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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 in New York

Closing date for applications:
14-11-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service ( is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development, with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts who are committed to advancing Canadian interests abroad. In the Northeastern United States (NY, PA. NJ, CT, DE), these efforts are led out of the Consulate General of Canada in New York.

We are looking for someone exceptionally creative and ambitious, with strong problem-solving, critical thinking and networking skills, and above all committed to client success and prosperity with a solid grasp of the Life Sciences sector (e.g. digital health; medical technologies; or pharma/biotech).

Reporting to the Consul and Head of Innovation, the position is responsible for the Life Sciences sector. The Senior Trade Officer will support Canadian companies that are seeking to grow their business and work with a deep local network of potential customers, investors and partners in NY, PA, NJ, CT and DE. The Senior Trade Officer will also lead the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program ( on Digital Health with the flexibility of implementing additional accelerator programs.

• Develop, plan and implement business development program objectives, including managing budgets, tracking and reporting of results, planning and delivering events, supporting official visits, and identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous improvement;
• Strengthen and establish relationships with Canadian stakeholders and partners to support program recruitment;
• Work in close relationship with Consulate colleagues, headquarters, and other Canadian missions in the United States and around the world;
• Build and maintain a strong network of diverse local contacts to support program objectives; including identifying mentors, subject matter experts and potential clients;
• Monitor, analyze and report on local economic issues that have an effect on Canada-United States relations;
• Engage stakeholders in order to advance advocacy and outreach opportunities; and
• Draft communications for social media, website and other marketing/promotional material

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 degree

Fluency in English (oral and written)

• A minimum of two (2) years of direct experience in a business development role with external clients, including experience touching the Life Sciences sector (e.g. digital health; medical technologies; or pharma/biotech);
• Experience in developing relationships with clients, stakeholders and influencers, and in obtaining, preparing, and conducting meetings with private sector clients (e.g., business to business meetings, sales meetings, cold calls, etc.)
• Experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management)
• Experience in providing strategic advice to management and/or clients on international business issues.

Asset Qualifications:
Fluency in French (oral and written)

Organizational Needs:
Rated Requirements

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.
• Knowledge of what influences business in the United States and our territory (NY, NJ, PA, CT, DE) in particular, and how they affect Canadian business interests;
• Knowledge of what small-medium businesses consider when expanding into international markets; including venture capital investment, business plans, government regulations and talent acquisition; and
• Understanding the role of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in advancing Canadian commercial interests.
• Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
• Manage budgets and contracts;
• Build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Analyze information and provide strategic advice; and
• Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.
Personal Suitability:
• Adaptability and Flexibility;
• Effective Interactive Communication skills;
• Sound judgement and Integrity;
• Initiative;
• Teamwork and Cooperation; and
• Client-focus orientation.

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. This selection process is open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of United States, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Consulate General of Canada in New York does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly.

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 (XXXX)
• 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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