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Pension and Benefits Officer (12-month term) (5558)

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Pension and Benefits Officer (12-month term)
Organization:  The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Province:  Ontario
Location:  Ottawa

Pension and Benefits Officer (12-month term)

Division: Compensation Services

City: Ottawa, ON

Job Term: 12-month term (35 hours per week)

Union/Non: IAM Local 3011

Competition: 23-87

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, a national union representing some 70,000 professionals and scientists throughout Canada, requires a Pension and Benefits Officer at its National Office.

PIPSC/IPFPC is committed to building an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our goals and objectives. We are making concerted efforts to foster a workforce that is representative of our diverse membership.  

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Director, National Labour Relations, and the functional supervision of the Manager (Compensation), the Pension and Benefits Officer provides specialized technical advice, guidance, and information and serves as a technical leader initiatives relating to members’ pension and benefits.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Provide technical advice, support, training, and guidance to members, stewards, and staff on matters related to pension and benefits.  Advocates on behalf of individual members before various organizations (including insurers and Pension Centre) boards and committees. 
  • Participate and represent the Institute on national and employer-specific labour-management committees, National Joint Council committees, Treasury Board working groups and other fora charged with overseeing, creating, or updating pension and benefit plans.  Works with external stakeholders, including other unions, to develop shared positions and negotiation strategies.
  • Analyze and interpret P&B legislation, including proposed changes. Provide technical advice on the interpretation and application of applicable legislations. Contributes to the development of institute positions on P&B policy, including proposed legislative amendments, and support political action efforts.
  • Propose and develop communications including, briefings, web postings, and position papers for internal and external clients, the media, and government officials.  Identify opportunities to advance the interests of the members through legislative, regulatory, and administrative changes.
  • Propose opportunities for and create internal processes, tools, informational resources, and guides to enhance the efficient processing of member enquiries, proactively support internal stakeholders, and promote effective plan administration.
  • Lead, participate in, and/or coordinate the work of multi-disciplinary teams assigned to pension and benefit projects, including committees to change P&B plan design, type, or affiliation. Work collaboratively with employees in other sections to ensure the coordination of information across the organization.
  • Contribute to corporate knowledge and communications by providing and developing articles, case summaries, and other related reports regarding pensions and benefits.


Salary and Benefits:

  • 12-month term (35 hours / week)
  • Salary Range: $87,615 to $109,519 (G6)
  • Group Benefits (Health, Dental)
  • Vacation (4 weeks/year) and other generous paid leave  


How to apply:

  1. You must apply by email to [email protected],  by 4:00 pm (Est) September 22, 2023. ID competition # 23-87 in the subject line.
  2. Please submit a cover letter and resume. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  3. If you require a disability related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us to provide your contact information.  The Staffing team will contact you within 48 hours.


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

We encourage applications for this opportunity from Indigenous Peoples, women, people with accessibility needs, persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. 

We are committed to providing an inclusive, psychologically safe, harassment-free, and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of this process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


Experience, Education and Skills Required:


  • University degree or equivalent in a discipline that includes statistical analysis, financial/actuarial evaluation, and socio-legislative developments and trends; 
  • Canadian Employee Benefits certification or equivalent industry knowledge; 
  • Five (5) to eight (8) years recent experience in a practical, in-depth, pension and benefits administration or equivalent actuarial position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in both official languages (French and English) is required

Skills and experience required:

  • A thorough knowledge of the authorities governing employer/employee relations in the federal public service of Canada and other jurisdictions in which Institute members are employed
  • A thorough knowledge of private sector and provincial public sector pension legislation and employee benefit plans
  • A good understanding of the operations of the Professional Institute as they relate to the provision of representation services to members
  • Ability to contextualise employment benefits within the Canadian income taxation framework and identify possible tax ramifications.
  • Ability to advise and train Institute staff on member benefits and pension issues
  • Critical thinking skills to analyze legislative proposals as they affect employment and retirement benefits
  • Oral and written communication skills to prepare, develop, and present briefs and position papers on employment and retirement benefits
  • Ability to carry out advocacy roles vis-à-vis parliamentarians, senior employer officials and the media
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively work within a group and to provide advisement when required
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