Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications), Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission,

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 Canadian Heritage is to implement the government’s plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries.

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

Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications) (full-time position)

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is an administrative tribunal, established under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, which regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest, as well as enhances the privacy and safety of Canadians. In addition, the Commission has responsibilities under Canada’s anti-spam legislation, which addresses the sending of commercial electronic messages (for example, spam), among other things. The Commission’s role is thus to maintain a delicate balance in the public interest between the cultural, social, and economic goals of its governing legislation on broadcasting and telecommunications. The Commission is accountable for its activities to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

With the exception of decision-making responsibilities, the Vice-Chair reports to the Chairperson. The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Chairperson in providing effective leadership to the Commission, assuming responsibility for telecommunications issues, and for providing support to the management of the administrative tribunal.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on its Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's website

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 18, 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.

Salary Range: $200,900 - $236,300 (GCQ-7)

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, disabled persons, 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 education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Extensive experience in providing organizational direction and leadership;
  • Proven senior level decision-making experience with respect to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience in developing, maintaining, and managing successful stakeholder relationships and partnerships within and outside an organization;
  • Experience with the operation and conduct of an administrative tribunal, regulatory organization, or an organization of equivalent size and complexity would be considered an asset;
  • Experience formulating regulatory policy would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in the broadcasting, telecommunications, or digital media industries 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, mission and activities of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the regulatory and technological environments in which the broadcasting, telecommunications, and digital media sectors operate in Canada and abroad;
  • Knowledge of international, social, and economic trends, and evolutions in the development of telecommunications networks, business models and technologies supporting high-quality, affordable Internet connectivity;
  • Knowledge of the practices and procedures involved in conducting a public hearing, and the legal principles involved, particularly as they relate to evidence, legal interpretation, procedural fairness, and natural justice, would be considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of broad issues related to technological convergence would be considered an asset;
  • Financial literacy and knowledge of the federal government’s expectations with regard to accountability and reporting would be an asset;
  • Ability to assist the Chairperson in carrying out his/her mandate in accordance with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act;
  • Ability to interpret the provisions of various statutes, regulations, policies, and other documents;
  • Ability to render fair, equitable, and timely decisions and recommendations, while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences, in a rapidly evolving environment;
  • Ability to conduct fair and efficient public hearings and consultations;
  • Ability to develop respectful and effective working relationships, and build consensus; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to represent the Commission, when required, with a wide range of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is 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, integrity and impartiality
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgment
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Collegiality

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 member of the Commission if the person is not a Canadian citizen ordinarily resident in Canada or if directly or indirectly, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or otherwise, the person:
    1. is engaged in a telecommunications undertaking; or
    2. has any pecuniary or proprietary interest in
      1. a telecommunications undertaking, or
      2. the manufacture or distribution of telecommunication apparatus, except where the distribution is incidental to the general merchandising of goods by wholesale or retail. Should a person have such an interest in a telecommunications undertaking, they must absolutely dispose of their interest within three months of appointment (statutory).
  • The Vice-Chairperson:
    • Must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties (statutory).
    • Must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within reasonable commuting distance of the specified area of employment.
    • Must be willing to travel across Canada, as required.

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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