EMPLOYER: Communications Security Establishment (CSE)


Closing Date



For detailed information about our Compensation and Benefits, please visit this link:



Please contact HR for additional information

About the Job


The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has a requirement for the professional services of clinical/forensic Psychologists. Under the leadership of the Psychological Assessment Services (PAS) unit, the Psychologist will be responsible for performing psychological assessments with candidates and employees to determine organizational suitability.  They will communicate results in a clear, concise and professional manner to inform hiring decisions, deployment decisions or other decisions in the organization.  They will also provide consultation on psychological matters as needed to clients and partners.


Salary Range

  • UNI-10: $106,996 - $125,878 per year*
  • Salaries are currently under review




All jobs are in Ottawa, Ontario. Flexible work arrangements, including telework for a portion of the work week, may be possible. For more information on location, please visit the following link:  CSE locations meet current accessibility standards.


Language Requirements


  • Bilingual Imperative: BBB/BBB and CCC/CCC


For additional information regarding general second official languages qualifications, please click here.


Area of selection


  • Open to Canadian citizens.


Required Qualifications


You must clearly demonstrate in your application how you meet these required qualifications:



A Graduate degree* in psychology from a recognized university with a specialization in clinical or forensic psychology.

Registered as a psychologist in Ontario or Quebec and authorized for autonomous practice with the appropriate provincial licensing body.



Significant* experience in conducting psychological assessments with adults, including experience in assessing personality, emotional/behavioural functioning and psychopathology.

Significant* experience administering and interpreting standardized psychological assessment instruments (i.e. MMPI-2; MMPI-3; MMPI-RF; PAI; NEO-PI).

Significant* experience writing psychological reports and communicating psychological assessment results in a clear, concise and professional manner.


*For the purposes of this selection process “Significant” is defined as having performed a range of the identified psychological activities for a period of approximately two (2) years or more as a licensed Psychologist.





Competencies is our term for skills and/or knowledge. These required competencies are the skills/knowledge we need to see reflected in your application, interviews, etc., for you to be successful.


Technical competencies


Knowledge of Clinical Psychology (Psychopathology, Mental Health Issues and Treatment): Understand psychopathology, of various mental health problems, symptoms and personality disorders and prognostic for positive change, rehabilitation and recovery.

Knowledge of Methods Related to Individual Psychological Assessment of Adults: Understand how to collect, to extract, to gather and to analyze psychological information in order to provide clinical impressions and a professional opinion.

Consultation Services, Communication and Education on Psychological Indicators and Behavioural (which may pose a Risk for the Organization) : The ability to raise awareness on psychological risk factors, to educate the organization on personal psychological vulnerabilities for potential maladjustment and on the behavioural impact of maladaptive personality traits in the workplace and to influence decisions.



Behavioral competencies


Accountability/Autonomy: Effectively plan, organize & manage their time & activities to deliver high quality & efficient performance.

Cognitive Thinking Skills: Responding to challenges with innovative solutions, products, or services by questioning conventional means, using intuition, experimentation & fresh perspectives; understanding, analyzing, synthesizing and relating complex information and abstract variables.

Interactive Communication: Communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive, effective, and articulate manner, thinking about who you need to communicate with, ensuring the message is clear, understood & consistent with CSE objectives.

Working in a Team: Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills & working cooperatively and effectively within & across organizational units to achieve common goals.



Leadership competencies

Achieving Results: Deliver on commitments through actions that reflect personal accountability, sound judgement, decisiveness & business acumen.

Collaboration: Build relationships with traditional & non-traditional partners & stakeholders to develop solutions that reflect the interests of the organization.

Integrity, Respect & Awareness: Create & promote a culture of integrity, transparency, fairness & respect. Recognize one’s own areas of personal & professional strength as well as areas for development & is committed to continuous learning to enhance self-awareness. Continuous learning to enhance self-awareness.



Asset Qualifications


Assets are “nice-to-have” expertise and competencies we’re interested in. If you’re excited about what we do and working with us but are not sure you’re 100% there yet, please don’t let that stop you from applying.


You should clearly demonstrate in your application any specialized expertise that apply to you, as it will be used to determine which team you could best complement within CSE.


Asset Experience

Experience completing psychological assessments that are relevant to personnel selection in a high security environment.


Application Process


Who Can Apply


You must be a Canadian citizen, be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance and be willing to comply with CSE’s own security policies and standards.



Security Requirements


You must have no criminal record. The screening process involves a  

  • security interview
  • polygraph test
  • psychological assessment
  • background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.


How to Apply


If you cannot apply online or have a disability preventing you from applying online, please inform us by contacting prior to the closing date of this selection process. CSE offers an assessment process that will accommodate any reasonable measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Those measures are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially. If you need such accommodation, please advise us. 


What to Expect 


The process will be conducted in the official language of your choice.  A written test will be administered to candidates who successfully pass the application review. It will be used as a screening tool. Make sure to check your spam/junk mailbox regularly for notification of the test.  Interview(s) will follow for candidates who are successful on the written test.   References (2 supervisors) will be requested from candidates who successfully complete the interview stage.   Candidates will be required to complete the security assessment.  More information regarding this process can be found on CSE's website


The entire selection process – written test, interviews, reference check, security investigation – may take more than one year to complete.  If you are deemed to be unsuccessful in the assessment process for this particular selection process, you may reapply in twelve (12) months. 



Determinate and indeterminate appointments will be used to staff positions of permanent or temporary tenures within CSE. All appointments have a one (1) year probation period.


Operational Requirements

Overtime and standby duty may be required.


CSE Employment

CSE is a separate organization and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). The organization has its own values-based staffing regime and as such, has the flexibility to determine qualifications for positions and how these qualifications will be assessed in a selection process.

CSE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment and we encourage candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities (including learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and all other types of disabilities), and members of visible minority groups.


Training and Development

At CSE, we are proud to offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages open minds and attitudes. As an organization that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfill your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we will enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the best of your abilities.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per CSE’s Policy, federal public servants working at CSE must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site.  This is a condition of employment, and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring.  Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.


We thank all candidates for their interest in CSE. However, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

START DATE: July 2022

Let us know if you are interested in this position. Complete this short form and we will follow up with you promptly.