The process to select a new CRTC chair has officially begun after the commission posted a “notice of vacancy” on its website Wednesday encouraging applicants to apply for the soon-to-be available position. The notice lays out a series of qualifications required of any candidate hoping to replace current chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, including those pertaining to education, experience, knowledge, ability and “personal suitability.” It also states the government’s preference for bilingual candidates, lists basic conditions of employment, and briefly describes the chair’s role and responsibilities. “As Chief Executive Officer of the CRTC, 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,” the notice says. “This includes assigning members to panels and providing strong functional direction and expertise to members to enhance their conduct of delegated panel responsibilities and other areas of activity and to ensure executive direction of professional staff.” It continues to say the chair “directs the development of policies, recommends their approval to the CRTC members and oversees their implementation.” According to the posting, employment and executive search agency Renaud Foster will accept confidential applications on the commission’s behalf and all questions about the position are being directed to the agency. No deadline for applications was specified in either the commission’s website, or in an abbreviated job posting on the website of Renaud Foster. Industry insiders have previously speculated the government would not find a replacement for the 66-year-old von Finckenstein before his five-year term ends on Jan. 24. If that happens, the CRTC Act allows the commission to authorize one of its vice-chairs the power to perform the chair’s functions and duties temporarily. The government can also appoint an interim chair.