Health, Safety and Environment Policy and Reporting Advisor, Policy Initiatives

Health, Safety and Environment Policy and Reporting Advisor, Policy Initiatives

City: Ottawa 
Organizational Unit: Health, Safety and Environment Branch 
Classification: AS-5 
Tenure: Term
Duration: 1 year
Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC


Note: This position is being re-posted. If you have previously applied, there is no need to re-apply. 


On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service.

The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.  You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.

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.
The National Research Council operates labs and research facilities across the country, each with its own unique challenges related to health, safety and environmental management.  NRC is involved with innovative research in transportation, engineering, life and medical sciences, and emerging technologies in computer science, electronics, astronomy and nanotechnology.  Each area presents a wide and exciting variety of health, safety and environment related aspects ranging from worker health and protection, to animal safety, biosafety, radiation safety, hazardous materials management, noise and air emissions, waste waters, species at risk, and the list goes on. 
NRC’s Health, Safety and Environment Branch (HSE) proactively establishes, promotes and implements best practices in health, safety and environmental management. The HSE Branch provides enabling and support services to NRC’s Research & Development activities, assuring the health and safety of our employees, our neighbouring communities and our environment.
Within the HSE Branch, the Policy Development and Reporting group is mandated to lead and deliver the corporate HSE programs across the NRC with respect to the design, development, implementation, and monitoring of the HSE operational framework and infrastructure including strategies, planning and accountability framework, policies, procedures, guidelines, incidents and reducing risks investigation and reporting

Your Challenge (Continued)

The first few initiatives assigned to the incumbent will be focused on outlining and establishing reporting requirements and processes, managing multiple writing contracts and establishing process and tools to support on-site visits by the regulator. Initiatives are subject to change.
As the HSE Policy and Reporting Advisor  you will be composing, maintaining and revising the health, safety and environment policies instruments for the HSE Branch. You will also facilitate working group sessions with subject matter experts as well as develop and deliver training sessions on new policy instruments to HSE Branch employees and other stakeholders.  In addition, you will be responsible for creating communication documents to support the policy instrument implementation and awareness.  
To be successful in this role, you will be process-oriented and methodical and will need to have an innate ability to work in collaboration with others. You will be a dynamic and positive individual who is focused on writing and communicating  in a clear, accurate and understandable manner 
If you are a self-starter, results-driven, personally embrace change and committed to continuous improvement and development, we want you to join our team!

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:


College diploma in a relevant discipline.
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant field may be considered an asset.
For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  • Significant experience in preparing written/formal documentation (e.g. policies, proposals, guidelines, statements of work, business cases, presentations, communications, briefing material, meeting minutes etc.) for senior management and executive committees.
  • Experience providing training information sessions to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in facilitating working group sessions.
  • Significant and recent experience writing policy documents in plain and simple language.

*Significant experience is defined as more than 2 years of experience.
**Recent experience is defined as experience gained within the last 5 years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the federal regulations surrounding health, safety and/or environment within Government of Canada context.
  • Ability to organize work and establish efficient processes to manage and respond promptly, correctly and courteously to multiple demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to write policy instruments.
  • Ability to facilitate working group sessions.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

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

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


From $84,199 to $94,284 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.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • 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.
  • The incumbent may be asked to travel to other NRC sites.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12013) to: E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 613-949-7685

Closing Date: 3 May 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time

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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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