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Commercial Officer – Ontario

Position Title: Commercial Officer - Ontario
Section: Ontario International – San Francisco Trade & Investment Office
Location: Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco
Position Number: EXT-403211
Level: LE-07
Starting Salary: $79,711 USD, plus benefits
Tenure:  Indeterminate
Competition No.: SFRAN_2019_06
Posting Date: November 11, 2019
Closing Date: December 2, 2019 (5:00 PM PST)

Summary of Position:

The province of Ontario generates 40% of Canada’s GDP and is home to the second largest tech sector in North America. The Ontario Government has a network of representational offices, Ontario International - Trade and Investment Offices (TIOs), in cities around the world. They are co-located in Canadian diplomatic missions, composed of a Canadian Diplomat (Head of the TIO) and a locally engaged team. Measured by quantitative results, TIOs are mandated to build commercial and cultural relations between Ontario and the host country in three ways: 1) Export Promotion; 2) Foreign Direct Investment Attraction; and 3) Partnership Development.

The Commercial Officer (Ontario) is a local employee of the Government of Canada but works with and reports to the Head of Program at the Ontario Trade and Investment Office (TIO). Under the general direction of the Head of Program, the Commercial Officer (Ontario) contributes to the commercial success of Ontario companies in the territory covered by the Trade and Investment Office. This includes support to exporters, but also innovation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Ontario as well as advocacy.

Some responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Essential Requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:


luency in English (oral and written). The ability to work in French is considered an asset. 


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a business, economics, or a field related to the duties of the position.


*Recent experience is defined as work experience in the last 5 years.

Rated Requirements:

Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be an interview, a written test, an interview, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities, and personal suitability for this position



Personal Suitability:

Conditions of Employment (must be met):

The successful candidate will be required to obtain Government of Canada Reliability Status (RS), which includes a criminal, and credit background check.

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 candidates from further consideration in the competition.  Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an in- person interview and/or other form(s) of assessment (a written test, an in-basket exercise, and /or a skills test) of the Rated Requirements for the position.  All candidates are required to show proof of legal status to live and work in the US.  Reference verifications may also be carried out.
The Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
The Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term disability, and a pension  plan to name a few.

Method of Application:

Applications are to be sent by e-mail to: by the closing date and time. Your application must include a detailed cover letter (as outlined above) and curriculum vitae.  When submitting your application by email, on subject line of email write only your last name in all caps followed by this competition number: SFRAN_2019_6.  For example, if your name were Susan Jones, you would write: JONES –SFRAN_2019_6. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Please ensure that your application includes a valid, functional email address that accepts messages from unknown users.

Hours of Work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be willing to work evenings, some weekends and holiday events.


The position will also require some business travel within the office’s territory, as well as possible trips to Canada.


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