Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Chairperson, Social Security Tribunal,

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 Families, Children and Social Development is to increase Canadians’ economic and social security.

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)

Social Security Tribunal of Canada

As an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers, the Social Security Tribunal of Canada (Tribunal) has the responsibility of processing and deciding appeals of decisions from the Department of Employment and Social Development relating to the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance.

The Chairperson of the Tribunal will be responsible for providing operational and substantive leadership and direction to the Tribunal relating to the Tribunal’s administrative process of adjudicating appeals of administrative decisions.

The Tribunal has gone through a review which focused on costs, efficiency, client satisfaction, transparency, hearing formats and timeliness of decisions. The Chairperson of the Tribunal will play a key role in creating and implementing a suite of changes aimed at enhancing the Tribunal’s client centric model and culture, while creating and supporting an environment that is conducive to change.

The Chairperson will be responsible for strengthening the appeals system by engaging stakeholders in the overall direction and priorities of the Tribunal, and by making the system simpler, more transparent and more responsive to the needs of Canadians.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Social Security Tribunal of Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 9, 2018, 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 online application.

Salary Range: $200,900 - $236,300

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

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and job-related experience;
  • Significant experience leading a large and diverse team, including managing human and financial resources and employee performance. Managing a team that works from multiple locations across Canada and/or remotely would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in leading the development and implementation of client focused programs or processes, including service standards, client satisfaction surveys or research;
  • Experience in leading and managing large-scale organizational change efforts and initiatives;
  • Significant* experience in the interpretation and application of policies and directives; and in decision-making related to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience developing collaborative and successful stakeholder relationships and complex** partnerships.

** “Complex partnerships” refers to the following characteristics: multidimensional, sensitive, having a major impact on service or program delivery, involving many partners or stakeholders and competing requirements.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the legislation and regulations related to the mandate and activities of the Social Security Tribunal, including the Department of Employment and Social Development Act, the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Act and other applicable legislation and regulations;
  • Knowledge of the procedures and practices involved in conducting hearings in an administrative tribunal and in the legal principles involved, particularly as they relate to evidence, legal interpretation and natural justice;
  • Knowledge of government practices, including those related to sound governance and organizational management principles;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with clients, stakeholders, partners, and senior government officials while maintaining the degree of independence required of an administrative tribunal;
  • Ability to provide leadership within the Social Security Tribunal of Canada to attain its mandate in accordance with the Department of Employment and Social Development Act and the Minister’s direction on overall objectives;
  • Ability to motivate members and staff to collaborate effectively, challenge each other and to strive to exceed their previous standards of performance, and to ensure that the Tribunal adheres to the highest standards of accountability and transparency;
  • Ability to act as a steward and oversee the establishment and implementation of organizational standards of performance, productivity, efficiency and quality in decision making;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to act as a spokesperson for the Social Security Tribunal in dealing with the media, public institutions, governments and other organizations.

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 and impartiality
  • Tact
  • Discretion
  • Leadership

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • Each full-time member of the Tribunal must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties (statutory).
  • You must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • You must be willing to travel frequently throughout 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.

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