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Regional Director, Ontario

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Non-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 Director, IRAP (Ontario Region). The Director, IRAP (Ontario) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) itself is home to one of the country’s best known small and medium-sized innovative company support programs – the Industrial Research Assistance Program, commonly known as IRAP.  In 2018, the Government of Canada designated IRAP as one of four flagship programs that will consolidate support initiatives and focus on providing customized support that innovative Canadian businesses need to succeed and grow.

The uniqueness of IRAP has been the method in which it provides services and support to companies through a network of field staff known as Industrial Technology Advisors.  These people deliver both advice to our clients to further their business growth, and in some situations, make the case for IRAP to fund their client’s innovation projects.  

The Director provides leadership, direction, and management to a team of specialized field staff for effective program delivery.  Directors share the responsibility as an advocate with NRC’s stakeholders in the region and work at evolving meaningful engagements with our partners.  The incumbent supervises and directs approximately 14-17 geographically-dispersed Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) who deliver IRAP services to SMEs. The Director ensures that the team’s activities are aligned with an array of common objectives in order to comply with the program’s mandate and mission.


Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application and cover letter that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates. Your cover letter should detail each of the Education and Experience components and detail how and where this experience was acquired.


Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application and cover letter that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates. Your cover letter should detail each of the Education and Experience components and detail how and where this experience was acquired.

University degree in science or engineering from a recognized university. A combination of a degree in another field and extensive experience in the innovation landscape may be considered. Preference may be given to candidates with a complementary degree or diploma in business, management, administration, finance, or marketing.


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

  • Significant leadership experience in industry, or with SMEs as an entrepreneur, senior manager, or senior advisor.
  • Significant management experience including managing people in a participative and team-oriented environment, budget management, investment decision, project management and administration.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, using practices related to business strategy, organizational change, and program delivery to achieve organizational objectives.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Region: its business and environment, important science, technology and innovation players, and strategic issues.
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing SMEs in their innovation and commercialization efforts.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of sound financial and contract management practices and principles.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management Competencies - Inspirational leadership (core competency) (Level 3)
  • Management Competencies - Strategic outlook & alignment (core competency) (Level 3)
  • Management Competencies - Drive for results and efficiency (core competency) (Level 4)
  • Management Competencies - Leverages collaborative relationships (core competency) (Level 3)
  • Management Competencies - Business acumen (Level 3)
  • Management Competencies – Financial Management (core competency) (Level 4)
  • Management Competencies – Client Relationship Management (core competency) (Level 4)
  • Management Competencies – Industry Sector Knowledge (core competency) (Level 4)
Competency Profile(s)

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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10916) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679

Closing Date: 30 November 2020- 23:59 Eastern Time



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