Planning and Policy Analyst (Senior)

Executive Offices
Ottawa - Ontario


  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Help support research for the benefit of Canadians and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premier research and technology organization.

The role of the Emerging Technologies Division (ETD) is to establish and sustain capabilities – expertise and R&D platforms – that address Canada’s future needs and opportunities.  The Division also supports mandated activities to maintain Canada’s national measurement system and manage academic access to some of Canada’s large scale research infrastructure. To deliver on this role, we are seeking for a Senior Policy and Planning Analyst. Under the direction of the Executive Advisor to the Vice-President Emerging Technologies, the Policy & Planning Analyst will research, analyze and provide executive support and advice to NRC Senior Management on subjects of significant importance to the NRC, the Division and the management of programs. This position involves extensive research and analysis across a wide set of policy issues.

In particular, the Senior Policy and Planning Analyst will support NRC’s role to administer operational funding to TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, and to monitor all matters related to the NRC contribution agreement with TRIUMF, including coordinating and acting as secretary for the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF and the Agency Committee on TRIUMF.

The Senior Policy and Planning Analyst will provide policy advice on complex large-scale research infrastructure investments and support the Vice-President in his role in relation to major research infrastructures.

The Policy and Planning Analyst would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

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 sciences, engineering, business/public administration, law or in another field relevant to the position.

A graduate degree is considered an asset.


• Significant experience working in a complex environment, serving a number of internal and external clients and interacting with multiple stakeholders from government, industry and academia;

• Significant experience in research (including environmental scanning), analysis, preparation and presentation of detailed and complex reports and briefing notes on issues related to innovation, government science and technology policy, and their relevance/implication for NRC;

• Significant experience in developing and maintaining a network of contacts;

• Experience in applying project management principles;

• Significant experience in corporate level planning, business and/or policy development in a government or business environment.

Condition of employment

  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to define, manage and execute multiple projects in a research or technology-oriented organization, working effectively with internal team members and external contractors;
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and summarize complex data and situations and communicate results and conclusions in a clear and compelling way.
  • Knowledge of Canadian innovation system.
  • Knowledge of federal government priorities and the role of the National Research Council of Canada.
  • Ability to plan, organize and set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information.
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen partnerships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Behavioural competencies:

Results Orientation (Level 3)
Conceptual and Analytical Ability (Level  3)
Teamwork (Level 2)
Client Focus (Level 3)
Networking (Level 2)
Partnering (Level 3)
Communication (Level 3)
Self-knowing and self-development (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

  • 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 who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

Closing date

08/21/2017 (4 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.
  • 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 (11-17-0299) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-4116