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Program Director, High Throughput and Secure Networks Challenge Program

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Advanced Electronics and Photonics 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


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.

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 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 Program Director, to support our Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre. The Program Director would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The High Throughput and Secure Networks Challenge Program (HTSN) was created to develop world-leading “made in Canada” efficient, affordable and highly secure communications technologies which will advance industry competitiveness while contributing to improved connectivity in Canada, particularly to remote and rural communities.
As Program Director you will have the opportunity to guide this national initiative by enlisting eminent scientists in our universities, Centres of Excellence, industry, other government departments and other organizations to work collaboratively with highly qualified multidisciplinary NRC teams to deliver on specific goals and objectives that will positively impact the communication technologies of Canada within five to seven years.
You will be expected to draw on your personal networks within the academic and research communities to bring together top level researchers and to inspire, lead, and manage collaborative multidisciplinary teams with expertise in a wide array of disciplines and expertise including advanced electronics, photonics, satellite communications, next generation sensors, cybersecurity, quantum cryptology and quantum networks.
You will be part of NRC’s Emerging Technologies Division, reporting directly to the Director General Research of our Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre, but expected to work collaboratively with other Research Centres across NRC.
This is a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in developing a suite of intellectual property and applications that can potentially transform our communications.   As a result you will have contributed to making a real difference in the lives of Canadians and garnering international recognition for Canadian innovation.

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:


A graduate university degree in engineering or in a science field relevant to the position. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering experience and business education.


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

  • Significant experience developing strategic program plans and the associated metrics for discovery oriented work.
  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context around Program specific technologies: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current.
  • Extensive and recent experience in providing strategic advice and counsel to senior level executives including Presidents, Vice Presidents and/or other equivalent positions in the public or private sectors, on complex initiatives.
  • Significant business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, government or other partnerships.
  • Significant experience managing partnerships including contributions, terms of engagement, reporting and IP ownership.
  • Experience supervising and developing both direct and indirect staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience in leading, planning, monitoring and re-aligning studies, projects or strategic initiatives within a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Experience in designing and delivering strong impact presentations to various audiences.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 



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
  • Knowledge of the NRC, and its mandate, programs and awareness of the characteristics and special requirements of an innovation program and scientific research environment.
  • Expert knowledge of R&D management, including strategic planning, in an environment whose main features are matrix management; high interdisciplinary; and multi-partner participation in mission-critical roles.
  • Expert knowledge of the relevant field and its applications in a broad range of sectors, including current and emerging trends globally.
  • Expert knowledge of the players, dynamics, and business models of industry sectors in which advanced photonics and quantum science is applied including the entire supply chain as well as the related R&D fields nationally and internationally.
  • Significant knowledge of policies and sound practices related to contract management, financial management, human resources, and procurement management.
  • Knowledge of strategic marketing, and the practices and principles of negotiating and securing business and partnership relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to autonomously evaluate, manage and assume risks for large scale R&D projects.
Behavioural Competencies
    Competency Profile(s)
    •  Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
    • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
    • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
    • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
    • Financial Management (Level 3)
    • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
    • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
    • Self-awareness (Level 4)
    • Action management (Level 4)
    • People Management (Level 3)


    For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Management Competencies (MG)


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

    Salary Range

    From $125,300 to $150,300 per annum. 

    • 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.
    • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



    Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (9667) to:


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    Closing Date: 19 April 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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    Date Modified: 2020-02-19

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