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English Technical Editor

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: IS-3 

Tenure: Staffing of two continuing positions and one term (two years) position, as well as Anticipatory staffing for positions of various tenures

Language Requirements: English

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 an English Technical Editor to support our Construction Research Centre. The English Technical Editor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The national model construction codes are developed through a collaborative process involving the best expertise from across Canada and around the world to provide effective building and safety regulations that are harmonized across Canada.
These highly legalistic and technically complex documents are accessed by thousands of practitioners in the construction industry, so the standards of quality are very high.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of the team that produces these regulatory documents, which have an impact on the lives of all Canadians!

The incumbent provides English technical editing, copyediting, proofreading and electronic (XML, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat) input services for the production of documents published by Codes Canada, the National Master Construction Specification (NMS), and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC). These documents include proposed changes to the national and provincial construction codes (quasi-judicial, technical documents), user's guides, intent statements, information documents, specifications, presentations and building product assessments.
The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that English publications and documents are clear, logical and accurate, and conform to accepted standards of style, grammar and usage.

The incumbent works within a team of editors, translators and IT specialists.

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:

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on this poster in order to be given further consideration as candidates. 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.


University degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or in a field related to technical writing and editing.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.


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


  • Significant and recent (at least five years in the last ten years) experience in editing and proofreading technical/legal documents in English.
  • Experience in publishing documents using a content management system, markup language (XML preferred), Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience in carrying out editorial and document production tasks within tight deadlines.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Substantial knowledge of the fundamentals of technical editing, layout of documents and graphics as well as production processes associated with the publication of technical/legal documents.
  • Expert knowledge of the rules of the English language (grammar, usage and style).
  • Sound knowledge of the use of publishing software packages, including Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, and of markup languages such as XML/HTML.
  • Attention to detail, judgment, initiative, self-motivation and excellent organizational skills.
  • Advanced ability to carry out instructions and communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing. 
  • Knowledge of the Canadian construction industry, particularly as related to the needs and preferences of regulatory code users, would be an asset.


Behavioural Competencies

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


From $73,377 to $78,892 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.


  • 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 (17639) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509

Closing Date: 31 August 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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