Opportunities - Selection Processes


Clerk, House of Commons,

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

Clerk of the House of Commons (full-time position)

House of Commons

The House of Commons is the popularly elected component of Parliament, consisting of 338 members. The Clerk of the House of Commons contributes to the achievement of the parliamentary mission of the House of Commons and the enhancement of services to the House as an institution and to the members of Parliament in their work. The Clerk of the House of Commons is expected to direct the development of all administrative, logistical, and support functions necessary for the House to operate, which includes the provision of procedural services, legal and legislative services, information technology, Parliamentary Precinct Services, and Corporate Resources.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the House of Commons' website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 26, 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.

Salary Range: $196,600 - $231,200

Position Location: National Capital Region

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 or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience;
  • Significant management experience at a senior level, including managing human and financial resources;
  • Demonstrated decision-making experience with respect to sensitive issues; and
  • Proven experience in developing and maintaining constructive and effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including parliamentarians and policy makers at all levels.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of all aspects of the House of Commons legislative and accountability functions;
  • Knowledge of sound management policies, practices and principles;
  • Knowledge of the current political agenda, current legislative initiatives and current domestic issues;
  • Knowledge of the legal, historical and cultural conditions of parliamentary institutions in Canada and abroad;
  • Knowledge of and respect for bicameral systems of government;
  • Commitment to, and proven track record of implementing decisions taken by others;
  • Ability to establish and maintain the highest possible standard for procedural advice, and the provision of non-partisanship and political neutrality to all staff;
  • Strong analytical and managerial skills and the ability to make impartial, fair and transparent decisions;
  • Ability to respond to and reconcile tight deadlines and changing priorities and timetables; and
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is essential.

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:

  • Strategic leader
  • Impartiality and fairness
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

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.