Director, Canada Revenue Agency

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National Revenue
Position title:
Per diem:
$475.00 - $550.00
Annual retainer:
$7,300.00 - $8,600.00
Ottawa, ON
Closing date:
October 31, 2018
Opportunity number:

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is a large and complex organization that touches the lives of Canadians every day. Its mission is to administer tax, benefits and related programs and to ensure compliance on behalf of governments across Canada, thereby contributing to the ongoing economic and social well-being of Canadians. The CRA has a workforce of approximately 40,000 employees located across Canada with an annual budget of over $4 billion. The CRA processed over $430 billion in taxes and duties in 2017-2018, and issued over $35 billion in benefits payments.

The CRA’s governance structure is comprised of a Minister, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Management, as defined in the Canada Revenue Agency Act. The successful candidate would become a member of the Board of Management, which provides strategic guidance and oversees the organization and administration of the CRA as well as the management of its resources, services, property, personnel and contracts. The candidate, like the Board, is expected to bring a forward-looking, strategic perspective to the CRA’s operations and foster sound management and service delivery.

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 business experience;

  • A CPA designation would be considered an asset;

  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors /trustees of a public, private or non-profit organization;

  • Significant senior-level expertise in financial management and/or information technology (particularly, large transformation projects and cyber security); and

  • Experience in multi-dimensional client service, internal and external communications, and/or change management would be considered an asset.

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 roles and responsibilities of a director and the CRA’s Board of Management;

  • Knowledge of the CRA’s mandate and of the legislative framework within which it operates;

  • Knowledge of the current best practices in corporate governance is needed; and

  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships and facilitate information-sharing and meaningful dialogue among board members, the senior management team, and senior government officials.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on the 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:

  • Personal and professional integrity

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Sound judgement, tact and discretion as well as the ability to be objective

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; (statutory)

  • You are not a member of the Senate or House of Commons or a member of a provincial or territorial legislature; (statutory)

  • You are not employed on a full-time basis in the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory; (statutory) and

  • You are willing to travel to attend Board meetings, which are usually held in Ottawa.

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

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 31, 2018, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. 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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