Business Development Assistant
The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit is seeking an International Business Development Assistant to join our dynamic and results-oriented international trade team of professionals responsible for promoting, advancing, and strengthening Canadian trade, innovation, and investment interests in the United States.
Working within a team of eight, the Assistant is responsible for supporting the work of part of the Trade section in working with Canadian companies and supporting investment attraction to Canada.
Position title: Trade Commissioner Assistant
Section: International Business Development
Location: Consulate General of Canada, Detroit
Position no: 304579
Starting salary: $52,411 USD per annum, plus benefits
Competition number: 2019-05
Date posted: January 13, 2020
Closing date: January 27, 2020
Employment Tenure: There is one position available with an indeterminate term. This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting opportunities at the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit. When you submit your application, you must specify all types of employment tenures for which you wish to be considered, e.g., indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting.
- Persons residing within the territory of Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
- Employees of the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.
- Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States.
- Spouses and dependents of Canada‐based staff at the Consulate General of Canada, Detroit.
Relocation expenses will not be paid in any circumstance.
All Applicants Must
- Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
- Be a resident in the United States.
- Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
- Submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date. The cover letter must specify, using specific examples, how they meet all the Essential Requirements for this position. All communications related to the process, including the email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Conditions of Employment (must be met)
- Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check.
Summary of Duties
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts who are committed to advancing Canadian interests abroad. Reporting to the Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, the Trade Commissioner Assistant delivers client-focused services; prepares responses to routine business enquiries; provides organizational support for projects and activities of the Business Development section, including executing marketing campaigns; and provides administrative and clerical support to Trade Commissioners for the effective implementation of the program in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Duties include: logistical support; planning and execution of projects/events; collection and input of data into the Client Management System (TRIO); financial management and tracking of expenses; preparation of partnership agreements and contracts; support of communications (via telephone, website, and social medical channels); maintenance and collation of a variety of documentation and records; information gathering and management; contacts management; drafting and editing documents; research; and other duties as assigned.
The Assistant will also be expected to assist other sections/programs within the Consulate General on a temporary as-needed basis.
Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter and CV how they meet the Education, Language, and Experience requirements listed below:
- Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university or college in a field related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
- A minimum of three years of recent and direct experience in the delivery of client-focused business services.
- A minimum of one year of recent and direct experience organizing business/networking events.
- Experience in conducting research and writing reports for a broad audience.
- Experience working as part of a team of business professionals and achieving organizational objectives/goals.
- A minimum of two years of recent and direct experience in administrative processes and financial record-keeping.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite software applications (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint).
Candidates who meet the Essential Requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be a written test, an interview, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.
- Knowledge of the Canada / U.S. relationship and current Canadian business advocacy priorities in the U.S.
- Business development research skills and event management practices.
- Services provided by the Trade Commissioner Service and the role that the international business development team plays in providing these services.
- Manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines and cope with work pressures.
- Communicate with senior executives/high level officials and process requests for appointments and meetings.
- Work effectively in a team environment with minimal supervision.
- Provide excellent client service.
- Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Effective Interactive Communication
- Sound judgement and Integrity
- Teamwork and Cooperation
- Client-focused orientation
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
- Knowledge of the local government and industry within the 4-State territory covered by the Consulate.
- Experience in supporting a team of business development professionals.
- Experience using Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems.
- Ability to work in French.
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 interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements. A board will be formed to conduct interviews of qualified applicants and to oversee the administration of any appropriate tests. The interview will consist of a series of questions and may include a written test and other tests designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.
The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.
Method of Application
- Your application must include a cover letter providing specific examples describing how you meet all the essential requirements along with your current resume.
- Candidates are to send their cover letter and CV in English or French to DTROTCompetition/Concours@international.gc.ca with the Job Title in the subject line by the closing date.
In addition to your resume and cover letter, you must prepare a written submission (maximum two pages for each qualification) describing specific event(s) where you demonstrate each of the following two (2) qualifications:
- Demonstrate strong organizational skills by managing multiple competing demands, and prioritize work to meet tight deadlines and achieve results;
- Demonstrate basic mathematical skills with the ability to administer an operational budget, maintain spreadsheets, work with financial payments, and prepare financial reports and budgeting processes.
It is important that you prepare these submissions with care. Your submissions must cover the following: a description of the situation, the actions you personally took, the results of your action, how the situation demonstrates the qualification, and the name, email address and phone number of a person who can verify the example. It must be submitted ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE with your application.
Candidates who fail to produce the written submission as requested within required timeframe will not be considered for the position.
Hours of Work
Normal hours of work for this position are 37.5 hours per week, in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) Regulations. The ability to work occasional overtime on evenings, weekends and holidays, including travel, is required.
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