Senior Advisor, Conflict of Interest

Priority may 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.

Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: Corporate Secretariat 

Classification: PE-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


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).


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.


Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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.
Working closely with the NRC Senior Ethics Officer, and reporting to the Manager, Values and Ethics, the Senior Advisor, Conflict of Interest will be responsible for providing guidance, services and specialized expertise in the field of Conflict of Interest and Ethical Decision Making to employees and managers of NRC, in order to establish, maintain and enable an ethical and productive work environment within the organization and increase individual and organizational conflict of interest management and analysis competency.
NRC managers and employees may seek conflict of interest and ethical decision making services and assistance in a variety of workplace situations including:

  • Advice and guidance regarding values and ethics, conflict of interest, and post-employment when situations arise between employees (including managers) of the organization, or between employees of the organization and external stakeholders, partners or clients. 
  • The prevention of real, apparent or potential conflict of interest situations that could develop as a result of planned or unforeseen circumstances, major changes, events or other pressures.
  • The management of issues and risks related to ethical dilemmas, gifts, hospitality, political activities, and other matters related to conflict of interest and post-employment, including ethical risk analysis within teams or larger elements of the organization.
  • The management of apparent or perceived systemic issues related to conflict of interest within teams or larger elements of the organization.
  • Administration of NRC’s Conflict of Interest declaration process.
  • Regular briefings on statistics to management.
  • Training and awareness across the organization on conflict of interest.

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:


A University degree which may include social science (business, psychology, law, economics, ethics), human resources management, labour relations or organizational development.

Post-graduate training in field(s) relevant to the position may be considered an asset.

Additional training or certification in a values and ethics related field.

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


  • Experience managing a significant caseload of conflict of interest and post-employment cases or other types of human resources case files (performance management, complaints management, workplace accommodations, harassment, grievances, etc.) that would be considered complex cases requiring in-depth research, analysis and consultation with various stakeholders and management, including senior management.
  • Experience writing reports and briefing materials related to conflict of interest and post-employment situations.
  • Experience providing updates and briefings to Senior-Management regarding on-going files.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of training and awareness sessions.
  • Significant** experience providing advice, guidance and recommendations on complex cases to employees and management.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of a departmental program is considered an asset.
  • Experience in the management and/or provision of advice and guidance related to political activities is considered an asset. 
  • Experience in working for an organizational values and ethics program is considered an asset.


*Significant experience means at least five years. 

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the NRC, and its mandate, programs and awareness of its particular conflict of interest considerations. 
  • Knowledge of policy and practices related to the Government of Canada Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the NRC Code of Conduct, and the NRC Policy on Conflict of Interest.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and manage complex cases.
  • Ability to build and deliver presentations and training sessions.
  • Ability to compose and edit sensitive written information.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 3)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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From $108,489 to $121,149 per annum. 


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, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

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. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 


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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • Underfilling may be considered.
  • There are screening questions to complete as part of your application. Please read the instructions carefully. 
  • 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, 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. 
  • 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 (22006) to:


Telephone: 613-858-5773 

Closing Date: 30 May 2024 - 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.