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Career Opportunity: License Negotiations Specialist, National Research Council

October 17, 2018

Closing Date: 29 October 2018 – 23:59 Eastern Time

City: Ottawa
Organizational Unit: Knowledge, Information and Technology Services
Classification: LIB-3
Tenure: Continuing
Language Requirements: English

The NRC Advantage


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

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 vibrant and dynamic License Negotiations Specialist to support our Knowledge, Information and Technology Services branch (KITS). The License Negotiations Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The successful candidate will be a creative and flexible individual who works well in a challenging and changing environment.

Working within Knowledge, Information and Technology Services (KITS) collections management team, you will:

  • Negotiate complex license agreements and renewals with publishers for NRC’s and partners’ electronic collections;
  • Participate in setting NRC library collection policies and establishing priorities;
  • Liaise with Canadian government and other libraries on collection and licensing issues.

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:


Master’s degree in Library Science or in Library and Information Science.

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


  • Significant experience in collection development.
  • Experience in acquiring electronic information resources in a library environment.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of licensing electronic information resources.
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence publishers.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in library collection development, including print and electronic materials, and including library collection development in the environment of Canadian federal government libraries.
  • Knowledge of NRC organizational structure.
  • Experience in Scientific Technical and Medical (STM) library would be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services – Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services – Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services – Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services – Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services – Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)

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

From $78,850 to $88,981 per annum.


  • 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.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (4082) to:

Telephone: 613-991-1125

Closing Date: 29 October 2018 – 23:59 Eastern Time


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