Senior government managers and officials (NOC 0012)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
4,000
Skill level
Professional (usually a university degree)

Nature of work

Senior government managers and officials plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, the major activities of municipal or regional governments or of provincial, territorial or federal departments, boards, agencies or commissions. They establish the direction to be taken by these organizations in accordance with legislation and policies made by elected representatives or legislative bodies.

Main duties

  • Senior government managers and officials perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Establish objectives for the organization in accordance with government legislation and policy, formulate or approve and evaluate programs and procedures alone or in conjunction with senior government committees
  • - Advise elected representatives on policy questions and refer major policy matters to these representatives for final decision
  • - Recommend, review, evaluate and approve documents, briefs and reports submitted by middle managers and senior staff members
  • - Continued…
  • - Ensure appropriate systems and procedures are developed and implemented to provide budgetary control
  • - Co-ordinate department activities with other senior government managers and officials
  • - Make presentations to legislative and other government committees regarding policies, programs or budgets.

Employment requirements

  • * A university degree or college diploma is usually required.
  • * A graduate degree in a related field may be required.
  • * Several years of managerial experience in the public or private sector are required.

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