Senior Advisor, Technical Security Counter Measures

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Job ID: J0422-1541
Classification: SEN-10
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 95554/Year
Maximum Salary: 120904/Year
Closing Date: June 11, 2023

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country’s democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation’s diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is provided full and equal opportunity and access to employment, development and advancement. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

In this role, you will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise and operational leadership in establishing a Technical Security Counter Measures (TSCM) strategy, program, policies, directives and standard operating procedures. You will also provide technical leadership in implementing the installation of specialized equipment that enables the detection and protection from threats to technical security. As the authority on TSCM, the incumbent is responsible for raising awareness and training on TSCM matters, for advising senior management on necessary prevention and threat mitigation, for conducting specialized inspections to identify vulnerabilities and risks, for the implementation of corrective measures, as well as for the certification of technical systems in meeting the required TSCM standards. The incumbent will represent the Senate’s security team at meetings of Parliamentary Precinct security partners (e.g. Parliamentary Protective Service; House of Commons Corporate Security Office) to deliver the Senate’s position, plans and approaches to successfully collaborate on joint initiatives.

Open to

The general public to staff one indeterminate position. This selection process may be used to staff determinate or indeterminate positions at the same level with similar requirements.

We encourage individuals from underrepresented and minority groups to apply.


• Successful completion of a post-secondary degree in IT, electronics, systems engineering or another related field, OR an acceptable combination of education, TSCM training and experience related to the specialized activities;
• REI Certifications in the following specializations would be an asset:
- Level 1 - Countermeasures Core Concepts.
- Level 2 - RF OSCOR; TALAN Telephone Countermeasures; ANDRE.
- Level 3 - RF Certification, TALAN Certification, VoIP, Advanced Equipment Use.
• A minimum of five (5) years' experience in a TSCM position;
• Significant experience in the development and implementation of a TSCM program and policies, as well as security counter measures standards in a high profile secure environment;
• Experience in the development of a security teams’ strategy and approach to TSCM certification/accreditation of facilities, networks and systems to approved standards;
• Experience in making recommendations and providing expert advice on counter measures to improve technical security;
• Experience in the use of specialized intrusion detection equipment and software tools, including spectrum analyzers, digital test equipment, telephony test equipment, etc., to make test on analog, digital and VoIP systems;
• Experience in reviewing and conducting technical security risk assessments of physical building plans, technical installations, secure facilities, to identify vulnerabilities to intrusion and compromising practices;
• Experience in acting as a SME advisor and collaborator on technical committees, work groups and joint security partner groups;
• Possess excellent verbal and written communication, organizational and time management skills;
• Demonstrated strong attention to detail and ability to compile, analyse, prepare, organize and maintain information in an efficient manner;
• Demonstrated ability to work simultaneously with different groups in a multi-disciplinary environment with conflicting priorities;

Linguistic Requirements




Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

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Relocation and travel expenses incurred during this process are the applicant's responsibility.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.