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Graphic Designer

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Communications Branch 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

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 NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed 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.

Passionate about communicating with others through powerful, compelling images? Have a creative flair? Teamwork? Driven? Then we have a challenge that could be appealing to you!


We are looking for a Graphic Designer to be part of the Design and Production team in Communications Branch. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Why work with the NRC’s Creative and Print Services?
The Creative and Print Services team at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is dedicated to delivering high quality visual communications products, including graphic and multimedia content, for clients across the department.

In this role, you may be asked to take on work such as:
• Help bring new ideas for design and content creation to the team using your expertise and eye for great design;
• Develop communications products graphics including illustrations, layouts, video, graphics, photos, animation, print media, and infographics;
• Conceptualize visuals based on requirements;
• Amend designs after feedback; and
• Collaborating within the team to produce high-quality visual communications products.


You will have opportunities for continuous learning as you conduct evaluations of programs targeting different sectors and areas of research, as well as, career advancement opportunities through meaningful and valuable work.
Come and join our team and work in an organization full of pride and innovation!

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 degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in graphic designing.


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


• Recent and significant* experience in designing and producing creative visual communication products such as prints, tradeshows, presentations, Web and social media;
• Recent and significant* experience in all stages of graphic design and video from initiation and planning to conception and completion;
• Experience in providing advice and creative guidance on visual communications to clients.

• Experience in studying design briefs or script;
• Experience in digital animation and/or motion graphics;
• Experience in creating accessible PDF documents, forms and/or e-publications.



• Experience supporting high-profile ministerial events, ministerial announcements and town halls;
• Experience in coordinating photo shoots and providing photography services.


*Recent and significant experience means experience acquired through the performance of a broad range of related activities. Such experience is normally acquired for a period two years within the last four years.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to create designs that support specific communications objectives.
  • Ability to work in both Apple and PC environment using Adobe Creative Cloud software (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Premiere) to produce precise communication products such as video products, motion graphics and interactive multimedia.
  • Advance knowledge in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to produce graphics for print, Web, social media and multimedia.
  • Ability to work convert technical and complex information into simple plain language infographic.
  • Knowledge of layout principles and design esthetic.
  • Knowledge of graphic design best practices and techniques.
  • Ability to effectively manage changing and conflicting demands and priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.



  • Knowledge of Government of Canada policies, guidelines, and standards related to visual communications and accessibility including the Federal Identity Program (FIP).


*Candidates who will be invited to the interview will have to present a portfolio as part of the assessment.


Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Support


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

Salary Range

From $57,581 to $78,857 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • Overtime will sometimes be required on short notice.
  • Willingness to occasionally work on weekend and/or on statutory holiday.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one-year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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 (10717) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 22 January 2021- 23:59 Eastern Time



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