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Commissioner (Canada), British Columbia Treaty Commission,

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 Indigenous and Northern Affairs is to renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.

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 (Canada) (part-time position)

British Columbia Treaty Commission

The British Columbia Treaty Commission and the British Columbia treaty process were established in 1992 by agreement among Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit. The Commission is a neutral body responsible for overseeing treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia. In fulfilling its mandate, the Commission has three roles: facilitation, funding, and public information and education.

The British Columbia Treaty Commission comprises four Commissioners and a Chief Commissioner. The Chief Commissioner is the full-time chief executive officer of the Commission. The Chief Commissioner is appointed jointly by the government of Canada, the government of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit. One Commissioner is appointed solely by the government of Canada; two Commissioners are appointed solely by the First Nations Summit (following election by members); and one is appointed solely by the government of British Columbia. Commissioners are appointed for a two-year term and are eligible to be reappointed for one or more subsequent terms.

The role of the Commissioner nominated by Canada to the British Columbia Treaty Commission is to work in collaboration with the Chief Commissioner and fellow Commissioners, government officials and First Nations, in a professional and non-partisan manner to advance treaty negotiations in British Columbia.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the British Columbia Treaty Commission's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 17, 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.

Per Diem: $350 - $500

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;
  • Experience working with First Nations, and with a solid understanding of the British Columbia First Nations context and the British Columbia treaty process;
  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with, and balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders with divergent views;
  • Experience dealing with senior officials in private or public sector organizations;
  • Experience in decision making with respect to sensitive and complex issues; and
  • Experience with negotiation and conflict resolution.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada’s priorities related to Indigenous Canadians;
  • Knowledge of the Commission’s mandate, legislative framework and activities;
  • Knowledge of sound corporate governance and best practices;
  • Knowledge of human and financial management;
  • Ability to analyze differing opinions and complex situations with a view to recommending courses of action that are reasonable and fair;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with fellow Commissioners, Indigenous groups and government officials;
  • Ability to reconcile varying interests and values; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of 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:

  • Sound judgment
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality
  • Collaborative

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must reside in or be willing to relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia, or a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • You are willing to travel across Canada, including to remote First Nations communities.

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.