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Policy Advisor

NRC welcomes all applicants, including people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, national origins, disabilities and including those with diverse households and family commitments. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Visible Minorities, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Handicaps and therefore encourage you to self-declare when you apply.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBB/CBB 

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 Policy Advisor (PA) to support our Ocean, Coastal River Engineering (OCRE) research centre. The PA would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The primary responsibility of the position is to engage with stakeholders to better understand how NRC and Transport Canada can together enable clean, quiet, connected and secure ships and shipping in Canada, and to promote research and innovation direction across other government departments, industry and academia. You will be part of an interdepartmental team working to better understanding of the innovation needs within this important industry and will use that newly acquired knowledge to support the development of policies, strategic research initiatives, and program development. In addition to the interdepartmental nature of the position, the incumbent will also work with engineers, researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities.

Activities also include the development of proposals for new research initiatives and client projects, project management and providing service to NRC clients.

This position requires the incumbent to have excellent communication skills and give advice and recommendations to the Director and other senior executives; sometimes in situations where there may be imperfect or unclear information.

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 in the applied, natural or social sciences, business, economics or public administration.


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


  1. Experience working with marine policies for program development related to ships and shipping.
  2. Experience developing policies and strategic research initiatives.
  3. Experience researching, consulting, drafting documents, and providing advice on various strategic policy and program issues.
  4. Experience providing advice, support, and leading in the development of input into horizontal and centrally-led government initiatives.  
  5. Experience acting as Project Manager for special projects
  6. Experience preparing briefing material on various policy issues.

Condition of Employment

 Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  1. Knowledge of the role of R&D and innovation in Canada
  2. Knowledge of marine policies, trends and developments with respect to science and technology for program development related to ships and shipping.
  3. Ability to research, consult, draft documents, and give advice on various strategic policy and program issues.
  4. Ability to work with various partners to develop and maintain an integrated strategic plan.  
  5. Ability to apply Project Management practices.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 1)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (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.


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-3/AcRO level, which is a mid-career level position with a salary range of $105,785 to $123,393


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


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.


  • How your answers are provided is instrumental in selecting the candidates for assessment. Please be aware that the assessment board cannot and will not make assumptions about your Education and Experience. Therefore, you will have to clearly answer all application questions providing concrete examples with significant details to explain WHEN, WHERE and HOW you acquired each experience. Resumes will only be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the answers to the screening questions. If you are the successful candidate, we will validate the information that you provided by contacting your relevant references at the end of the process. The ability to communicate in writing will be assessed throughout the selection process. Failure to answer the question or provide appropriate or factual information in the application may result in the rejection of your application.  Please note that we are unable to contact candidates for incomplete or possible missing information.​
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (17554) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4498 

Closing Date: 29 September 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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