Member – All regional divisions, Parole Board of Canada

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Position title:
Member – All regional divisions
Part-time or full-time
Salary range:
$130,700.00 - $153,700.00/Year
Per diem:
$655.00 - $770.00
Closing date:
January 29, 2020
Opportunity number:

The Parole Board of Canada is an independent administrative tribunal. The Parole Board of Canada makes conditional release decisions for offenders sentenced to federal penitentiaries and for offenders serving sentences of less than two years in provinces and territories that do not have their own parole boards. The Parole Board of Canada is also responsible for making record suspension decisions and recommendations for the exercise of clemency through the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.

Parole Board of Canada Board members make decisions that have significant implications for public safety and the integrity of Canada's parole system. Depending on the type of case, decisions are made by way of a hearing or in-office file review by either one or two Board members. Parole hearings are held within penitentiaries, and the decision and reasons are generally given to the offender verbally at the end of the hearing. A written decision then follows.

Work Location:

  • Atlantic Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador – regional office in Moncton, New Brunswick)

  • Quebec Region (regional office in Montréal, Quebec)

  • Ontario/Nunavut Region (regional office in Kingston, Ontario)

  • Prairies Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories – regional offices in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta)

  • Pacific Region (regional office in Abbotsford, British Columbia)

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 or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Experience in decision-making at a senior level related to sensitive and complex issues;

  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations and policies;

  • Experience in using a computer for communication and word processing (Microsoft Word); and

  • Experience as a decision-maker in an adjudicative tribunal 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 mandate and roles and responsibilities of the Parole Board of Canada;

  • Knowledge of the societal issues affecting the criminal justice environment including those relating to gender, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities;

  • Knowledge of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Records Act and their interpretation and application related to conditional release is considered an asset;

  • Superior analytical and decision-making skills;

  • Ability to interpret the provisions of various statutes, regulations, policies and other documents in a quasi-judicial context, and to assess the relevance of precedents in order to render decisions;

  • Clear, concise and comprehensive writing and spoken communications skills; and

  • Ability to perform in an environment with a heavy workload and tight time constraints and to perform in a stressful environment.

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 and integrity

  • Sound judgement in managing highly sensitive information

  • Adaptability and flexibility

  • Effective and independent work habits as well as an ability to work as a team member

  • Sensitivity to Indigenous peoples, multiculturalism and gender issues

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.

Specific Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Members appointed to the Board shall be sufficiently diverse in their backgrounds to be able to collectively represent community values and views in the work of the Board and to inform the community with respect to unescorted temporary absence, parole and statutory release (statutory).

  • If you are appointed as a full-time member, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the area of employment or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance (statutory).

  • If you are appointed as a full-time member, and if you are an employee in the public service, you shall be given leave of absence without pay from the public service (statutory).

  • If you are appointed as a full-time member, you shall not hold any office or engage in any occupation incompatible with the exercise of a member’s functions under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act or any other Act of Parliament (statutory).

  • If you are appointed as a part-time member, you must be available to work a minimum of 5 to 10 days per month.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the region for which they have applied.

  • You must be willing to travel frequently outside the immediate area of the regional office to which you are appointed, and you may be away from home overnight frequently to conduct hearings in federal and provincial institutions.

  • You must possess a valid driver’s licence, or have access to a personal means of transportation to penitentiaries throughout the region, some of which are in rural and remote locations.

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

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2020 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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