Initiatives Officer

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. We are the federal institution that leads the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.

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This position entails representing, promoting and delivering Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) / FedNor programs, products, services and initiatives to Northern Ontario stakeholders, including communities, indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations and small and medium sized businesses.

Key activities include:

-Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders in the development of project proposals consistent with ISED/FedNor priorities;
-Broker and negotiate partnerships and support for community economic development initiatives;
-Provide advice and input into ISED/FedNor’s programs, policies and systems related to economic development;
-Ensure commitments made with stakeholders are fulfilled in accordance with terms and conditions of agreements, program policy and procedures and legislative requirements;
-Write briefing notes and memoranda for senior management; and,
-Support the Manager, Program Delivery, in the administration of geographic, community, or sector/industry specific initiatives.

Work environment

As an organization, ISED strives to give all its employees opportunities to achieve organizational, professional and personal goals in a respectful and inclusive workplace, mobilized and supported by leadership at all levels.

Intent of the process

The intent of this selection process is to staff two positions on an indeterminate basis: one with a linguistic requirement of Bilingual imperative – BBB/BBB in Timmins or Sault Ste. Marie and one English essential position in Sudbury, both with Reliability Security Clearance.A pool of partially qualified candidates will be created to staff similar positions within Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada with various language requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, deployment, acting, specified period, assignment, secondment).

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Education (essential):
Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or an acceptable combination of education
and significant relevant* experience.
* Relevant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of work demonstrated normally acquired by performing
duties for a period of approximately five (5) years.

Experience (essential):
– Experience leading economic development projects and/or programs.
– Experience developing and providing advice on complex matters.
– Experience implementing regional economic development.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Assets (nice to have but not essential):
– Experience in making presentations to groups of business or community leaders.
– Experience in developing reports for management

Operational requirements:
– Willingness to work flexible hours and overtime as required.
– Willingness to travel.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Language requirements:
Sault Ste. Marie: Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements

Competencies (essential):
– Planning and organizing.
– Critical Thinking.
– Relationship management and collaboration.
– Oral Communication.
– Written Communication.

Abilities (essential):
– Ability to provide advice and guidance to external stakeholders on programs.
– Ability to analyze and synthesize information from diverse sources.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Assets (nice to have but not essential):
– Knowledge of economic development organizations operating in Northern Ontario, including their mandates, strategic priorities and roles in community economic development.
– Knowledge of private sector and not-for-profit financial analysis, including finanical ratio anlysis.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

– Reference checks may be sought.

– An interview will be administered.

– A test may be administered.

– A situational exercise may be administered.

– Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript.

– Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required; Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

– Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed. Meeting one or many of the other qualifications may be a deciding factor in appointing a particular candidate amongst the qualified candidates. Please note that one, some or all of the Asset qualifications could be used at any stage of the staffing process

– Depending on the number of applicants, department needs and HR plans, volume management strategies such as random selection, top-down approach, and/or cut-off scores MAY be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates.

– Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

– If you do not fully complete the screening questions as instructed, you will be screened out.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information


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