Opportunities - Selection Processes


Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime,

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 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:

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (full-time position)

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime is an independent resource for victims of crime in Canada. The Office was created in 2007 to ensure that the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime.

The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates exclusively to matters of federal jurisdiction. The Ombudsman’s responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating access to existing federal programs and services by providing victims of crime with information and referrals;
  • Enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims, including by promoting the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime;
  • Identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime;
  • Proposing solutions that promote the interests of victims of crime, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalized, that are consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
  • Addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision, in accordance with the internal complaints mechanisms of the relevant federal departments and agencies.

The Ombudsman also plays an important public affairs function, which includes communication with stakeholders, the media and the public in a variety of fora, occasionally at the international level.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 25, 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: $124,300 - $146,200 (GCQ-4)

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 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 discipline such as law, psychology, criminology, victimology, social work, public administration, or sociology, or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience;
  • Significant experience in managing financial and human resources at the senior executive level;
  • Significant experience working in or with the Canadian criminal justice system, including the correctional system or victim advocacy;
  • Experience implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience in the management of a complaints function, a review function or an investigative function; and
  • Experience developing and fostering productive partnerships.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate of the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system and the respective responsibilities of the federal, provincial and territorial governments;
  • Knowledge of corrections and Parole Board of Canada policies, as well as of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, the Criminal Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • Knowledge of prosecutions of Criminal Code offences in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and the services provided by Crown Witness Coordinators in these regions;
  • Knowledge of the federal assistance available to Canadian victims of crime;
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills;
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Ability to apply analytical, interpretive and evaluative thinking to sensitive and complex situations; and
  • Ability to anticipate the short and long-term consequences of his/her strategies.

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:

  • Integrity, discretion and strong professional ethics
  • Excellent judgment
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality and fairness
  • Flexibility and resilience

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 the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

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.