Appointment opportunity - Atlantic Fisheries Licence Appeal Board (AFLAB)
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- Position overview
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- How to apply
- Eligibility factors and conditions of employment
The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians who are interested in the following positions:
- Portfolio: Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- Organization: Atlantic Fisheries Licence Appeal Board (AFLAB)
- Position title: Various positions available (Members and Chairs)
- Position location: Candidates must reside in one of the following regions: Newfoundland and Labrador; Maritimes (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick); Gulf (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick); and Quebec
- Time commitment: Varies
- Type: Part-time
- Remuneration: Per diem of $250 per board member ($350 for the Chair) per hearing, plus travel expenses where applicable for in-person meetings. There is also a $75 flat rate per case for reviewing case documents
- Duration: Up to 3 years with the potential for reappointment
- Application deadline: Candidates must apply by February 29th, 2024
Our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers and advisors reflect Canada's diversity. The Government of Canada has implemented an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.
The overarching goal of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is to protect our three oceans, coasts, waterways and fisheries and ensure that they remain healthy for future generations.
The Atlantic Fisheries Licence Appeal Board (AFLAB) reviews DFO licensing decisions that relate to an alleged incorrect application of licensing policies, extenuating circumstances or a change in policy. It provides recommendations for the last administrative levels of appeal for commercial fish harvesters who are dissatisfied with a departmental licensing decision. If AFLAB recommends making an exception to policy, the Board is required to provide a full rationale of its recommendation to the Minister or Deputy Minister for decision. In addition to making recommendations to the Minister or Deputy Minister on such appeals, the Board also reviews and makes recommendation on any licensing decision referred to it by the Minister.
AFLAB is comprised of members appointed by the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to serve one of the following regions: Newfoundland and Labrador; Maritimes (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick); Gulf (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick); and Quebec. Frequency of meetings will vary by region, caseload and number of available board members.
A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by February 29th, 2024, to email@example.com at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
Your application must include the following:
- a cover letter that outlines how your education and experience meet the criteria listed below
- the position(s) you are applying to (including the regional Board for which you are seeking appointment)
- name and contact information (telephone, e-mail and mailing address)
- an updated resume
You may be contacted at a later date to provide professional references who can verify how you have demonstrated the requirements, abilities, skills and personal attributes below.
Members will be appointed based on their knowledge, experience and capability to contribute to the work of the AFLAB. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who self-identify from designated employment equity groups and the 2SLGBTQI+ community. Following receipt of your application, you will be asked to complete a self-identification form, which will be added to your application package. Please note that providing this information is voluntary.
Diversity and Official Languages
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that its appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans strives to establish a diverse membership and encourages and values the inclusion of all Canadians. Candidates should feel welcome to self-identify as belonging to one of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, visible minority and 2SLGBTQI+. Please note that providing this information is voluntary.
The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency as an asset when assessing candidates for those positions where it is not a requirement of appointment. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand a second official language. Please also include in your application your ability to speak and understand another language, such as an Indigenous language.
Education and experience
- A degree from a recognized postsecondary institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and job-related experience
- Experience participating in virtual meetings (Microsoft Teams, Zoom)
- Experience in using a computer and the Microsoft Office suite (or equivalent), such as Word and Outlook
Knowledge, abilities and skills
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others, including perceived fairness and effectiveness in seeking and achieving consensus and formulating sound recommendations on individual cases
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to understand and interpret policy
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
- Ability to make timely and effective written decisions
- Knowledge of the Eastern Canada fishery, including an understanding of its social and economic importance
- Experience working in the Eastern Canada fishing industry or in fisheries management/policy
- Experience serving on a Board
- Experience working for the public service (federal or provincial)
- High ethical standards and integrity
- Sound judgment
- Respectful and collaborative; ability to compromise in order to seek common solutions to complex issues and respect for the interests and views of others
- Tact and diplomacy
- Initiative and reliability
- Strategic thinking and leadership
- Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador panels: English essential. Proficiency in both official languages would be an asset, but is not required.
- Gulf panel: Bilingual imperative. Candidates must be proficient in both official languages.
- Quebec panel: French essential. Proficiency in both official languages would be an asset, but is not required.
Eligibility factors and conditions of employment
In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:
- members must be retired from any active participation in the fishing industry, including but not limited to participation as a licence holder, crew member, buyer, or processor
- members must be available to attend up to four scheduled hearings in a given calendar year as well as participate in advisory processes and in any additional meetings that may be require
- members must be willing and able to participate in virtual hearings
- members must be willing and able to travel to various locations within Eastern Canada
- members must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents, residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island
If you are appointed to one of these positions:
You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment, as a term and condition of employment.
You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act, which includes disclosing any financial interests you may have in the fishing industry.
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