Senior Conservation Architect, Federal Approvals

Tue, 2019-08-20 09:01 -- HRRecruit
National Capital Commission
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The National Capital Commission (NCC) is the federal Crown Corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians and a legacy for generations to come. Building on more than a century of experience, the NCC provides unique value in the Capital Region by fulfilling three specific roles: long-term planner of federal lands, principal steward of nationally significant public places, and creative partner committed to excellence in development and conservation.

Under the provisions of the National Capital Act , the NCC’s Federal Approvals, Heritage and Archaeology Division is mandated to manage the review and approval of conventional and complex real property plans, projects and transactions affecting not just the NCC lands and properties, but all federal lands and/or projects proposed by federal departments in any lands within the National Capital Region including new developments, rehabilitation of heritage buildings, projects on heritage sites and archaeological sites, sensitive and/or security projects.

Conservation is a core part of the NCC’s mandate under the National Capital Act. The Heritage Program provides professional advice, tools and support on heritage conservation to inform the NCC’s policies, plans, projects and management of heritage assets. The Heritage Program also provides conservation recommendations to inform federal approval for projects of other federal departments. Furthermore, the Heritage Program coordinates the NCC’s involvement with the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO) of Parks Canada, including heritage evaluation, review of intervention and disposal.


A pool of qualified candidates may be established to staff similar or identical positions at the National Capital Commission.


Reporting to the Chief Federal Approvals, the Sr. Conservation Architect supports the implementation of National Capital Act provisions relating to Federal Approvals. He/she is responsible for the review and approval process of the projects assigned to him/her with a special focus on interventions affecting historic buildings and sites.
1. Provides senior advice to internal and external proponents and consultants relative to the Federal Approval process and requirements.
2. Provides senior technical expertise and advice in the fields of heritage conservation architecture.
3. Reviews documents, specifications, drawings, reports and mock-ups, performs site visits and field reviews and provides conservation advice and recommendations aligned with the NCC Federal Approvals Framework.
4. Coordinates and reconciles the competing requirements and recommendations of multi-disciplinary teams (real estate, environment, landscape, engineering, security, archaeology, industrial design, etc.).
5. Liaises and communicates conservation and approval requirements and interests to internal and external proponents, consultants, contractors and stakeholders, federal, provincial and municipal agencies and to other divisions and branches of the NCC.
6. Prepares formal correspondence, letters of approval, design and land use reviews and reports in support of the Federal Approvals process.
7. Prepares and delivers submissions and presentations to NCC Internal Committees, NCC Advisory Committees, the Executive Management Committee, the NCC Board of Directors, and to others groups.
8. Develops and assists with the preparation of policies, standards, guidelines, criteria and tools both at a corporate as well as at a project-specific level.
9. Facilitates coordination of plans and projects through the approvals process.
10. Monitors the implementation of approved plans and projects.
11. Reports on :
a. Project scope and Federal Approval requirements;
b. Approval process, timelines and progress;
c. Client satisfaction;
d. Electronic filing;
e. Other performance indicators as required by the Division.
12. Manages NCC Corporate software and filing system.
13. Demonstrates excellence in client service.
14. Supports the Division’s Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP), communications and outreach requirements.
15. Performs other related duties.


Professional university degree in Architecture from an accredited Canadian university, or the equivalent as established by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, if obtained outside Canada.

Bilingual Imperative: CBC.

Full member of the Ontario Association of Architects or l’Ordre des Architectes du Quebec or eligibility for full registration.

Eligible for Secret (Level II) security clearance.


1. *Recent and **extensive experience in managing ***complex real property projects:
a. Including design and construction of new buildings, heritage rehabilitations, utilities, services and engineering infrastructure , site/land development plans, landscape, security, and interior fit-ups;
b. From the planning to the delivery phase; and
c. In an environment of competing demands.
2. *Recent and **extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary ***complex real property project teams.
3. *Recent and **extensive experience in Heritage Rehabilitation involving:
a. 1800’s and early 1900’s buildings.
b. A wide-range of disciplines such as masonry (stone/ brick), sculptural masonry, stucco, metals, wood, decorative plaster, stained and art glass, fine and decorative arts, linen, gold leaf, frescos, paint, scagliola, furniture, etc.
c. Historic construction methods, trends, materials and techniques and their performance in northern latitudes.
4. *Recent and **extensive experience in coordinating the field investigations, testing and conditions assessments of heritage elements and providing recommendations for rehabilitation/conservation and mitigation work in construction projects of varying degrees of complexity and magnitude.
5. *Recent and **extensive experience in providing strategic advice and briefings to clients, stakeholders and senior management related to ***complex real property projects.

*Recent experience is defined as having at least 5 years' experience within the last 8 years of increasing responsibility in applicable criterion.
**Extensive experience is defined as the management of several projects/components that are strategically or thematically linked; to qualify on this factor, candidates must demonstrate they manage or have managed the strategic component as well as various types of projects including large projects with a high degree of technical difficulty.
***Complex projects must include 3 or more of the following characteristics: large number of stakeholders requiring specific governance and organized communications, important heritage and archaeology component, multi-disciplinary consulting team, interrelated dependencies with other projects or programs, alternative form of delivery or approvals required from Central Authorities (such as Treasury Board or a Board of Directors or equivalent in the private sector).


• To analyze and assess architectural and urban design proposals, plans and submissions throughout all phases of design development.
• To multi-task, develop strategies and set priorities for a multitude of complex issues.
• To perform within a highly diversified professional environment operating at a highly efficient level, as well as within a politically sensitive environment where issues must be resolved with diplomacy and insight.
• To respond to multiple, often conflicting demands, and to analyse and resolve complex and evolving issues, while making full use of limited resources.
• To negotiate and resolve disputes.
• To adhere to work plans and schedules for the delivery of approvals.
• To communicate effectively orally and in writing in both official languages.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS – Asset qualifications

1. Knowledge of the Federal Approvals framework:
a. National Capital Act
b. Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
c. Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
d. Parks Canada & Canadian Heritage regulations and processes
e. Applicable Treasury Board Policies
f. NCC Long-Range Plans
g. Municipal regulations
h. Provincial regulations
i. National Building Code
j. LEED/ Green Globes or similar certification processes
2. *Recent and **extensive experience in applying heritage conservation legislation, theories and principals such as the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada or its equivalents to construction projects.
3. University Masters Degree in Heritage Conservation or post-graduate training involving a wide-range of fieldwork on heritage buildings.
4. *Recent and **extensive experience in establishing and managing effective partnerships with key internal and external, public and private stakeholders.


• Integrity and respect
• Strategic thinking and decision making
• Reliability
• Teamwork
• Flexibility
• Communications

The NCC is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily in their application if they are a woman, an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The NCC is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the Human Resources representative of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. If you require additional information on the position or if you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact us at

Hearing impaired and speech impaired persons can contact us through a Teletype Device (TTY) at (613) 239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530 (toll free).

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications; your résumé and cover letter must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the essential requirements. Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed. Meeting one or many of the asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in selecting a particular candidate amongst the qualified candidates. Please note that one, some or all of the asset qualifications could be used at any phase of the selection process.
A short list of candidates will be selected for interview and/or exam based on a combination of experience, career progression and achievements, and overall presentation in the application.
Candidates invited to the interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials and/or professional registration.

Reference checks will be conducted.
Please note that in addition to all assessment methods, correspondence and communication in relation to this selection process may also be used to assess certain qualifications.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

*The male form used in this offer refers to both women and men.

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