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Human Resources Generalist

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Human Resources Branch 

Classification: PE-4 

Various Tenures: Term and 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 Generalist to join our Human Resources Branch. The Human Resources Generalist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working as a partner with your client group, the Human Resources Generalist will deliver high quality client service. You will work closely with your clients to optimize organizational performance, shape culture and build employee engagement through leading human resources management practices.


This is a true generalist role, with key accountabilities including:


  • Providing advice and guidance in areas such as staffing, workforce planning, employment equity, organizational development/effectiveness, performance management, labour relations, learning and career development.
  • Acting as a strategic business partner to ensure human resources strategies and practices are customized to support the client’s business needs.
  • Developing and implementing HR activities in support of local needs and corporate initiatives.
  • Leading and supervising the local HR team.


    This role will appeal to someone who is highly motivated, has excellent communication skills, sound judgement, thrives in a fast-paced environment and works equally well autonomously or within a team. If you are inspired by the opportunity to partner with clients to meet the organization’s HR needs, 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:


Degree from a recognized university in a field relevant to the work to be performed.


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


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


  • Recent and significant* experience in the delivery of operational or program services in several Human Resources disciplines such as: staffing, classification, labour relations, human resources planning, performance management, disability management or learning.
  • Recent and significant* experience in researching and analyzing strategic and operational HR issues for clients and providing advice/guidance, options and recommendations.
  • Experience in supervision or mentoring.


    * Recent and significant experience is defined on the basis of the scope, recent nature and complexity of the work performed which is normally acquired by a person in a position where the performance of these duties are/were the main function for an approximate period of two years within the last four years.

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 and understanding of HRM functional areas, principles and practices including: HR planning, staffing, organizational development/effectiveness, performance management, classification and disability management and labour relations.
  • Ability to assist the client in facilitating change within the organization.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, identify options, risks, advise and recommend solutions and to coach clients in HR management practices.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage changing and conflicting demands and priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to influence using sound judgment.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Developing others (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services; Supervisor


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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 (4769) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: 14 December 2018 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-03

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