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Construction Codes Policy Advisor

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: This is a Continuing position, as well as anticipatory staffing for various tenures

Language Requirements: English, and Anticipatory staffing for various linguistic profiles

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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated 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 Construction Policy Advisors to support our Construction Research Centre. The Construction Policy Advisors would be those who share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Successful candidates will work in the directorate for Codes Canada, a group that is responsible for providing administrative support to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) and its committees in the development of the National Model Codes, at the interface with policy, regulation, and research. 

Construction Policy Advisors will principally work within a team that supports a federal-provincial-territorial deputy ministers’ table and code system management board, supports a codes stakeholder advisory committee, and manages relationships with other federal departments and industry, standards, and other organizations within the construction sector. 

As the code development system evolves to one that will increasingly be called upon to deliver regulatory solutions for policy mandates such as climate change and accessibility, Codes Canada is in need of experienced policy staff with technical backgrounds who are strong consensus-builders and who can: 
•    support executive code system committees with high quality briefing materials based on knowledge of initiatives, policies and trends impacting the National Model Codes
•    work directly with technical content experts
•    develop strategic and regulatory policy options and present these to executive code system committees
•    work collaboratively with provincial and territorial colleagues in departments responsible for regulation and enforcement of construction codes 
•    maintain strong relationships with organizations representing the concerns of the construction industry (e.g.. construction materials associations, contractors and installers’ associations, engineering and architectural associations), and
•    contribute to multi-jurisdictional, multi-stakeholder, and multidisciplinary initiatives in support of the development of guidelines, standards, and codes, including initiatives involving NRC research*.  

Successful candidates will develop and maintain an understanding of building sciences, engineering and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction.  Successful candidates will also develop and maintain knowledge of the National Model Codes, referenced standards and of the technical developments in these documents.

For interested candidates, the Construction Research Centre offers unique career opportunities ranging from research, to regulation, construction technology evaluation, multidisciplinary program management, and policy development on national priorities related to the construction sector.

Screening Criteria

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. It is recommended that candidates use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. 

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

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:



Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or building science. Candidates who possess a degree in another field with relevant experience may also be considered.

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


  • Significant experience managing complex policy files on technical issues.
  • Significant experience in providing strategic advice and recommendations to senior management on complex policy issues through briefing notes, reports, presentations and briefings.
  • Experience supporting senior-level interdepartmental and/or intergovernmental committees, working groups and forums to build relationships and promote collaboration across government departments and with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in the use of specifications, codes and standards would be an asset.
  • Experience working in the federal or provincial public service on regulatory policy for the construction sector would be an asset.
  • Experience in program management including initiatives coordinating research projects and the integration of their outputs into guidelines, standards and codes would be an asset.  

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Skills in and knowledge of processes for research, analysis and policy development.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and its stakeholders, related government policies, the impact of regulation on construction economics, and emerging technologies in the building construction industry.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework in Canada including the role of the national code documents, and their relationship to provincial/territorial codes and material/design standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing for the public service including via written briefing materials, development of key messages and correspondence.
  • Knowledge of construction research and development performed at NRC and its application to the construction industry would be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 4)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 4)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)

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.


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-2-3, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $123,393

NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).

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


  • 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.



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Closing Date: Posted until filled



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