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$114,083.00 (plus benefits)

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Term Details:
This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in United States



Consulate General of Canada - NY

Closing date for applications:
07-11-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Mandate Overview

The position of Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer acts as a focal point responsible for liaising with US-based companies to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada.

Primary Role

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer plans, develops and delivers business developmentstrategies to attract investments from foreign companies and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada. This includes developing strategies, relationships with key clients as required and providing expertise in the associated development of strategic, operational, annual business plans, goals, objectives and policies.

Advice & Recommendation

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer provides advice and recommendations on the planning, development and/or implementation of the Investment program. The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer also provides advice, expertise and recommendations on Investment opportunities and strategies, business environment, research and innovation, policies and market intelligence as well as opportunities and challenges aligned with the government economic growth strategy.

Documents Produced and/or Services Offered

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer revises and develops policy and/or project related documents such as presentations, plans, briefing notes, notices, funding estimates, contracts, reports and communication materials, and provides substantive technical input into program planning and the development of documents related to the Investment program.

Research & Analysis

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer conducts or leads research and analysis, and scans the environment for intelligence and reports on changes, trends, local developments, emergent opportunities and sector priorities that could have an effect on Canadian interests. The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer synthesizes information or data from a variety of sources on international trade, financial and macro-economic issues to support FDI business activities.

Networking & Alliance Building

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer establishes and maintains a network of contacts and deepens relationships with local and foreign governments, local partners, municipal investment agencies as well as corporate investors headquartered in the territory and intermediaries who can refer FDI targets and leads. The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer cultivates close and diligent working relationships with executives as well as with key local and multi-national companies, including those already present in Canada to identify further investment opportunities and stay abreast of local developments, changes, policies and programs that may have an impact on the Investment program.

Communications & Client Services

The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer provides substantive input in communication that is required to advance Canadian interest and to have a detailed understanding of corporate leaders in their respective industry sectors, which may be appropriate targets for investment promotion. The Senior Foreign Direct Investment Officer represents Canada’s interests and negotiates with foreign authorities on complex issues involving Canadian business to support the integration of the investment program into other mission activities.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.
Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to commerce or equivalent knowledge and skills gained through pertinent work experience.
A high degree of fluency in written and oral English is required.
• Recent* direct experience in international business development, international sales or foreign direct investment attraction in one or more of the following sectors:
a. Clean tech
b. ICT
c. Life Sciences
d. Agri-food
e. Defence or security
f. Transportation
g. Education
h. Consumer products
i. Natural resources
• Recent*experience in managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
• Recent*experience in project management;
• Recent* experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.

*Recent experience is defined as having a duration of at least 2+ years continuous within the last 7 years.

Asset Qualifications:
Fluency in written and oral French.


1. Masters degree in a related field (as defined above).
2. Certification related to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Knowledge of the factors that influence foreign direct investment, expansion and relocation decisions for American companies looking at opening subsidiaries abroad.

Organizational Needs:
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral in-person, remote or recorded interview, a role-play, practical tests, a presentation and/or psychometric assessment.

• communicate ideas effectively orally and in writing, in a way that is tailored to the audience to have a maximum impact as well as ensure understanding – in essence, the ability to effectively tell Canada’s story in our territory.
• analyze and provide strategic advice.
• manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines and have strong organizational skills.
• establish and maintain a diverse network of clients and policy influencers.
• work independently in a proactive and accountable manner.
• work effectively, collaboratively and empathetically in a team.
• use social media tools for promotion and/or to generate and sustain advantageous connections.

Personal Suitability:
• Adaptability and flexibility.
• Strong interpersonal relations, including proven ability to work in a diverse and inclusive team with a focus on building equity Strong
• Getting to yes and finding solutions.
• Sound judgement – the ability to think things through.
• Integrity.

Operational Requirements:
Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.50 hours per week. Occasional overtime, including evenings and weekends, may be required with advance notice.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
• Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions. In this respect, applicants must confirm independent work authorization in the United States (e.g. US Citizen, U.S Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), or specific visa categories (e.g. dependents of Diplomatic and Official Visas holders)) as required by the Department of State for employment in a foreign mission.
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

Area of selection:
Open to applicants who are legal residents or citizens of the United States who are: • Currently living and eligible to work in the United States; • current employees of a Canadian Mission located in the United States; • spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff of the Canadian Missions in New York; who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose application is received by the closing date. Please note that the Mission will not reimburse relocation costs under any circumstance and that the Mission does not sponsor work authorizations either directly or indirectly. 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.

Important Notes:
Special Request from Mission/Additional Comments:

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.
Canada’s strength is diversity and it has played a key role in Canada’s history and development. Because of this, the Consulate General of Canada in New York values diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce.
We offer a competitive salary, generous leave, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability and a retirement savings plan. Please find a summary of our benefits package and information on employment eligibility at:


How to apply:
• Applications will only be considered when received through our Job Opportunities Portal (
• Candidates are required to upload a CV and cover letter in English or French.
• Applications which do not include the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.
Important Notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates must provide an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• The Government of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Canadian citizens may be subject to deductions for employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Canadian Income Tax.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the missions. This list might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• Later in the process, reference checks will be sought for candidates who succeeded all of the assessments.
• 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 with accommodation needs.

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