New Job Program Officer In Ontario

Program Officer
Program Officer

Program Officer

Company : National Research Council Canada
Salary : $69,087–$81,221 a year
Location : Ontario

Full Description

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

We are looking for a Program Officer to support our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS) Branch. The Program Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Since 2012, the NRC has undertaken large-scale, multi-party, long-term research and development (R&D) programs, where its laboratories (the NRC research centres) marshal NRC researchers from across the organization to conduct research focused on public policy objectives in collaboration with researchers from academia and the private sector, as well as other sectors of society domestically and internationally.

In 2018, the government announced grant and contribution (G&C) funding for the NRC to extend its collaborative R&D activities by making available $24M per year ongoing to defray the costs of R&D for its collaborators in the context of R&D programs. The objective being to bring together the best minds to deliver breakthroughs across the innovation continuum that matter to Canadians. The resulting new R&D programs either respond to specific federal challenges (challenge programs) or, as a one-time measure, to supercluster priorities (supercluster support programs). This year, three new challenge programs are being launched with aim to improve the quality of life of Canada’s aging population; enable the development of revolutionary quantum sensors; and improve the lives of Canadians living in the North and Arctic.

In response to these federal investments, the NRC has set up an independent office within its Business and Professional Services Division to deliver the G&C funding - the National Program Office (NPO).

Program Officers will be expected to:

  • review G&C applications submitted to the NPO;
  • participate in the negotiation, drafting and execution of funding agreements with G&C applicants;
  • monitor and report on projects with G&C recipients;
  • prepare guidance material to support program administration, including applicants’ guides and documentation of program processes and policies; and report on and recommend solutions to situations where G&C agreements’ cash outlays may not meet planned levels.
  • liaise with diverse stakeholders including NRC researchers and its collaborators.

Being in a dynamic position means that the workdays are always evolving, challenging and motivating. This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented, and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent client service. If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

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 Science or Business or Public Administration.

An equivalent combination of work-related experience, training and education would also be considered.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  • Significant* experience administering and delivering programs;
  • Experience in three or more of the following areas:
    • participating in funding call processes, including the development, launch, and delivery of calls for proposals;
    • analyzing/reviewing funding proposals;
    • monitoring G&C projects for compliance with funding agreements and G&C policies/directives;
    • reviewing financial and narrative documents, preparing various reports and briefing materials;
    • organizing Peer review committees and processes;
    • leading and/or participating in committees or working groups.
  • Recent** experience in interpreting, applying and providing functional guidance to others on procedure, policies, regulations or legislation on government programs both orally and in writing;
  • Significant* experience in developing, liaising and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and/or external stakeholders***;
  • Experience working with datasets/databases, such as Excel, MS Dynamics, MS Access, SAP.
  • Experience working with Indigenous and northern communities and/or organizations would be an asset.

  • Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with full time performance of duties for a cumulative period of at least (2) years.
**Recent experience is defined as within the last two (2) years.
***Internal stakeholders is defined as within the government and external stakeholders is defined as external to government.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage needs of multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to organize information and communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Knowledge of project management principles and practices;
  • Advanced understanding of cash flow management.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • NRC-Wide - Valuing people (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $69,087 to $81,221 per annum.

In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • There are screening questions to complete as part of your application. Please read the instructions carefully.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the 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 they 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.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results should include these results with their application.
  • 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.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (18671) to:

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 613-299-4697

Closing Date: 16 February 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time