Manager, Collaboration Programs
National Research Council Canada
Ottawa, ON, CA
21h ago

Tenure : Continuing


Language Requirements : Bilingual Imperative CBC / CBC

This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to this competition, there is no need to re-apply.

The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development.

We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world.

And now, we want to partner with you. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups : women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment.

Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

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 Manager, Collaboration Programs to support our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS) Branch.

The Manager 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 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).

Your Challenge (Continued)

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

The NPO is also the business owner of the NRC’s R&D program lifecycle, meaning the process through which R&D programs are approved, assessed, and their performance monitored.

Each challenge and / or supercluster support program is assigned a challenge officer a person with relevant academic expertise in the program’s domain of research to undertake due diligence and monitor program performance and to oversee G&C award processes associated with each program.

Challenge officers are supported in this work by due diligence officers. In addition, non-G&C funded R&D programs (i.e., core NRC R&D programs) are assigned program advisors.

The NPO is seeking a Manager, Collaboration Programs to manage the team of challenge officers, program advisors and due diligence officers, to provide thought leadership on the R&D program lifecycle, and to lead due diligence and project monitoring as part of the administration of G&C awards to collaborators of challenge and supercluster support programs.

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 from a recognized university

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


  • Significant and recent* experience in delivering and managing grant and / or contribution programs in the public service context
  • Significant* experience providing strategic advice and written and oral briefings to executives in the public service context
  • Significant* experience managing human and financial resources
  • Significant* experience in managing a broad range of R&D stakeholder relationships across the public, private, academic and / or not-for-profit sectors
  • Experience in the assessment of grant and / or contribution funding applications and the negotiation of funding agreements
  • Experience in the design of guidelines and procedures for the implementation of grant and / or contribution programs
  • Significant refers to at least 2 years of experience and recent refers to within the past 5 years.
  • 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

  • Significant knowledge of the Treasury Board Policy and Directive on Transfer Payments
  • Knowledge of best practices in briefing for senior executives and advisory committees
  • Knowledge of the research processes and cultures in universities, industry and government, as well as of the principles and practices related to intellectual property protection and commercialization, and to knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge of Canadian and international policies, funding structures and organizations involved in science, technology and innovation
  • Assets :

  • A background in collaborative R&D, including working in academia, government and the private sector Experience managing within a large-scale science, technology and research organization
  • Behavioural Competencies Management services - Communication (Level 4)Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)Management services - Networking (Level 3)Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)Management services - Initiative (Level 3)Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2) Competency Profile(s)

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

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    Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the 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 $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

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


  • 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.

  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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.
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