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Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations

Reference number: WCO22J-049996-000004
Selection process number: 22-WCO-EA-WPG-423
Prairies Economic Development Canada
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
EX-01 - Director, Policy, Planning & External Relations
$112,300 to $132,100

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Closing date: 20 October 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

Let’s start by telling you a little bit about ourselves. We are all about community. In particular, the people and businesses that make our communities great. We believe our work matters. We are convinced it makes a difference. We look for impact in our daily work, but we also measure it over years. We care about service. Service to others and service to our team members. We work hard. We also have fun. We come from all walks of life. So do our clients. It’s the very reason why we have great people with a diverse set of backgrounds in our work family. It’s not just the right thing to do. We believe it’s what makes our team stronger. It is what makes our contribution to our communities better, because it’s aligned with what they need. Community, impact, service, hard work. That’s what we call a whole ball of fun! That, in a nutshell, is who we are. If we got your attention, we are excited to learn more about you, and to add another great leader to our team. So, let’s tell you more about the job.

Please note:
As a result of our learnings over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, PrairiesCan has implemented a flexible, hybrid working model involving a minimum of two days a week in office, and maximum of three days a week of remote work. Successful candidates will be expected to report to the PrairiesCan office in Winnipeg. If you are appointed to a position, PrairiesCan will provide tools and/or equipment to support both in person and virtual/remote work.

Our PrairiesCan offices are open environments with well-regulated air quality, ergonomic sit/stand workstations, and a combination of natural and fluorescent lighting. 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 Jamie Warywoda by email at Jamie.Warywoda@prairiescan.gc.ca. Information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


The Director, Policy, Planning & External Relations is accountable to the regional Assistant Deputy Minister for the direction of economic research and analysis; identification of emerging policy issues; direction of regional strategic and business planning activities; management of horizontal issues in a multi-lateral/multi-stakeholder environment; communications; external relations; consultation and advocacy activities; negotiation of bilateral and mulita-lateral agreements; direction of Grants & Contribution funds and managing projects within a ‘hybrid’ environment that brings together the ideas, skills, experience and expertise of staff within the Regions and across the Department.

Work environment

Governments worldwide are looking for new and innovative approaches to economic development. PrairiesCan is at the forefront. We foster a culture of learning and innovation to continually improve how we do business for the benefit of life on the prairies. We invest, advise, pathfind, and convene to grow an inclusive Canadian economy with a focus on business development, innovation, and community development.

PrairiesCan is recognized as a top employer because of its support for employees, innovative workplace, and ability to make a difference in the lives of Western Canadians. In the annual public service employee survey, PrairiesCan employees consistently rank the department as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

Why choose PrairiesCan:
• Work with amazing people who support each other and love the work they do;
• Contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference to our clients, our community, and the country;
• Enjoy an excellent compensation and benefit package;
• Enjoy the flexibilities of a hybrid work environment;
• Work with an innovative leadership team who are passionate about hiring and developing talent.

Intent of the process

To staff one position on an indeterminate basis. A pool of qualified candidates (fully assessed or partially assessed) will be established and may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level. This process may be used for various positions and tenures (including but not limited to term and indeterminate appointments, internal assignments, secondments, deployments, acting appointments, casual) as well as various locations, security requirements, language requirements and conditions of employment. The pool of qualified candidates may also be shared and accessed with other federal government departments.

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)

• Successful completion of a degree from a recognized post- secondary institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working in an organization (public or private) focused on economic development.
• Experience in managing one or more of the following areas; policy, planning, external relations, research, or communications.
• Experience in developing partnerships and building consensus with internal and external clients in one or more of the following areas; other levels of government, academia, think tanks, or private sector organizations.
• Experience in advising and briefing Ministers, Deputy Ministers, or senior executives.
• Experience in managing human and financial resources to build a service minded, community driven culture. (Please indicate number of employees supervised as well as the size and type of budgets managed).

• Knowledge of the trends and policy issues relating to regional economic development in Manitoba.
• Knowledge of the objectives and priorities of the Federal and Provincial government, particularly in relation to place-based economic development.

• Create Vision and Strategy
• Mobilize People
• Uphold Integrity and Respect
• Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
• Promote Innovation and Guide Change
• Achieve Results

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

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness to travel frequently
• Willingness to work overtime

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

Bilingual - Non Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

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

Asset Qualifications
• Depth, breadth, and scope in any one or combination of the experience factors.

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.


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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