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Architectural Designer

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 years 

Language Requirements: English 



The intent of this selection process is also to establish a pool of qualified candidates to staff futur similar positions with various language requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, term, deployment, acting, secondment or assignment) within the National Research Council Canada. The eligibility list will remain active for a period of 12 months.


On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service.


The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.  You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for an Architectural Designer to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch (RPPM). The Designer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Working closely with a multi-disciplinary project delivery and engineering team, the Architectural Designer is a vital member to RPPM’s engineering and construction team. They are responsible for providing architectural design solutions to meet specialized research environment driven requirements as well as accommodation, construction and renovation needs to support NRC infrastructure by way of drawings and specifications. In addition, the Architectural Designer shall provide support to the operations and maintenance team as required.

The projects range from office fit-up accommodations, renovations, restorations and alterations of NRC buildings and facilities to new construction and involve all construction trades and disciplines including civil, structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical. The project values can range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars depending on the complexity and size of the project being completed.

Due to the fast-paced working environment, the Architectural Designer needs to have strong communication skills and must be comfortable working with contractors, consultants, clients, and other NRC stakeholders.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Architectural Technology or Architectural Technician diploma.

Membership in a provincial technologist architectural association (i.e. AATO in Ontario, OTPQ in Quebec, etc.) will be considered an asset. 


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  • Significant* and recent* experience in the field of architecture relating to multidisciplinary commercial, institutional and industrial construction or renovations.
  • Significant* and recent* experience in the preparation of tender/construction drawings (with AutoCad software), specifications (NMS format) and associated construction cost estimates.
  • Significant* and recent* experience in interacting with other discipline designers and engineers as well as clients, contractors and other participants working in institutional, commercial or industrial facilities construction or renovation projects.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and client requirements.
  • Experience acting as multidisciplinary design team lead and main client contact.


*  Significant is defined as two (2) to six (6) years of experience. 

* Recent is defined as: within the last two (2) years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Language Requirements


Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of design practices, and familiarity of applicable codes /standards/guidelines relating to design and construction requirements concerning institutional, commercial or industrial buildings and facilities.
  • Solid knowledge of general documentation, tendering and contract award practices for construction projects.
  • Solid abilities in using AutoCad software to produce architectural drawings for purpose of tendering and construction.
  • Working knowledge and basic understanding of common mechanical, electrical, structural and civil systems functions/typical layouts pertaining to commercial, institutional or industrial buildings.
  • Working knowledge of program management principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.



  • Knowledge of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Policy of Management of Real Property.
  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada Workplace Fit-up Standards.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.


From $73,744 to $94,839 per annum. 


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates will be required to answer screening questions explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how they gained the experience. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information. Failure to provide appropriate or factual information in the application may result in the rejection of your application.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (14576) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4292 

Closing Date: 10 December 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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