Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Chairperson, Military Grievances External Review Committee,

Appointment Opportunity

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples 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 National Defence is to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are equipped and prepared, if called upon, to protect Canadian sovereignty, defend North America, provide disaster relief, conduct search and rescue, support United Nations peace operations, and contribute to the security of our allies and to allied and coalition operations abroad.

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 (full-time position)

Military Grievances External Review Committee

The Military Grievances External Review Committee provides an independent and external review of military grievances. Section 29 of the National Defence Act provides a statutory right for an officer or a non-commissioned member who has been aggrieved, to grieve a decision, an act or an omission in the administration of the affairs of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Military Grievances External Review Committee is an independent administrative tribunal reporting to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence. It reviews all military grievances referred to it by the Chief of the Defence Staff, as stipulated in the National Defence Act, and article 7.12 in Volume I of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders. Following its review, the Military Grievances External Review Committee submits its findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the officer or non-commissioned member who submitted the grievance.

The types of grievances that must be referred to the Board are those involving administrative actions resulting in deductions from pay and allowances, reversion to a lower rank or release from the Canadian Armed Forces; application or interpretation of certain Canadian Armed Forces policies, including those relating to conflict of interest, harassment or racist conduct; pay, allowances and other financial benefits; and entitlement to medical care or dental treatment.

The full-time Chairperson provides executive support in the management of a small national organization. Other responsibilities include overseeing and managing the Committee’s grievance portfolio and ensuring the consistency, quality, and timeliness of the recommendations made by Committee members.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Military Grievances External Review Committee's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 15, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Full-time salary range: $142,800 – $168,000 (GCQ-5)

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 peoples, 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

  • Degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in business administration, public administration, administrative law, human resources management, or in another acceptable field of study relevant to the position, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Significant* and recent** management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing human and financial resources;
  • Significant* and recent** professional experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • As a Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson, legal counsel, or decision-maker in an adjudicative or quasi-judicial tribunal, agency or an equivalent, and/or
    • In making findings and recommendations in a non-adjudicative organization, and/or
    • In the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations, policies or directives;
  • Experience working with the Canadian Armed Forces would be considered an asset.

*Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally acquired with having performed a broad range of various, complex related activities acquired over a period of at least three (3) years.

**Recent experience is defined as being within the last three (3) years.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the operations of government, including those related to sound management principles, accountability and transparency;
  • Knowledge of the role, mandate and responsibilities of the Military Grievances External Review Committee;
  • Knowledge of the principles of procedural fairness;
  • Knowledge of the Section 29 of the National Defence Act and Volume I, Chapter 7 of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Armed Forces’ organization and structure;
  • Ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations, and policies, and to analyse complex situations in order to make equitable and timely findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment while working alone or as part of a panel or team; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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
  • Strategic thinking
  • Engagement
  • Management excellence

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The Chairperson must be 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.

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