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Assistant Deputy Minister

Culture and Heritage
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Type of employment: 
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This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$126,287 to $180,410 per annum
Northern Allowance: 
$15,016 per annum
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
27 April 2018

If no successful Nunavut Inuit are found, this position will be offered as a 3 year term.

This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

The Government of Nunavut, in accordance with its mandate under Turaaqtavut – heading towards a goal – reflects the shared priorities to address the overarching needs of Nunavummiut.  The Department of Culture and Heritage is seeking to recruit an Assistant Deputy Minister with exemplary leadership skills, significant management experience with a sound knowledge of the Inuit culture.             

The Department of Culture and Heritage provides a leadership role within the Government of Nunavut in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services aimed at strengthening the culture, language and heritage of Nunavummiut, The Department has a key role to play in creating a new model of governance in Canada that integrates Inuit Societal Values and approaches, representative Inuit employment and the use of Nunavut’s Official Languages.                   

Reporting to the Deputy Minister, you will be responsible for providing the overall supervision and direction to Directorates responsible for Heritage, Official Languages, Elders & Youth and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. You will provide broad advice and coordination in culture and heritage programming, including cabinet submissions and presentations to the Assembly related to culture and heritage.  In addition, you will be responsible for assisting the Deputy Minister with the development and presentation of the department’s Business Plan, Cabinet documents and ministerial briefing materials.

Applicants to the position should have a post-secondary education along with five (5) years of experience as a senior manager in the public or private sector and three (3) years’ experience in culture and language policy development.  Work experience must include proven management abilities including financial management. Knowledge of Inuit Societal Values is required. The incumbent must also be knowledgeable about the political environment in Nunavut and be familiar with Inuit issues and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit would also be considered an asset.  This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
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