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Director General - IRAP Division Services

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Classification: MGT-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

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.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is home to one of the country’s best known small and medium-sized innovative company support programs – the Industrial Research Assistance Program, commonly known as IRAP.  

We are looking for a Director General (DG), IRAP Division Services.   The DG is accountable for providing leadership and management direction to the development, delivery, and ongoing evaluation and renewal of a suite of services and programs designed to support IRAP initiatives to be delivered by field staff across Canada.  The role integrates practices effectively across IRAP’s regions, harmonizing and coordinating services in support of regional activities, ensuring consistency and cohesion to advance the regions’ capacity and capability to support SMEs’ growth strategies and their success.

IRAP’s Division Services serves as a critical and strategic hub for business planning, business support services and improvement initiatives; financial operations, reporting and risk management services; infrastructure services, including information management services; policy development, and performance management practices to support the growth and future success of IRAP clients.

As the Director General, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and contribute to the ongoing strategic direction of the NRC IRAP.   The Director General will report to the Vice-President IRAP.

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:


A university degree in science, engineering or  business from a recognized university.  Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of technical/scientific and business education.


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


  • Extensive experience in managing people in a participative and team oriented environment.
  • Extensive and recent experience in implementing and delivering  grants and contributions programs or demonstrated related experience in implementing new policy instruments with comparable complexity.
  • Extensive and recent experience in providing strategic and operational direction to staff and in rolling out and facilitating initiatives.
  • Extensive and recent experience at the Executive level in providing strategic advice and counsel to ministerial staff and senior level executives including Presidents, Vice Presidents and/or other equivalent positions in the public or private sectors, on complex initiatives.
  • Significant experience leading teams to solve problems, develop organizational strategies and carry out transformations.
  • Experience developing and implementing policies, procedures and supporting systems to support government policy.
  • Experience with internal and external reporting to address corporate and government requirements, ideally related program and grants and contribution management.
  • Extensive experience in the management of complex budgets and allocations.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)


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 the machinery of federal government in regards to implementation of grants and contributions programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, build and motivate individuals and teams to meet or exceed performance expectations.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation landscape, including key players, strategic issues, and global trends
  • Ability to lead people through significant organizational change while keeping both employees and partners engaged.
  • Ability to manage effectively in a complex and continuously changing business and technology environment.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a multidisciplinary organization with a participative management style and entrepreneurship values.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Business Understanding (Level 4)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 4)
  • Financial Management (Level 4)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 4)
  • Self-Awareness (Level 5)
  • Action Management (Level 5)
  • People Management (Level 5)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $138,000 to $165,500 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 (17382) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: 26 May 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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