Member, Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board of Canada

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President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Position title:
Part-time or full-time
Salary range:
$130,700.00 - $153,700.00/Year
Per diem:
$655.00 - $770.00
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
March 15, 2020
Opportunity number:

The Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board (the Board), commonly known as the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, is an independent federal agency established by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act that reports to Parliament through the President of the Queen’s Privy Council. The Board performs a key role within the Canadian transportation system by independently investigating accidents in the air, marine, rail and pipeline modes of transportation for the sole purpose of advancing transportation safety. The Board, consisting of not more than five members including the Chairperson, makes findings as to causes and contributing factors, identifies safety deficiencies, makes recommendations, and reports publicly on its investigations and findings.

Board members ensure investigation reports on transportation accidents reflect objective, competent analysis of safety failures in the national transportation system and make recommendations to address deficiencies.

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;

  • Experience working in the federally regulated transportation industry (i.e., air, marine, rail or pipeline transportation) or in the area of human performance and system safety;

  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of legislation in the context of an independent investigative, inquiry or review role;

  • Experience in policy development in the context of transportation investigations;

  • Experience developing, maintaining, and managing successful working relationships; and

  • Proven decision-making experience, ideally with respect to complex technical issues.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good understanding of the mandate, legislation and regulations governing the Board, including its independence;

  • Knowledge and understanding of at least one of the modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction;

  • Knowledge and understanding of emerging trends and current safety issues in air, marine, rail and pipeline transportation;

  • Knowledge of human performance and system safety concepts;

  • Broad understanding of investigative practices and processes and knowledge of the conduct of independent investigations and inquiries, as well as the principles of administrative law and natural justice;

  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant statutes, regulations, policies and other documents in a decision-making environment;

  • Ability to analyze complex technical information and synthesize key information;

  • Ability to think conceptually and strategically;

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with staff and with a collegial Board (i.e., in a shared authority model);

  • Strong leadership skills; and

  • Superior oral and written communication skills, with the ability to write clear and concise reports, analyses and recommendations.

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 judgment

  • Adaptability and flexibility

  • Tact and discretion

  • Impartiality

  • Superior interpersonal skills

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.

  • A member shall not, directly or indirectly, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or otherwise,

    1. be engaged in a transportation (i.e., air, marine, rail or pipeline) undertaking or business, or

    2. have an interest in a transportation undertaking or business or an interest in the manufacture or distribution of transportation plant or equipment, except where the distribution is merely incidental to the general merchandising of goods (statutory).

  • During the term of office, the member shall not accept or hold any office or employment, or carry on any activity inconsistent with the performance of the member’s duties (statutory).

  • If you are appointed to one of these positions, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

  • If you are appointed to one of these positions, you must willing to travel frequently across Canada.

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 15, 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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