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Collaboration Program Officer (CPO)

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: AS-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


*REPOST: Candidates who have previously submitted their candidature for this position do not need to re-apply.

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

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 a vibrant and dynamic Collaborative Program Officer (CPO) to support the National Program and Business Services Branch (NPBS). The CPO would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


This position would appeal to someone who has a high attention to detail and a passion for finding solutions, improving process and efficiencies and moving change forward.


The Collaboration Program Officer (CPO) provides oversight of Collaboration Program Support Officers and specialized direction in the effective management of grant and contribution agreements, an essential element in the delivery of the National Program Office’s Collaborative Programs (Collaboration Programs, the Ideation Fund).  By providing oversight to ensure that these agreements are established in compliance with policies and procedures, and claims are processed with appropriate due diligence, the CPO is central to demonstrating the program is well-managed.  The CPO provides oversight to ensuring transfer payment (Gs&Cs) recipients’ satisfaction by establishing end helping enforce service standards for the processing of agreements, amendments and claims/payments.


In addition to these oversight duties, the CPOs provide advice and guidance related to NPO collaboration programs in relation to policy development and interpretation and performance measurement, and support the training of CPSOs.  The CPO works with Collaboration Program Challenge Officers to develop the most complex contribution agreements, and to develop processes for meeting reporting requirements (e.g., for Order Paper Questions, for proactive disclosure) and monitor their effective implementation.  The CPO continually monitors and adjusts G&C management processes to ensure that they are in-line with evolving Treasury Board guidance, and that delivery processes are in-line with that of departments delivering similar programs to ensure harmonization of the delivery of like federal programs.  As a result, the CPO is both a supervisor, mentor and coach of the CPSOs, and an expert in transfer payment policies and procedures.


Travel may also be required from time to time, for training purposes and meetings.


The NRC offers a wide range of benefits including Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP), Public Service Health Care Plan, disability insurance, as well as generous leave entitlements.


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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:


University degree in business or public administration or other discipline related to the duties of the position. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


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


Experience in developing procedures, processes and guidance material related to the administration and operations of programs.


Experience in giving advice and recommendations to managers on complex programming or situations, including government policies.


Significant experience with project coordination, project management or program management.


Significant experience in research and preparation of plans and reports, and presenting analysis and advice to management.


Experience in contract management principles and practices with preference to transfer payments and grant and/or contribution agreements.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

Sound knowledge of operational and financial management within a large organization preferably within a Canadian federal government context.


Sound knowledge around the contracting process.


Knowledge of Treasury Board Secretariat Policies for example, policy on Transfer Payments, FAA with the ability to interpret government policies and provide advice to management.


Ability to organize information and communicate clearly and effectively in writing, preferably around policy development.


Ability to apply sound judgement for problem solving in work related situations.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $63,816 to $75,025 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5210) to:


Telephone: 613-991-2024 

Closing Date: 21 June 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-06-07

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