Regional Contribution Agreement Officer

Industrial Research Assistance Program
Halifax - Nova Scotia


  • An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures, various linguistic profiles and various locations.
  • This is a 1 year term position.

Your challenge

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

 We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Regional Contribution Agreement Officer (RCAO) to support the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The RCAO would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

This position would appeal to someone who has a high attention to detail and a passion for providing high quality customer service and solutions. You would demonstrate good judgment in the analysis of problems and enjoy managing a variety of tasks in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

As an RCAO, you would be using your business and financial acumen, supporting both internal and external clients in the delivery of the IRAP programs, You could be working independently and/or as part of a team.

Duties may include but are not limited to: responding to client inquiries, producing financial and other statistical reports, administering contribution agreements to firms and organizations, including preparing and reviewing agreements and amendments, reviewing claims and processing payments in accordance with the terms of the contribution agreement, and advising Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs), signing authorities and clients on appropriate modifications to agreement clauses and undertaking special projects or assignments.

Travel may also be required from time to time, for training purposes and regional meetings within the Atlantic region.

The NRC offers a wide range of benefits including Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP), Public Service Health Care Plan, disability insurance, as well as generous leave entitlements.

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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:


Post-secondary degree or diploma in business administration or a related field.

Formal training in accounting or financial management or in legal or an equivalent combination of experience and training in related functions would be considered an asset.


Significant experience in contractual work or in accounting functions such as processing of invoices for accounts payable or receivable.

Significant experience in providing service to clients, researching information and producing financial and other statistical reports.

Experience using Microsoft Office, specifically with the use of Excel, Word and Outlook at an advanced level.

Experience in the drafting, reviewing, processing, proofreading, formatting and/or editing of contracts or other documents would be considered an asset.

Experience with developing, amending and reviewing contribution agreement would be considered an asset.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Candidates who have successfully completed their secondary school education according to provincial/territorial standards and have significant experience may also be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

 Good knowledge of NRC-IRAP’s programs and partners.

 Solid knowledge of contract processes and procedures.

 Ability to plan and coordinate multiple activities and maintain appropriate records.

 Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office including word processing and advanced level of Excel for maintaining spreadsheets and generating reports, as well as web-based and internet tools.

 Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 Knowledge of common business tools and practices such as financial statements, payroll ledgers, invoicing and/or record keeping.

 Ability to apply high level of attention to detail when reviewing and/or preparing documents.

 Ability to apply deductive reasoning skills to apply appropriate judgment.

 Familiarity with ERP software (i.e. SAP) would be considered an asset.

 Knowledge of the contribution agreement procedures pertaining to IRAP clients would be considered  an asset.

 Knowledge of federal and NRC financial policies and procedures would be considered an asset.

Behavioural competencies:

 Client Focus (Level 2)
 Communication (Level 2)
 Conceptual & Analytical Ability (Level 2)
 Teamwork (Level 2)
 Initiative (Level 2)
 Results Orientation (Level 2)

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

  • From $53,255 to $62,839 per annum.

Closing date

08/25/2017 (8 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • 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 (10-17-0316) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-1017