Director (Research and Development (Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE))

National Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 

And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge

Canada is an ocean nation; bounded by three oceans and one of the largest lake and river systems in the world, and with the longest coastline of any nation. Oceans and coastlines present challenges such as security, climate change adaptation and environmental stewardship, as well as economic development opportunities related to trade and natural resource development. These systems are under increasing stress because they operate in harsh environments characterized by ice, wind, waves, and river and ocean currents. The effects of climate change are also bearing new implications on the stability and productivity of these systems.

The NRC’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE) research centre delivers innovative technologies and support to improve Canada’s competitiveness by reducing risks and costs of marine operations while ensuring the safe and responsible development of marine-based resources. We provide the expertise and tools to improve the performance and safety of marine operations, meet the challenges of a changing climate, and protect people, property and infrastructure from severe weather events and other environmental risks. Our suite of offerings include physical and numerical modelling, engineering analysis, technology development as well as full scale experiments and field work conducted with the support of world-class test facilities capable of reproducing a wide range of ice, wave, current and wind conditions.

The Director, Research and Development manages the capability embodied in assigned research centre resources, ensuring relevance, focus and utility by working with program leaders and external stakeholders, including clients.  The Director supervises Team Leaders to achieve effective execution of project management and continuous professional development of staff.  Through discharging these responsibilities, and through the provision of timely strategic advice, the Director, Research and Development provides the Director General with vital assurance of long-term research centre sustainability and risk management.

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:


Graduate degree in science or engineering from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering and business education.

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


  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context around NRC’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering research centre technologies: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current;
  • Business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, government or other partnerships;
  • Experience supervising and developing staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs;
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of administrative, financial, and human resource management.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Must be able to travel.

Language requirements

CBC/CBC  (Ottawa)

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated broad understanding of relevant business and industry issues, and of internal and external factors that impact research centre operations;
  • Significant knowledge of program and project management to fulfill research centre objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information, assess risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on potential courses of action;
  • Ability to direct and engage core capabilities to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team in a revenue driven environment;
  • Ability to lead and influence change while applying best practices in the management of human resources, finances and projects, and strategic planning;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of employees, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

Behavioural Competencies

Competency Profile(s)

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

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

Salary Range

From $119,100 to $142,900 per annum. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously
  • 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.