Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer
The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit is seeking to hire an individual with strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills to promote, advance, and strengthen Canada-U.S. bilateral political, economic and security interests within its 4-state territory (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky).
Position Title: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer
Section: Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Service
Location: Consulate General of Canada, Detroit
Position Number: 423417
Starting Salary: US$73,631 plus benefits
Competition number: 2020-01
Date posted: February 11, 2020
Closing date: February 25, 2020
Employment Tenure: There is one term position available with a specified period of employment ending December 31, 2020. 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.
Open to: Locally-engaged employees of this Consulate General or other Canadian missions in the United States, persons living in the Consulate’s 4-state territory, and spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit. No relocation expenses will be paid in any circumstance.
All applicants must:
- Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
- Be a resident of the United States.
- Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with the 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 Qualifications for this position. All communications related to the process, including the email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Condition of employment (must be met):
- Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status and Security Clearance which includes criminal, credit and background checks.
Summary of duties:
Under the direction of the Foreign Policy & Diplomacy Service (FPDS) Program Manager, and in accordance with applicable rules, practices and procedures, as well as the international priorities of the Government of Canada and its specific objectives in the U.S., the incumbent is responsible for coordinating FPDS support to the enhanced U.S. Engagement Campaign within the mission.
Duties include the coordination of FPDS support to the enhanced U.S. Engagement Campaign, including high-level visits support and traditional/digital media work; development of outreach and advocacy activities and products aimed at raising Canada's profile; partnering and building networks of influence for advocating Canadian positions; and research, analysis and reporting on developments in the political and economic spheres.
This is a junior-level officer position, and the successful candidate will be expected to have a professional track record demonstrating judgement and initiative, strategic planning, and supervised program delivery. Some initiative, judgement and discretion are required in applying relevant rules, in the conduct of limited or routine fact finding, or in the provision of information, where the implications of actions are not readily apparent from precedents; Individual problems are solved by selection of a course of action indicated by established methods and procedures; Knowledge, acquired on the job, is required of a limited number of established rules, procedures or operations; Decisions made by the officer will impact on their own work, individual clients, single cases, or otherwise have restricted application; and recommendations made by the officer will impact on the work of the FPDS section.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a field related to the position. Preference may be given to candidates with degrees in journalism, communications, public relations, public policy, political science or international affairs.
- A superior command of English is essential, including excellent writing capabilities.
- Experience working in a public relations, public affairs, government or political office environment.
- Experience in event planning and project management.
- Experience working with both traditional media and social media platforms, including the development of traditional or digital products (e.g. imagery, video, remarks/statements, handouts, infographics, newsletters, etc.).
- Experience performing in-depth research, analysis and report preparation.
Candidates who meet the Essential 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.
- Knowledge of the political-economic landscape in the local region and across the Consulate General’s states of responsibility.
- Knowledge of Canada-US issues and the policy priorities and objectives of the Government of Canada.
- Knowledge of the effective strategic use of both traditional and social media in pursuit of brand marketing.
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to prepare business documents such as briefs, scenarios, and reports as well as public materials such as newsletters, web/social media content, and spoken remarks.
- Ability to plan, manage and deliver effective outreach events that reach appropriate targeted audiences.
- Ability to organize workload, multitask, prioritize and work under pressure and on deadline.
- Ability to network and build effective relationships with contacts.
- Ability to engage in detailed research, analysis and report preparation.
- Ability to work effectively in a team.
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Client focus
- Effective Interactive Communication
- Effective Interpersonal Relations
- Highly Collaborative Working Style
- Sound Judgement
- Oral and written proficiency in French is an asset.
- Valid motor vehicle driver’s license is an asset.
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.
Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.
Method of Application:
Applications are to be sent by e-mail to: DTROTCompetition/Concours@international.gc.ca by the closing date. In completing their applications, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet the Education and Experience requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description.
Hours of Work:
Normal hours of work for this position are 37.5 hours per week in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staffs (LES) Regulations. The ability to work occasional overtime on evenings, weekends and holidays, including travel, is required.
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