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Senior Communications Advisor, Strategic Communications

City: Boucherville; Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Communications Branch 

Classification: IS-5 

Tenure: Anticipatory Staffing / Different Tenures (continuing and term)

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC


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

Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC policies.

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. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the 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. 

The 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.


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 of it on Canadians? The National Research Council’s Strategic Communications team is looking for talented and dynamic Senior Communications Advisors!


You’ll contribute to fascinating and engaging projects in an environment where teamwork, initiative, and creativity are nurtured.


Under the direction of the Manager, Strategic Communications, 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 National Research Council on best practices, approaches, and problem-solving.


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


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, candidates are 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.


A university degree in a communications related area of study, which could include marketing.


Candidates with a degree or education in a related field combined with relevant experience may be considered.


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

  • Significant experience providing strategic communications advice on complex and sensitive issues to senior level clients.
  • Significant experience in planning and implementing communications plans, products and activities.
  • Significant experience in writing and producing at least three of the following communications products: news releases, backgrounders, media lines, fact sheets, Qs and As, speaking notes, articles for a corporate newsletter, web content, and social media content.
  • Experience managing external and/or internal communications for high profile, complex or sensitive issues.
  • Significant experience in managing client relationships in a high-demand environment, including experience in responding to multiple, often conflicting deadlines.
  • Experience in promoting horizontal communications activities that involve a multi-pronged approach such as social media, media relations, creative services, etc. 

* Significant experience means two to five years.


Condition of Employment

Secret Level II

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada’s Communications Policy.
  • Knowledge of communications best practices, tools, tactics, industry trends and approaches.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively to ensure consensus among partners with divergent interests and agendas.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with conflicting priorities and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $92,150 to $98,788 per annum. 

  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • These positions are being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7334) to:


Telephone: 613-991-4116 

Closing Date: 03 Septembre 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-08-23

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