Senior Program Advisor (PM-04) – Canadian Heritage Inventory

Reference number: PCH21J-023036-000018
Selection process number: 21-PCH-EA-LHR-0460

Canadian Heritage
Various locations
$71,599 to $77,368

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Heritage

Closing date: 25 February 2022 – 23:59, Pacific TimeWho can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

♦ What is an inventory?
When you apply to an inventory, you are not applying for a specific position. Rather, you are applying for current or future job opportunities. Managers may use the inventory to fill their available positions.

If we select your application for further consideration, we will contact you for a test and/or an interview. We will notify you by email if you are selected for further assessment. Please ensure that your contact information is always up to date.

We will accept applications until the closing date. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible because we will select applications from the inventory as positions become available.

♦ Give yourself the best chance to succeed!
We strive to provide an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you have special assessment needs, we want to make sure that you have the support you need to showcase your abilities.

If we contact you for a test or interview, let us know if you need accommodation measures. This information will be kept confidential.

For more information, please consult the link above: Assessment Accommodation.

♦ Diversity – Count yourself in!
Be part of a public service that represents and includes the diverse identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.

When you apply, you can state (self-declare) if you identify as a woman, are an Indigenous person, are a member of a racialized group, and are a person with a disability.

Some jobs are only available to people in these groups. If you want to be considered for these opportunities, you need to self-declare.


Our programs and services support the arts, culture, heritage, celebrations, sport, official languages, diversity and inclusion. We do this by providing funding to organizations working in these fields.

As a Senior Program Advisor, your duties may include:
☑️ Analyzing funding applications and making recommendations
☑️ Negotiating and managing funding agreements with clients
☑️ Gathering relevant information on trends and issues
☑️ Preparing correspondence, briefings and fact sheets for management
☑️ Participating in inter-departmental and inter-governmental working groups
☑️ Contributing to the development of program tools and processes
☑️ Conducting outreach activities to promote the department’s programs and priority initiatives
☑️ Mentoring and coaching junior employees

Work environment

We are looking for passionate, creative, and hard-working people!

Work life balance is at the core of our values at Canadian Heritage! In fact, we were cited for three years running by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s top 100 employers.

We deliver our programs and services across Canada through 16 points of service in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Toronto, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal, Québec, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John’s.

Our employees play an important role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Through our programs, we support initiatives that allow Canadians to experience dynamic cultural expressions, celebrate our history and heritage, and build strong communities. We invest in the future by supporting the arts, official and indigenous languages, athletes and the sport system.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of our employees are currently working from home (telework). Once we re-open our offices, we may consider a variety of workplace arrangements including full-time telework, full-time office work or a combination of the two.

Intent of the process

We may use this inventory to fill current and future vacancies.

1) We are considering a first wave of applications with the intention of staffing a number of positions by spring 2021.

2) After spring 2021, subsequent waves of assessment will depend on operational needs.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

EDUCATION | Essential for the positions
A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE | Essential for the positions
Experience providing services to clients*.

*Clients may be external (members of the public, other organizations) or internal to the organization you work for (members of another work unit).

Experience performing two (2) or more of the following tasks:
☑️ Analyzing funding requests;
☑️ Researching and compiling relevant information in a concise report;
☑️ Writing correspondence;
☑️ Analyzing financial documents;
☑️ Making recommendations to management.

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

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Demonstrating integrity and respect
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented
Service excellence

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

Managers may request additional qualifications depending on the position they are staffing. One or more of the following asset qualifications could be deemed as a “must-have” to perform the job.

This does not mean that you must have all the asset qualifications. However, they may be a deciding factor when selecting candidates for further assessment.

EDUCATION | Asset Qualification
Diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE | Asset Qualifications
Experience working with or within organizations operating in one (1) or more of the following fields:
☑️ Ethnically diverse or equity-deserving organizations or communities;
☑️ Arts sector;
☑️ Heritage sector;
☑️ Indigenous communities or organizations;
☑️ Official language minority communities – English-speaking communities in Quebec or Francophone communities outside Quebec.

Experience preparing grant applications (applying for funding) for community organizations or delivering funding programs for government organizations.

Experience developing operational tools, preparing and delivering presentations or developing work processes or documents such as guides, toolkits or templates.

Experience leading a working group or a committee.

Experience mentoring or coaching employees.

Experience in community development or outreach activities.

Experience analyzing demographic or statistical information.

Experience applying anti-oppression frameworks and principles.

Willingness and ability to work overtime occasionally with short notice.
Willingness to travel occasionally.
Willingness and ability to work from home as required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status 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

In this process, we are using the terms “Indigenous Peoples” and “Racialized communities” as they align with international usage and in this process replace the legislative terms “Aboriginal peoples” and “Visible minorities’’ that appear in the Employment Equity Act and the Employment Equity Regulations. The definitions have not changed.

NOTE: The employment equity definitions are for the four groups: Aboriginal, Persons with a disability, visible minorities and women.


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.

Contact information

Collective Staffing Team

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