Program Officer, Senior Program Officer and Aboriginal Relations Advisor

Transport Canada | Posted 6-12-2019

Victoria (Logistics)

Transport Canada

Vancouver (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia)
PM-04, PM-05
$67,241 to $86,788

For further information on the organization, please visit Transport Canada

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Closing date: 19 December 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Work environment

Apply today for an opportunity to join Transport Canada.
We are looking for dynamic candidates that will help shape and build the future of Transport Canada. The persons selected will have the opportunity to increase their experience and expertise. We look forward to hearing from you!
Transport Canada employs over 5,000 talented and motivated employees working in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie and Northern, Pacific regions, and at our Ottawa headquarters. We develop policies and enforce acts and regulations that support transportation efficiency, safety, security, durability, and align with global standards. Our vision is of a safe, secure, durable, innovative and integrated transportation system that supports trade and economic growth, a cleaner environment and the wellbeing of Canada's middle class. Our transportation agenda thrives to adopt new ways of thinking about how we deliver services and oversee the transportation system.
We are an employer that fosters employee well-being, provides an open and respectful workplace, competitive benefits and flexible work schedules and telecommuting that promote work-life balance. Transport Canada was named one of Canada’s top employers in 2019 by Forbes.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially qualified candidates resulting from this staffing process will be established and may be used to fill similar positions with various tenures (Specified Period and Indeterminate) depending on the position being staffed. Once established, the pool will be valid for one (1) year with the possibility of being extended.
Program Officer positions: Anticipatory
Aboriginal Relations Advisor position (Stream 1): 1
Senior Program Officer position (Stream 2): Anticipatory

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation from a recognized university in a field of studies relevant to the position OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

PM-04 Positions:
Experience in research and analysis of information and preparing documents.
Experience in coordinating projects or programs involving a multi-disciplinary team.

PM-05 (Stream 1):
Experience in developing working relationships with various internal and external stakeholders and Indigenous peoples/organizations.
Experience in conducting research and analysis of complex issues or initiatives, and providing strategic recommendations and briefing documents to Senior Management **
Experience in leading or participating in committees, working groups, engagement activities and/or consultations with external stakeholders, government departments and/or Indigenous peoples/organizations.
Experience in managing projects, programs and/or events involving multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders such as government private sector and/or Indigenous peoples/organizations.
** Senior Management is defined as Director level or above.

PM-05 (Stream 2):
Experience in developing working relationships with various internal and external stakeholders and Indigenous peoples/organizations.
Significant* experience in writing briefing documents for Senior Management**, such as briefing notes, project proposal submissions, presentations, etc.
Experience in managing projects or programs involving a multi-disciplinary or multi-sector team.
Experience in leading the research and analysis of program issues, and providing strategic recommendations to Senior Management**.
Experience in leading committees, working groups, engagement activities and/or consultations with external stakeholders and/or Indigenous peoples/organizations.
  • Significant experience is defined as a minimum of two (2) years.
**Senior Management is defined as Director level or above.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

PM-04 Positions:
Knowledge of current issues or events related to the marine transport system in Canada.
PM-05 (Stream 1) :
Knowledge of Aboriginal rights, issues and Government of Canada reconciliation approaches.
Knowledge of the legal framework for Aboriginal consultation and accommodation.
Knowledge of consultation and engagement tools and techniques.
Knowledge of Transport Canada’s mandate and programs.
Knowledge of current issues or events related to the transportation system in Canada.
PM-05 (Stream 2):
Knowledge of Aboriginal rights, issues and Government of Canada reconciliation approaches.
Knowledge of Transport Canada’s mandate and marine programs.
Knowledge of current issues or events related to the marine transportation system in Canada.

Demonstrating integrity and respect.
Thinking things through.
Working effectively with others.
Showing initiative and being action-oriented.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Master’s or PhD degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency

Experience developing consultation plans with Indigenous peoples/organizations.
Experience developing public engagement plans.
Experience in planning meetings, events, conferences, workshops or community outreach activities with multiple stakeholders including public, government and/or Indigenous peoples/organizations.
Experience using stakeholder consultation tracking software or stakeholder databases.
Experience developing or coordinating contracts.
Experience working with Grants and/or Contribution agreements.
Experience preparing budget documents, coordinating input, or supporting budget forecasts.
Experience in the marine and/or environment sectors.
Experience working in Environmental/Impact Assessment.
Experience in incident management.
Experience in supervision.

Ability to supervise staff.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Any of the following conditions of employment may apply depending on the position being staffed:
  • Willing and able to travel extensively
  • Willing and able to travel to remote locations in small aircrafts and vessels.
  • Willingness and ability to work overtime on short notice.
  • Possession of a valid Provincial or Territorial Driver’s License.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the screening questionnaire how they meet the education and experience criteria listed in the Essential Qualifications and Asset Qualifications if applicable. Please note that stating that the requirement has been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities, does not represent adequate substantiation. Rather, you must provide concrete examples that clearly illustrate how you meet the requirement. Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described; comments such as "refer to my attached resume" will not be accepted and may result in your application being rejected.
In assessing candidates, assessment boards may use a variety of tools and methods including, but not limited to, reviews of past performance and accomplishments, written tests, interviews, PSC tests and reference checks. In addition, all information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.
Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.
Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application
Interested persons must meet each essential qualification to be appointed to the position; however, a person may be appointed to the position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements or organizational needs. Meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Please note that assets may be used at the screening stage.
Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Candidates are strongly encouraged to check their email on a regular basis.
As part of this selection process you must provide proof of your education credentials. You will be advised to provide the documents later in the process. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. This will enable you to provide proof of Canadian equivalency when applying for a job in the public service. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) assists persons who wish to obtain an assessment of their educational, professional, and occupational credentials by referring them to the appropriate organizations The CICIC can be contacted at
Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. Management may also decide to use top-down selection at any stage of the process.
A cut-off score may also be used at any stage of assessment.
A top-down screening approach may be undertaken. Only the top ranking candidates may be invited to the assessment phase of the process.
Please note that for candidates applying from outside the public service, the Department will not reimburse travel expenses linked to the assessment process; however, every reasonable effort will be made to minimize travel costs for candidates who will undergo assessment.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.