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Job Title:
Public Affairs Officer

$71, 975 USD, plus benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This 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 acting opportunities at the Embassy



Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.

Closing date for applications:
06-09-2018 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Counsellor (Public Affairs) the Public Affairs officer manages complex advocacy projects, including the annual production of state-specific trade fact sheets (hard copy and digital) and other projects that promote the bilateral relationship and other advocacy priorities; supports advocacy via social media; supports the promotion of Canadian culture; and performs other duties as necessary.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:
English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)
A degree from an accredited university in a field such as media, communication, public policy or international relations or a related area of study.
• At least 3 years or more of progressively responsible experience supporting advocacy projects in a high-paced office environment in a government or corporate setting;
• Experience developing and distributing digital advocacy content for email, social media and web;
• Experience developing and maintaining network of contacts and liaising with diverse internal and external stakeholders;
• Experience conducting in-depth research, analysis or writing.

Asset Qualifications:
• The ability to work in French would be an asset
• Knowledge of major Canada/US bilateral issues.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
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.
• General understanding of Canada, including trade, industry, business, cultural sectors, foreign policy and government priorities;
• General knowledge of the US economy and government;
• Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication;
• Knowledge of public policy issues procedures and processes;
• Knowledge of research tools and analytical approaches to develop content;
• Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office Suite and social media software
• Superior skills in written communications in English.
• Manage multiple competing demands, organize time and work effectively to meet deadlines;
• Critical thinking skills to solve challenges;
• Excellent editing abilities with a high attention to detail;
• Leadership in developing the background and recommending action to advance processes;
• Work with multi-disciplinary teams to achieve shared goals.

Personal Suitability:
• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Adaptability and flexibility;
• Sound judgement;
• Teamwork/cooperation
• Initiative;
• Tact and diplomacy.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Condition of employment (must be met):
1. Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
2. Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.

Area of selection:
• Persons living in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. • Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. • Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance. • Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

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 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 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.
The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.
The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Method of application:

See below.

Hours of work:
Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The incumbent will be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis. The incumbent may be required to work hours in excess of 37.5 hours some weeks.

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