Assistant Chief, Systemic Risk Assessment

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Requisition #:  J0214-0557

Position Title:  Assistant Chief, Systemic Risk Assessment

Employment Type:  Full-time

Position Type:  Regular

Location:  234 Laurier Avenue West

City, Province:  Ottawa, Ontario

Country:  Canada

Job Category:  Economics

Number of Positions:  0

Date Posted:  February 14, 2014

Closing Date:  March 2, 2014


Annual salary: The Bank offers a competitive total compensation package with starting salaries, based on qualifications, generally ranging between $112,167 and $186,087* (job grade 19 to 21).
*Where the Bank has needs for specialized skills, it may offer higher starting salaries to exceptional candidates.

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Department info:

The Financial Stability Department conducts analysis and research on questions relating to financial stability in Canada, including the assessment of the financial system's vulnerability to potentially stressful scenarios and the oversight of financial market infrastructures (FMIs) that could pose systemic risk. The department also conducts regular monitoring of the financial sector in Canada and abroad.

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief, you will lead the Systemic Risk Assessment Division, which conducts and coordinates the Bank’s assessment of financial system risks and vulnerabilities. This division also plays a key role in the communication of the Bank’s financial system vulnerability assessments to other government agencies and to the public through the Bank’s Financial System Review. Finally, it supports the preparations by members of the Bank’s Governing Council for key domestic and international meetings. In this regard, the Assistant Chief works closely with other domestic and international agencies with an interest in risk assessment. The division is also the main source of advice to the Chief and Deputy Chief on the monetary policy implications of financial system issues.

You will play a central role in developing the vision and strategic direction for the division, and contribute more generally to the direction of the department. You will ensure that your division’s work focuses on the Bank’s key priorities, and you will assist your staff in completing their projects efficiently and in drawing out the key insights.

Central Responsibilities:

• plan, conduct and oversee the division’s financial system surveillance and risk-assessment activities
• act as a business expert on financial system surveillance issues
• organize work, plan the necessary resources and take steps to carry out objectives
• provide input into the department’s strategic planning process and align the division’s objectives with departmental and corporate objectives
• participate as an active member of the departmental management team
• coordinate regular briefings, both written and oral, as well as more formal presentations, to senior management
• manage a range of external bilateral and multilateral committee responsibilities at both the domestic and international levels
• provide advice and guidance to your employees and colleagues on analytical work and on communicating with senior management
• create a healthy work environment for employees by building their capability, supporting their professional development and enabling them to optimize their contribution
• monitor work activities to ensure that quality and performance standards are met, and implement corrective measures to address any significant variances
• develop and maintain effective and collaborative business relationships with internal and external entities by promoting information sharing among, and coordinating work with, other divisions within the Bank and other financial sector stakeholders working on related issues

Key Requirements:

• master's or PhD in economics, finance or an equivalent discipline


• a minimum of seven years of work experience in economic analysis and policy advice with increasing levels of management responsibilities
• knowledge of issues related to financial stability, financial sector regulation or the financial sector more broadly


• an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

in addition:

• English and French essential
• linguistic requirement: functional in second official language (training may be provided to help the selected candidate reach the required level of fully functional)
• excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
• in-depth knowledge and understanding of financial system analysis and financial economics more generally
• ability to develop sound advice in various areas of the financial system
• ability to identify a problem, obstacle or opportunity and take action to address current or future problems or opportunities
• strong negotiation skills and an ability to work proactively and influence others to achieve goals and make effective changes – with the ability to promote collaboration across areas
• ability to exchange information and ideas with others and clarify complex information, using clear and compelling written and oral communication skills, to advance the quality of decision-making
• leadership experience including the ability to set clear goals and motivate a team
• demonstrated experience in developing operational plans and prioritizing and delegating work to achieve the division’s objectives
• ability to provide support, guidance and feedback to help others meet their objectives, performance targets and personal career goals
• commitment to learning and self-development


• an understanding of financial stability topics and the Canadian financial system, including the regulation of financial institutions and markets
• success in managing external contacts and in achieving the Bank’s goals through multilateral committees
• network of relevant contacts


• Condition of employment: Candidate must be eligible for secret clearance.
• Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
• Relocation assistance may be provided, if required.
• Key benefits offered include: health and dental care, sick leave, paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and defined-benefit pension plan.
• Only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
• The Bank of Canada benefits from the unique perspectives, attributes and talents of its diverse workforce. We offer flexibility to accommodate the needs of our employees and candidates. The Bank of Canada is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from qualified men and women, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.
• Candidates may be considered for other, similar roles within the Bank that may be created as an outcome of the staffing process.

If you are a qualified candidate, please submit a detailed resumé and a covering letter by 2 March 2014. We will also ask you to complete a mandatory questionnaire during the application process.

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