Human Resources Program Officer, Leadership and Learning

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: 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: Human Resources Branch 

Classification: PE-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 1 year 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Notes: While the official location of work for this position will be an NRC facility within Canada, the option of an offsite or a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) may be possible.

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 a Human Resources (HR) Program Officer, Leadership and Learning to join the Talent Programs team in the HR Branch. The HR Program Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working in collaboration with the Senior Advisor, you will provide advice and guidance on policies/programs content, shape decisions and recommendations, monitor and evaluate assigned policies/programs, identify compliance or performance issues and propose actions.

You will support the ongoing development of leadership skills and capabilities and the NRC’s corporate learning function. You will manage current learning programs and initiatives, such as the NRC’s mentoring program. You will research best practices and make recommendations to support the implementation of new learning programs and initiatives. You will support and promote core learning programs, products, and tools that help build foundational organizational knowledge and address NRC-wide developmental needs. You will also manage the corporate function of the learning module in SuccessFactors, including managing learning content, and providing advice to learning stakeholders.

This role will appeal to an analytical thinking and results focused individual committed to enabling organizational success through leadership and learning. If you are inspired by the opportunity to meet the organization’s HR needs, we would like to hear from you!

Our Inclusive Work Environment

We are committed to ensuring that each staff member promptly receives the accommodation they need to do their job and we understand the importance of work/life balance.

NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental, pension and insurance plans as well as annual vacation time and other leave. The NRC also offers learning and development opportunities.

For more information, please visit our website.

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


  • Experience in providing advice and guidance to managers and/or HR practitioner involving the interpretation and application of HR programs, policies, guidelines and procedures.
  • Experience conducting research using a variety of data sources
  • Experience in using a human resources management system (such as SAP or SuccessFactors).
  • Experience designing and developing tools and/or approaches for broader roll-out and use by various stakeholders.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of HR management principles, practices and frameworks.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct research, analyze and synthesize information, identify options and risks, and develop recommendations.
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the delivery of HR programs and tools.
  • Ability to develop subject matter expertise and to provide program advice, guidance and analysis.
  • Ability to influence using sound judgement.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $80,335 to $89,296 per annum. 


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


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (20532) to:


Telephone: 613-858-5773 

Closing Date: 25 September 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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