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Manager, Science Division

Reference number: DFO22J-017927-000141
Selection process number: 22-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-327327
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector
Nanaimo (British Columbia), Sidney (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Moncton (New Brunswick), St. Andrews (New Brunswick), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Burlington (Ontario), Mont-Joli (Québec)
$113,866 to $144,757

Closing date: 30 January 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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

🚩On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service. As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

About the Job:

DFO is the federal Department responsible for safeguarding and managing Canada's fisheries, oceans and freshwater resources. As the Division Manager in Science, the successful candidate would have the following responsibilities:
■ Developing, proposing, managing and directing comprehensive scientific programs and research, and providing scientific leadership and orientation for the Division;
■ Managing the financial, human and material resources of the Division;
■ Participating in, and contributing to the overall management of Regional/ National Science Programs and research initiatives as a member of the Regional Science Management Committee;
■ Providing authoritative scientific information, interpretation and advice, and recommending policies, program delivery strategies, standards and methodologies to researchers, scientists and resource managers in Canada and abroad; and
■ Serving as the key contact for communicating relevant fisheries, aquatic and natural science information to client groups and the public, and initiating, negotiating and approving research partnerships with external clients and outside agencies.

🐟 Why work with us:

At Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we are proud to:
■ Celebrate our diversity and our commitment to values and ethics – we recognize our employees for a variety of achievements, including Excellence in Values and Innovation;
■ Provide a healthy, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees – many resources and initiatives are available such as the Working on Wellness program, which promotes work-life balance and access to LifeSpeak, which is an innovative health and wellness platform;
■ Provide wide-ranging career opportunities, as we are one of the largest federal departments with a wide range of programs;
■ Commit to continuous learning and employees’ career development;
■ Be recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for the past four years.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates may be established and used to fill similar positions with various linguistic profiles, tenures and security requirements.

Applications will be pulled based on work locations, with staggered assessments. It is important to select which work locations you are interested and willing to accept a position in.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

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

📌 Education

■ The employer-approved alternative to the below education, is an acceptable Master’s degree coupled with demonstrated research, application, or training. The degree must be from a recognized post-secondary institution and in a field of relevance to the duties of the position.
■ Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field of the natural sciences related to the duties of the position (such as fish or wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science, or toxicology) or an employer-approved alternative.

Degree equivalency

📌 Experience

■ Significant* experience in managing multidisciplinary scientific teams.
■ Significant* experience in managing human** and financial resources***.
■ Significant* experience in establishing or maintaining effective partnerships or collaborative programs with key internal and external stakeholders, including governments, industry or academia.
■ Experience in providing science, policy or management advice and recommendations to
senior management.

*Significant is defined as depth and breadth typically associated with having carried out these activities on a regular basis over a period of three years or more, but not necessarily continuously over the last six years.
**Human resource management may include planning, directing and coordinating activities related to the recruitment, performance and talent management, and learning and development of employees. Applicants must indicate the number of employees they have supervised.
***Financial resources management may include managing and being accountable for a budget, resource management and forecasting, planning, budget allocation and tracking of expenditures. Applicants must indicate the dollar value of budgets they have managed.

📌 Key Leadership Competencies

■ Create vision and strategy
■ Mobilize people
■ Uphold integrity and respect
■ Collaborate with partners and stakeholders
■ Achieve results
■ Promote innovation and guide change

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

Various language requirements
English Essential, Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB), Bilingual Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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

Candidates must meet all of the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position. A candidate may be appointed to a position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications or operational requirements. However, meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

Depending on the requirements of the position(s) being staffed from this process, for current or future vacancies, any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs may be applied at the time of staffing. Candidates may be contacted and assessed against these criteria at any time during this process.

Please note that the information provided may be considered in the assessment of any of the essential or asset qualifications, including the ability to communicate effectively in writing. Furthermore, any information gathered throughout the process may be used to assess any qualification.

You will be asked to provide proof (original documentation will be required) of your education credentials. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. For more information please click on “Degree Equivalency” in the Education section above.

Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not necessarily mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. Management may also decide to use top-down or random selection at any stage of the process, or to invoke an asset(s) at any point of the process.

DFO recognizes and values the important contribution volunteer work offers in developing employees' experience, skills, etc., as well as enriching our organization and communities. Throughout this selection process, you are encouraged to demonstrate how any relevant volunteer work (e.g., working on committees, union activities, employee networks, community work, etc.) has contributed to the development of your experience, skills, personal suitability, etc., as they relate to this position.

Communication for this process will be sent to your GC Jobs account and to your e-mail. You must check your e-mail account frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is your responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Please ensure your e-mail address accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will consider that you are not interested in participating in this selection process should you not respond to our communication.

When communicating with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number 22-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-327327 in the subject field of your email.

Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

By completing the Employment Equity section in your application, you help create a Public Service that is diverse, inclusive and representative of identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada. We may prioritize selection to candidates belonging to one of the designated employment equity groups.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, 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

Chelsey Lays, A/Senior HR Business Partner &Team Leader (She/Her)
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