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Member (Yukon Territory), Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada,

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 Environment and Climate Change is to take the lead in implementing the government’s plan for a clean environment and a sustainable economy.

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

Member, Yukon Territory (part-time position)

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

At the turn of the last century, the government noted the interest Canadians had in protecting their heritage as well as the need to extend its network of national parks throughout the country and therefore decided to create historic sites. In 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was formally established. It quickly set about determining the most significant historic sites in the country.

In 1953 the Historic Sites and Monuments Act established the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in law. A later amendment granted the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada the power to recommend national designation for buildings in consideration of their age or architectural design. The Board also advises the Minister on the designation of heritage railway stations and heritage lighthouses.

The Board continues to handle a significant number of applications to designate places, people and events linked to various aspects of Canada's political, economic and social history. The Board is currently paying particular attention to the history of Indigenous peoples, women, and ethnocultural communities, whose designations are generally underrepresented.

Board members represent their province or territory in relation to the following responsibilities: 1) participates in Full Board meetings held twice a year, and ‘as and when required’ in relation to the Board’s committees; 2) communicates the Board position on specific heritage issues at public meetings, interviews with media, and in communications with groups and individuals; 3) serves as Master of Ceremonies at Board commemorative plaque unveiling ceremonies, and represents the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada at other events when requested to do so; and 4) monitors heritage issues or initiatives within their province or territory, and provides advice to Parks Canada officials and the Board on such matters as required. Board members are also required to read and analyze large volumes of research material in preparation of the Full Board and Committee meetings.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 7, 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 online application. If you submitted an application for this position on or before October 3, 2016, you do not need to re-apply.

Per diem: $200 - $250

Position location: Yukon Territory

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 an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job-related training, and/or experience;
  • Post-graduate degree in history, anthropology, sociology, built heritage conservation, geography, Canadian Indigenous studies, or a field related to the commemoration of Canada’s history would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in practical applications of knowledge and research methodology;
  • Experience in board and/or committee work; and
  • Experience in public speaking and chairing meetings.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of research methodology in history, anthropology, sociology, built heritage conservation, Indigenous studies, historical or cultural geography, or other related specialized field;
  • Knowledge of Canadian history in general, and the history and historical trends that have shaped the province or territory represented;
  • Knowledge of major heritage issues or initiatives in the province or territory represented;
  • Knowledge of other languages, including Canadian Indigenous languages, would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to place provincial/territorial items of interest into a national perspective;
  • Ability to provide advice to senior government officials and boards;
  • Ability to read, synthesize and analyze large volumes of research material in a short period of time; and
  • Ability to communicate sensitive positions on heritage issues, including the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with 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:

  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Open-minded and impartial
  • Excellent judgment and discretion
  • Collaborative

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • A person is not eligible to be appointed or to continue as a representative for a province or territory (Yukon Territory), unless that person resides in that province or territory (statutory).
  • Members must be willing to travel across Canada, as required.
  • Members must be willing to commit up to 40 days per year to Board business.

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 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.