Director, Project Management

Priority will 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.

Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: Executive Offices 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Work Arrangements:

  • Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, the position will require a physical presence of 3 days per week at the NRC work location identified. 


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 to fill the position of Director, Project Management. The Director oversees services and policies that have a functional impact on the whole of NRC. At any one time, the Director will be responsible to oversee the successful execution of 15-20 projects with an investment value ranging from $300M to $500M. To achieve this, they will have a team of 15-20 employees, and will also manage an operating budget of $250K annually. The Director also provides strategic and operational leadership in the management of an enterprise Project Management Office (PMO) within the Office of Facilities Renewal Management (OFRM) ensuring that these activities are aligned with OFRM and NRC’s strategic goals and intended impacts. The main objective of the Director is to manage the successful delivery of investment projects for the benefit of its clients.


The Office of Facilities Renewal Management has the mandate to lead the prioritization of future NRC facility recapitalization projects and deliver research facilities and real property renewal projects to support NRC’s transformation journey into a more advanced research and technology organization that supports Canada’s science, technology and innovation ecosystem.

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 science, or engineering, or business, or in related area from a recognized university. A master’s degree may be considered an asset.


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


  • Significant experience in project management while prioritizing competing client requests in a research environment.
  • Experience in working with teams to resolve issues and develop organizational strategies and objectives.
  • Experience in managing the delivery of large scale project management services to a wide range of clients within a research environment. 
  • Significant experience in leading and managing human, financial, and project resources that include the horizontal inclusion of activities from across an organization.
  • Significant experience in successfully building and leading teams of professional staff, and providing strategic and operational direction to staff.
  • Experience in providing strategic advice and counsel to senior level executives on complex initiatives.
  • Significant experience in managing complex construction projects including construction project delivery methods, RFPs, resources, budgets and material management.
  • Experience overseeing the engineering aspects of all related projects, including major and minor capital initiatives. 

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • In depth knowledge of providing leadership for the planning and delivery of client-oriented services including experience in project management practices to lead complex initiatives.
  • In depth knowledge of the theories, systems and principles of strategic, business, human resources and financial resources management.
  • Sound business knowledge gained through experience managing similar suite of services, and through successfully leveraging industry, government or other partnerships to deliver on the OFRM’s mandate.
  • Knowledge of mandates, policies, business strategies, programs and culture of NRC to understand business approaches and adapt OFRM services to the needs of the organization
  • Ability to lead the implementation of operational and system changes.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of sound financial and contract management practices and principles.
  • Ability to develop, present and implement a strategic approach/business plan.
  • Ability to manage effectively in a complex and continuously changing business and technology environment.
  • Ability to analyse complex, multiparametric information, make timely decisions and provide direction.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information, assess risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on potential courses of action.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
  • Financial Management (Level 3)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
  • Teamwork (Level 4)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Competencies (MG); Management Services


View all competency profiles


From $150,435 to $180,450 per annum. 


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

The NRC Advantage

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 Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 


Help us solve problems for Canada. Grow your career with us today!


  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • 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 (21927) to:


Telephone: 613-858-5773 

Closing Date: 21 May 2024 - 23:59 Eastern Time



For more information on career tools and other resources, check out Career tools and resources


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