Program Advisor

Security and Disruptive Technologies
Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Come join the team making quantum technologies work for Canada!

The world is being driven by emergent global trends in communication, sensing, and computing.  As performance limits are reached in existing technologies, quantum enhanced technologies will increasingly disrupt and replace current approaches. Canada is well-positioned to leverage its combined strength in quantum research and its industrial base to become a global leader in the future quantum industry. Working with key stakeholders from Canada’s quantum community including academia, industry, and government, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is performing world-leading research, building new technology, solving big Canadian challenges, and facilitating the development of a national quantum strategy.

Self-motivated and flexible, you’re an outstanding communicator,  thoughtful researcher, and skilled at working with a wide range of partners. You get up each day excited to make teams "gel" and efficiently achieve their goals. You’re the program ninja; we’re just not allowed to call you that.


Support the program leader with strategy, advice, planning, execution, reporting, messaging, and external engagement;

Make recommendations on program management issues, stakeholder engagement, staff engagement, program execution, and internal and external sponsor interactions;

Conduct research and drafts memos, presentations, emails, strategy documents, and business cases to support execution and decision making;

Triage and prioritize program opportunities, risks, resource requests, activities and events for the program leader, and supports responses and issue resolution;

Direct narrative for internal and external client and partner engagement through development of presentations, speaking notes, emails, discussion points, and events;

Operationalize program goals by coordinating and driving the selection process for new projects, coordinating program milestones, assisting with the development of project proposals and value propositions;

Drive development of and monitors program management-level milestones by defining scope and designs delivery mechanisms (e.g. client engagement plans, landscape analysis);

Project manage special projects by developing project plans, setting and monitoring milestones, managing resources, and directing stakeholder engagement;

Coordinate consultations with cross functional teams, bringing together researchers and business experts to converge on program goals and develop tactical plans;

Coordinate program scheduling, visits/events, email, and messaging updates;

Lead in preparation of monthly and quarterly program reports, identifying issues and updates;

Coordinate the program’s management and decision making structure through agenda setting for program and thrust leadership meetings, preparing program updates, identifying and suggesting solutions to address roadblocks, messaging, and monitoring staff understanding of program goals;

Supports and advise program leader with intra-NRC interactions and relationship building;

Maintain awareness of relevant program needs and initiatives including national and international R&D initiatives and programs in industry, governments and universities.

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:


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, or Business.  A Bachelor's degree in another suitable field of study may also be acceptable.


Significant and recent experience providing strategic advice and recommendations to senior management and stakeholders;

Significant and recent experience in preparing written reports, correspondence and briefing notes for senior management;

Experience leading complex files that demand coordination with internal and external partners or stakeholders;

Experience in conceptualizing, planning and implementing activities or events requiring the support of various stakeholders, including senior management;

Experience establishing relationships, consulting, or negotiating with: public entities, non-government organizations, industry, or academic institutions.

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 scientific or technological research concepts;

Knowledge of strategic and corporate planning concepts, techniques and processes;

Ability to analyze and synthesize information, assess risks and opportunities and make recommendations on potential courses of action;

Superior organizational and writing abilities are essential;

Ability to prepare and present briefing documents;

Ability to formulate innovative solutions to NRC challenges, work with these through teams and develop ideas to improve policies and procedures.


Behavioural competencies:

Results Orientation (level 3)

Conceptual and Analytical Ability (level 3)

Client Focus (level 2)

Networking (level 2)

Organizational/Environmental Awareness (level 2)

Communication (level 3)

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

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

Salary range

  • This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
  • The incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

Closing date

04/24/2017 (Today)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • This position is 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.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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 (103-16-1222) to:

Telephone: (450) 641-5132