Position ID:

Job Category:

Salary Grade:
Grade 9 – $77,252-$104,612 per annum with eligibility for performance pay

Job Type / Duration:

Language Requirements:
Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB

Job Location:
160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Open to:
Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad

Closing Date:
June 28, 2022

Special posting considerations

The intent of this competition is to create a pool of candidates for future Governance Advisor and Senior Governance Advisor opportunities.

Complete applications consist of the following documents, incomplete applications will not be considered:
– A current resume
– A cover letter (1500 words maximum for English applications and 1950 words maximum for French applications) that clearly expresses the basis of your professional and personal interest in the position of Governance Advisor or that of Senior Governance Advisor and how you meet the education and experience criteria listed in the essential qualifications as well as any of the asset experiences. You must use the education and experience factors as headers and then write no more than two paragraphs demonstrating how you meet each qualification required using concrete examples.

CIHR offices are in the heart of downtown Ottawa at 160 Elgin Street; however, CIHR employees are currently working remotely from home. As pandemic measures ease over time, some positions may continue to be carried out remotely. Operational requirements will determine the need for the selected candidates of these positions to be located in the National Capital Region and will be discussed as applicable with candidates.

Job Summary

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is a federal government agency that provides funding to support the work of thousands of health researchers. CIHR’s mission is to support a healthier Canada, and world, by investing in innovative and collaborative research, helping to solve our health care challenges today and in the future. CIHR offers excellent conditions that set the agency apart from other employers. For instance, employees enjoy:

• A competitive salary scale: bilingual bonuses and performance pay
• An additional three (3) days of leave with pay between December 26 and January 1
• Progressive work environment
• Opportunities for growth and development
• Seamless transition for public servants
• Work-life balance

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Stream 1: Governance Advisor (Grade 9 – $77,252 – $92,702 per annum with eligibility for performance pay)
The purpose of the role of Governance Advisor is to provide support to senior and executive management and volunteers by contributing to all activities related to the successful management of CIHR governance, strategic management and operational management committees.

The incumbent must develop agendas, prepare and review briefing notes, produce meeting documents, draft minutes and reports, communicate and track governance decisions, establish meeting schedules, implement best governance practices, and oversee logistical details.

Stream 2: Senior Governance Advisor (Grade 10 – $87,177-$104,612 per annum with eligibility for performance pay)
The purpose of the role of Senior Governance Advisor is to provide leadership in governance management and a central coordination role for the high-profile committees of CIHR.
The incumbent plans, manages and coordinates governance activities to support the efficient and effective functioning of high-profile committees, such as Governing Council, and provides expert governance advice to senior management and committee members.

Essential Qualifications

• Graduation with a degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position

• experience in managing committees and committee meetings, including providing support and guidance to internal and external committee chairs and members at the senior management level
• experience in producing and reviewing committee meeting documents (e.g., agendas, briefing notes, minutes, reports) and in developing and tracking committee matters for action and work plans
• Experience in providing advice and recommendations to management to support effective decision-making

• * significant experience in managing high profile committees and committee meetings, including providing expert advice and guidance to internal and external committee chairs and members at the senior management level
• * significant experience in producing and reviewing committee meeting documents (e.g., strategic agendas, briefing notes, committee mandates and terms of reference, etc.)
• * significant experience in providing advice and recommendations to senior management and other senior officials to support effective decision-making
• Experience in developing and maintaining positive relationships with a diversity of stakeholders

* significant Experience is defined as depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of those duties on a regular basis for a period of approximately two (2) to three (3) years. However, a shorter duration may be considered based on demonstrated complexity and diversity of work handled, scope of work, and/or level of direct responsibility for a wide variety of complex files and/or projects.

• Knowledge of governance best practices relevant to the development of meeting plans, minutes and official reports as well as the provision of governance advice and support to chairs and vice-chairs during meetings
• Knowledge of governance structure, flow of information and committee authorities for effective decision making
• Knowledge of current office software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat
• Knowledge of board management and governance best practices

Key Competencies
• Communicating (Oral and Written)
• Judgment
• Working with Others (Collaborating, Relationship Management and Developing Others)
• Planning and Organizing
• Critical Thinking
• Adaptability
• Organizational Awareness

Language Requirements:
• Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB

Conditions of Employment:
• Secret Clearance
• Candidates will be required to work on site at 160 Elgin periodically, as needed, due to operational requirements

Asset Qualifications

• Experience in project management
• Experience in supervising, guiding and/or coaching staff

• Knowledge of the CIHR governance framework, structure and processes
• Knowledge of health research and relevant stakeholder communities
• Knowledge of the practices and techniques relevant to project and risk management

• Experience in managing science-based committees and committee meetings;
• Experience in leading recruitment and appointment processes for committee membership, including developing recruitment strategies, preparing analyses in support of decision making and implementing onboarding activities;
• Experience in developing and supporting new members’ orientation

• Knowledge of the research community

Important Notes


✔ Screening – Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the essential education and experience requirements. Asset screening requirements may be invoked at the screening stage, so please demonstrate all experience factors. We also recommend you pay close attention to the instructions under the Special Posting Considerations section.

✔ Additional assessments – An interview will be held. A written examination may be administered.

Applicants are required to provide requested information promptly and make themselves available for assessment. Failure to respond in a timely manner could lead to your candidacy not being further considered. Rescheduling will be on an exceptional basis only.

The CIHR is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment. If you are invited to the assessment stage of this staffing process, we will send you more information on how to request special accommodation measures
We encourage you to read the CIHR’s Careers website and Strategic Plan to find out more about our environment and offerings: https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/52331.html

The CIHR is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. We encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) Staffing questionnaire as part of your application if you wish to be considered for staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. Your questionnaire response will be retained on file for the duration of the staffing process. If you do not complete the questionnaire, you will not be considered for any staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. If you decide to modify your response or fill out this questionnaire at a later date, please notify the contact listed at the bottom of this notice of job opportunity.

The CIHR has high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of Conduct (https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/41722.html) and Conflict of Interest Policy (https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/46601.html).

1) The intent of this selection process is to create a pool of pre-qualified candidates for future Advisor and Senior Advisor opportunities.

2) Application must be received through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) – process number: J0622-0580. Please be sure to label your cover letter and CV according to this competition process number.

3) CIHR asks applicants to attach their second language evaluation results to their application if they are valid.

4) CIHR is committed to the values and principles of employment equity. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, please inform us of accommodations (i.e., an alternative method of assessment, a technical aid, accessibility requirements, etc.) required at any stage of the assessment process, so that we can take the appropriate measures to facilitate your full participation.

5) We would like to thank all candidates who apply. Only those selected for assessment will be contacted. From amongst those candidates that meet the essential criteria of education and experiences; CIHR may select a certain number of candidates that most closely meet the position requirements to participate in the next selection phase.

6) All employees of the CIHR 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 for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

7) If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] and clearly state the process number in the subject line of your e-mail.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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