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Manager, Program Policy

Reference number: WCO23J-049996-000016
Selection process number: 23-WCO-EA-PSD-003


We regret to inform you that this job opportunity has been cancelled.

Prairies Economic Development Canada
Edmonton (Alberta)
CO-03 - Manager, Program Policy
$98,709 to $124,924

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Closing date: 18 April 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

The department of Prairies Economic Development (formerly Western Economic Diversification) is looking for fully bilingual individuals with a drive to succeed and make a difference in people’s lives and livelihood to join our team and play an important role in our organization!

If you are looking to help businesses and communities thrive and flourish in the Canadian Prairies, our Program Policy branch of Policy and Strategic Direction (PSD) invites you to apply.

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 process, please contact Ken Chiang at Ken.Chiang@prairiescan.gc.ca. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

PrairiesCan is currently following the common hybrid work model across the federal public service. This common hybrid work model will consist of work on site at least 2 days each week, or 40% of their regular schedule.


About the role:
PrairiesCan works to diversify the Canadian Prairies economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians. We aim to be a leader in building a strong and competitive Prairies by focusing on business development, innovation and community economic development.

This role involves implementing Inclusive economic development initiatives, , guiding change, and building consensus to ensure an effective delivery of programs, including for Rural and remote communities and businesses, Women, Indigenous Peoples, and for Francophone communities here on the Prairies . The successful individual will provide leadership and be responsible for working with both regional and corporate stakeholders, developing program policies, and advocating for program delivery issues. In addition, the individual will need to tactfully manage complex issues and coordinate responses to information requests from the Minister’s office, parliamentarians, and other government departments. To be successful in this role, you must have strong written and verbal communication skills in both English and French, project management skills and the ability to effectively handle pressures.

Work environment

PrairiesCan is one of Western Canada’s best employers because of its support for employees, innovative workplace and ability to make a difference in the lives of Canadians on the Prairies.

At PrairiesCan, we care about what we can accomplish as a team and we also care about each other. We consistently rank as a top federal department in employee engagement. To sustain this high-performing culture, we hire top talent and provide an employment experience that brings out the best in people. We want to achieve great results for Canadians and we want to be the best at what we do.

Why Choose PrairiesCan:
• Work with amazing people who support each other
• Meaningful work that makes a difference to the country
• Excellent compensation package
• Flexible work arrangements
• Modern work tools and technology

PrairiesCan offices are open environments with well-regulated air quality, ergonomic sit- stand workstations, and a combination of natural and fluorescent lighting. The physical demands of this position include spending a significant amount of screen time on a computer or equivalent, as well as reading documents in digital and/or print media. This role will also involve meeting with stakeholders virtually by video or telephone, and in-person as COVID-19 public health measures allow.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates (fully assessed or partially assessed) may be established and used to staff similar positions for various tenures (including but not limited to term and indeterminate appointments, internal assignments, secondments, deployments, acting appointments, casual), as well as various security requirements, language and conditions of employment.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

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

When you apply you will be asked a series of screening questions based on the education and experience criteria below. When answering the screening questions, please provide:
► Concrete and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications;
► Where, when and how the experience was acquired.

• Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in commerce, business administration, economics, accounting, finance, or other specialty relevant to the position.

At the manager’s discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, may serve as an alternative to meet the education standard.

Degree equivalency

• Significant* experience in designing, consulting or negotiating economic or business development initiatives involving multiple stakeholders.
• Significant* Experience in analyzing and evaluating complex economic development and program issues, including preparing briefing materials and providing strategic advice to senior management.
• Experience in building and managing effective networks for collaborations.

*Significant experience is defined as having the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be acquired with the performance of full time duties for a period of three years or more.
**Complex issues are defined as issues that are ambiguous, poorly defined, and require input, expertise, and analysis from multiple sectors, organizations, or disciplines.

Key Leadership Competencies:
• Create vision and strategy,
• Mobilize people
• Uphold integrity and respect
• Collaborate with partners and stakeholders
• Promote innovation and guide change
• Achieve results
• Excellent (Oral & Written) Communicator

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

• Masters degree from a recognized university in a field relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

• Public sector experience delivering economic development funding programs, including grants and contributions.
• Experience managing financial and human resources.
• Experience in program policy development.

• Knowledge of economic strengths, opportunities and challenges in the prairies.

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.

• Willingness and ability to work overtime when required.
• Willingness and ability to travel occasionally.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

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

TIPS FOR APPLICANTS: When answering the screening questions ensure that you provide complete and thorough details of your experience. Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Interviews and related assessments will be conducted virtually throughout this staffing process. Applicants are responsible to ensure they have a reliable internet connection and access. If you are appointed to a position, PrairiesCan will provide tools and/or equipment to support remote work.

For this selection process, 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 these types of email).

Depending on the number of applicants, the needs and/or Human Resources plans, volume management strategies such as random selection, top-down approach and/or establishing cut-off scores to determine who will continue in the staffing process, MAY BE USED for the purpose of managing applications.


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.

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