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Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission,

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 has implemented an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and seeks to ensure that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We 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.

We are equally committed to providing a healthy workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work to one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful and harassment-free work environment.

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:

Chief Executive Officer (full-time position)

National Capital Commission

The National Capital Commission is a federal Crown corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians and a legacy for generations to come. The corporation is responsible for planning, as well as taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. It fulfills this role through the following areas of activity: setting the long-term urban planning direction for federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; guiding and controlling the use and development of federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; managing, conserving and protecting National Capital Commission assets (including Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, real property, and other assets such as bridges, pathways and parkways); and maintaining heritage sites in Canada’s Capital Region, such as the official residences and commemorative sites. The National Capital Commission is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the National Capital Commission’s activities, as well as executing strategic policy direction for the National Capital Commission. The Chief Executive Officer is also a member of the National Capital Commission’s board of directors.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the National Capital Commission's website.

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2018. Candidates must apply online by via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. 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: $179,200 - $210,800 (CEO-3)

Position location: Ottawa, Ontario

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. 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 applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrates how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Corporate leadership experience at the Chief Executive Officer or senior executive level, including the management of human and financial resources;
  • Experience in strategic management, organizational change and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience in dealing with all levels of government, preferably with senior officials;
  • Experience in managing the needs and sensitivities of diverse stakeholder groups in a multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Experience in reporting to or serving a Board of Directors;
  • Experience in real asset management; and
  • Experience in engagement and consultations with Indigenous communities would be considered an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the National Capital Commission’s mandate, business activities and public policy issues, as well as its governing legislation, including the National Capital Act and the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of the federal government’s policies and priorities, including openness and transparency, and how they relate to the National Capital Commission;
  • Knowledge of real asset management, urban planning and other related fields such as tourism, communications, marketing and architecture;
  • Knowledge of heritage preservation and environmental sustainability;
  • Knowledge of Crown Corporation governance model;
  • Financial literacy and knowledge of the principles and practices of sound management, risk management, financial sustainability and corporate governance;
  • Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Ability to manage and provide corporate vision and leadership as well as to execute the strategic direction needed to ensure that the National Capital Commission is able to fulfill its mandate and achieve its objectives;
  • Ability to identify, analyze and define priorities and strategies;
  • Ability to implement decisions made by the Board and report back on their progress as well as facilitate consensus and to manage conflicts, should they arise;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, the Commission’s management, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Minister’s office, the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous communities and the Commission’s key stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to collaborate with key stakeholders in the planning and development of National Capital Commission’s programs and the Capital; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgment
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • The successful candidate may be required to appear before Parliamentary Committees including, among others, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
  • You are prepared to acquire a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.
  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and Reference Material.
  • All appointees will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also 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. 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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