Chief of Operations – Canadian Senators Group (CSG)

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Job ID: J0121-0259
Job Type: Determinate, Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 100000/Year
Maximum Salary: 125000/Year
Closing Date: January 24, 2021

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. 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?

The Chief of Operations role exists to ensure that CSG Senators get the services they require in order to function as part of this unique group in the Senate of Canada. Working under the direction of the Leader of the CSG, the Chief of Operations is responsible for recognizing and nurturing opportunities for CSG Senators and their office staff to be partners in the collective operation of the group.

Specific Duties:
• Overall management of the CSG parliamentary and research operations, including managing the office budget and staff;
• Implementing and updating the strategic goals for delivery of services to CSG members in collaboration with CSG members and the Head of Research;
• Providing support and oversight to the planning of research activities of the CSG Research Bureau and its ongoing operation, based on the Senate proceedings as well as the research plan and timelines developed and managed by the Head of Research;
• Liaising with corresponding senior officials in other Senate groups and caucuses, in order to ensure an effective working relationship between the CSG and other groups;
• Building and maintaining strong relations with the Clerk of the Senate and all Senate administration directorates to ensure that CSG members, the CSG Secretariat, and CSG Senators’ offices receive the best advice and support that they need with respect to parliamentary rules and practices, legal matters, procedures, information technology, finance, human resources, security, and communications;
• Ensuring that CSG leadership is timely and properly briefed and advised on all issues that are relevant to the conduct of CSG affairs;
• Liaising with the staff in each CSG Senator’s office to ensure that the maximum value is being delivered to CSG Senators, and that talents and expertise resident in specific Senators offices are being respected and (where appropriate) collectively utilized, such that duplication of effort is not occurring; and
• Coordinate CSG issues management by defining the issues, assessing outcomes and risks, and advising the CSG leadership team and members on options.

Open to

The general public to staff a determinate (full-time) position.


• Successful completion of a university degree in a field related to the position;
• Experience in developing strategies and implementing plans to advance the initiatives of a group;
• Experience in managing, developing, and motivating a group of employees;
• Experience providing in-depth research, a detailed analysis and insightful reports to high level stakeholders to facilitate their decision making;
• Experience in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations and policies;
• Very strong writing skills with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in both official languages;
• The ability to adapt to unforeseen and shifting circumstances and remain objective under pressure or in stressful situations;
• The ability to adapt to a wide array of issues with diplomacy and tact;
• Knowledge of and/or experience working in a legislative and parliamentary environment would be a strong asset;
• Experience managing budgets would be an asset.

Linguistic Requirements



Action management
Teamwork and cooperation

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 in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

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

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.