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Head, Library Services

Organization Name: Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Information Management Branch, Library Services
Location: Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
Classification: LS - 03
Salary: $72,844 to $82,201
Closing Date: November 17, 2014 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Reference number: DFO14J-014738-000002
Selection Process Number: 14-DFO-MAR-EA-HRCS-104317
Vacancies: 1
Employment tenure: Permanent
You must ensure that you select at least one employment type when submitting your application: Employment tenure

Web site: For further information on the department, please visit Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Who Can Apply

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Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment

Applicants who meet the following criteria will also be assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment for this position.

Essential Qualifications

Qualifications that are necessary for the work to be performed and that must be met in order for a person to be appointed.

Official Language Proficiency

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Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)


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Graduation from a recognized university with a master's degree in library science or in library and information science; or graduation from a recognized university with a bachelor's degree in library science or in library and information science for which another bachelor's degree was a prerequisite.



Recent and significant experience (note 1) in planning and managing financial resources (note 2).

Recent and significant experience (note 1) in planning and managing materials in a library.

Recent and significant (note 1) experience in supervision and managing human resources (note 3).

Recent and significant experience (note 1) in planning and managing service delivery.

Recent and significant (note 1) experience in providing reference services.

Experience in managing projects.

Asset Qualifications

Qualifications that are not essential to perform the work, but that would benefit the organization or enhance the work to be performed currently or in the future.


Experience in managing real property relating to libraries.

Organizational Needs

Current or future needs that could enhance the way in which the organization operates or fulfills its mandate.

Other Organizational Needs

In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, Persons with a Disability, Visible Minorities, and Women.

Operational Requirements

Current or future requirements of the organization for the proper functioning of the work unit or the organization.

Due to service delivery requirements, agreement to work 7.5 hours daily and the ability to work 5 days/week will be required.

Willingness and ability to travel within Canada if required.

Willingness and ability to work overtime if required.

Conditions of Employment

Requirements that a person must meet or comply with for as long as they occupy the position.

Security and Reliability

Reliability Status security clearance

Information to be provided:

You must provide the following information when submitting your application:

. Cover letter

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Important information:

Every candidate is required to submit a cover letter, which clearly outlines that he/she meets each of the essential screening qualifications (education and experience) as well as a resume which is linked to the information in his/her cover letter. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the qualification is met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must provide concrete examples, which illustrate how you meet each qualification.

For each of the above experience, you must show, by referring to positions or projects (past or current) that you have performed significant and relevant tasks on an ongoing basis (i.e. that these tasks were important for the job/project, and not minor, limited and irregular). One suitable way to do it is to use each education/experience qualification as a heading, and provide a description outlining how that qualification is met in 250 words or less.

You must also specify the period of time during which these tasks were performed in a continuous and significant manner. This period should be clearly indicated (example: from December 2009 to January 2011, and not "2009 to 2011"). Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter may result in your application being rejected from the process.

Note 1: Significant and recent is defined as experience normally associated with full time performance of the duties for at least two (2) years within the last three (3) years.

Note 2: to demonstrate "financial resources", candidates must demonstrate that they have experience in direct budget management including, making recommendations for approval of significant expenditures or direct participation in budget planning.

Note 3: to demonstrate " ... human resources ", candidates must explain that they have experience in at least three (3) areas of responsibility related to human resource management : design and implementation of staffing ; development and implementation of training plans; setting goals and objectives ; performance management ; presentation of feedback; determination of workloads ; allocation of resources; disciplinary action ; other related activities.

Written test(s) will be administered.

Interviews will be conducted.

Reference checks will be conducted.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they meet the education and experience requirements. Failure to provide sufficient information will result in the candidate being screened out.

Achieving a representative workforce has been identified as an organizational need in the merit criteria, and may be applied in this appointment process. If this criterion is used, only those who have indicated that they are a member of the designated group specified in the merit criteria will be considered.

As an equal opportunity employer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to accommodating the needs of persons with disabilities. We therefore encourage persons with disabilities to identify any accommodation needed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has an Accommodation Policy and will accommodate up to the point of undue hardship for the duration of the selection process, and upon any offer of employment, for the performance of duties in the position.

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.

A Work Description is available upon request.

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An alternate format of this notice and Statement of Merit Criteria are available upon request.

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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/

You must clearly demonstrate in writing, with concrete examples, how you meet each essential experience requirement. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.

Candidates whose applications are retained for further consideration may be required to travel to attend an interview or for the administration of a test. If you are asked to travel in relation to this appointment process, you should direct any questions you have about travel entitlements to the hiring organization, when contacted, and they will provide you with the necessary information.

PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including issuing screening results, and sending invitations for written tests and interviews).

Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

The client organization will accept applications on-line only.

All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line:

Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.

Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.

Applicants can verify the status of their applications, at any time.

Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.

For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.

To submit an application on-line, please select the button "Apply Online" below.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

Your résumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.

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

Questions regarding travel and relocation.

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.

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