Current job postings

Current job postings

1.  Payroll officer, Corporate services
2. Government relations officer, Government relations
3.  Program officer, Innovative Designs for Accessibility

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Payroll officer
Corporate services

Reporting to the director, human resources, the incumbent will manage the complete payroll function for Universities Canada and more than 30 outside organizations for a total of approximately 600 employees. The incumbent will be considered the expert and prime resource for Universities Canada for payroll administration. The incumbent will also administer benefits and be responsible for several other accounting and financial functions.

This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that the ideal candidates would possess.

Education and experience

  • Postsecondary education (university degree or community college diploma in finance or accounting).
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification.
  • Four to five years of prior similar experience.
  • Financial experience with month end reconciliation of balance sheets accounts, financial analysis and recording of journal entries.

Knowledge

  • Excellent knowledge of payroll processes.
  • Knowledge of relevant payroll legislation and employment regulations.
  • Knowledge of payroll and accounting software.
  • Some knowledge of group insurance plans administration and defined contributions retirement plan.

Abilities/Qualities

  • Good oral and written communication skills in both official languages.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion and tact when dealing with sensitive issues.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical experience and problem solving skills.

The hiring salary range for this position is from $56,673 to $65,140 commensurate with experience.  Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer and offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, and life, disability, medical and dental care insurance.  Click here to learn more about why Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the Human Resources Service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by October 19, 2017. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

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Government relations officer
Government relations 

(term position until September 2018)

This position reports to the assistant director, government relations. The government relations officer will be an experienced professional with very good government relations and communications skills whose ability to network and communicate Universities Canada’s mission and priorities will add value to the association’s advocacy, government relations and member engagement activities.

In order to advance Universities Canada’s advocacy agenda, the ideal candidate will be pro-active, responsive, nimble and collaborative, with proven success in gathering strategic information, as well as in developing and maintaining information sources in government. They will also have prior knowledge of higher education, research and innovation issues.   Bilingualism is essential.

Responsibilities

  • Support the overall advocacy strategy of the association through active government relations activities.
  • Attend member and Parliamentary events.
  • Coordinate projects and work closely with staff in the research and policy, communications, international relations and member relations teams at Universities Canada.
  • Understand higher education, research and innovation issues and communicate related Universities Canada positions to a variety of audiences, including parliamentarians, federal officials, political staffers and other postsecondary stakeholder organizations.
  • Develop and maintain networks of contacts in the federal government, political parties, government relations offices in member institutions, and in other postsecondary stakeholder groups, such as the research community, and implement engagement and outreach activities with these networks to support Universities Canada advocacy efforts.
  • Monitor trends related to federal higher education, research and innovation policy and program development, including proposed legislative and regulatory changes, and studies conducted by Parliamentary Committees (both House and Senate).
  • Prepare background notes, briefs, submissions and other written documents related to Universities Canada’s government relations activities.
  • Support the organization of Universities Canada government relations meetings, events and initiatives and at times coordinates these events.
  • Implement Universities Canada’s government relations strategy and outreach related to research and innovation and university infrastructure files.

This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that ideal candidates would possess.

Education and experience

  • A graduate degree in a related discipline.
  • A minimum of two to four years of relevant experience.
  • Prior experience in government relations, or working on Parliament Hill or within the federal government an asset.
  • Experience working in a national association and/or membership organization an asset.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of current federal political and policy environment, including parliamentary procedures.
  • Knowledge of tactics for advocating to government.
  • Excellent understanding of higher education, research and innovation issues and trends.

Abilities/Qualities

  • Excellent ability in analyzing complex files and advancing related advocacy with various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather strategic intelligence, and to develop and maintain information sources in government and universities.
  • Ability to recognize and seize opportunities to advance an organization’s mission.
  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communication skills in both official languages.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate files and projects.
  • Proactive, responsive, nimble and flexible.
  • Strong multitasking skills.
  • High degree of judgment, initiative, discretion and insight.
  • Ability to work independently towards set objectives within government relations team and collaboratively with other staff across the association.
  • High degree of tact and excellent networking, diplomacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making ability.

The hiring salary range for the government relations officer position is from $65,742 to $75,562  commensurate with experience.  Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer and offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, and life, disability, medical and dental care insurance.  Click here to learn more about why Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by October 19, 2017. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged. 

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  

If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the Human Resources Division. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

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Program officer
Innovative Designs for Accessibility
Partnerships and programs

(three-year term position)

Reporting to the assistant director, Partnerships and programs, the incumbent will oversee a new three-year program funding a national student design competition with a focus on innovation and accessibility.  The program officer will be responsible for all aspects of the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) program including program design and implementation; promotion to universities and students; coordination of the annual competition including the selection process; reporting; coordination of an annual celebration event; and, liaising with government officials, students and universities.

This candidate profile sets out the education, experience, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities that the ideal candidates would possess.

Education and experience

  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline.
  • Four to five years of prior similar experience.
  • Prior experience in program management and promotion.
  • Experience managing government-funded programs, an asset.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the Canadian higher education system.
  • Knowledge of accessibility issues.
  • Knowledge of database management and social media tools.

Abilities/Qualities

  • Strong financial management and reporting skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills in both official languages, including strong presentation skills.
  • Written proficiency in both official languages.
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently.
  • Capacity to liaise with and manage multiple external stakeholders.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and within set deadlines and with evolving priorities.
  • Judgement, tact and diplomacy.

The hiring salary range for this position is from $65,742 to $75,562 commensurate with experience.  Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region’s Top Employer and offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, and life, disability, medical and dental care insurance.  Click here to learn more about why Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to the Human Resources Service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by October 12, 2017. Email address: careers@univcan.ca.

While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

Universities Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. All documents provided by Universities Canada can be provided in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.  If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise Universities Canada in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If such accommodations are needed, please contact the human resources service. The information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially and will not affect the evaluation.

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