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Secretary General

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Executive Offices 

Classification: MGT-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

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 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 an experienced executive to lead the Secretary General’s Office (SGO) of the National Research Council. The Secretary General would be someone who exemplifies our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Secretary General conceptualizes, leads, develops, and integrates a variety of critical corporate services and management frameworks for the NRC. She or he provides corporate leadership in the development and implementation of effective governance and decision-making structures and processes; external and corporate communications; integrated policy, planning, and performance measurement; audit and evaluation; and international innovation strategies, processes and initiatives to enhance the NRC’s capacity to achieve its vision and strategic objectives within a constantly evolving environment.  In this role, you will provide value to the Canadian science and innovation ecosystem, and promote and preserve the NRC’s public image as a responsible organization that respects and effectively manages public resources. In addition, for matters related to the NRC's business, the Secretary General Office acts as Notary Public in the Province of Ontario.


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:


Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a field relevant to the work to be performed.


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


  • Extensive senior executive experience leading a diverse team of senior professionals, and providing administrative oversight to their associated functions.
  • Significant experience leading and managing human, financial, and project resources from across an organization.
  • Significant experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders, including Government of Canada central agencies and international partners.
  • Significant experience providing advice to senior management on complex issues to influence decision-making.
  • Executive experience within a central agency leading policy development or challenge functions.
  • Recent and significant experience in strategic planning and execution.

Condition of Employment

Top Secret (III)

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of Canadian Governance structure, operations, priorities and decision-making.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation system, business, economic and political environment.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the operations of the National Research Council.
  • Knowledge of the National Research Council, its mandate, programs, business systems and culture.
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of organizational governance, financial and human resources management.
  • Thorough knowledge of mandates, policies, business strategies, and programs to understand business approaches, design and adapt services to the needs of the organization.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary organization with a participative management style.
  • Ability to position and re-orient the organization to meet emerging trends and to achieve organizational and governmental objectives.
  • Ability to assess current state and future needs of an organization and design and lead successful interventions to close the gaps.
  • Ability to lead and manage change.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective accountability systems which review activities and goals against strategies.
  • Ability to negotiate and to influence senior level players from the public and private sector.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 5)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 5)
  • Financial Management (Level 4)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 4)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 5)
  • People Management (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 $177,500 to $212,900 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 (11964) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: Posted until filled - The hiring committee will begin reviewing applications as of 17 May 2021.



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