Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Deputy Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,

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 Justice and Attorney General of Canada is to ensure our legislation meets the highest standards of equity, fairness and respect for the rule of law.

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

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (full-time position)

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (legal name: Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions) is an independent organization, reporting to Parliament through the Attorney General of Canada. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada acts on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada in the discharge of her criminal law mandate by prosecuting offences under more than 40 federal statutes, and by providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. In the provinces, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada prosecutes non-Criminal Code federal offences (including drug-related offences), a limited number of Criminal Code offences (including those related to terrorism, criminal organizations, money laundering, proceeds of crime, and fraud), and a large number of federal regulatory offences. In the territories, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada prosecutes all federal offences, including Criminal Code offences.

The Deputy Director oversees the prosecution of these offences and provides prosecution-related legal advice and litigation support to all law enforcement agencies. Under the supervision of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Deputy Director may exercise any of the powers and perform any of the duties or functions referred to in subsection 3(3) of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act and, for that purpose, is a lawful deputy of the Attorney General. The Deputy Director holds office during good behavior for a term of seven years. A Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions is eligible to be reappointed for a further term of office.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Public Prosecution Service of Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2018, 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.

Salary Range: $163,900 - $199,700

Position Location: Ottawa, 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 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

  • Bachelor of Laws from a recognized university;
  • Must be a member of at least 10 years' standing at the bar of any province;
  • Senior executive level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including the management of human and financial resources;
  • Decision-making experience with respect to sensitive issues;
  • Significant experience in criminal law as a defence counsel or a prosecutor and in dealing with the law enforcement community; and
  • Experience developing, maintaining and managing successful stakeholder relationships and complex partnerships.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and of the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and of the respective responsibilities and operations of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments;
  • Strong leadership, managerial, and motivational skills;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, while working horizontally with key partners in the federal government;
  • Ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations, and policies and analyze complex situations in order to make equitable decisions and recommendations while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences; and
  • Superior communication skills (written and oral).

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:

  • Excellent judgment
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must be a member of at least 10 years standing at the bar of any province (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 across Canada and internationally.

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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