Program Officer

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: AS-4 

Tenure: Various Tenures 

Language Requirements: Various linguistic profiles


Work Arrangements: While the official location of work for this position will be an NRC facility within Canada, the option of an offsite or a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) may be possible.

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.

NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program is recruiting Program Officers to help support various programs managed by NRC IRAP. The role of the Program Officer is to support IRAP’s initiatives and program deliverables. The Program Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

As a Program Officer you will be reporting to a Program Advisor – Team Lead. You will provide advice and guidance related to specific program areas. You will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in order to meet IRAP’s goals to help grow and support SME in Canada.

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.


A University degree related to the duties of the position or an acceptable combination of education and relevant experience may be considered.

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


  • Experience in developing procedures, processes and guidance material related to the administration and operations of programs.
  • Experience in giving advice and making recommendations to managers on complex programming or situations.
  • Experience in developing, liaising and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and / or external stakeholders.
  • Experience in coordinating or managing projects. 


  • Experience in the design and delivery of transfer payment programs would be considered an asset.
  • Experience applying theories and principles of social sciences including economic, socio-economic, demographic and statistical research, forecasting and analysis would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in coordinating change management activities.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to structure and organize information and demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to apply sound judgement for problem solving and providing advice to management.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (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.


Salary rates currently under review.

From $69,087 to $81,221 per annum.

In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements 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.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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 (20448) to:


Telephone: 438-466-4195  

Closing Date: 28 September 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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