Career Opportunity: Senior Manager, Risk Management

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The key role of the Employment Pensions branch is to monitor and enhance the retirement benefits of Albertans who are covered under the Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA). This is achieved by ongoing monitoring of private sector pension plans registered under the EPPA to ensure that the plan is in compliance with the act, assessing and correcting those pension plans where the documentation and administrative practices do not conform to legislative requirements, and working with stakeholders to ensure the ongoing viability of their plans.

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Do you care about the viability of Alberta’s private sector pension plans? Do you want to help plan sponsors provide a comfortable and secure retirement for their active and retired members?

If your answer is YES, then we have an exciting and challenging opportunity for you as a Senior Manager, Risk Management!

Reporting to the Deputy Superintendent of Pensions, you will fill a key role in the oversight of a fair and balanced regulatory environment that supports the development and maintenance of strong and stable pension plans. You will have overall responsibility for directing the key elements of our pension plan regulatory program which includes the monitoring and assessment of over 700 Registered Pension Plans, managing the branch’s Risk Management Strategy (RMS) and Pension Plan Intervention Program (PPIP), and leading and mentoring a professional team of Compliance Officers.

Ideally, your background includes extensive related pension management experience with in-depth knowledge of the pension industry, legislation, and the influencing business and economic factors. Your understanding of pension plan design, financing, and governance, in addition to actuarial and audit theories and principles will benefit you in this position. As a leader, you have demonstrated sound judgment in managing complex issues and business challenges using exceptional communication, interpersonal and resource management skills.

To be successful in this role you must:

  • be a results-oriented individual capable of providing leadership and guidance to a small team of technical staff;
  • have experience in coaching, mentoring and team-building with a commitment to foster a positive work environment that enables staff to achieve results and builds organizational capacity for the future;
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills and be capable working with senior government officials as well as executive management of the regulated entities; and
  • be able to critically analyze and understand complex legislation, as well as financial and contractual documents.

Salary: $4,037.95 – $5,127.61 Bi-weekly ($105,390 – $133,830 Annually). Closing Date: August 20, 2018. Job ID #1050081
Qualifications: A University degree in business or a related field such as mathematics, economics, finance, business administration, law supplemented by a minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in pension administration or pension consulting, actuarial or regulatory compliance role. Related experience or education may be considered as an equivalency on a one for one basis. A professional designation as an actuary along with associated actuarial practice is considered an asset. Formal training and certification in pensions will be considered an asset.

Candidates must submit a properly formatted cover letter along with their resume clearly indicating how their education and experience has prepared them for the position. Candidates with lesser experience and qualifications may be considered at lower classification levels.

You will also contribute to our team by demonstrating the following behavioural competencies:


  • Identifies alternative approaches or courses of action in unclear and complex situations. Supports others to identify, assess and use alternative approaches;
  • Anticipates obstacles to change and thinks ahead about next steps. Stays focused on goals despite pressure and stress;
  • Proposes a clear rationale for change, offers alternative solution(s) and identifies the benefits.

Build Collaborative Environments:

  • Encourages or facilitates conflict resolution directly by initiating open and respectful discussion of issues;
  • Uses own enthusiasm and commitment to higher-level goals to motivate and guide others to achieve results.

Creative Problem Solving:

  • Finds ways to improve complex systems or structures to better meet goals and outcomes;
  • Explores different methods in how we complete our work, with a goal to achieving more efficient and effective outcomes;
  • Regularly reviews and debriefs on what made projects or actions successful. Shares learning with others and applies learning to other projects and actions.

Develop Networks:

  • Looks broadly inside and outside the Alberta Public Service to identify key stakeholders and external resources who can provide valuable information and insight to build the Government of Alberta’s knowledge and judgment on insurance issues.

Systems Thinking:

  • Anticipates outcomes and potential impacts across interrelated areas and factors this into planning.
  • Understands how diverse factors in the external environment affect insurance.

Final Candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening. This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Online applications are preferred via Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition. Final candidates will be asked to undergo a security screening.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Human Resource Services, Treasury Board and Finance, 522 Terrace Building, 9515-107 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5K 2C3. Fax: (780) 422-0421.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) –

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact: Mihaela Petreanu, HR Consultant, Treasury Board and Finance. Phone: (780) 415-9115; Fax: (780) 422-0421. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.