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Looking to diversify DND’s Executive Team

Reference number: DND20J-020260-000125
Selection process number: 20-DND-EA-EX-467454
National Defence - Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources - Civilian)
Ottawa (Ontario)
$112,300 to $132,100

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Closing date: 25 September 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: You must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad


Open to: Members of the following Employment Equity group: visible minorities

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

The Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) states: "Canada will continue to gain from a public service that strives for excellence, that is representative of Canada's diversity and that is able to serve the public with integrity and in their official language of choice." Diverse perspectives and approaches contribute to better programs and stronger policy advice for the benefit of all Canadians. The public service, as an employer, cannot afford to overlook the strategic opportunity provided by a diverse labor pool. Given the demographics, the next decade is an opportunity for the public service to renew itself. In the Clerk of the Privy Council’s 27th Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada we strive to be a more AGILE, INCLUSIVE and EQUIPPED workforce so as to meet our current and future challenges and realize our full potential.

The Department of National Defence (DND) is committed to ensure we achieve representativeness, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our business. In reflecting on the composition of our workforce, we must do better to build representation at the Executive level. Therefore, we are taking deliberate and clear action towards building diversity and inclusion through our human resources practices.

The purpose of this staffing process is to increase representativeness of visible minorities, especially employees from the Black community, on our leadership team at the EX-01 level. Merit will be established by demonstrating the Key Leadership Competencies and the desired professional background. Therefore, only those applicants who indicate on the application that they are members of the employment equity group for visible minorities will be considered. In hopes to increase the representation of Black leadership within our executive cadre, we invite and encourage Black managers to present their candidacies.

Although the positions are located in the National Capital Region, applicants from all regions across Canada are encouraged to apply. Alternate work arrangements will be offered.

Work environment

Together, DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) create the largest, most complex organization in Canada. DND's role is to provide services and support to the CAF in their operations and missions at home and abroad. DND and the CAF work side-by-side to fulfill the Government of Canada’s mission to defend Canada and Canadians and contribute to international peace, security and stability efforts.

In all areas of our business, each one of us has a role in supporting the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in operations and contributing towards the successful delivery of the Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, and Engaged.

Looking ahead – under the BEYOND2020 Public Service renewal framework, we will adopt mindsets and behaviours that will meet the changing expectations of Canadians. The desired outcome is a Public Service that is more AGILE, more INCLUSIVE, and better EQUIPPED. We will continue to move ahead with purpose and intention, making decisions that reflect our values and that position our organization and all those who belong in it—for a successful future.

Intent of the process

To establish a pool of qualified or partially qualified candidates for current and future vacancies within the Department of National Defence.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience that is comparable to a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

The Assessment committee may be reviewing LinkedIn profiles to learn more about applicants and view endorsed skillsets. In order to ensure that we are viewing the correct information, please provide us with the link to your LinkedIn profile.

Tell us about you! We want to know who you are as a leader and how you would contribute to mobilizing a team. Be sure to include examples that demonstrate the breadth, depth and scope of your experience.

• Have you managed a team or led an initiative, project or program? Tell us about it.

• Explain how you have collaborated in the past with team members and stakeholders where you had to develop and communicate business requirements while fostering consensus.

• Tell us about a time where you had to develop and implement a strategy for a program, initiative or project. How did you proceed?

• Have you prepared briefing materials or presentations for senior management? What were the topics?

*Note: the ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed using your application.

If your application is retained for further consideration, you will be invited to show us your competencies via an innovative assessment process:

• Creating vision and strategy: You engage others to translate implementation strategies into concrete objectives.

• Mobilizing people: You create a sense of common purpose and direction in the organization.

• Uphold integrity and respect: You hold self and the organization to the highest ethical and professional standards.

• Collaborating with partners and stakeholders: You build and nurture effective and collaborative networks and relationships with communities of practice, colleagues and stakeholders.

• Promoting innovation and guiding change: You identify opportunities for and barriers to innovation and proposes creative approaches.

• Achieve results: You align people, work and systems to achieve program and policy efficiencies and results.

Finally, if your candidacy is retained, we will contact you to meet us in person or virtually so we can get to know you more and determine if any of our opportunities are suitable for you.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

TELL US MORE: (Assets)
We also want to know a little more about you from other experiences that you have gained. Your response will also help us determine in which area you may be a good fit. Be sure to include examples that demonstrate the scope, depth and breadth of your experience in the selected areas:

•Have you gained experience managing communications services?

•Do you have experience planning, conducting and reporting internal audit or evaluation or investigations?

•Do you have experience developing and implementing strategies and initiatives relating to Parliamentary and Cabinet affairs?

•Do you have experience managing Indigenous Affairs related program or policies or providing advice related to Indigenous consultations?

•Have you worked in at least three (3) of the following areas: budget allocation; financial forecasting and analysis; business planning; Treasury Board submissions preparation; cost analysis; developing, implementing and monitoring a multiyear financial plan?

•Have you gained experience in any of the disciplines related to human resources: classification, compensation, staffing, diversity and inclusion, HR systems, HR policy development, labour relations, or performance measurement, total health?

•Have you delivered information technology IM/IT services such as IT Enterprise Architecture, IT Security, Database and Hosting Services, Testing/System Integration, Disaster Recovery, or Business Resumption planning?

•Are you an experienced negotiator, knowledgeable in awarding and managing procurement contracts including formulating complex contract documents?

•Have you led any innovative research programs and projects in relevant scientific/technology fields?

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual - Non Imperative (CBC/CBC)
If an insufficient number of candidates meet the linguistic profile of bilingual imperative (CBC/CBC), the position may be staffed in a non-imperative fashion. We encourage all potential candidates to submit their application regardless of their linguistic abilities.

Information on language requirements

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity group: visible minorities

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

This opportunity will provide many benefits to you:
- Leadership development and coaching
- An engaging and empowering role where innovation will be celebrated
-Valuable experience in a large and complex department
-Influencing Canada’s largest federal department and workforce while contributing to a critical mandate

The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or assessment, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

DND is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and representative workforce as well as upholding diversity and inclusion in all areas of our business. As such, EE has been determined to be an organizational need. Therefore, self-identification as a person in the area of selection of employment equity representation, specifically visible minority, will be used as a merit criterion.

We thank all those who apply.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Anik Lamothe - Senior Executive Services Advisor Laurie Gemmill - Human Resources Coordinator
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