The Library of Parliament is a non partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, a minimum of four weeks’ vacation leave, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries, and more!

Business Support Services (BSS) provides support and services to the Library of Parliament in the areas of human resources, finance and materiel management, corporate planning, information technology, and publishing, editing and creative services.

We are currently looking for candidates to staff the following position: Application Architect.

The Application Architect helps to ensure the continuing availability and operability of key elements of the Library of Parliament Information Technology (IT) infrastructure (e.g., software applications, IT systems, operating systems). The Application Architect works closely with other members of the Systems team in the Information Technology Directorate to provide the required support to integrate, develop, configure, deploy, operate, maintain and upgrade those elements and to continually enhance the computing environment in order to meet the business needs of Library service areas.



Determinate/Acting/Assignment/Secondment Position (3 years)

MAP-4 ($82,508 – $97,601)
Bilingual staffing – imperative: (BBB/BBB)

For the purposes of this selection process, the competencies listed in the attached Competency Profile will be evaluated.

 NOTE: This selection process will also be used to establish a pool of prequalified candidates that could be used to staff determinate and indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge or competencies.

* Salaries effective 1 April 2021

The following knowledge criteria will also be evaluated:

• Knowledge of IT principles and practices required to support the development, deployment, monitoring, maintenance and support of IT software systems, servers, operating systems, hardware, and peripherals
• Knowledge of application development, data modelling, database development, enterprise application integration, mobile and web application development, programming languages, service-oriented architecture, user-interface design, and object-oriented design and programming
• Knowledge of current and evolving technologies
• Knowledge of project management principles and best practices
• Knowledge of the Library of Parliament’s mandate, organizational structure and operational responsibilities

To be considered, candidates must have:

• Successful completion of post-secondary education in software engineering, computer science or a related field OR an acceptable combination of relevant education, training and experience
• Recent* and significant** experience defining and recommending solution architectures that include technology selection; system interoperability and integration; definition of non-functional requirements; and selection of development frameworks, methodologies and coding standards
• Recent* and significant** experience in software design, data modelling, and development of quality solutions using established development tools, guidelines and conventions, including but not limited to Microsoft Visual Studio, .NET Framework, SQL Server, HTML, and CSS
• Experience analyzing business objectives and requirements, preparing action plans, estimating development efforts, and identifying risks

*Recent experience is defined as experience acquired within the last five (5) years
**Significant experience is understood to mean a substantial depth and breadth as well as complexity of tasks that could be expected to have been obtained by carrying out the functions for a minimum of two (2) years.

Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain:

• A successful second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: BBB/BBB)
• A successful pre-employment screening

Additional Information:

• This selection process is open to the public and to employees of the Library of Parliament, the Senate, the House of Commons, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Parliamentary Protective Service, and the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
• This selection process will include a second-language evaluation, a written qualifying exam and an interview. The interview will consist of behavioural, situational and knowledge-based questions. Candidates will be required to pass each stage in order to move to the next stage of the selection process.
• Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge and/or competencies.
• Education and experience requirements will be used to determine which candidates will be asked to participate in the next stage of the selection process.
• Satisfactory references and proof of education are essential conditions of appointment.
• Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates.
• The Library of Parliament believes that the excellence for which it is known is enhanced by nurturing an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity, values differences and supports the full participation of all employees. The Library is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce reflecting the communities we live in and work in, the clients we work with, and Canadian society at large.
• Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and to permanent residents who are legally able to work in Canada. Applicants who have a valid work permit may also be considered.
• The location of employment is in the heart of downtown Ottawa, however, due to public health guidelines, the successful candidate will be asked to telework until new order

Apply no later than  April 5, 2021 11:59 PM  Eastern Time.

To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae, along with a covering letter indicating how you meet each of the education and experience requirements of the position. Please quote Staffing Process 20-LOP-335 in your documents and, if you apply by email, in the subject line of your email.
Send us your application:

By email:
By fax:         613-995-9582
By mail:       50 O’Connor Street
                   Library of Parliament
                   Human Resources Directorate
                   Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

Questions? Contact Human Resources at 343-542-4836 or

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Competency Profile for Information Technology (IT) - Advisor


Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups

Level 3: Adapts to widely varying needs.
• Adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues or situations.
• Supports major changes that challenge traditional ways of operating.
• Adapts interpersonal style to highly diverse individuals and groups in a range of situations.
• Adapts own plans and priorities in anticipation of change.


Providing service excellence to internal and/or external clients, addressing immediate and evolving client needs

Level 3: Provides added value.
• Looks for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests.
• Addresses underlying and long-term client needs.
• Enhances client service delivery systems and processes.
• Anticipates clients’ upcoming needs and concerns.


Treating others fairly, honestly and respectfully, furthering the integrity of the organization and its relationships of trust within the work environment and in the broader community

Level 1: Acts in fair and ethical manner toward others.
• Treats everyone equally with fairness, honesty and respect all the time.
• Refrains from behaviour or language that is exclusionary or offensive.
• Focuses on organizational success rather than personal gain.
• Follows through consistently on promises and commitments made to others.
• Presents facts and circumstances transparently, no matter how difficult the facts may be.
• Guards confidential and sensitive information, passing it on only to those that need to know.
• Maintains ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances.

Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner to ensure accuracy and the quality of work products and services delivered
Level 3: Demonstrates concern for thoroughness and accuracy.
• Identifies multiple sources of and approaches to information to ensure that details are addressed.
• Reviews the work of others for accuracy and thoroughness.
• Follows up to ensure tasks are completed and commitments are met by others.
• Verifies that work has been done according to procedures and standards.


Staying energized, productive and focused in the face of challenges, ambiguity, change or strenuous demands, and creating a supportive environment that helps others become more resilient and productive

Level 3: Adapts to ongoing or regular strenuous work demands.
• Retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations (pervasive ambiguity, frequent change, heavy workloads).
• Describes disruptions as challenges rather than threats.
• Adjusts personal coping mechanisms to deal with disruptions.


Understanding and applying technical and functional knowledge and skills to accomplish work objectives, while keeping up to date with new developments in the subject area and continuing to enhance skills

Level 4: Demonstrates advanced knowledge and ability.
• Deals with new or complex issues in the technical or functional area.
• Adapts approaches in novel situations.
• Explains advanced or complex concepts and methods.
• Guides others in the technical or functional area.
• Makes recommendations on the best course of action in complex situations.


Analyzing and synthesizing information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision-making

Level 4: Applies broad analysis.
• Integrates information from diverse sources, often involving large amounts of information.
• Thinks several steps ahead in deciding on the best course of action, anticipating likely outcomes.
• Develops conceptual frameworks that guide analysis by describing patterns of complex relationships among elements and events in the operating environment.


Making and following plans and allocating resources effectively to reach goals that are central to organizational success

Level 2: Plans and organizes group activities.
• Identifies who needs to be involved and when.
• Identifies who will do what, when, taking into account group members’ skills, needs and, if possible, preferences.
• Sets timelines and work steps.
• Monitors progress and use of resources (e.g., people, supplies, money).
• Makes needed adjustments to timelines, steps and resource allocation.
• Plans the accomplishment of next steps.


Designing, defining, constructing, enhancing, supporting and maintaining application software on one or more platforms, including the web

Level 4: Demonstrates advanced knowledge and ability, and applies the competency in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals.
• Constructs, tests and integrates software and information technology infrastructure.
• Explains how a proposed change would affect multiple applications.
• Advises on application and program design, standards and enhancements.
• Debugs very complex or urgent problems.
• Analyzes and models business functions, processes and information flow within or between systems.
• Provides guidance and mentors on programming practices.