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Project Leader

Job ID21-968-08-207-2300
Date Posted2021-11-04
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryPublic Administration
Closing Date 2022-01-12
Reference Number 21-968-08-207
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens

Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $84,050 - $102,250
Status Indeterminate (permanent) 
Language Requirement Various

Job Summary

The Project Leader is responsible for developing and administering project plans and leading a team through activities in support of the Branch programs. 

The major responsibilities of the position are:

  • Lead the project and team through the development and delivery activities ensuring effective tasking, scheduling, coordination and monitoring of project activities and resources that may span multiple branches and divisions of the organization.
  • Oversee, assist, or prepare detailed project documentation, potentially including charters, project management plans, business cases, or other project documentation based on Portfolio Management Office templates.
  • Oversee, or lead activities of the project by developing plans/objectives, organizing, updating project plans; controlling budgetary expenditures; directing/instructing human resources, managing change in scope and schedule, and communicating with stakeholders, including reports and presentations to senior management.
  • Resolve problems by analysing and following practices and standards and by developing new approaches to resolve issues and risks.
  • Contribute to project business case development by developing preliminary project plans and resource estimates.
  • Coordinate internal and contract project resource requirements by writing Statements of Work and establishing evaluation criteria and evaluating responses.
  • Lead projects related to the piloting/prototyping of new technologies by planning project level activities for project teams
  • Apply SDLC best practices and potentially utilize Agile methodologies in development projects.


  • Undergraduate degree*;  or
  • Technologist diploma*; or
  • Professional technologist equivalency designation; or
  • College diploma*; or
  • Secondary school diploma.

* Fields of study: Computer science, electrical, electronics, network security, telecommunications, or engineering and related fields of study.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. 

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


  • Undergraduate degree and three (3) years experience*;  or
  • Technologist diploma and four (4) years experience*; or
  • Professional technologist equivalency designation and four (4) years experience*; or
  • College diploma six (6) years experience*; or
  • Secondary school diploma and seven (7) years experience*.

* Experience: leading activities in IT projects related to the planning, development, management and operation of an enterprise-wide technical infrastructure and network, computing platform environment or application development.

Candidates must also possess:

  • Experience managing and/or leading project teams ensuring effective tasking, scheduling, co-ordination and monitoring of all project activities and resources that span multiple branches and divisions.
  • Experience developing mitigation strategies for IT project risks and issues.
  • Experience writing/drafting necessary project reports/documentation including but not limited to business cases, project charters, project status reports, project management plans and risk management plans. 


  • A Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification in good standing or equivalent including but not limited to Post Graduate Project Management Studies, Prince2 certification, SCRUM Master Certification, Lean Six Sigma Certification or others which will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Experience using Microsoft Project, ServiceNow
  • Knowledge of System development lifecycle (SDLC) models 
  • Familiarity with the use of project management software tools and applications 
  • ITIL training or certifications
  • Experience in Agile methodology


  • Knowledge & Experience
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Communication Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Result Oriented

Conditions of Employment

Not Applicable


While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

A competency-based interview, a written exam and reference check may be administered to retained applicants.  To know more about our process, please visit: Job Requirements-

Candidates should note that non-imperative staffing may be considered in situations where it can contribute to closing representation gaps in employment equity groups.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

For more information, visit CSIS for Project Leader