Director, Court Challenges Program 
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University of Ottawa. Ottawa, ON

Closing Date - Location Ottawa, ON
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Job Description

The objective of Court Challenges Program (CCP) is to provide financial support to individuals and groups in Canada to bring cases of national significance related to certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language and human rights before the courts.

Our client is actively seeking its next


Reporting to the Director of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the incumbent will provide strategic and operational leadership in the planning, development and implementation of the activities of CCP, in order to increase its visibility and positioning through an ongoing link with official-language minority communities and vulnerable groups.

Opportunities and Challenges
Developing and planning for the short, medium and long term, the strategies needed to ensure the delivery and success of the CCP and to act as an expert consultant for the application and interpretation of the rules and procedures of the program; leading and overseeing financial activities (budget priorities, financial strategies, periodic financial reports, forward-looking statements), taking into account the policies and regulations of the Department of Canadian Heritage; addressing the political scope of the CCP, and handling media relations on all sensitive and conflicting issues related to the management of the CCP by developing communication plans and acting as a spokesperson.

Experience and Competencies
•  Law degree and member in good standing of the Law Society of a province and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management position;
•  A minimum of 5 years’ experience in language rights or equality / social justice advocacy;
•  Training in political science, management or public administration ;;
•  Knowledge of the official languages community and official language minority communities;
•  Knowledge of vulnerable groups in Canada;
•  In-depth knowledge of strategic planning principles, practices and procedures to direct and guide the development of short- and long-term plans;
•  In-depth knowledge and experience in financial management and financial forecasting;
•  Rigorous reasoning and critical analysis skills;
•  Leadership skills and very strong interpersonal skills;
•  Sensitivity to political issues and the ability to deal with conflict situations;
•  Experience in using computer systems and software such as Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, Power Point, email, Internet and others;
•  Ability to communicate in both official languages;
•  Willingness to travel in Canada and work on a flexible schedule.

How to Apply

If you believe you have the profile we are seeking, please forward your résumé with a letter explaining your interest by completing the “Registration Form”.