Socio-Economic Specialist (Engagement)

National Energy Board - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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Canada Energy Regulator
Montréal - Other locations (Québec)
EC-05, NB-09 - Equivalency See “Other Information” #1
Term (approximately 2 years with potential extension)
$86,246 to $104,926

For further information on the organization, please visit Canada Energy Regulator

Closing date: 17 February 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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The Canada Energy Regulator works to keep energy moving safely across the country. We review energy development projects and share energy information, all while enforcing some of the strictest safety and environmental standards in the world. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with regional offices in Montréal, Vancouver and Yellowknife, the CER has approximately 500 employees.

The CER is recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.


Accountable to the Director, Eastern Region in the Communication & Engagement Business Unit, the socio-economic specialist’s primary focus will be Indigenous engagement in Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces as well as providing professional advice to Board staff and Board Members on all socio-economic matters related to the energy industry (e.g., impacts on landowners, Indigenous people, communities, land use, etc.). The incumbent will be required to design, prepare and participate in the conduct of engagement activities with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, local governments and other potentially affected people. They may also participate in the conduct of field/office meetings and compliance activities in a variety of (and possibly remote) locations across Canada.

Communications and Engagement Business Unit
The Socio-Economic Specialist may also be assigned to develop policies, guidance and tools to support Indigenous and stakeholder engagement throughout the CER’s regulatory programs. They will be required to apply socio-economic principles and build internal and external support for a CER-wide approach.

Intent of the process

A pool of candidates may be created. Qualified candidates may be used to staff other similar positions at an equivalent or lower level on a term, indeterminate or acting basis. Appointment of qualified candidates will be based on the assessment results of the essential or essential and asset qualifications and with regard to breadth and depth of experience.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 1,500 words (maximum)

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

Graduation from a recognized university with a degree in Indigenous studies, anthropology, political science, industrial relations, economic science, engagement and conflict resolution, public policy or a related field.


Completion of an equivalent combination of experience, education and training.

Degree equivalency

E1 Experience working or engaging with Indigenous groups or communities on topics such as/related to regulatory issues, energy industry, land acquisition and other issues related to the work of the Board (Commission)

E2 Experience providing advice, guidance and coaching to senior leaders and others on, among others, Indigenous issues

E3 Significant experience in research and analysis of information from a wide range of sources and providing strategic advice or recommendations.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

Organization-wide and Business Competencies:
OC1 Leadership & Teamwork (Proficiency: Apply Level)
  • Establishes effective working relationships to share knowledge.
OC2 Accountability & Results Orientation (Proficiency: Apply/Guide Level)
  • Pro-actively identifies potential problems and vulnerabilities, and considers risks in decision making and action.
  • Draws on others to define potential solutions and conclusions.
OC3 Process & Project Management (Proficiency: Apply Level)
  • Independently organizes, prioritizes and schedules own work activities and, when appropriate, that of others in the group.
OC4 Written Communication (Proficiency: Apply Level)
  • Communicates clearly, concisely and effectively.
OC5 Oral Communication (Proficiency: Apply Level)
  • Communicates clearly, concisely and effectively.
Technical Competencies:
TC1 Engagement Principles and Techniques (Proficiency: Apply/Guide Level)
  • Knowledge of Canadian Indigenous cultures, history, contemporary issues, worldviews, protocols and practices.
Competency Level Definitions:
Apply is defined as demonstrating sound understanding of the competency and ability to apply and contribute.
Guide is defined as thorough knowledge and capability of the competency. Able to influence and guide others in its application.

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

Asset Qualifications

AQ1 Experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Work in a regulatory agency
  • Policy analysis
AQ2 Experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Conflict Management

AQ3 Experience in the energy industry

Conditions of employment

1) Willingness to undergo, successfully pass and maintain a Reliability Status Check
2) Compliance with the Canada Energy Regulator’s Code of Conduct is required. Note: It is strongly recommended that potential applicants read and consider the CER’s Code of Conduct prior to applying. This document is available on the CER Website
3) Must be willing and able to travel and to work overtime when required.
4) Must be willing to move within and between business units and teams, based on operational requirements and/or as individual development needs are identified.

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

1. The Canada Energy Regulator has a classification system that differs from the greater public service. This NEB-09 position is similar to an EC-05 in terms of salary range only. The benefits offered, including relocation assistance, may be significantly different than those offered in the greater public service. This position is subject to CER’s Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada Collective Agreement.

2. Application Requirements: Applicants must submit, by the closing date, a resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how they meet the essential qualifications of education and experience. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how they also meet the asset qualifications. Asset qualification(s) may be used at any point in the selection process (screening and/or assessment). Failure to provide sufficient information will result in applicants being screened out.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Our intention is to communicate with applicants by e mail for assessment purposes, sending invitations for written tests, interviews and issuing selection process results.

3. Assessment: You may be assessed using one or more of the following tools: written examination, oral presentation, interview(s), role play scenarios, reference checks and interactions with internal staff during the process and personal knowledge. Top down selection may be used during any stage of the selection process.

4. Appointment Requirements: Candidates must meet each essential qualification and the conditions of employment to be appointed to the position. A person may be appointed to the position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications, organizational needs or operational requirements; however, meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing right fit for appointment.

5. Salary: Effective 1 November 2019 NEB 9, $86,246 to $104,926
The Canada Energy Regulator has the following forms of additional compensation that are separate from base salary, the eligibility for which is determined, in accordance with the provisions in the collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment for the duration period specified:
  • annual performance pay which includes elements of individual performance (60% of payout) and corporate performance (40% of payout)
  • annual market allowance which applies only to specified operational positions applies to this position; the allowance is paid in two semi-annualized payments
6. Terms of Employment: These positions have been allocated and apply to the bargaining unit represented by the CER Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

7. Proof of Education: Proof of education is required prior to appointment. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. Please contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) for more information
Equivalencies granted by the Canadian provincial authorities with respect to Applied (Bachelor's) Degrees by colleges and technical institutes (i.e. in Ontario, British-Columbia, Alberta & Manitoba) must always be accepted as equivalent to Bachelor Degrees granted by universities in the provinces concerned.

8. Career Ladder: These position(s) are part of a career ladder and future promotion may occur upon successful completion of the training and development requirements and provided they meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment for each level of the career ladder without an advertised staffing process.

9. Organization Future Needs: The Canada Energy Regulator is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment equity goals, selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to the following Employment Equity groups: *Aboriginal Persons

We encourage Aboriginal persons to self-identify as preference will be given to this Employment Equity Group. *An Aboriginal person is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit. North American Indians or members of a First Nation include treaty, status or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. Please note that you will be required to complete the Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form.

10. Location: Eastern Region Office 505 De Maisonneuve Blvd W., Suite 230, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3C2


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.