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Real Property Officer

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups:  women, 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: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: AS-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.

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 Real Property Officer to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch. The Real Property Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Real Property Officer will assist the NRC in its mission to achieve a successful transition from the legacy portfolio and traditional management practice to a modern, right-sized, agile and financially and environmentally sustainable portfolio, managed with a forward-looking, strategic and citizen-centric perspective. 


The successful candidate will be accountable for the administration and stewardship of the real property portfolio of science based buildings and will complete a variety of activities which will consist of several disciplines including: real estate services (leases, licenses of occupation), accommodation management (assignment, utilization), asset management (building condition and functionality) and portfolio management (including real property acquisitions and disposals of properties). 


A core responsibility will be to ensure sound stewardship of the NRC’s real property assets, resulting in the achievement of best value through life-cycle management while balancing how well suited its science buildings are in supporting the research capabilities and needs going forward. Understanding whether a building can meet the program’s future needs will enable the NRC to make the right decisions about which buildings to maintain, renovate, repurpose, dispose of and build new.

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:


College diploma in a relevant field to the position. 


University degree will be considered an asset. 

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


  • Significant experience analyzing client needs, objectives and program requirements and developing and/or reviews and recommends plans, strategies and approaches for delivery of optimal solutions. 
  • Basic experience preparing briefing notes and/or reports. 
  • Basic experience preparing analysis outputs to help develop a real property plan to prioritize renovations, repurposing and replacement of buildings that could be used to develop Master Plans, funding approval documentation and Portfolio Strategies. 
  • Basic experience providing guidance and advice to management on planning of space allocation, resource planning, performance measurements, reporting regimes, and the implementation of initiatives.


The following might be considered as an asset: 

  • Experience negotiating with landlords and third party tenants. 
  • Experience assisting with the identification of regional opportunities to enhance building portfolio outcomes. 

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  
  • Ability to identify risks and provide recommendations. 
  • Knowledge of business case analysis and business planning best practices. 
  • Ability to manage multiple complex and competing priorities amongst multiple stakeholders.


The following might be considered as an asset:

  • Knowledge of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Policy on the Directive on the Management of Real Property. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Partnering (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 $64,022 to $75,389 per annum. 


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 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.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how
    he/she gained the experience.  Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • 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 (11882) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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