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Planning and Policy Analyst (Senior)

City: Various Locations 

Organizational Unit: Executive Offices 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 18 months

Language Requirements: Bilingual - Various Linguistic Profiles

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 support research for the benefit of Canadians and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premier research and technology organization.

The role of the Emerging Technologies Division (ETD) is to establish and sustain capabilities – expertise and R&D platforms – that address Canada’s future needs and opportunities.  The Division also supports mandated activities to maintain Canada’s national measurement system and manage academic access to some of Canada’s large scale research infrastructure. To deliver on this role, we are seeking for a Senior Policy and Planning Analyst. Under the direction of the Executive Advisor to the Vice-President Emerging Technologies, the Policy & Planning Analyst will research, analyze and provide executive support and advice to NRC Senior Management on subjects of significant importance to the NRC, the Division and the management of programs. This position involves extensive research and analysis across a wide set of policy issues.

In particular, the Senior Policy and Planning Analyst will support NRC’s role to administer operational funding to TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, and to monitor all matters related to the NRC contribution agreement with TRIUMF, including reporting and new policy requirements, as well as coordinating and acting as secretary for the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF and the Agency Committee on TRIUMF.

The Senior Policy and Planning Analyst will provide policy advice on complex large-scale research infrastructure investments in astronomy and support the Vice-President in her role in relation to major research infrastructures.

The Policy and Planning Analyst would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


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:


Bachelor’s degree in sciences, engineering, business/public administration, law or in another field relevant to the position.

A graduate degree is considered an asset.

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

  • Significant experience working in a complex environment, serving a number of internal and external clients and interacting with multiple stakeholders from government, industry and academia;
  • Significant experience in research (including environmental scanning), analysis, preparation and presentation of detailed and complex reports and briefing notes on issues related to innovation, government science and technology policy, and their relevance/implication for NRC;
  • Significant experience in developing and maintaining a network of contacts;
  • Experience in applying project management principles;
  • Significant experience in corporate level planning, business and/or policy development in a government or business environment.
  • Experience in audit or evaluation would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

Various linguistic profiles

Note: In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to define, manage and execute multiple projects in a research or technology-oriented organization, working effectively with internal team members and external contractors;
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and summarize complex data and situations and communicate results and conclusions in a clear and compelling way.
  • Knowledge of Canadian innovation system.
  • Knowledge of federal government priorities and the role of the National Research Council of Canada.
  • Ability to plan, organize and set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information.
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen partnerships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 2)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (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.

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $56,374 to $159,364 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. For this position, the ideal candidate would have significant work experience.

In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • 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 (10928) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679

Closing Date: 03 December 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time


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All applications must be submitted on-line. Please do not fax or email your applications. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

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.

Accommodation is available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


*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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