Nice Work If You Can Get It: CRTC Replacing Konrad von Finckenstein

by Jordan Richardson on January 18, 2012

If you’re looking for a job and have “sound judgment, integrity and impartiality,” you may want to consider applying to be the next Chairperson of the CRTC.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission posted a “Notice of Vacancy” for the position on its website.

The current sitting chair, Konrad von Finckenstein, revealed in September of this year that he would not be back for another term. His current five year term ends on January 24, closing the books on half a decade that was often marked by a contentious relationship with the government. Most recently, von Finckenstein’s CRTC wrangled with the Harper administration over the issue of usage-based billing.

Former CRTC executive Richard French remembers von Finckenstein more fondly. “He balanced the desire for more market forces with a recognition that for most of the industries in question, the Canadian market is sub-economic, it’s just not big enough to sustain enough players in this capital intensive business to create real competition so regulation is required,” he said.

So what does it take to be the next chair of Canada’s telecommunications regulator?

For one thing, speaking both French and English is “preferred” according to the posting. Heritage Minister James Moore, however, has stated with certainty (via Twitter) that the next chairman “will be bilingual.” This was largely in response to criticism from the NDP, particularly MP Pierre Nantel, who thought that not having bilingualism as an “essential” requirement for the post was “heresy.”

Along with speaking the languages of the land, “the Chairperson establishes the corporate vision and values, defines the strategic priorities and plans and sets up the organization structure and operational systems and processes to guide the work of members and staff.”

As expected, “the successful candidate should possess a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience. Significant leadership experience at a senior executive level in the operation of a public sector tribunal, an agency or a major public and/or private organization is required.”

The salary for the post of CRTC Chairperson is between $256,100 and $301,200. It is a full-time position located in the National Capital Region. Oh, and you must be prepared to travel across Canada to meet with big telecom companies that want less regulations and consumer advocacy groups that want more.

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