Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police,

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 responsibility of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is to lead the government's work in ensuring that we are keeping Canadians safe, and safeguarding Canadians' rights and freedoms in an open, inclusive, and democratic society.

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

Commissioner (full-time position)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The mandate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police includes preventing and investigating crime; maintaining peace and order; enforcing laws; contributing to national security; ensuring the safety of state officials, visiting dignitaries and foreign missions; and providing vital operational support services to other police and law enforcement agencies within Canada and abroad. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of Public Safety Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is organized under the authority of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act. In accordance with the Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is headed by the Commissioner, who, under the direction of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has the control and management of the Force and all matters connected therewith.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enforces throughout Canada laws made by, or under, the authority of the Canadian Parliament. Administration of justice within the provinces and territories, including enforcement of the Criminal Code, is part of the power and duty delegated to the provincial governments. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police provides police services under the terms of policing agreements to all provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, and under separate municipal policing agreements to 180 municipalities.

The Commissioner, under the direction of the Minister, maintains responsibility for the control and management of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It is the responsibility of the Commissioner to ensure that Royal Canadian Mounted Police policies and procedures conform to ministerial directions.

The Commissioner will need to advance the Government’s critical priority of a nation-to-nation reconciliation process with Indigenous Canadians, and its commitment to gender equity, supporting Members suffering from mental health-related illness, addressing harassment in the workplace, and protecting Canadians’ civil liberties.

The importance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in our communities cannot be overstated. It is a vital component of both our public safety and our national security. Moreover, it is an institution that embodies the best of what Canada and Canadians aspire to be – upstanding, loyal, and committed to the pursuit of justice.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's website.

Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2017. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. 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: Fixed by the Governor in Council

Position Location: Ottawa, Ontario (statutory)

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

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A degree in law would be considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in change management, managing risk and promoting cultural change in order to support good governance and organizational wellness;
  • Demonstrated management experience at the senior executive level in a public or private sector organization, including managing financial and human resources in circumstances where constraints in these areas are important factors;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of policy or performance standards and operational procedures;
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience working with and engaging diverse communities in a way that respects human rights while preventing crime, ensuring public safety, and/or building public trust;
  • Experience in promoting the importance of a healthy workplace, free from harassment and sexual violence and in implementing mental health programs to support employees;
  • Experience developing and implementing a framework for talent management that focuses on leadership, recruitment, succession planning and knowledge transfer;
  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience in building and maintaining productive and effective multipartite relationships with partner organizations and diverse stakeholders, including Indigenous communities;
  • Experience as a leader in a complex, decentralized organization would be considered an asset; and
  • Recent and significant experience in law enforcement 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 Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s mandate, challenges, accountabilities and operating context;
  • Knowledge of best practices to foster a leadership culture that promotes management skills and leadership development programs;
  • Understanding of Canada’s social fabric, Indigenous culture and a sensitivity to the issues relevant to the diversity of the Canadian population;
  • Understanding of criminal law, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the legal and institutional context of police work would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to develop and implement a corporate vision, and to provide the leadership and strategic direction required for the organization to fulfill its mandate, while respecting the heritage and tradition of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
  • Ability to focus the energies and talents of employees and motivate them to achieve corporate objectives while upholding the values and the Code of Conduct of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to represent the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with members, the public, governments, and other organizations, including law enforcement bodies in Canada and internationally; and
  • Ability to lead change in a complex accountability environment.

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:

  • Sound judgment and impartiality
  • Strategic and innovative leader and team builder
  • High ethical standards, resilience and integrity
  • Superior tact and interpersonal and communication skills
  • Motivated by challenge and change

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • Must reside in or be willing and able to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance (statutory).
  • Must be a Canadian citizen.
  • Must be prepared to travel throughout Canada and occasionally abroad.

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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