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HR Advisor, Wellness Programs

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Human Resources Branch 

Classification: PE-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

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 a vibrant and dynamic Human Resources (HR) Advisor to join our HR Branch. The HR Advisor is someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


As part of a dynamic team of HR practitioners, you will design, develop and implement enterprise-level wellness programs that contribute to a healthy, respectful and supportive work environment. Working collaboratively with internal and external partners, you will develop a comprehensive wellness strategy for NRC; implement a suite of wellness-centred programs, standards, tools and resources; and provide overall leadership and strategic advice related to workplace wellness in the context of the federal public service.


This role will appeal to a strategic-thinking professional who is driven to make a difference at an organizational level and who brings energy and progressive techniques to their work. The successful candidate will see employee wellness as a key enabler of organizational success and ultimately excellence in research and innovation. If you are inspired by this opportunity, we would like to hear from you!

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 from a recognized institution in human resources management, business, health or a related field.

Additional course work and/or certification in corporate wellness, wellness management and/or health promotion would be considered an asset.


For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.

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


  • Significant experience in the design, development and delivery of enterprise-level workplace wellness strategies, programs and solutions.
  • Experience evaluating wellness solutions including training products, third party services, tools and resources that support employee wellness and align with business priorities.
  • Experience managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience conducting research, analysis and preparing written products including briefings, communiques and reports.


An equivalent combination of experience, education, training and/or experience may be accepted.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of corporate/workplace wellness principles, strategies, practices and programming across the full spectrum of employee wellness including health promotion and prevention, work-life balance, employee assistance, mental health, stress reduction and management, workplace violence/bullying, accommodation and disability management.
  • Knowledge of human resources management principles and practices.
  • Strong partnering and networking skills with the ability to establish credibility and foster effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence and affect change in thinking, behaviour and culture.
  • Strong research and writing skills with an ability to analyze and synthesize information, provide sound recommendations, and produce high quality written products.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)

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.

Salary Range

From $82,502 to $91,705 per annum. 


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


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • 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.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5278) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: 2 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-07

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