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Specialist, Information Systems

Posted: Jun 06, 2024 Closing date of the competition: Jun 20, 2024 Location: Montreal (Balmoral) Flexibility Profile: Mostly Remote Salary Range: 10 - $81,693 to $104,457 (under review) Position Status: Continuous - Full-time Position Number: 00021319 Division: Technologies Department: Information Technology & Infrastructure Union Category: PIPSC

Are you passionate about great storytelling, about exploring the issues that matter, about pushing the boundaries in new audiovisual experiences? So are we. As Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board has been telling the country’s stories and pioneering breakthroughs in virtually every field of audiovisual content since 1939. But to do this, we need a team that truly reflects the richness and diversity of Canada. If you’d like to be a part of this team—and part of the NFB’s incredible legacy—we’d love to hear from you.


Responsible for the automation, storage and use of organizational data within the NFB. Participates in the selection of technology for database and information-management software, and installs, configures, administers and optimizes these solutions. Ensures the integrity and security of data, provides technical assistance to users and, on occasion, facilitates their training. Develops data-access procedures and collaborates with software developers to optimize procedures, data and systems for existing or new applications. Works closely with colleagues on data governance, analytics and system administration to ensure data accuracy, security and accessibility.


  • Contributes to the IT efficiency of organizational activities by designing, administering and evolving database servers.
  • Oversees the operation, protection and usage control of databases under their responsibility.
  • Suggests enhancements to refine and optimize processes, programs and work methodologies.
  • Creates and maintains the database schemas holding the data models.
  • Participates in the administration of database servers, including data operations, maintenance, security, optimization, batch processing, migration and data transformation.
  • Supports and guides their colleagues, developers and system administrators in writing effective data-access requests.
  • Proposes, creates and manages various environments (e.g., feasibility demonstration, development, testing, training and production environments).
  • Works closely with other team members on designing and modelling database systems, both relational and non-relational, in an on-prem and cloud infrastructure that ensures data integrity, performance and scalability.
  • Collaborates on identifying opportunities for relevant data acquisition and, as required, manages data-migration efforts to support a smooth transition between systems (on-prem, cloud environments), and participates in data pipelines (ETL, ELT).
  • Works in close collaboration with colleagues (e.g., developers, data architects, data analysts, system administrators) and other stakeholders to understand database requirements and recommend and implement solutions that meet business needs.
  • Maintains comprehensive documentation of database systems, configurations and procedures.
  • Proposes business processes that support reliable data transformation, data structures, metadata and dependencies; implements these processes to ensure raw data is readily accessible and well organized.
  • Keeps skills up to date, performs technology watch, keeps up with recent developments in the industry on a technical level, and actively participates in discussions about adopting them within the NFB; as applicable, implements approved solutions.
  • On occasion, participates in continuous-improvement initiatives and other data-related projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or equivalent;
  • Master’s degree in information systems is an asset;
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience performing tasks related to information-systems administration and implementation and providing advice and solutions;
  • Experience in proposing and implementing comprehensive information-systems solutions that meet business users’ requirements, including consulting with clients to compile their needs;
  • Relevant experience working with data organization and unstructured datasets, performing analysis and providing recommendations to clients;
  • Significant experience designing and modelling database or information systems, big-data pipelines, data lakes, data mining, hybrid or cloud architectures, including capacity planning and security;
  • Experience installing, configuring, performance tuning, optimizing and troubleshooting MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server databases;
  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Java or Python;
  • Strong knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems;
  • Bilingualism in both official languages (French and English), both orally and in writing.


  • Strong aptitude for teamwork and collaboration; active listening and an ability to understand needs and support people;
  • Good analytical skills and ability to convey technical concepts while adapting to the audience;
  • Initiative, autonomy, sense of responsibility and strong interest in continuous learning;
  • Excellent synthesis and advanced problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with an organized and rigorous approach to work that’s aligned with changing priorities and timelines;
  • Very good communication skills in the official languages (French and English), both orally and in writing.

The NFB is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that’s reflective of Canadian society. It promotes initiatives such as employment equity and encourages candidates to voluntarily indicate in their cover letter if they are a woman, a member of a First Nations group, Inuk, Métis, a person with a disability, or a member of a visible-minority group.

The NFB is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Feel free to advise us of any accommodation needs.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.