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Chief, Mental Health Services

Reference number: PEN23J-023617-000242
Selection process number: 2023-PEN-EA-PRA-180824
Correctional Service Canada - Saskatchewan Penitentiary
Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
$96,661 to $112,957 ((Plus a terminable allowance ($6,000/$12,000) per year and Correctional Service Specific Duty Allowance of $2000 per year.))

For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 16 May 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Work environment

About Us

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

Our Mission

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially qualified candidates will be established and may be used to fill other permanent or term positions at locations in the Prairie Region.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Graduation with a Master’s or Doctorate (Ph.D) degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialisation in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology or in another psychological speciality relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

Significant* experience in the provision of psychological services (including mental health services) to offenders within a correctional environment (institutional or community) or psychiatric hospital setting.

* Significant is normally defined as having at least 3 years of experience.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of ethical principles guiding the professional practice of psychology.
Knowledge of principles and applications of psychological services (including mental health services), such as assessment, treatment, programs and crisis intervention.
Knowledge of the issues and trends affecting the management and delivery of mental health programs.
Knowledge of relevant legislation and Correctional Service Canada policies (e.g. Commissioner’s Directives).

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

Ability to plan, organize and direct the provision of mental health services.
Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

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

Doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialisation in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology or in another psychological speciality relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

Experience managing human resources.
Experience managing financial resources.
Experience in developing partnerships.
Experience as a manager within a correctional and/or related environment.
Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Ability to manage human resources.
Ability to manage financial resources.
Ability to develop partnerships.

Willingness to work outside normal or business hours with little or no notice.
Willingness to travel as required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Registration for autonomous practice of psychology by the provincial registering/ licensing body in the province of practice.

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 clearly demonstrate in their responses that they meet the essential education and experience qualifications. It is NOT sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must clearly demonstrate HOW, WHEN, and WHERE the qualification was met through substantiation by examples. Information on your described skills, experience, etc. provided in the screening questions should be supported by your resume. Failure to provide sufficient information will result in the candidate being screened out and rejected from the process.

We may assess the essential and asset qualifications using interviews, written tests (take home assignments or other), references or a combination of these or other assessment methods.

An assignment, secondment, or acting appointment requires approval of your supervisor.

You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials.

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

For this selection process, we will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. It is your responsibility to inform of any change of address, telephone number and / or email address. You must ensure to check/view your email accounts including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. Candidates who respond past the deadline risk being removed from the selection process.


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

Mackenzie Hufnagel, HR Advisor
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