Member of the Board (Federal), Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board

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Position title:
Member of the Board (Federal)
Per diem:
$200.00 - $300.00
Annual retainer:
$3,600.00 - $5,600.00
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Application Review Date:
March 30, 2020
Opportunity number:

An opportunity exists for a part-time board member position at the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB).

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) is an independent joint agency of the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The C-NLOPB is responsible for the regulation of exploration and development of oil and gas activities in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area.

Board members make independent decisions by interpreting and applying the provisions of the Atlantic Accord and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts. These decisions also take into account public interest in the area of offshore petroleum regulation, while also adhering to the principles of worker safety; environmental protection and safety; effective management of land tenure; maximum hydrocarbon recovery and value; and Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador benefits.

The Board consists of a chairperson and six part-time members, each appointed for a period of six years. On average, part-time members receive 45 to 70 days of compensation per year relating to Board meetings, committee work or special projects. All meetings/work of the Board are conducted in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Diversity and Official Languages

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training, and/or experience;

  • A degree in economics, engineering, environmental science, finance, law or a degree in Indigenous studies would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans, best practices, and in corporate governance;

  • Experience with the development, interpretation and/or application of legislative and regulatory frameworks, or policies;

  • Experience with environmental protection and safety;

  • Experience building relationships, promoting partnerships and working with Indigenous Peoples and communities, governments, industry or other stakeholder groups;

  • Experience in any of the following would be considered an asset:

    • Experience in the oil and gas sector, fisheries and/or oceans management, or marine transportation and/or stewardship, or Indigenous affairs in Newfoundland and Labrador; or

    • Experience working with, or serving on, a board, or in offshore petroleum-related activities.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board and of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts;

  • Knowledge of offshore oil and gas activities in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area, the structure and operation of the international petroleum industry and Canada’s position in an international context; and current and emerging issues related to offshore oil and gas exploration and/or development;

  • Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;

  • Knowledge of the operations and challenges of working with both the federal and provincial governments;

  • Knowledge of the rights of Indigenous Peoples (Section 35 of the Constitution Act), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the principles respecting the government of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples;

  • Awareness of Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous Peoples’ concerns and priorities as they relate to development, environmental assessment and/or environmental protection;

  • Ability to reconcile divergent stakeholder positions, taking into account associated economic, social and environmental implications, including domestic and international obligations;

  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities and solve problems;

  • Ability to discuss, foster debate among board members, facilitate consensus and to manage conflicts, should they arise;

  • Ability to work effectively with senior industry, provincial and federal governments, and non-government officials;

  • Superior oral and written communication skills; and

  • Ability to make timely decisions based on science, facts and evidence, and free of political interference and industry influence.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality

  • Sound judgement

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act stipulates that members of the Board shall be subject to conflict of interest guidelines established jointly by the Federal Minister and Provincial Minister.

  • You must be willing to travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for Board meetings.

  • You must be prepared to travel occasionally to represent the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board at public or stakeholder events.

  • You shall not be employed in the Public Service of Canada or be a civil servant in the Province during the term of office on the Board. (statutory)

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment. A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2020. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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