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Trade Commissioner Assistant

Section: International Business Development
Location: Consulate of Canada in Houston, Texas
Postion number: EXT–408620B
Level: LE-05
Starting salary: $52,411 USD plus benefits
Date posted: October 24, 2019
Closing date: November 11, 2019
Employment tenure: Indeterminate

The Consulate of Canada in Houston, Texas is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Trade Commissioner Assistant. Under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, this position is responsible for supporting the Mission’s Trade Commissioners with the implementation of their international business development and investment programs and activities in the Consulate General’s territory of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

The Trade Commissioner Assistant will need to be a bright, articulate, hardworking individual with a high energy level and outstanding interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will be highly collaborative and a detail-oriented professional who takes on active roles in both day-to-day functions as well as be a key member of the Houston team.

This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and other similar positions, with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting opportunities at the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas and the Consulate of Canada in Houston.

Open to:


Employees of the Embassy of Canada or any Canadian Consulate in the US currently at this level may apply by requesting a transfer. You will be part of the competition and will be assessed against the rated requirements. You must advise your current supervisor of your interest. Relocation fees will not be paid in any circumstance.

All applicants must:

Note: Failure to provide any of the information required above will result in your application being rejected. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications. Supporting documentation will be verified during the process. 

Summary of duties:

1. Administrative Support

2. Research, Knowledge & Information Management Support

3. Event Support

Coordinate logistics for events including but not limited to, receptions, trade exhibitions, conferences and other IBD events

4. Information and Technology Support

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:

Language requirements:

English (The ability to work in French and/or Spanish would be considered an asset). Please indicate your level of knowledge on your resume.


A degree from a recognized, accredited university or college in the fields of business, communications, international studies or a combination of education, training and experience (at least two years) in an administrative support role in a professional office environment  


Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications.  The assessment may be a written test, an interview, an in-basket exercise, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.



Personal suitability:

Desirable qualifications:  

Selection procedure:

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements.  Please note that failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates the candidates from further consideration in the competition.  Only those applicants who meet these will be contact by the Consulate General of Canada for an interview or other form of assessment of these Rated Requirements.

The assessment may include an interview, a written test and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.

The Consulate General of Canada offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.

The Consulate General of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Method of application:

Applications are to be sent by e-mail to: by 17:00 CST on the closing date. In completing their applications, candidates will confirm that they meet all the essential requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the requirements being assessed.  We thank all applicants, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening. Candidates must provide contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.).

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week, with occasional overtime and travel.  The successful candidate must be available to work Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 17:00.

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