Senior Investigator: Aboriginal Persons Inventory - Continuous Intake
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON
The Correctional Investigator Canada
Ottawa (Ontario)
$77,961 to $97,859
For further information on the organization, please visit The Correctional Investigator Canada

Closing date: 29 March 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons who self-identify as Aboriginals across Canada
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Important messages
When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

This inventory is targeted to Aboriginal persons who will self-declare as an Aboriginal person.

An Aboriginal person is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit. North American Indians or members of a First Nation include treaty, status or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. The Aboriginal affiliation will be verified at the time of the offer of appointment.

An inventory advertisement allows a continuous intake of applications, over as long a period as desired. This inventory has no closing date, although one may be added in the future. Once a candidate has submitted their application it will stay active in the inventory (assuming it meets the essential screening criteria) for 180 days. At the end of that period, candidates will need to refresh their application to ensure it stays active in the inventory. 15 days prior to the end of the 180 day period, candidates will receive a notice to their PSRS profile instructing them that their application will expire unless it is refreshed. Candidates are also able to withdraw their application from the inventory anytime they desire.

The client organization will accept applications on-line only.

As a member of the investigative team, you are responsible for:

Investigating complaints received from federal offenders and their families and determining whether there has been a violation of law, policy and/or principles of administrative fairness.

Negotiating, using alternative dispute resolution techniques and mediation to address/seek resolution to offender complaints.

Initiating, planning and conducting inquiries and investigations into offender complaints and/or areas of concern as identified by the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI), and also for individual issues and other concerns that may be symptomatic of more general problems in federal correctional institutions.

Preparing and coordinating visits to federal correctional institutions as per corporate objectives, meeting with offenders and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) staff and special interest groups within the institutions, monitoring correctional practice vis-à-vis law, policy and administrative fairness and following up to ensure corrective action is initiated.

Completing debriefing letters and comprehensive reports further to each institutional visit and ensuring necessary follow-up action.

Researching and formulating recommendations for change on policy issues.

Reviewing and completing reports on Section 19 investigations and on uses of force that relate to assigned institutions and monitoring the implementation of corrective measures at assigned institutions.

Participating and conducting investigations of more complex issues identified as priorities by the OCI and/or completing special projects and/or systemic investigations as assigned.

Work environment
The Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada acts as an ombudsman for federal offenders. A key priority for our government and our Office remains the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in prisons, and their reintegration into the community. Our office offers you a place behind the wheel to ensure a positive progression of this important priority from coast to coast by listening to the needs and challenges of our clientele and maintaining positive links with service representatives as well as Aboriginal correctional offenders.

All this is done thanks to our team of dynamic and talented professionals who:

  • Do great things within a small organization
  • Travel across the country
  • Establish and maintain relationships of trust and partnership with key stakeholders
  • Learn with hands on experience
  • Welcome new opportunities and challenges
That's who we are. If you could see yourself in this role, the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada could offer you the job you are looking for.

Intent of the process
The intent of this advertisement is to create and maintain an inventory. A pool (of partially or fully assessed candidates) may be established and used to staff similar positions with various security requirements, conditions of employment as well as various tenures (Specified period, Indeterminate, Acting, Assignment, Deployment or Secondment) may also be considered.
Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter in 9,999 words (maximum)

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

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

Degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience related to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency


A minimum of 2 years of professional experience working with offenders, human rights professionals, mental health professionals and/or other professionals of the criminal justice system.

A minimum of 2 years experience conducting investigations and investigative interviews.

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

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills


Effective written and oral communication
Stress management


Respect for diversity and equality
Interpersonal skills
Thinking things through

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

Alternate Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate or any professional certificate(s) or training(s) related to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

In possession and maintain of a valid Driver's License throughout employment.

Willingness and ability to travel to federal correctional institutions across Canada (approximately 1 week per month)

Other information
Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

The Office of the Correctional Investigator is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and working environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the OCI or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

Indeterminate employees at the same group and level or equivalent may be considered for deployment. If no deployment is made, applicants from other groups and levels will be considered in the advertised appointment process.

For appointment processes where the area of selection is limited to Aboriginal peoples or to members of designated employment equity groups that included Aboriginal peoples, the Aboriginal candidates proposed for appointment or appointed must complete and sign the Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form as a condition of appointment prior to or at the same time as the offer of appointment, even if they have already self-declared as an EE member when applying.

You must indicate on your application if you require a technical aid for testing or an alternative method of assessment.

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

Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent. We will only contact those screened into the process.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.