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Director, Court Challenges Program

October 16 2019
Industries Recruitment, Employment services
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Management, Consulting, Legal, Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt.
Ottawa, ON

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is a major research university with a full range of programs of study. Founded in 1848, it is now the largest French-English bilingual university in the world, with 10 faculties and over 43,000 students registered in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies. Year after year, it ranks among the leading research universities in Canada and aims to be among the top five in the next 10 years.

Court Challenges Program (CCP)

On February 7, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (CCP) as a cornerstone of its commitment to a diverse, fair and inclusive Canada.  The modernized Court Challenges Program combines the former Court Challenges Program and the Language Rights Support Program with a more streamlined approach.  The University of Ottawa is responsible for implementing and managing the modernized Court Challenges Program.

The objective of 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.

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Director, Court Challenges Program


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. In the course of his or her duties, the incumbent will also report periodically to the CCP Management Committee and to Canadian Heritage.

Opportunities and Challenges

Key tasks for the position include: 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.

Key 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, public administration or a related field, or equivalent experience;
  • Knowledge of the official languages community and official language minority communities;
  • Knowledge of vulnerable groups in Canada, including groups protected by the rules governing the Program;
  • 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;
  • Experience in project management, priority management and organizing teamwork according to strict deadlines;
  • Problem-solving, decision-making, ability to work under pressure and manage multiple and sometimes conflicting timelines;
  • 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 verbally and in writing in both official languages;
  • Willingness to travel in Canada and work on a flexible schedule.


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". All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. We appreciate the interest of every candidate; however, only those selected for the next step in the process will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its over 160-year tradition of bilingualism. At the time of their appointment, senior administration team members are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual (French and English) setting. network