Digital Careers - Recruitment campaign for Government of Canada IT Senior Strategist 

Digital Careers - Recruitment campaign for Government of Canada IT Senior Strategist

Help accelerate the Government of Canada’s digital transformation by developing agile, open & user-focused solutions to improve the lives of Canadians.

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Salary range: $115,754 to $150,842Footnote *

Work environment

Join #GCDigital – come work for the Government of Canada to contribute to key digital priorities and improve the lives of people in Canada.

Are you a technical expert in the public or private sector?

Are you passionate about transforming government to better serve citizens and residents?

Do you want to work across federal departments to implement more agile, open and user-focused solutions to improve the lives of Canadians?

The Government of Canada IT Senior Strategist pilot program is designed to seek out top-level technical talent to support our mission to transform services across the federal government.

Become a technical expert with #GCDigital, be part of the solution and work across federal departments to enable delivery of government services for Canadians in a digital age.

You will have the opportunity to provide in-depth technical advice and guidance on significant transformation initiatives or a complex IT discipline on behalf of a department/agency, to ensure the effective digital delivery of services to internal and external clients and stakeholders. You will enhance your work experience by driving innovative, pathfinding technical solutions to realize service/system transformation and advance digital transformation projects in specialized areas of IT, such as:

  • Benefit Delivery Modernization at Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Digital Platform Modernization at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • NextGen HR and Pay at Shared Services Canada

We are looking for candidates with skill sets across various disciplines such as solutions architecture, IT/cyber security, cloud, product management, enterprise architecture, digital identity, machine learning/AI/advanced analytics, and critical application development.

What we offer

We welcome applicants from across Canada.

This TBS hiring process will provide secondment opportunities to successful candidates as Government of Canada subject matter experts to work with departments and agencies across the Government of Canada.

Information on employment equity

We are striving to build a public service that is reflective of Canada. To this end, we welcome applicants regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics, or individuals who have a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended. Please find the voluntary self-declaration form here to be submitted with your application.

Intent of the process

This pilot program will last for two (2) years, starting from the day successful candidates are hired. The hiring mechanism may vary based on the person’s current employment status with the Government of Canada.

There are 20 positions to fill with various language requirements, including both unilingual and bilingual positions.

By applying to this process, you consent to your personal application-related information being shared with other government departments interested in staffing similar positions.

Information you must provide

Please send your resume and voluntary EE form (if applicable) that clearly demonstrates how you gained the essential education and experience required to

Essential qualifications

The following education and experience qualifications will be applied/assessed at the initial stage of assessment. Abilities, personality attributes, skills, knowledge and other essential qualifications will be applied/assessed at a later date. To be considered, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the essential qualifications (Education and Experience) and the asset qualifications.


  • Graduation from a two-year program of study from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in computer science, information technology, information management or another specialty relevant to the position to be staffed.


  1. Significant experienceFootnote ** in one, or a combination of, the following IT areas of specializationFootnote ***:
    • IT/Cyber security
      • Experience providing advice and direction on IT security infrastructure strategic capability gaps and issues, and overall organizational design for Infrastructure Security Operations; or
      • Experience making strategic improvements to security operations and its integration points to service management functions; or
      • Experience making strategic decisions pertaining to security program, architecture, projects and operations; or
      • Experience with:
        • cyber threat intelligence; or
        • artificial intelligence with regards to cyber security; or
        • cyber risk assessment and mitigation; or
        • forensic investigation; or
        • emerging technologies; or
        • conceptual and strategic thinking with cyber security future trends; or
        • network penetration testing and ethical hacking; or
        • cloud security; or
        • cyber security operations; or
        • cyber defense layers; or
        • IT security–related concerns highlighted by the Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A) process
    • Enterprise and solutions architect
      • Conduct a current state assessment to map the existing Distributing Computing Environment (DCE) architecture across the digital workplace identifying all business and IT integration and end-points or;
      • Formulate a current state DCE solution and system architecture or;
      • Engage with customers to jointly validate architecture requirements and any constraints via proof of concepts or other similar engagements or;
      • Engage with technology vendors as needed for the delivery of the consulting work or;
      • Formulate a DCE solution and system architecture; or
      • Create architectural specifications and strategies for the IT community to construct, integrate, implement, maintain and support IT solutions; or
      • Create architectural frameworks for the development and implementation of infrastructure, products, solutions and services; or
      • Conduct IT evaluations against approved architecture components (such as IT architectures, IT architecture principles, policies, standards, and architecture or technology strategies/reference models defined); or
      • Monitor and measure architecture processes and identify and manage improvement initiatives to enhance processes, taxonomies, methods and tools; or
      • Identify, develop and/or deliver training for the architecture teams; or
      • Provide recommendations and guidance on proposed architectures and/or design pertaining to systems, applications and infrastructure; or
      • Have experience with:
        • application architecture and data architecture; or
        • AWS Cloud; or
        • Azure Cloud; or
        • Dynamics; or
        • other CRM tools; or
        • infrastructure design; or
        • solution implementation; or
        • system process mapping; or
        • cloud; or
        • IT security; or
        • DCE architecture; or
        • M365 implementation
    • Product management
      • Communicate clearly, concisely and openly, both orally and in writing, to effectively exchange information and ideas with others, and to demonstrate an understanding, respect, and appreciation of others’ perspectives. Able to craft and deliver an impactful narrative for the digital team; or
      • Create a roadmap for setting up enabling conditions for the digital team’s success (remove the backlog of policy and process barriers, and set up incentives and supports); or
      • Have a deep practical understanding of digital disciplines (user research, service design, agile, product management, DevOps, cybersecurity, data) to effectively challenge to status quo; or
      • Be knowledgeable of Agile principles and iterative delivery methods and how to apply them in reorienting governance and reporting processes; or
      • Act as the “team glue” to foster well-being and operational efficiency while empathizing and engaging with stakeholders to factor their needs into the product strategy; or
      • Delivery experience: build cloud and hybrid-cloud products.
    • Cloud
      • Have experience with:
        • AWS Cloud; or
        • Azure Cloud; or
        • Dynamics; or
        • Other CRM tools; or
        • Cloud architecture; or
        • DevOps and DevSecOps; or
        • Cloud FinOps; or
        • Government financial cycles; or
        • Government procurement processes; or
    • Digital identity
      • Have experience with:
        • Cognito; or
        • Active Directory; or
        • Okta; or
        • AWS Cloud; or
        • Azure Cloud; or
        • Dynamics; or
        • other CRM tools
    • Critical application development
      • Have experience with:
        • AWS cloud; or
        • Azure cloud; or
        • Dynamics; or
        • SQL; or
        • Angular
    • Machine learning/artificial Intelligence/advanced analytics
      • Have experience with artificial intelligence, user centric design, machine learning; or
      • Have experience with mobile functionality; or
      • Have experience with development of an artificial intelligence or advanced data analytics strategy; or
      • Have experience with strategic development for digital transformation focused on data and critical systems
    • IT Service Management
      • Experience performing assessment of current state, defining target state and preparing roadmaps to achieve the target state; or
      • Experience designing and implementing enablers that satisfy requirements; or
      • Experience working across all aspects of ITSM projects including processes, organization, tools, data, and governance; or
      • Knowledge of IT Asset Management (ITAM) and Software Asset Management (SAM); or
      • Knowledge of Configuration Management practice and Configuration Management Database (CMDB); or
      • Knowledge of one or more Industry leading ITSM tools
  2. Significant experience providing authoritative advice in an IT area of specialization.


  • Able to provide technical leadership in the planning and delivery of an enterprise/organizational transformational IT initiative. Enterprise is defined as 1,000+ users
  • Able to lead consultations and analysis required in a complex IT discipline to identify business and technology opportunities for service improvement and innovation

Personality attributes

  • Innovator: capable of generating ideas and solutions. Involves finding new methods to approach problems or procedures. Produces results that change or challenge the status quo
  • Emotional quotient: self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and proficiency in managing productive relationships
  • Strategic thinker: using critical thinking as a tool. Thinking beyond the specific issue or task at hand. Considers consequences, implications, interdependencies, and indirect affects, all in both the short and longer term


  • Critical thinking: capable of thinking clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. Process used during activities such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, leading, negotiating, and influencing


  • Knowledge of project management principles, techniques, and practices

Asset qualifications

  • Experience working in a policy-based organization or outward facing services serving Canadians
  • Knowledge of negotiation and consultation theories and practices, as well as consensus building and engagement techniques
  • Experience working with contract management methods, techniques and practices

Other qualifications

Language: The positions to be staffed have various language requirements and include unilingual and bilingual positions

How to apply

Send us an email at, including:

  • your resume that clearly demonstrates how you gained the essential education and experience required above
  • voluntary self-declaration form (if applicable)

Did you apply during our last campaign?

If you applied between , and , and received:

  • an email stating, we will keep your resume on file, there is no need for you to re-apply. Your application is still on file, and we will contact you in the event we get a suitable match from a partner department/agency.

Other information

What you can expect from us

All applications will be screened as they are received. Successful candidates who match the request we have received from departments/agencies can expect an email from our talent team within two weeks to arrange a time for us to connect and discuss who you are, what you are looking for next as well as who we are looking for and what we are seeking to accomplish.

If your knowledge, skills, and experience are not quite what we are looking for, you will be notified, and we will keep your resume on file should the right match appear in the future.

Successful candidates will move on to a two-stage competency-based interview where technical skills, knowledge, abilities, and competencies will be evaluated.

What you will be assessed on

  • Your resume that should clearly demonstrate how you meet the Education and Experience requirements above
  • A brief telephone discussion to assess the abilities, personality attributes, skills and experience listed in this posting
  • A virtual interview to discuss your technical experiences and take a deeper dive into your abilities, skills, attributes and knowledge. The virtual interview will serve to provide additional information about the positions and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about the positions and process

Conditions of employment

  • Secret Security Clearance

Recruitment privacy notice statement

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals, including safeguarding the confidentiality of information provided voluntarily through your application.

Your personal information is collected under the authority of the Public Service Employment Act and the Employment Equity Act.

The information you provide will be collected within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and shared with other federal government organizations for the purpose of identifying applicants suitable for referrals and appointments to positions within the federal public service. Your personal information will be protected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Privacy Act and as described in following Personal Information Banks: Staffing (PSE 902), Employment Equity and Diversity (PSE 918), and the Employment Equity Data Bank (TBS PCE 739).

Employment equity information may be used for related recruitment, human resources management and statistical purposes by the Treasury Board Secretariat and the employing federal department or agency. Also note that the employment equity information that you share during your application may be shared with federal departments or agencies whether or not employment equity is a criterion for screening and selection.

The information you provide may also be collected, retained, used or disclosed for non-administrative purposes by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s program activities in accordance with the authority under the Public Service Employment Act for the following purposes: studies, evaluations, analytical activities, audits, research, reporting, surveys, and statistical analysis.

The information may be disclosed to the Public Service Commission’s Investigations Directorate (PSC PPU 010) in accordance with section 8(2) of the Privacy Act and the authority under the Public Service Employment Act.

Personal information collected for the purpose of the staffing initiative will be retained and disposed of according to standard TBS information management practices. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact

By submitting your application, you consent to your personal information being used in accordance with the above. While the provision of this information is voluntary, refusal to provide the requested information may prevent your application from being considered.

Under the Privacy Act, individuals have the right to request access to and correction of their personal information. If you wish to avail yourself of these rights or require clarification about this privacy notice statement, please contact the TBS Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by email at If you are not satisfied with the response to your privacy concern, you may wish to communicate with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by telephone at 1-800-282-1376 or by email at

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