Senior Commercial Officer (Ontario)
This is an exciting opportunity to work with the dynamic results-oriented Ontario Trade and Investment Office (TIO) Team at the Canadian Consulate General of Canada in Dallas to advance Ontario’s interests in the United States. We are seeking a Senior Commercial Officer who is an innovative and passionate professional, from public or private sector, looking to thrive and build their career in a unique, dynamic and entrepreneurial-like environment.
Our employees benefit from working in a leading-edge foreign, trade and development ministry that is both innovative and accountable.
We are looking for a proactive individual who has strong networking skills, is a team player, and is committed to client success. The Senior Commercial Officer will support opportunities across the TIO territory, which includes the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
Position Title: Senior Commercial Officer (Ontario)
Section: Ontario Trade and Investment Office (TIO)
Location: Canadian Consulate General in Dallas
Position no: 00427297
Starting salary: $ 94,691 USD (plus benefits)
Competition no: ONT2020-02
Date posted: February 20, 2020
Closing date: March 9, 2020
Employment Tenure: There is one indeterminate position available. This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position, with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting opportunities at the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas. 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 living in the United States.
- Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. and of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstances.
- Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Consulate of Canada in Dallas.
All applicants must:
- Meet all of the essential requirements stated below.
- Have independent work authorization in the U.S. and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions.
- Currently reside in the Unites States.
- Submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date. A one page cover letter must:
- specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the essential requirements for this position.
- Confirm stated residency requirements
- All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Summary of Duties:
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 – Agent-General (Head of the TIO) and a locally engaged team. Measured by quantitative results, TIOs are mandated to build commercial relations between Ontario and the host country in 3 ways: 1) Export Promotion; 2) Foreign Direct Investment Attraction; and 3) Partnership Development.
The Senior Commercial Officer – Ontario is a local employee of the Government of Canada but works with and reports to the Head of the TIO (Agent-General). The successful candidate will take a prominent role in planning, developing and delivering initiatives to fulfil the commercial objectives of the Government of Ontario in the US, including:
- Foreign direct investment attraction. Cultivate a portfolio of senior US business decision makers to work with and influence their companies to invest in Ontario.
- Partnership development. Facilitate industry-academic-government partnerships between the US and Ontario with a commercial focus.
- Export promotion. Profile Ontario exports in the US as well as develop buyer and distributor connections with the aim of increasing Ontario exports to the US.
- High-level visits. Plan and implement commercially-focused visits by provincial government leaders, municipal government leaders, and business leaders or influencers.
- Communication. Research and synthesize information from a variety of sources to establish oneself as an expert and undertake media engagement, delivering presentations and writing reports.
Condition(s) of employment (must be met):
- The successful candidate will be required to obtain Government of Canada Reliability Status (RS) security verification.
- Have independent work authorization in the U.S. and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions. The Consulate General of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates
Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter how they meet the essential requirements listed below: Please be specific and provide examples for each of the requirements. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process:
- Fluency in English (oral and written).
- Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics
- A minimum of 8 years of progressive work experience in business development, sales, marketing, economic development or strategy, in the public or private sector; and
- At least 3 years of experience in project management.
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.
- Knowledge of the role of Ontario’s government in attracting Foreign Direct Investment, Export Promotion and Partnership Development;
- Knowledge of the factors that influence exports, investment, expansion and relocation decisions, and of Ontario’s value proposition for investors; and
- Knowledge of trends and recent developments in Ontario’s and U.S economy.
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
- Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to investment business outcall;
- Possess, build and sustain a network of business/stakeholder contacts;
- Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
- Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines; and
- Use of technology tools and data bases.
- Effective interpersonal skills;
- Sound judgement;
- Teamwork; and
- Client-focus orientation.
- The ability to work in French would be an asset.
- A Master’s Degree, in a related discipline.
- Knowledge of and interest in Canada and/or Ontario’s economic and trade interests.
- Experience supervising the work of others.
- Knowledge of current US and Canadian political events and issues.
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.
The assessment(s) 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. Reference verifications may also be carried out.
The Consulate General of Canada in Dallas 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.
The Consulate General of Canada in Dallas is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor. The Consulate General offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.
Method of application:
- Applications must be sent by e-mail to DALASEmployment/Emploi@international.gc.ca by the closing date.
- Your application must include a detailed cover letter (as outlined above) and resume.
- In completing their applications, candidates will confirm in their cover letter how they meet all the essential requirements and relate their work experience to the position description.
- When submitting your application by email, on subject line of email, write only your last name in all caps followed by this competition number: ONT2020-02.
- For example, if your name is Susan Jones, you would write: JONES_ONT2020-02. (Hard copy applications will not be accepted.)
- Reference checks will be sought for candidates that are successful at the interview stage and will be used to validate information provided by candidates.
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. The successful candidate must be able to work overtime on short notice and to be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours, i.e., evenings, weekends, and some holiday events.
- The position will also require some business travel within the office’s territory (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas). Additionally, he/she must be admissible for travel to Canada.
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