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Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Program or Corporate Branch

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Group and level
Various locations / Lieux variés
Appointment Type
Anticipatory: Permanent, Lateral Move, Promotion
Closing Date
October 04, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Pool to be created
Salary range
$174,802 to $205,650
Bilingual Imperative
Requisition number
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About the job

Important messages

Have you ever wanted to make a difference to the lives of millions of people and influence how government interacts with Canadians? Are you inspired by the possibility of delivering results in a people-centric environment and in an organization that encourages innovation? Do you want to be part of a team that is engaged, collaborative and respectful?

If you answered yes to the above, THIS is the job for you and CRA is THE organization for you.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to work for one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada! Apply now!

We recognize the importance of creating a healthy and respectful workplace, where our employees are empowered to be themselves and realize their full potential. We value integrity, respect, professionalism and collaboration. At the core of our values is our deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through experience we know that diversity and inclusion fosters innovation and leads to greater engagement, richer discussions, and better results for the people and communities we serve. Find out more about what makes us a great place to work.

CRA is 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.

We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative and strategic leader with a proven track record to contribute to the People First vision and take the delivery of services to Canadians to the next level while demonstrating character leadership. The CRA is elevating character leadership alongside competencies, as "leading from who you are" is recognized as an important part of the CRA leadership practice.

The CRA wishes to establish a pre-qualified pool, which will be used to staff vacant EX-04 positions as well as other EX-04 positions as they become vacant throughout the Agency.

Here are the essential requirements for this job opportunity:

Occupy a position within the Federal Public Service, including Crown corporations and agencies at the substantive EX-03 group and level (or equivalent) or higher (see note 1). If you are an eligible veteran or a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member, you may also apply.

Have a degree (see note 2) from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Have a record of strong performance and evidence of readiness to assume responsibilities at the EX-04 level.

Have recent and extensive experience at the senior executive level or equivalent (see note 3) in the following three (3) essential experience criteria:

  1. Leading a major functional or operational program in the federal public service;
  2. Collaborating and maintaining partnerships and building consensus around issues with colleagues and senior officials from various agencies, federal departments, other levels of governments, or the private sector; and
  3. Managing significant financial and complex human resources matters as demonstrated by the number of direct and indirect reports and the dollar figures of the budgets directly managed for each position.


  1. Candidates must hold a substantive EX-03 position (or equivalent) or higher at the time of application.
  2. Degree is defined as a baccalaureate or higher level degree.
  3. Recent and extensive experience at the senior executive level is normally acquired at the EX-03 level or equivalent and above for a period of at least two consecutive years in the past five years.

Individuals occupying a position at the EX-04 substantive group and level must submit an application if they are interested in being considered.

Preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as members of Employment Equity groups of Indigenous Peoples and/or visible minority.

Preference may also be given to candidates based on the depth, breadth, and relevance of their experience.

Depending on the volume of applicants and on upcoming vacancies to staff from this process, volume management strategies such as top-down/sliding pass mark approach may be used for the purpose of managing applications and determining who will be retained for the next stage of the staffing process.

This experience would be considered an asset:

  • Leading a major complex and horizontal transformation initiative. 
  • Providing strategic advice to Ministers or senior officials on high profile and/or sensitive economic or fiscal issues.
  • Negotiating and consulting on policy priorities and in representation of the Government of Canada’s interest with senior private sector representatives and/or with senior officials of other governments.

These conditions of employment will be required at the time of appointment:

  • Top Secret security clearance level
  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to relocate to the position’s location.
  • All appointments (except acting appointments) to and within the Executive (EX) Group at the CRA are subject to the "Agreement to be laterally moved" provision as a mandatory condition of employment. This provision is included in the CRA’s Directive on Terms and Conditions of Employment for the EX Group.

Languages Requirements:

  • Bilingual imperative - CBC Levels
  • Candidates MUST have valid Second Language Evaluation test results at the CBC levels*, at the time of application in order to be considered in this staffing process.

*In response to the measures taken by the Public Service Commission following COVID-19, the CRA applies the 12-month extension of expired Second Language Evaluation (SLE) Results. For example, if an individual has a result that expired in January 2022, it is still deemed valid until January 2023.

To apply

Submit all three (3) documents listed below via the CRA’s careers portal (it is the candidate's responsibility to attach all three (3) required documents to their on-line application).

  1. A cover letter

In a maximum of 1500 words or less, outline how you meet each essential experience factor, as well as the asset experience factor.

  1. Key Leadership Competencies (KLC) Assessment

In two pages or less (letter size format), outline how you meet the following two (2) Key Leadership Competencies by responding to the question below.

    • Promote innovation and guide change.
    • Collaborate with partners and stakeholders.

As a Deputy Assistant Commissioner, how you will contribute to advancing the diversity and inclusion commitments and in moving forward the strategic priorities of the CRA?

  1. A curriculum vitae, which includes:
  • group and level of your substantive position;
  • education;
  • current security clearance level;
  • for each position occupied/listed:
    • position title with the group and level;
    • name of organization, including branch or area of work;
    • duration (years and months);
    • number of people you have managed (direct and indirect reports); and
    • the dollar figures of the budget for which you were accountable.

Additional questionnaires which are part of the application process. You will be prompted to provide the following information:

  • Reference checks: You will be required to provide the names and coordinates of your two (2) most recent supervisors. If found necessary, the Staffing Board reserves the right to contact references other than those provided by the applicants to adequately assess the applicants. The Staffing Board may also refer to reference checks completed from a previous CRA staffing process at the EX level.
  • Second Language Evaluation (SLE) results: You will be asked to indicate your SLE results with expiration date.
  • Job performance and Talent map placement: You will be asked to provide your performance rating and talent map placement for the last two years.
  • Employment Equity (EE) staffing questionnaire: Candidates must complete this questionnaire upon application. The information collected is kept under the confidentiality provisions of the Privacy Act and the Employment Equity Act and its Regulations.

Note: Failure to provide the requested information according to the above-mentioned instructions may result in your application being screened out of this staffing process.


This staffing process will be conducted under tight deadlines shortly after the closing date of the job notice. As such, applicants are required to provide requested information promptly and make themselves available for assessment. Failure to respond in a timely manner could lead to your candidacy not being further considered. Rescheduling will be on an exceptional basis only.

We plan to assess candidates as follows:

Screening – Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the screening requirements. Asset requirements may be invoked at the screening stage, accordingly, ensure you fully demonstrate in your application how you meet all essential experience requirements, as well as assets. We also recommend that you to pay close attention to the instructions under the “to Apply” section.

Key Leadership Competencies (KLCs) – Candidates will be assessed on the following KLCs via the KLC assessment (see details in previous section above), a virtual KLC interview and references:

  • Create Vision and Strategy;
  • Mobilize People;
  • Uphold Integrity and Respect;
  • Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders;
  • Promote Innovation and Guide Change; and
  • Achieve Results.

References and Assessment of Performance results and Talent Map Placement – References of candidates will be contacted to learn more about candidates’ professional experiences, how they demonstrate the KLCs and their readiness to assume a leadership role at the EX-04 group and level. Performance results will be used  to confirm record of strong performance. Talent Map Placements of candidates will be considered for the two (2) most recent years.

Character Leadership interview – Candidates who meet the previous assessment phases will be invited to an interview where Character Leadership (CL) will be assessed. The CRA is looking to attract candidates who demonstrate strong CL. Dimensions of character are: courage, drive, accountability, transcendence, humanity, humility, collaboration, temperance, integrity, justice and judgment. A CL candidate information session will be scheduled and offered prior to the interviews.

Want to know more?

We encourage you to read Important information on staffing at the CRA to find out more about staffing processes and how to apply.

The CRA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. To find out more, consult Employment equity, diversity and inclusion at the CRA. We encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) Staffing questionnaire as part of your application if you wish to be considered for staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. Your questionnaire response will be retained on file for the duration of the staffing process. If you do not complete the questionnaire, you will not be considered for any staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. If you decide to modify your response or fill out this questionnaire at a later date, please notify the contact listed at the bottom of this notice of job opportunity.

CRA employees support the economic and social well-being of Canadians, and build public trust. We have high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of integrity and professional conduct and Directive on conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.


Name: Carine Wilkie, Senior Executive Staffing Advisor
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