Area Manager, Census (Anticipatory)

Statistics Canada - Edmonton, AB (30+ days ago)

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Statistics Canada
Edmonton (Alberta), Winnipeg (Manitoba)
$109,805 to $126,059

Closing date: 5 April 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing or employed in:
  • Edmonton, AB and within a 40km radius of Edmonton, AB
  • Winnipeg, MB and within a 40km radius of Winnipeg, MB
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  • As part of the Regional Census Centre Management team, contributes to the development of regional strategies and operational plans; and manages the organization, planning, scheduling and control of Census data collection activities (7-day, collection operation) for a large regional area comprised of a number of Local Census Offices (LCOs).
  • Manages the financial, human and material resources for the assigned area; and monitors, analyzes and resolves problems associated with resource allocations/expenditures and human resource recruitment strategies for the LCOs.
  • Directs statistical data collection activities for the assigned LCOs; and contributes to the planning and implementation of collection methodologies and techniques related to the Census Program.
  • Monitors response patterns and respondent behaviour, variances in response rates, assesses their impact on field collection operations within the area and provides advice and guidance on options to resolve problems identified.
  • As a subject matter expert, provides expert direction and guidance to LCO Managers and staff on the interpretation of departmental legislation and the application of Statistics Canada policies and procedures; and leads the preparation and delivery of training to LCO managers.
  • Represents the department at area public relations venues intended to promote Census participation.
  • Represents the Region or Regional Census Centre area in regional and/or departmental committees or departmental multidisciplinary project teams as a Census collection expert and provides advice on proposed modifications to operational procedures.
  • Oversees the dissemination and collection of evaluation reports for the assigned Region or Regional Census Centre; and contributes, through briefings to discussions on enhancements to the overall Census Program.
Work environment

Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Population in order to develop a statistical portrait of Canada and Canadians on one specific day. The census is designed to provide information about people and housing units in Canada by their demographic, social and economic characteristics.

The Census of Population is a reliable basis for the estimation of the population of the provinces, territories and municipal areas. The information collected is related to federal and provincial legislative measures and provides a basis for the distribution of federal transfer payments. The census also provides information about the characteristics of the population and its housing within small geographic areas and for small population groups to support planning, administration, policy development and evaluation activities of governments at all levels, as well as data users in the private sector.

Intent of the process

The pool of qualified candidates established from this process may be used to staff similar positions for the 2021 Census.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Successful completion of two years of a post-secondary school program with acceptable specialization in social science, statistics, library/archival work or a law-related field OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, that is comparable to the minimum education stated above, may serve as an alternative.

Degree equivalency

Significant experience* planning and managing large projects.
Significant experience* in the management of human and material resources.
Recent** experience in managing financial resources (budget preparation, financial reviews or forecasts) in an automated environment.

  • Significant experience is defined as the depth and breath of experience normally associated with full-time performance of duties for a minimum of two years within the last five years or past census experience as a Local Census Office Manager (LCOM) or higher.
**Recent experience would normally be defined as experience gained within the last year, or experience gained in Census 2016 as a Local Census Office Manager (LCOM) or higher.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Ability to plan, control and manage large projects in a decentralized work environment.
Ability to lead interdisciplinary work teams.
Ability to identify strategies and implement contingency measures.
Ability to communicate effectively.

Effective interpersonal skills.

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

Recent experience (within the last two (2) years) building and leading a diverse field staff.
Previous census management experience.
Recent experience (within the last two (2) years) managing in a unionized environment.
Experience in managing a data collection operation.

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

Availability and willingness to travel extensively, sometimes on short notice.
Availability and willingness to work overtime as required.

The above conditions of employment must be met before an appointment is made. All costs associated with meeting the conditions of employment are the candidate’s responsibility. Candidates must meet and maintain the above conditions of employment throughout their employment.

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

PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including issuing screening results, and sending invitations for written tests and interviews). 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.

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.

You will be required to show how you demonstrate the essential qualifications (i.e. Education, Experience and/or Occupational Certification) for the initial screening through your resume, cover letter, and/or in answering online screening questions. It is NOT sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must clearly demonstrate HOW, WHEN, and WHERE the qualification was met through substantiation by examples. Information on your described skills, experience, etc. provided in a cover letter or screening questions should be supported by your resume. Failure to provide the above information in the format required may result in your application being rejected from the process.

Candidates' qualifications may be assessed through written tests, interviews and/or references. Candidates may be eliminated at any point during the selection process if they fail to demonstrate any of the essential criteria through their behaviour, for example, through: communication with Human Resources, informal discussion, selection interview, etc.

Internal reference contacts are not restricted to the list of names given by the candidate. The Selection Committee reserves the right to contact other references within the federal public service.

A random or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

As an excluded employee, you will be subject to the majority of the provisions of the Public Service Employment Act with some exceptions. Your employment will be subject to the following:
  • You will not be eligible for internal appointment processes or deployments, except for acting appointments and deployments made to positions excluded by the Statistics Canada Census and Survey Related Term Employment Exclusion Approval Order (EAO).
  • You will not be eligible for indeterminate status as a result of your employment in the Census program; time spent as an excluded employee will not count towards the three-year term to indeterminate conversion.
  • You will be entitled to seven days' notice if you are rejected on probation.
  • You will be entitled to seven days' notice when your employment ends, should your services no longer be required by reason of lack of work, the end of the census cycle or the transfer of work to other staff.

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.