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Construction Project Coordinator

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis). 

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


City: Ottawa and other National Research Council locations across Canada 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 3 years 

Language Requirements: Various linguistic profiles 


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.


Note: An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures, locations, and 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 Project Coordinators to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch across Canada. The Construction Project Coordinator would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The successful candidates must possess significant experience and knowledge in a variety of construction disciplines. The successful candidates will be exposed to a wide variety of buildings, including offices, laboratories and special use facilities (such as cleanrooms and wind tunnels) that offers an interesting work experience. As a Construction Project Coordinator you will represent the NRC, the building owner on the construction site and will be expected to be the eyes and ears and spokesperson for the Project Manager who is responsible for the project. 

The Construction Project Coordinators will be expected to coordinate multiple projects and contracts simultaneously while ensuring that work is completed according to the tender documents and that industry best practices and all safety and building codes are respected. Due to the fast-paced working environment, the Construction Project Coordinators will need to have strong communication skills and must have experience working with contractors, consultants, clients. 

The projects range from 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.

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:


College diploma in Architectural, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or Structural Engineering Technology or a relevant trade license. 


A combination of education, training and extensive experience could be considered.


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


  • Significant* and recent* experience related to the commercial or industrial building construction industry.
  • Significant* experience in coordinating the on-site activities of contractors on multi-trade projects.
  • Experience with all construction trades including the disciplines of civil, structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical.
  • Significant* experience with contract administration and management ensuring conformance to tender documents (drawings and specifications) for contractual compliance, due diligence, assessing the quality of the work, safety reviews.


* Significant is defined as: between two (2) and six (6) years of experience.
* Recent is defined as: within the last two (2) years.



  • Experience coordinating construction contracts in the Federal Government environment would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must be able to possess and retain the physical capabilities to perform the position which include but may not be limited to: crouching, bending, twisting, walking, climbing stairs & ladders. 


Use and maintain the safety materials, equipment, tools, devices and clothing provided and intended for their protection observing all safety instructions, directives, standards, programs and, safe work procedures relative to the safe conduct of their work as well as participate in safety training.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge of construction practices and techniques and design and construction details, particularly of the architectural, civil, mechanical and electrical.
  • Knowledge of building codes and construction safety standards and practices.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements related to confined space entry and fall protection.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to conduct required duties related to the Occupational Health and Safety Act for construction projects, including participation in incident reporting and investigation, health and safety meetings, etc.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry including legal aspects and owner/contractor/subcontractor relationships.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of construction contractors for building additions, renovations, equipment installation and commissioning.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and set priorities.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (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 $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (18384) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: 6 January 2023 - 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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