Director General, Communications Branch

Communications Branch
Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for an experienced, vibrant and dynamic Director General for the Communications Branch. The Director General would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

In alignment with NRC's overall vision and mission, the Director General of the Communications Branch is accountable for providing a whole-of-government communications perspective as well as leadership and oversight of the Communications Branch. The incumbent safeguards the organization's reputation and ensures alignment with Government of Canada communications priorities as well as supports clients by developing and delivering professional communications products and related services (e.g. brand management, consultations and stakeholder engagement, public opinion research, design and production, media monitoring).

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:


Graduation from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in communications, public affairs, marketing or any other discipline related to the position. 


Recent and significant experience in providing strategic direction to staff and in managing comprehensive communications programs, services and products.

Recent and significant experience at the Executive level in providing strategic advice and counsel to ministerial staff and senior level executives including Presidents, Vice Presidents and/or other equivalent positions in the public or private sectors, on complex and sensitive communications issues.

Experience in working with a diversity of clients, partners and stakeholders in various communications related sectors.

Experience in managing human and financial resources within a relevant communications environment and in a manner to reflect modern, changing communication practices.

Condition of employment

  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Knowledge of the machinery of federal government communications needs and processes with a special emphasis on the workings of Ministers’ and Deputy Ministers’ Offices, Cabinet and Parliament.

Knowledge of government policies, legislation and regulation; current and emerging trends; and best practices related to the Communications Branch mandate.

Knowledge of and experience implementing leading edge communications practices, technologies.

Knowledge/awareness of NRC’s current issues, challenges and priorities as well as NRC's strategic environment and partners, with a special emphasis on the research community and context.

Extensive knowledge and experience in providing leadership for the planning and delivery of client-oriented services.

In depth knowledge of the theories, systems and principles of strategic, business, human resources and financial resources management.

In depth business knowledge gained through deep experience managing similar suite of services, and through successfully leveraging industry, government or other partnerships to deliver on the Branch’s mandate.

Ability to lead people and negotiate consensus through significant organizational change while keeping both employees and partners engaged.

Ability to develop, present and implement a strategic approach/business plans.

Ability to manage effectively in a complex and continuously changing business and technology environment.

Ability to analyse complex, multiparametric information and make timely decisions.

Behavioural competencies:

Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)

Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)

Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 3)

Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 2)

Financial Management (Level 3)

Client Relationship Management (Level 4)

Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)

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

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

Salary range

  • From $131,000 to $157,300 per annum.

Closing date

06/12/2017 (15 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Travel may be required.
  • 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.

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 (99-17-0025) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-4116