and quality decisions written in plain language to ensure Veterans and others receive the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Veterans Review and Appeal Board's website.
Candidates must apply online by November 7, 2016 via the Governor in Council website. Candidates must submit their curriculum vitae along with the completed application form with their online application.
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.
Salary Range: $108,200 - $127,200 (GCQ-3)
Position Locations: Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Charlottetown
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 peoples, 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 equivalent education, training and job-related experience;
- Significant** and recent* work experience in decision-making related to sensitive and complex issues;
- Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations and policies, and in gathering and assessing complex information in order to make decisions;
- Experience in writing submissions or decisions that pertain to the interpretation of statutes, regulations, policies or case law;
- Experience in using a computer for communication, research and word processing (Microsoft Word); and
- Experience in disability compensation, policing, military, heath care or health sciences would be considered an asset.
**Significant experience means five years of experience or more.
*Recent experience means experience obtained within the last five years.
If you are selected for a written test and an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the legislation and regulations related to the mandate and activities of Veterans Review and Appeal Board;
- Knowledge of administrative law, principles of natural justice and practices followed by administrative tribunals and Veterans Review and Appeal Board;
- Knowledge of the Pension Act and the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Reestablishment and Compensation Act;
- Knowledge of the appeal processes and the operations of Veterans Review and Appeal Board , including the regulations that govern its activities;
- Knowledge of contemporary Veterans’ issues;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to conduct hearings;
- Ability to identify relevant facts and analyze information to make and write tribunal decisions;
- Ability to work efficiently, independently, as well as within a team; and
- Ability to use a computer all for communication, research and word processing (Microsoft Word), and to learn new information systems.
Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred. Some positions require fluency in English 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 and integrity
- Sound judgment
Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment
In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:
- A member shall perform their duties under the Veterans Review and Appeal Board Act on a full-time basis and shall not hold any office or engage in any occupation inconsistent with those duties (statutory).
- You must work on occasion from your home office in Canada and have access to high-speed internet.
- You reside in or are willing to relocate to the location for which you applied or to a location within reasonable commuting distance. Relocation will only be reimbursed in exceptional circumstances.
- 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 Web site, 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. Qualified candidates will be eligible for appointment for a period of two years from the date they are notified in writing.
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