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Communications Advisor

City: Ottawa; Boucherville; Halifax; Montréal; Vancouver 

Organizational Unit: Communications Branch 

Classification: IS-4 

Tenure: Various Tenures (continuing and term positions)

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


This nomination process is intended to fill vacant positions and to create an anticipatory pool.

An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period.

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 NRC, Canada's largest research and technology organization.

Are you a great communicator? Are you looking for a work environment where you can use your creative skills to the fullest? Do you have a passion for science and communicating the positive impacts on Canadians? The NRC’s Communications Branch is looking for talented and dynamic communications advisors!
You will contribute to fascinating and engaging projects in an environment where teamwork, initiative, and creativity are nurtured.
Under the direction of a communications manager, you will work as part of a team focussed on providing communications advice and support to your assigned clients. You will plan, coordinate, and implement a wide range of communications projects, products, services, and activities. You will also work closely with the different communications teams and networks across the NRC on best practices, approaches, and problem-solving.

Our three streams of work are:

  • Stream 1: Strategic and Corporate Communications
  • Stream 2: Social Media
  • Stream 3: Media Relations and Monitoring


Come and join our team and work in an organization full of pride and innovation!

Screening Criteria

Candidates must specify which stream(s) they are applying for and 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.


Degree in a communications-related area of study, which could include journalism, marketing.

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience may be considered.

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


Stream 1: Strategic and Corporate Communications:

  • Recent and significant* experience providing strategic communications advice to senior level clients.
  • Recent and significant* experience planning and implementing communications plans, projects and activities.
  • Recent and significant* experience writing and producing a range of communications products including, but not limited to, web and social media content, newsletter articles, speaking points, fact sheets, backgrounders, key messages, speeches, and news releases.
  • Recent and significant* experience planning media events.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team.

Stream 2: Social Media:

  • Recent and significant* experience providing strategic communications advice to senior level clients.
  • Recent and significant* experience using social media platforms and equipment professionally such as, but not limited to: Hootsuite and Meltwater.
  • Recent and significant* experience in the use of social media best practices and emerging tools.
  • Recent and significant* experience planning and/or organizing and reporting for online campaigns.
  • Recent and significant experience developing reports to analyze social media performance for various audiences including management and clients.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team.


Stream 3: Media Relations and Monitoring:

  • Recent and significant* experience providing strategic communications advice to senior level clients.
  • Recent and significant* experience coordinating media calls and providing operational support for media relations and social media functions within an organization.
  • Recent and significant* experience developing a wide array of communications products, such as, but not limited to: fact sheets, backgrounders, key messages, speeches, news releases, media advisories, media lines, issues monitoring reports.
  • Recent and significant* experience planning media events.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team.

*Recent and significant experience means experience acquired through the performance of a broad range of related activities. Such experience is normally acquired through full-time employment over a minimum period of two years within the last three years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada Communications Policy.
  • Knowledge of communications best practices, tools, tactics, industry trends and approaches.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with competing priorities and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to write high quality materials for a variety of target audiences.
  • Ability to develop strong professional relationships with clients.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize information.
  • Ability to think on one’s feet and handle sensitive situations in a professional manner with tact, good judgment, and discretion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 2)
  • 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: Management Services


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

Salary Range

From $85,036 to $91,211 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • 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.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (11441) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date:  22 June 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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