Thursday, January 7, 2016

Public Diplomacy And Advocacy Officer - Embassy of Canada

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Location Washington, D.C.
Sector Government
Experience Mid Career
Apply by Jan-25-2016
Posted Yesterday Embassy of canada
Position description

Position no: EXT-TBD
Level: LE-09

Starting Salary: $93,832 USD, plus benefits
Competition no: 31/15
Closing date: January 25, 2016

Employment Tenure: There is one (1) term position to be filled, having a specified period of employment of three (3) years, with the possibility of extension or change in employment 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 and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, and acting opportunities at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. 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.

Open to:

-Persons living in the 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.

All applicants must:

-Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
-Reside in the United States.
-Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
-Submit a resume and cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the Essential Requirements, i.e., Education, Experience, for this position.
-All communications relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Summary of duties:

Canada and the United States share one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. The Public Diplomacy and Advocacy Officer will be accountable for developing and implementing public diplomacy initiatives and advocacy campaigns that help protect, build and enhance Canada’s reputation in the United States and that advance strategic objectives in the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship with key stakeholders and other influential groups, organizations and individuals.

Language requirement:

English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)

Condition of employment (must be met):

-Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check;
-Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions; and
-Admissible for travel to Canada.

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience Requirements listed below:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in public policy, communications or another relevant field.


At least five (5) or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in the government/congressional relations, lobbying or communication fields;

Experience providing advice to senior level officials in the public, private or non-profit sectors;

Experience advocating policy positions to senior level officials in the Congress and/or the Administration; and

Experience coordinating specific advocacy campaigns, including framing the issue, setting goals, identifying strategic lobbying and advocacy targets, allies and opponents, developing messages and materials, undertaking outreach, and assessing progress toward objectives.

Rated 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.


-Sound knowledge of best practices in lobbying and advocacy;
-Sound knowledge of political and economic issues and trends that affect policy-making in the U.S.;
-Sound knowledge of the U.S. federal legislative, regulatory, and policy procedures and practices; and
-Sound knowledge of key stakeholders and influencers in Washington D.C.


-Clear thinker with the ability to anticipate issues and to devise strategies that get ahead of them;
-Ability to juggle multiple tasks without heavy guidance and deliver on deadline;
-Strong writing and presentation skills;
-Strong influencing and facilitation skills;
-Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams;
-Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and clients at all organizational levels;
-Ability to absorb, digest and distil technical subject matter from a number of sources into clear and concise content; and
-Ability to manage and execute large, complex projects, including budget administration.

Personal Suitability:

-Effective interpersonal relations;
-Sound judgment;
-Tact and diplomacy;
-Flexibility and adaptability;
-Highly collaborative working style; and

Desirable Requirements:

-Experience working on Capitol Hill and/or for a foreign embassy.
-Knowledge of major Canada/ United States’ bilateral issues.

The ability to work in French.

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.

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 overtime on an as-needed basis.

Application instructions

Applications should be sent by e-mail by the closing date. In completing their applications, candidates should confirm that they meet all of the Essential Requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description and to indicate the position number.

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