Opportunities - Selection Processes


Regional Vice-Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson (Appeal Division), Parole Board of Canada,

Appointment Opportunities

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 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 positions:

Regional Vice-Chairperson (full-time position)

Vice-Chairperson, Appeal Division (full-time position)

Parole Board of Canada

The Parole Board of Canada is an independent administrative tribunal. The Parole Board of Canada makes conditional release decisions for offenders sentenced to federal penitentiaries and for offenders serving sentences of less than two years in provinces and territories that do not have their own parole boards. The Parole Board of Canada is also responsible for making record suspension decisions under the Criminal Records Act and recommendations for the exercise of clemency through the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.

The Regional Vice-Chairpersons and the Vice-Chairperson of the Appeal Division of the Parole Board of Canada are full-time members of the Board. The Vice-Chairpersons provide effective leadership, and ensure the provision of professional conduct, training, and quality decision-making of Board members assigned to the region/division.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Parole Board of Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 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 online application.

Salary Range: $142,800 - $168,000 (GCQ-5)

Position Locations:

  • Appeal Division (National Capital Region) (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Atlantic Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador) (Regional office in Moncton, New Brunswick)
  • Quebec Region (Regional office in Montreal, Quebec)
  • Ontario/Nunavut Region (Regional office in Kingston, Ontario)
  • Prairies Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories) (Regional offices in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Pacific Region (Regional office in Abbotsford, British Columbia)

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. 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 one of these positions, 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 one of the disciplines comprising the social sciences (law, criminology, social work, psychology, sociology, etc.), or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A significant management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing human resources;
  • A significant professional experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations, government policies, and directives; and/or
    • Experience as a Board member or decision-maker in an adjudicative tribunal, agency, or an equivalent.
  • Experience working with the Parole Board of Canada would be considered an asset.

If you are selected for a written test and an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and roles and responsibilities of the Parole Board of Canada;
  • Knowledge of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Records Act and their interpretation and application related to conditional release;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and of the purpose and principles of conditional release;
  • Knowledge of the societal issues affecting the criminal justice environment including those relating to: gender, Indigenous Canadians, and visible minority issues;
  • Knowledge of administrative law, the principles of natural justice and the rules and practices followed by adjudicative tribunals in Canada;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Ability to interpret the provisions of various statutes, regulations, policies and other documents in an adjudicative context, and to assess the relevance of precedents in order to render decisions that are fair and equitable;
  • Ability to conduct annual performance assessments; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with the media, public institutions, governments, and other organizations.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred. Some positions require fluency in English or French, and some positions require proficiency in both English and French.

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 in managing highly sensitive information
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Effective and independent work habits, as well as an ability to work as a team member
  • Sensitivity to Indigenous Canadians, multiculturalism, and gender issues

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • Members appointed to the Board shall be sufficiently diverse in their backgrounds to be able to collectively represent community values and views in the work of the Board and to inform the community with respect to unescorted temporary absence, parole and statutory release (statutory).
  • Members must be willing to relocate to the area of employment, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • Members must be willing to travel outside the immediate area of the regional office to which they are appointed, and be away from home overnight frequently, to conduct hearings in federal and provincial institutions.
  • Members must possess a valid driver’s licence, or a personal means of transportation to penitentiaries throughout the region, some of which are in rural and remote locations.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the region for which they have applied.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

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 these positions. 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.