Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Ottawa, ON
Job Summary

The Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) is a community-wide resource, housed within the CSIS national headquarters in Ottawa, and is in whole or in part, staffed by representatives from various federal organizations. ITAC’s primary objective is to produce accurate, relevant and timely threat assessments on terrorism. ITAC is seeking an Editor who will be responsible for the content and copy editing of written documents, in preparation for final publication.

Major Responsibilities

Ensure production of high quality products by establishing, communicating and maintaining standards as they relate to report structure, context, cohesiveness, messaging, information layering, analysis, narrative, accessibility, clarity and impact, and ensuring the standards evolve according to client expectations.
As ITAC’s quality assurance resource, review all products by editing, refining and correcting the content (including grammatical and punctuation errors), as necessary, under tight deadlines.
Ensure adherence to established stylistic guidelines/standards.
Responsible for standards in Analyst Handbook and Style Guide
Manage the translation of all published reports by maintaining a tracking system, submitting translation requests, comparing the French and English versions for accuracy, monitoring their progress, and releasing the final products for dissemination.
Recommend, in cooperation with the Translation Service, appropriate standardized English and French terminology use and ensuring adherence to consistency and standards.
Advise staff on linguistic matters in both official languages.
Establish and develop effective relationships with other government departments, agencies and industry in order to keep abreast of changes in policies and practices in government and new methodologies.
Undergraduate degree in Translation, Journalism, Communications, English, French, or any other related field.
College diploma in Translation, Journalism, Communications, English, French, or any other related field.

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 four (4) years of experience in the following:
College diploma and seven (7) years of experience in the following:

Experience in reviewing and editing a variety of products under tight deadlines targeting different audiences;
Experience in translating documents from English to French and from French to English
Experience providing advice and guidance on writing standards to colleagues and senior management;
Experience in writing reports, briefing materials, or other business documents; and
Experience in managing multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritizing deliverables.

The candidate must also have advanced knowledge of rules and principles of editing as demonstrated by working on sensitive documents, written by subject matter experts and using specialized terminology.

Assets: Experience editing classified intelligence products in both official languages.
Experience with machine translation software Trados, or similar translation software packages.

Official Language Proficiency

Bilingual PPC/PPC imperative

A written exam will be used to assess the Official Language proficiency. The exam will be administered by CSIS, but will be corrected by the Translation Bureau of Canada.

Organizational skills / multitasking
Conditions of Employment

Upon appointment, an employee shall remain in their new position for two (2) years.


Not Applicable

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.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to diversity and inclusion and the equitable participation of all Canadians. Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

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