Program Officer (2 positions)

Industrial Research Assistance Program
Ottawa - Ontario


  • These are 3 year term positions.
  • Assignments will be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures and linguistic profiles.

Your challenge

The Program Officer is an important member of the Division Services Office of the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). NRC-IRAP supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Canada to grow wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation.

NRC-IRAP helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace. They do this by providing technical and business advisory services and financial assistance to the small and medium-sized enterprises they serve.

Reporting to NRC-IRAP’s Program Expertise Director, the incumbent is part of a team of subject matter experts who seek continuous program improvements to pursue NRC-IRAP’s mandate.

The Program Officer provides advice and guidance related to IRAP’s transfer payment programs and services. The incumbent provides expertise in policy development and interpretation, program design and delivery, procedures, processes, performance measurement; reporting, business requirements for systems development and training.

The incumbent offers advice and guidance to regional delivery staff for matters related to policy interpretation, contractual aspects of agreements and use of systems.

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:


University degree in business or public administration or other discipline related to the duties of the position.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Recent* experience in providing guidance related to government programs, preferably contribution programs.

Experience in developing procedures, processes and guidance material related to the administration and operations of programs.

*Recent: experience obtained within the last 2 years.


A combination of College diploma, training, and significant experience would be acceptable.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Knowledge of key elements that constitute contribution programs.

Ability to structure and organize information.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Behavioural competencies:

NRC-Wide cluster:

  • Client Focus (level 3)
  • Communication (level 2)
  • Results Orientation (level 3)

Management Services cluster:

  • Conceptual and Analytical ability (level 3)
  • Initiative (level 2)

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

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

Salary range

  • From $61,175 to $71,921 per annum.

Closing date

06/27/2017 (2 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • These positions are being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (10-17-0202) to:

Telephone: (613) 949-7685