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Archivist - Post-Secondary Recruitment

Reference number: BAL16J-017338-000006
Selection process number: 16-BAL-EA-1664
Library and Archives Canada
Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Ottawa (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
Employment Tenure: Indeterminate (permanent) and determinate (temporary)
$62,832 to $69,494

For further information on the organization, please visit Library and Archives Canada

For more information on the Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) Program, including testing, click here

Closing date: 13 October 2016 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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


An Archivist is a professional who performs archival functions such as acquisition, appraisal and disposition; arrangement, processing and description; preservation; reference and access services; and public programs and promotion for archival materials. The Archivist provides services for archival materials from government and private sources in analogue or digital format such as photographs, video or sound recordings, letters and documents. An Archivist may also be responsible for the provision of recordkeeping advice, training and contributing, at their level, to national and international archival and recordkeeping standards. She/he may also give training on one or more archival functions, or on specific parts of Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) archival holdings.

Clients include: other federal government departments, donors, archives, libraries, universities, museums, other cultural organizations, publishers, researchers, students, librarians, archivists, genealogists, the media and the general public.

Intent of the process

The positions to be staffed are for a term or indeterminate period. A pool of qualified candidates will be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions with various locations, linguistic profiles and requirements, security profiles and employment tenures within LAC across Canada.

Positions to be filled: 10

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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.

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


Master's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in information science, archival science, library science, social sciences, humanities, public administration or some other specialty relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency


- Experience in appraisal or acquisition, or arrangement, or description or in providing reference services using archival or library material;
- Experience undertaking a variety of research projects using archival/historical sources;
- Experience writing significant reports, a thesis or publications.

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


- Experience in processing or describing information resources in a work environment related to government archives.
- Experience in managing information in a government information management unit.
- Experience in processing or describing specialized media (for example: art, photography, audiovisual media, architecture, cartography or philately).
- Experience in developing social media or web content.
- Experience undertaking research using Canadian archival/historical sources.
- Experience in working with digital archives.
- Experience delivering services in a small office setting.

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

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC
English or French Essential

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of Archival Science;
Knowledge of Library and Archives of Canada Act.


Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills;
Ability to plan and organize;
Ability to communicate effectively orally;
Ability to communicate effectively in writing;
Ability to work in a team.


Effective interpersonal skills

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


Ability to negotiate.


Client Service Orientation.


The Public Service of Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employees' population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We therefore encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the above mentioned Employment Equity Designated Groups.

Information on employment equity


Availability and willingness to travel.
Availability and willingness to work overtime.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - or Secret security clearance or Top Secret security clearance


Applicants must successfully write Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE).

Other information

Written exams and an interview will be administered.

Reference checks will be sought.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.


Please note that achieving a pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a cut-off mark that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at: http://www.cicic.ca

Candidates must be available for a written exam and/or for an interview when invited.

Our intention is to communicate with the candidates by email. Candidates who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block this type of email).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

If you require any accommodations (e.g. an alternative method of assessment, a technical aid, accessibility requirements, etc.) at any stage of the assessment process, please contact us so that we can take the appropriate measures to facilitate your full participation.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, 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.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

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

Contact information

Post-Secondary Recruitment Program
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