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Program Advisor

Priority will 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: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: IRAP 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term, Continuing

Duration: Various

Language Requirements: Various


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified, in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).

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 Program Advisor to support our teams with Division Services.  The Program Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


Reporting to a Director within NRC-IRAP’s Division Services, the incumbent in this role will:

  • Provide advisory and assessment services on the management of innovation programs by IRAP.
  • Play a key role in preparing technical and design requirements, assisting in planning activities, conducting research and analysis on program data, undertaking quality control activities to identify improvements, troubleshooting, and implementing change management plans.
  • Be responsible for supporting IRAP's work with SMEs by providing advice and guidance related to IRAP Innovation programs in key areas such as policy development, information technology, performance measurement and partnership formulation, in addition to developing risk mitigation strategies.
  • Lead projects in collaboration with product owners, developers, program officers and stakeholders. 
  • Bring expertise in analytics and reporting as well as experience with the use of statistical and analytical tools to strengthen the capacity of the organization in leveraging its data and reporting on its performance.


This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate who brings expertise in the development and management of new projects and loves creating authentic and enduring relationships with people across the organization


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 respond to all pre-screening questions in order to be considered. Failure to do so will result in automatic disqualification.


University degree in science, engineering, information technology, business or public administration, mathematics, economics or in another field that is relevant to the duties of this position.


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


  • Significant* experience in the planning, business case development, design and implementation of national programs and / or strategic initiatives, ideally in a grants and contributions environment.
  • Recent** and significant experience in the provision of expert advice and guidance to senior management in the administration of large scale projects and/or in the administration of government programs.
  • Significant* experience conducting stakeholder consultations and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams in a cross-functional organization.
  • Significant* experience in effectively engaging with internal and/or external stakeholders in cross-functional organizations to further common business mandates.


  • Experience in the oversight, internal audit, and financial and contract management principles and practices would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in analyzing complex business and/or IT situations and creating solutions to identified problems would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in the design, development or management of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems would be considered an asset.
  • Experience leading projects and/or providing functional supervision to multi-disciplinary teams would be considered an asset.


*Significant is defined as 2-6 years’ experience.
** Recent is defined as within the last three years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of design, implementation and evaluation of projects and/or programs.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations/documents and develop succinct written briefing materials.
  • Ability to evaluate or implement new processes, methods, or practices that significantly improve project management. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)

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.


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


In addition, the incumbent 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.
  • 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 (18520) to:


Telephone: 343-575-9808

Closing Date: 31 January 2023 - 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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