Vice-Chairperson, Military Grievances External Review Committee

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National Defence
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Salary range:
$133,800.00 - $157,400.00/Year
National Capital Region
Application Review Date:
February 3, 2023
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The Military Grievances External Review Committee (the Committee) is an independent administrative tribunal reporting to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence. It reviews all military grievances referred to it by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). Since beginning operations in 2000, the Committee has acted as the external and independent component of the Canadian Armed Forces grievance system. It also has the statutory obligation to deal with all matters as informally and expeditiously as circumstances permit. Following its review of referred military grievances, the Committee provides its findings and recommendations (F&R) reports to the CDS and the grievor. The CDS is the final decision-maker. While not bound by the Committee's F&Rs, when the Committee's F&Rs are not accepted, the CDS must provide the reasoning in writing.

The Vice-Chairperson is responsible for exercising any of the powers, duties or functions as delegated by the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This may include, but is not limited to, supporting and promoting the vision, goals and strategies of the organization; providing executive leadership, guidance and advice to Committee Members in the military grievance review process; ensuring the consistency and quality of findings and recommendations made by Committee Members; and chairing individual grievance hearings.

The Vice-Chairperson is also responsible for building and maintaining strong working and consultative relationships with the Committee's key stakeholders to ensure continued confidence in the expertise, support and impartiality of the Committee's services. Lastly, the Vice-Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson and CEO when necessary.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to achieve one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

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.

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.

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

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in business administration, public administration, administrative law, human resources management or in another acceptable field of study relevant to the position.

  • Experience at the senior management level within the private or public sector, including managing human and financial resources;

  • Experience in managing cases and rendering decisions in an adjudicative tribunal or making recommendations in a non-adjudicative tribunal, agency or an equivalent;

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

  • Experience working with the Canadian Armed Forces 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 legislative framework and mandate of the Military Grievances External Review Committee;

  • Knowledge of the legislative framework governing the Canadian Armed Forces grievance process, including  Section 29 of the National Defence Act and Chapter 7 of the Queen's Regulations and Orders;

  • Knowledge of sound governance principles, strategic planning and performance, and the federal government's expectations regarding accountability and reporting;

  • Knowledge of the principles of procedural fairness;

  • Ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations and policies, and analyse complex situations in order to make equitable and timely findings and recommendations;

  • Ability to uphold and promote the vision, objectives and strategies of the organization, including the ability to motivate employees and Members of the Committee;

  • Ability to innovate and lead in a changing environment; and

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

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:

  • Innovative and strategic leader

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality

  • Embodies the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility and anti‑racism

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 Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees will be subject to the Conflict 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 Commissioner, 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 behaviors 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 behaviors 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.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must be prepared to travel to the Committee’s offices in the National Capital Region, as needed.

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 (more information here) will begin on February 3, 2023. Candidates should 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 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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