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Chairperson, National Aboriginal Economic Development Board,

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 Indigenous and Northern Affairs is to renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.

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)

National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

Established in 1990, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board is a Governor in Council appointed board mandated to provide advice and guidance to the federal government on issues related to Indigenous economic development. Comprised of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis business and community leaders from across Canada, the Board helps governments to respond to the unique needs and circumstances of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The Chairperson is responsible for the effective operation of the Board. Working in close collaboration with the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Lands and Economic Development Sector, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and his/her delegate, the Chairperson is responsible for providing lasting leadership, overseeing the Board's activities, and being prudent and professional in the performance of his/her duties.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 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.

Part-time per diem: Fixed by the Minister

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 will be given to candidates who are of Indigenous heritage. Preference may also be given to women, 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 an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Executive level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing human and financial resources;
  • Significant leadership experience at a senior executive level on an established governance body, such as a board of directors, committee/sub-committee, national or regional organization, or business;
  • Experience in developing, maintaining, and managing successful stakeholder relationships and partnerships within and outside an organization;
  • Experience dealing with senior officials in private or public sector organizations;
  • Experience as an active participant in the Indigenous business community; and
  • Experience in activities related to Indigenous economic development and the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board's strategic priorities (for example, enhancing Indigenous community readiness for economic opportunities; access to capital; building stable revenues; building the economic potential of our lands and minimizing environmental impacts; supporting Indigenous businesses; and promoting the importance of Indigenous economic development) 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 mandate and role of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board;
  • Understanding of public policy issues affecting Indigenous economic development;
  • Understanding of business principles and the business cycle, including business planning, marketing, financing, due diligence in making recommendations for program investments;
  • Ability to provide innovative and strategic leadership to the Board in order to develop policy recommendations that respond to the circumstances of the wide variety of Indigenous communities across Canada;
  • Ability to lead strategic discussions, foster debate among Board members, facilitate consensus and manage conflicts, should they arise;
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with private and public sector representatives, and in partnership with Indigenous partners; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

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:

  • Leadership
  • Judg ment and trustworthiness
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Respect, fairness and impartiality
  • Tact and discretion
  • Influence
  • Balance of sectoral expertise (urban, rural, northern, and Indigenous community perspectives)

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must be prepared to commit approximately 30 days per year for meetings (including travel time, preparation time, and meeting dates), and an additional five days on other Board-related duties.
    • You must be available to attend four to six in-person meetings of the Board per year, noting that these meetings can take place in various locations across the country.
    • You must be available to participate in four conference calls as needed.

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 and the First Nations Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this position. These are 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.