National Defence
Trenton, ON
National Defence - Canadian Special Operations Forces Unit
Petawawa (Ontario), Trenton (Ontario)
$88,414 to $103,319 (In addition :Terminable Allowance $12,000.00 for Doctoral level registered psychologists; $6,000.00 for Masters level registered psychologists) , pay scale under review, collective agreement expired in November 2018)
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Closing date: 29 July 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When submitting your application, you will also have to answer questions regarding the education, professional licensing, and experience requirements (both essential and asset qualifications). You MUST CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE HOW you meet these qualifications by providing detailed substantiation when answering the online screening questions. Your detailed answers to the screening questions will also be used to assess the Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

It is NOT sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to only provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. You must clearly explain WHEN, WHERE and HOW you acquired each qualification by giving concrete examples. Information on your described education, licensing, and experience in the screening questions must be supported in your resume.

Failure to provide the above information in the format required may result in your application being eliminated from the process.

  • For Trenton: 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist
  • For Petawawa: 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist
The primary role of the Special Forces unit psychologist resides within the evolving operational psychology realm. The expanded scope and functions of the unit psychologist include Assessment and Selection for Special Forces, psychological consultation to the Selection and Training cadre, subject-matter expertise provision to the Chain-of-Command related to individual and unit resilience and psychological health, member and unit education/operational debriefs, program evaluation, and member clinical referrals.

The unit psychologist will also perform, in a secondary capacity, more traditional clinical psychological services within a multidisciplinary mental health team, including mental health screenings, diagnostic assessments, and individual psychotherapy. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of mental health and resilience training unique to Special Operations Forces.

The embedded unit psychologist reports administratively to the unit’s Chain of Command, and is supported professionally by the CANSOFCOM Chief Psychologist located at Headquarters.

Work environment
The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) produces high readiness and responsive special operations forces able to provide broad national and international security solutions. CANSOFCOM provides the Canadian Armed Forces the ability to deliver an effective counter-terrorism response domestically and abroad; access, understand and influence operational environments; and project rapidly deployable special forces in response to emerging or immediate threats to the nation.

Working as a special operations forces psychologist affords a unique opportunity to hold a vital position in a dynamic operational setting, within an integrated team of competent professionals from the human performance, psychological, medical, spiritual, and family domains who together offer a dedicated support system for members, leaders and their family.

Intent of the process

CANSOFCOM has the below positions to be filled:
1) Trenton : 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist

2) Petawawa: 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist

You will be asked to specify which position you are applying for in the application form. A pool of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff identical or similar positions with various security levels, tenures, locations, language requirements and linguistic profiles.
Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
  • Graduation with a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology from a recognized post-secondary institution (equivalence in training is determined by the provincial/territorial College of psychologists who issue the autonomous practice license)
Degree equivalency

Registered for autonomous practice with one of the Canadian provincial or territorial College of Psychologists and be able to practice in clinical psychology with adults. (Copy of license must be submitted with application)

EX1: *Breadth of experience in conducting psychological assessments with adults, including cognitive, personality and emotional/ behavioral functioning evaluations for clinical and non-clinical purposes (e.g. selection).
EX2: *Breadth of experience in providing evidence-based psychotherapy to adults, for mild to significant psychological, personal, social and occupational issues.
EX3: *Breadth of experience in providing psychological consultation/advice (e.g., to third parties, program colleagues, managers, leaders).
EX4: Experience in developing or/and delivering mental health prevention services (e.g. group psychoeducation)

  • Breadth of experience is defined as having performed a broad range of various related psychological activities as a licensed psychologist. Those activities demonstrate that the individual possesses the full span of expertise and experience required for the position.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements
Trenton: 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist: English Essential

Petawawa: 1 position, indeterminate, full-time: Special operations unit psychologist: English Essential

Information on language requirements

A1: Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team
A2: Ability to communicate effectively orally
A3: Ability to communicate effectively in writing
A4: Ability to provide psychological consultation to various clients (e.g., patients, program managers, organizations)
A5 Ability to conduct psycho-diagnostic, cognitive and personality assessments
A6: Ability to implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions

PS1: Effective interpersonal skills
PS2: Initiative
PS3: Judgment
PS4: Flexibility
PS5: Reliability

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
AEX1: Experience in the use and interpretation of the cognitive test Multidimensional Aptitude Battery (MAB-II) and the personality inventories of NEO-PI and MMPI-2/RF
AEX2: Experience in conducting psychological evaluations for selection
AEX3: Experience providing psychological services to Canadian Armed Forces personnel, law enforcement personnel or other personnel in high-risk occupations/environments
AEX4: Experience in the management and/or oversight of psychological programs or services.

  • Willing and able to work overtime on occasion.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally and nationally on occasion (Please note that there is no mandatory deployment to high-risk missions).
  • Holding a Valid Canadian Passport
Conditions of employment
Secret security clearance

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

You must provide the following information when submitting your application:

1. Your resume and a copy of your College of Psychologists license.

2. Please identify clearly your Personal Record Identifier (PRI), your substantive
group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or your application,
if you are already an employee within the Public Service.

3. Our intention is to communicate with candidates via email. Candidates who apply
on this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and
have to make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages
from unknown users. It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide any changes to their personal information to the contact person indicated on this job advertisement.

4. Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official
language of their choice. Candidates are asked to indicate their preferred official
language in their application.

5. Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent. We will contact
candidates when the screening process is completed.

6. Candidates’ qualifications, including suitability criteria, may be assessed by various tests, interview, role play, and/or references.

7. Please note that all information received throughout the staffing process and all
communications relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be
used in the assessment of qualifications.

8. Specify which positions you are applying for: Trenton, Petawawa.


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.