Assistant Manager and Editor of Debates (English)

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Job ID: J1123-0531
Classification: SEN-09
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 91493/Year
Maximum Salary: 115768/Year
Closing Date: January 3, 2024

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country’s democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation’s diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is provided full and equal opportunity and access to employment, development and advancement. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

Join a vibrant team of professionals that records history as it happens and preserves the rich legacy of parliamentary debates in Canada.

As the Assistant Manager and Editor of Debates (English), you will assist the Manager and Editor in Chief in producing the daily edition of the Debates of the Senate (English), also known as Hansard, and editing committee transcripts, as required.

You will be foundational to the functioning of the broader Debates and Publications team. In this role, you will manage staff training, consult on the team’s learning plan, manage assets, maintain the Debates Services Form and Style Book and participate in ongoing administrative functions such as the preparation of the annual budget and day-to-day management. The Assistant Manager and Editor of Debates (English) assumes the duties of the Manager and Editor in Chief when the incumbent is absent.

Open to

To staff one (1) indeterminate position in the Communications, Broadcasting and Publications directorate.

In addition to their résumé, applicants are required to send a cover letter (maximum one page) highlighting why this role is of interest to them and tell us why they want to be part of the Senate of Canada team.

This selection process may be used to staff determinate or indeterminate positions at the same level with similar requirements.

We encourage individuals from underrepresented and minority groups to apply.


• Post-secondary education or an acceptable combination of education, knowledge and experience related to the position (an acceptable combination of education, knowledge and experience would be a high school diploma with a minimum of 5 years of experience pertaining to editing and high volume text production, workflow management and performance management);
• Experience in the preparation, editing and production of parliamentary documents (such as Hansard) or other related documents;
• Experience in conducting research and analyzing information;
• Superior knowledge of editing rules and English grammar;
• Experience in evaluating and resolving administrative problems and formulating recommendations;
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in both official languages;
• Experience in preparing reports using the MS Office suite of tools;
• Experience in evaluating and resolving administrative problems and formulating recommendations;
• Awareness of current events;
• Management and professional development skills;
• Superior knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures;
• Knowledge of the organization of the Senate and the Rules of the Senate (asset);
• Knowledge of machine shorthand language (asset);
• Knowledge of the software used in the production of transcripts and providing CART and closed captioning services (asset).

Linguistic Requirements



Teamwork and cooperation
People management
Developing self and others

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation to be eligible for appointment.

Candidates must be willing and able to work irregular hours, mainly late in the evenings, when the Senate or Senate committees sit.

The incumbent will be working in a parliamentary environment and be required to demonstrate decorum and courtesy at all times.

The incumbent may be subject to changing schedules and deadlines.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

Please save a copy of the notice of job opportunity. Once the closing date has passed, these documents will no longer be available.

Relocation and travel expenses incurred during this process are the applicant's responsibility.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

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. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.