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Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (2 full-time positions)

Salary range:  $155,371 to $189,471

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is a federal government organization, created on December 12, 2006, when the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, Part 3 of the Federal Accountability Act came into force.

The PPSC acts on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada in the discharge of his criminal law mandate by prosecuting criminal offences under federal jurisdiction and by contributing to strengthening the criminal justice system.

In this regard, the PPSC assumes the role played within the Department of Justice by the former Federal Prosecution Service (FPS), and takes on additional responsibilities for prosecuting new fraud offences under the Financial Administration Act as well as offences under the Canada Elections Act. Unlike the FPS, which was part of the Department of Justice, the PPSC is an independent organization, reporting to Parliament through the Attorney General of Canada.

The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. Cases prosecuted by the PPSC include those involving drugs, organized crime, terrorism, tax law, money laundering and proceeds of crime, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Criminal Code offences in the territories, and a large number of federal regulatory offences.

The PPSC employs approximately 900 full time employees, including 500 prosecutors, and retains more than 500 private-sector lawyers as agents across Canada.

The Deputy Directors are responsible for overseeing the prosecution of offences and for providing prosecution-related legal advice and litigation support to all law enforcement agencies. Under the supervision of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Deputy Directors may exercise any of the powers and perform any of the duties or functions referred to in subsection 3(3) of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act and, for that purpose, are lawful deputies of the Attorney General.

The successful candidates must have a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from a recognized university and be a member of at least ten years' standing at the bar of any province or territory of Canada or the Order of Notaries in the province of Quebec.  The preferred candidates will have significant senior executive level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including the management of human and financial resources. They will also have demonstrated decision-making experience with respect to sensitive issues and significant experience dealing with senior government officials. Significant experience in criminal law and in dealing with the law enforcement community in addition to experience in developing, maintaining and managing successful stakeholder relationships and complex partnerships are also required.

The preferred candidates will have knowledge of the mandate of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and of the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system. They will possess knowledge of the criminal justice system and of the respective responsibilities and operations of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Knowledge of sound management principles and of public policy and practices related to criminal law and to regulatory offences under federal statutes is also required.

The preferred candidates will demonstrate strong leadership, managerial, and motivational skills in addition to possessing the ability to exercise independent judgment, while working horizontally with key partners in the federal government. They will have the ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations, and policies and analyze complex situations in order to make equitable decisions and recommendations while anticipating their short and long-term consequences as well as a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain appropriate and effective liaison with key stakeholders. Superior communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to act as spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments, and other organizations are also required.

The preferred candidates will be persons of excellent judgment, impartiality, high ethical standards, and integrity, as well as possessing tact and discretion.

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

The successful candidates must be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments are representative of Canada's regions and official languages, as well as of women, Aboriginal peoples, disabled persons, and visible minorities.

The preferred candidates must comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders and the Guidelinesfor the Political Activities of Public Office Holders. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under “Reference Material” at .

The selected candidates will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a Confidential Report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s Web site at .

This notice has been placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on its website at

Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae by January 7, 2011, to the Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, 59 Sparks Street, 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A3, 613-957-5006 (facsimile), (email).

Bilingual notices of vacancies will be produced in an alternative format (audio cassette, diskette, braille, large print, etc.) upon request. For further information, please contact Publishing and Depository Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0S5, 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

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