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Full-time and Part-time Members (all streams) - Social Security Tribunal,

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 Families, Children and Social Development is to increase Canadians’ economic and social security.

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

Member – General Division, Employment Insurance Section (full- and part-time positions)

Member – General Division, Income Security Section (full- and part-time positions)

Member – Appeal Division (full- and part-time positions)

Social Security Tribunal of Canada

As an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers, the Social Security Tribunal of Canada has the responsibility of processing and deciding appeals of decisions from the Department of Employment and Social Development relating to the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance.

Members of the General Division, Employment Insurance Section function as first-level, independent, administrative tribunal decision-makers, mandated to provide fair and impartial quasi-judicial hearings and decisions of appeals of Employment Insurance claims for benefits. Most appeals are from individuals, although employers may also appeal. The most frequently appealed decisions cover issues such as voluntarily leaving, misconduct and undeclared earnings or fraud during the course of a claim.

Members of the General Division, Income Security Section function as first-level, independent, administrative tribunal decision-makers, mandated to provide fair and impartial quasi-judicial hearings and decisions of appeals of Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security applications for benefits.

Members of the Appeal Division function as second-level, independent, administrative tribunal decision-makers, mandated to provide fair and impartial quasi-judicial hearings and decisions of appeals of the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance claims for benefits.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Social Security Tribunal of Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments 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 online application.

Full-time salary range (Employment Insurance and Income Security Sections): $93,700 - $110,200 (GCQ-2)

Full-time salary range (Appeal Division): $108,200 - $127,200 (GCQ-3)

Part-time per diem (Employment Insurance and Income Security Sections): $470 - $550

Part-time per diem (Appeal Division): $540 - $635

Position Location: Home office at various locations across Canada

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 equivalent education, training and job-related experience;
  • A law degree would be considered an asset for all positions;
  • For the Income Security Section Only, a provincial or territorial license in medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, or psychology would be considered an asset;
  • Significant work experience in decision-making related to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation and regulations, in assessing complex information and in writing submissions;
  • Experience in using a computer for communication, research and word processing;
  • For the Appeal Division only, experience in writing submissions or decisions that pertain to the interpretation of statutes and case law;
  • For the Employment Insurance Section and the Appeal Division only, experience working on labour or employer issues would be considered an asset; and
  • For the Income Security Section and the Appeal Division only, experience working on issues affecting seniors or persons with disabilities would be considered an asset.

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 the Social Security Tribunal, as well as administrative law, principles of natural justice and practices followed by administrative tribunals and the Social Security Tribunal;
  • Knowledge of the appeal processes and the operations of the Social Security Tribunal, including the regulations that govern its activities;
  • Knowledge of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act;
  • For the Employment Insurance Section only, knowledge of the Employment Insurance Act, and other applicable legislation and regulations;
  • For the Income Security Section only, knowledge of the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Act, and other applicable legislation and regulations;
  • For the Appeal Division only, knowledge of the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Act, and other applicable legislation and regulations;
  • For the Employment Insurance Section and the Appeal Division only, knowledge of the economy and labour market conditions would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to hear appeals, maintain self-control and defuse tense situations;
  • Ability to think conceptually, and isolate, synthesize and analyse information to make and write appeal decisions;
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, as well as within a team; and
  • Ability to use a computer for communication, research and word processing, and to learn new technical programs.

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:

  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Sound judgment
  • Impartiality
  • Tact
  • Discretion

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • If appointed to a full-time Member position, you must devote the whole of your time to the performance of your duties (statutory).
  • If appointed to a part-time Member position, you must not accept or hold any office or employment inconsistent with your duties (statutory).
  • You must work from your home office in Canada, and have access to high-speed Internet.
  • You must accept to travel to the National Capital Region as required, and across Canada occasionally.

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.

Full-time Public Office holders – 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.

Part-time Public Office holders – 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 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 remain in a pool for a period of two years from the date they are notified in writing.