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Job Ref:
3714

Job Title:
Commercial Officer (Ontario)

Salary:
USD $79,711 plus benefits

Vacancy type:
Term/Indeterminate

Term Details:
There is one (1) term position available, having a specified period of employment of one (1) year, with the possibility of a term extension or a change in status to indeterminate based on operational needs. 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 New York, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition. 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.

Level:
Officer

Classification:
LE-07

Location:
Canadian Consulate General of Canada in New York-Ontario Trade and Investment Office (TIO

Closing date for applications:
01-12-2019 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
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 relations between Ontario and the host country in 3 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 the 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:

• Providing advice and/or responding to requests for information from clients on foreign direct investment, trade, business environment, opportunities and challenges as required
• Serving, in collaboration with the Head of Program, as a key point of contact with Ontario-based clients to pro-actively advise them on opportunities and reputable local networks to help them implement their commercial strategies.

Essential qualifications:
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:

Language requirement:
• Fluency in English (oral and written).

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

Experience:
• At least 2 years of recent experience working in business development or program management, ideally in a trade & investment promotion environment;
• Recent experience in managing client and key stakeholder relationships, and in obtaining, preparing for, and conducting meetings with private sector clients (i.e., business to business meetings, sales meetings, cold calls);
• Recent experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management);
• Recent experience conducting research and analysis and providing strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and/or clients on business issues;
• Recent experience working in teams and achieving results to meet team objectives.

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

Rated Requirements:
Candidates who meet the Language, 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:
• Basic knowledge of key Ontario and local market interests (e.g. business and economic interests, local customs/business practices)

Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to work independently;
• Ability to develop and maintain a network of Canadian clients, local contacts and influencers; and,
• Strong organization skills and attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and organize workload, multi-task, be flexible, and work effectively under pressure

Personal Suitability:
• Strong interpersonal / relationship building skills;
• Initiative; and,
• Client Focus.

Asset Qualifications:
Desirable requirements:
• The ability to work in French would be an asset.
• Knowledge of and interest in Canada and/or Ontario’s economic and trade interests.
• Knowledge of current US and Canadian political events and issues.

Organizational Needs:
-

Operational Requirements:
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.

Travel:
The position will also require some business travel within the office’s territory (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont). Additionally, he/she must be admissible for travel to Canada.

Condition(s) of Employment:
All applicants must:
• 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.
• Meet all of the essential requirements stated below.
• Submit your resume and a one-page cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must::
o Specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the essential requirements for this position.
o Confirm stated residency requirements.
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.
All applicants must:
• 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.
• Meet all of the essential requirements stated below.
• Submit your resume and a one-page cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must::
o Specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the essential requirements for this position.
o Confirm stated residency requirements.
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.

Conditions 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

Area of selection:
1. Persons living in the United States. 2. Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. and of any Canadian Mission in the United States. 3. Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Consulate of Canada in New York. * Relocation will not be paid in any circumstances.

Important Notes:
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 qualifications 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 New York 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:
• Apply by December 1, 2019 (5PM EST).
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that are successful at the interview stage and will be used to validate information provided by candidates.



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