Chief Accessibility Officer, Office of the Chief Accessibility Officer (Anticipatory)

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Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Office of the Chief Accessibility Officer (Anticipatory)
Position title:
Chief Accessibility Officer
Salary range:
$150,200.00 - $176,600.00/Year
National Capital Region
Application Review Date:
April 29, 2019
Opportunity number:

Updated / New Information

**An appointment to this position will only be made should the legislation to enact the Accessible Canada Act be approved by Parliament and receive Royal Assent.

Please note new, updated information on accessibility, below.

With the introduction of the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the Chief Accessibility Officer would be a special adviser to the Minister responsible for Accessibility.

Under the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the Chief Accessibility Officer would:

  • provide information and advice, and report in writing to the Minister responsible for Accessibility in respect of systemic or emerging accessibility issues;

  • publish any report that he or she provided to the Minister responsible for Accessibility;

  • submit to the Minister responsible for Accessibility an annual report on:

    • the outcomes achieved by the proposed Accessible Canada Act during a given fiscal year; and

    • systemic or emerging accessibility issues.

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 experience;

  • Recent* and significant** experience in providing executive leadership and management direction for the development and implementation of approaches and initiatives to identify, review and assess systemic or emerging issues;

  • Recent* and significant** experience providing independent information, advice and reports to senior level executives (e.g., CEOs, Ministers, Chairs of the Board) Minister on systemic or emerging social policy, program or operational issues by undertaking research and analysis, which included managing service contracts and engaging stakeholders (round tables, public consultations or other approaches);

  • Experience in the disability stakeholder community and/or lived experience is preferred;

  • Recent* and significant** experience establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with other government departments and organizations;

  • Experience providing corporate leadership and managerial direction for strategic and operational planning, and governance, contributing to departmental planning and reporting, and ensuring the prudent and effective use of resources; and

  • Experience with other languages such as American Sign Language (ASL) / Langue des signes du Québec (LSQ) or alternate formats of communication is an asset.

* Recent is defined as experience gained within the last five (5) years.

**Significant experience is understood to mean the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of complex activities related to this task, which are normally acquired over a period of at least three (3) years.

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 proposed Accessible Canada Act, accessibility policy and program frameworks;

  • Knowledge of the Canadian disability stakeholder community and their priorities related to accessibility;

  • Knowledge of research methodologies used to identify systemic and emerging accessibility issues;

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a Minister and his/her office; and

  • Excellent leadership and motivational skills.

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:

  • Strategic thinking

  • High ethical standards and sound judgment

  • Adaptability to work effectively with a wide range of groups and individuals from different backgrounds, positions and socio-economic conditions

  • Ability to influence change

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.

  • If you are appointed to this position, 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 this position, you must be willing to travel across Canada and internationally.

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 April 29, 2019. Candidates can apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website, by email at or by phone at 1-613-948-6538. 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 as part of the application.

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

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