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Director, Nunavut Bureau of Statistics

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This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$111,566 to $159,380 per annum, 37.5 hour/week
Northern Allowance: 
$19,077 per annum
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
24 November 2017

A unique opportunity for a recognized leader and subject matter expert to take on a dual role:

as Nunavut’s territorial statistician and the Bureau’s senior manager.

Officially founded in 1999, Nunavut exists where tradition meets progress. Many of the Territories have inherited millennia of history and culture of indigenous people, with some settlements dating back 4,000 years. Rooted in this rich tradition, the Government of Nunavut (GN) prepares for a prosperous future by investing in high-quality education, healthcare, culture, environmental protection, and industry growth.  Those who are eager to play a crucial role during a time of exciting change will also enjoy Nunavut’s majestic natural landscapes, scenic parkland, Native arts, restaurants and shopping, and numerous outdoor adventures.

The Government of Nunavut is seeking a Director, Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, for the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. Located in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, the Bureau of Statistics is the Government’s central statistical agency, in charge of collecting, analyzing and distributing statistical data about and to Nunavut. Reporting to the Associate Deputy Minister, Strategic Planning, the Director manages Nunavut Kiglisiniaqtiit (the Bureau), and provides management and administrative direction to Bureau staff, while acting as the Government's most senior professional statistician and methodologist. This dual mandate calls for an accomplished leader who has professional credibility as a manager, but also as a statistical expert and generalist who is a member of the professional statistical and research community and the National Statistical System.

As Director, you will be accountable for Nunavut's statistical and evaluation program, including the development, dissemination and analysis of demographic, social and economic data that is current, consistent and accurate, as well as provide statistical advice to ensure informed decision-making. You will also participate as Nunavut’s representative on Statistics Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Consultative Council on Statistical Policy, and ensure the effective representation of territorial statistical interests in dealing with Statistics Canada and other agencies.

More specifically, in your role as the Senior Manager of the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, you will ensure the effective operations of the entire Bureau by managing all financial, administrative, methodological and creative aspects, including oversight of an O&M budget of nearly $1.2 million. You will also be responsible for decisions associated with the planning, program specification, implementation and evaluation of all Bureau activities, including statistical procedures and methodologies, data and subject releases, main estimates, and evaluation and research projects.

Ultimately, you will be accountable for the statistical advice and/or interpretations and statistical information distributed by the Bureau to other departments, the private sector and the general public. Given the relatively small size and capacity issues of the Bureau, you will be actively engaged in developing and applying statistical models and analyzing various types of data, which will appeal to your hands-on approach as a statistics leader.

This could be a career-defining opportunity for a generalist with detailed, broad knowledge in many substantive areas (economic, social and demographic) and data issues and methods used to produce a range of statistical material, including labour market information, justice, health, education, census, business statistics, mining and resource statistics, prices, public sector and provincial economic accounts. Given the small size of the Nunavut population, it is imperative that you have highly specialized knowledge in developing statistical models and estimates based on small numbers.

As the ideal candidate, you have a graduate degree in economics, demography or the social sciences, with a specialty in statistics and quantitative research methods. You also possess the skills required to direct a central statistics agency within government and to serve as the government’s senior advisor on statistical matters. These skills would be acquired through a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience in a government statistical and analytical setting. You also have at least 1 year of experience in supervising staff and managing operations in a statistical setting. Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

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

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut (Inuinnaqtun), English and French. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

Contact:  If you wish to apply for this key senior leadership role, submit your resume, in confidence, specifying the job title, quoting competition number 02-504261, by November 24, 2017, to Phelpsgroup at:


401 Bay Street, Suite 1400,

Toronto, ON

M5H 2Y4

Phone: 416-364-6229



  • 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. 
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  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.