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Executive Director and Senior General Counsel

Reference number: FJA21J-017791-000290
Selection process number: 22-FJA-EA-009
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada - Secretariat of the Canadian Judicial Council
Ottawa (Ontario)
$185,700 to $222,300

Closing date: 17 February 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 (https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=32694), 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.


The Canadian Judicial Council is comprised of the 41 federally appointed chief justices and associate chief justices, and is chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. Its objects are to promote efficiency and uniformity, and to improve the quality of judicial service, in superior courts. The Council promotes judicial independence, provides ethical principles for judges, and is responsible, amongst other things, for judges’ professional development as well as for the review of any complaint made against federally appointed judges.

The Council is supported by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Director and General Counsel. The Executive Director and General Counsel works closely with the Chair and other members of Council, and ensures the Secretariat provides the necessary legal, strategic, administrative and communication assistance to meet the needs of the Council.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff one (1) indeterminate position at the Canadian Judicial Council in Ottawa, Ontario.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "in 3,000 words (maximum)". Note: All job applications must be submitted online at www.jobs-emplois.gc.ca through the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS). 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. ***IMPORTANT: How to complete this application*** Once you log in and fill out some info, you will be asked to submit a cover letter. The candidate MUST provide a cover letter. This is not a normal cover letter. What you need to do is scroll down on this webpage, copy/paste the education, the certification and the essential and asset experience criteria and use those as individual headers. Then under each item, write one or two paragraphs, how you meet with concrete and detailed examples, don’t just tell us that you meet them. Use dates and examples. Write in plain language. Convince us that you have the right experience for the job. The screening board cannot make any assumptions about your experience. The curriculum vitae may be a secondary source to confirm the experience described in the cover letter. APPLICANTS THAT DO NOT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE CANDIDATE MEETS THE SCREENING CRITERIA WILL NOT BE GIVEN FURTHER CONSIDERATION."

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

Degree in law from a recognized university.

Degree equivalency

Member in good standing with the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or within the Chambre des notaires du Quebec.

EXP1 Substantial* and recent** experience in collaborating and in maintaining partnerships with senior members of the judiciary, government officials or other senior officials.
EXP2 Substantial* and recent** experience in providing strategic advice on complex and sensitive issues.
EXP3 Experience in analyzing complex legal issues and providing legal advice on these matters.
EXP4 Experience in managing human resources.

*Substantial experience is defined as having the depth and breadth of the experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various, complex related activities which would have been acquired over a minimum period of approximately five (5) years.
**During the last two years.

K1 - Knowledge of the Canadian Judicial Council’s mandate and areas of responsibility.
K2 - Knowledge of issues relating to judicial independence.
K3 - Knowledge of current affairs in judicial matters.

KLC1 - Create a Vision and Strategy.
KLC2 - Mobilize People.
KLC3 - Upholding Integrity and Respect.
KLC4 - Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders.
KLC5 - Promote Innovation and Guide Change.
KLC6 - Achieve Results.

You can visit the following to the key leadership competences at the Director General level:

A1 - Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A2 - Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

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

AEXP1 - Experience in working with the judiciary.
AEXP2 - Experience in the area of ethics and professional conduct.
AEXP3 - Experience in policy development.
AEXP4 - Experience in the area of governance.

Willing and available to work overtime during certain periods.
Willing and available to travel on occasion.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Remain member in good standing with the Law Societies of one of the provinces or territories of Canada, or the Chambre des Notaires in the province of Québec.

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

A test may be administered.

An interview will be administered.

Reference checks will be sought.

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

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Candidates with foreign credentials will be asked to provide proof of Canadian Equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/.

Please ensure that your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) is included in your application, if you have one.

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

A top down approach and/or random selection may be invoked at any stage in this process to limit the number of candidates or for appointment purposes.

We are located in downtown Ottawa, are part of the Core Public Administration and are subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). We are fortunate to have our own in-house compensation services, meaning you will have access to in-person Compensation Advisors.

Assessments and interviews may be held in-person or virtually and the use of technology may be required.

The assessment board reserves the right to contact references other than the ones submitted by the candidates (only within the Public Service), if found necessary, in order to make a suitable assessment of the candidates.


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

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