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Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation,

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 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:

Executive Director (full-time position)

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations.

The work of the Foundation is premised on the desire to create and nurture an inclusive society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity. Its underlying principle in addressing racism and racial discrimination emphasizes positive race relations and the promotion of shared Canadian values of human rights and democratic institutions. It strives to coordinate and cooperate with all sectors of society, and develop partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.

The Foundation was created in 1996 in accordance with the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement. The Government of Canada provided the Foundation with a one-time endowment fund of $24 million. The Foundation operates on income generated by investing the endowment fund and donations. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is accountable for its activities to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Executive Director, who is the Chief Executive Officer and an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Directors, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and is accountable to the Board for the efficient operation of the Foundation in accordance with the priorities established by the Board.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 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 on-line application.

Salary Range: $124,700 - $146,700

Position Location: Toronto, Ontario

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 a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A degree in social sciences or public administration would be considered an asset;
  • Corporate leadership experience at the senior executive level, including managing human and financial resources, or experience as a chief executive officer;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization or as a senior executive answerable to stakeholders in the public or private sectors;
  • Experience in outreach initiatives and establishing collaborative relationships; and
  • Experience in fundraising activities and developing self-generated revenues 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 and activities of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of sound governance and management;
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • race relations, youth engagement, multiculturalism, social cohesion and/or Canadian identity;
    • issues of racialized groups or communities;
    • results-oriented management, business management, and/or team-building.
  • Knowledge of the transformation to digital culture would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to provide leadership in support of the corporate vision and strategic direction as established by the Board to ensure the Foundation is able to carry out its mandate and achieve its objectives;
  • Ability to identify, analyze and define work priorities and strategies, and to spearhead national outreach initiatives and actively market and promote the Foundation’s brand to audiences across Canada;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Foundation’s key stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to assist and support the Chairperson in maintaining effective working relationships with the Minister of Canadian Heritage and her office; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and an ability to manage the Foundation’s communications with a wide range of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is essential.

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:

  • Innovative and strategic leader
  • Superior analytical skills
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Sound judgment, tact and diplomacy
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Collegiality and professionalism

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to Toronto or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.
  • You are willing to travel across Canada.

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.