Vacancy Notice Vice-Chairperson


Military Grievances External Review Committee, formerly the Canadian Forces Grievance Board

Vice-Chairperson (full-time position)

Salary Range: $105,900 - $124,500

Location: National Capital Region

The Military Grievances External Review Committee, formerly the Canadian Forces Grievance Board (MGERC or Committee) was created in 2000 and is an administrative tribunal with adjudicative powers, and is independent from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. The MGERC reports to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence.

The MGERC reviews military grievances referred to it pursuant to section 29 of the National Defence Act, and provides findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Canadian Forces member who submitted the grievance.

The Committee’s mission is to provide an independent and external review of military grievances thereby strengthening confidence in, and adding to the fairness of, the Canadian Forces grievance process.

Reporting to the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson provides executive support in the management of a small national organization. The Vice-Chairperson’s responsibilities include overseeing and managing the Committee’s grievance portfolio and ensuring the consistency, quality, and timeliness of the recommendations made by Committee members.

The Vice-Chairperson may exercise any of the powers, duties or functions of the Chairperson, as delegated by the Chairperson. In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson has the responsibility for the functioning of the Board.

The successful candidate should possess a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience. A degree in law would be considered an asset.

The qualified candidate will have management experience in a public or private sector organization, including managing human and financial resources. The ideal candidate will also have professional experience in one or several of the following fields: experience as a member or decision-maker in an adjudicative tribunal, agency or an equivalent; and/or experience in making findings and recommendations in a non-adjudicative organization; and/or experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations, policies or directives. Experience with the Canadian Forces would be considered an asset.

The preferred candidate will have an understanding of the operations of government, including those related to sound management principles, accountability and transparency. Knowledge of the principles of procedural fairness as well as the Canadian Forces organization and structure is required. He or she should also be knowledgeable about the role, mandate and responsibilities of the MGERC, as well as the National Defence Act and Chapter 7 of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces.

The position requires an individual who has the capacity to interpret relevant statutes, regulations, and policies, and to analyse complex situations in order to make equitable and timely findings and recommendations while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences. The ability to exercise independent judgement while working alone or as part of a panel or team, is desirable. The suitable candidate will have the ability to think strategically with a focus on pursuing the Committee’s mission and vision. The capacity to communicate effectively orally and in writing, with people from both military and civilian backgrounds is also necessary.

The successful candidate should possess strong leadership, managerial, motivational and interpersonal skills, as well as be a person of sound judgement and integrity. He or she should adhere to high ethical standards, have initiative, be adaptable and flexible, and demonstrate tact and discretion in managing sensitive information.

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

The successful candidate must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments are representative of Canada’s regions and official languages, as well as of women, Aboriginal peoples, disabled persons and visible minorities.

The preferred candidate must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under "Reference Material".

The selected candidate 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 Web site.

This notice has been 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.

Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae by June 17, 2013, to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, 59 Sparks Street, 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A3, 613 957 5006 (facsimile), (email).

English and French notices of vacancies will be produced in an alternative format (audio cassette, diskette, Braille, large print, etc.) upon request. For further information, please contact Publishing and Depository Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5, 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

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