Senior Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer

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Consulate General of Canada, Denver


Position description

The Consulate General of Canada in Denver seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, and reliable team player with a strong interest in international affairs, advocacy, and global commerce to promote, advance, and strengthen Canada-U.S. bilateral political, economic, and security interests within its five-state territory (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Kansas). Our employees benefit from working in a leading-edge foreign, trade, and development ministry that is both innovative and accountable. 

 

Under the general direction of the Consul/Program Manager (Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service – FPDS), and in accordance with the international priorities of the Government of Canada and its specific objectives in the United States, the incumbent is responsible for conducting outreach, undertaking advocacy, and reporting on key priority issues, among other responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, undertaking strategic outreach in our five-state territory; maintaining and expanding contacts in key areas such as government, industry organizations, think tanks, policy institutions, and academia; developing and executing public communications advocacy campaigns; preparing advocacy products and strategic communications materials (speeches, press releases, key messages, social media) for outreach and events; planning and participating in meetings and events related to mission advocacy; research, analysis, and reporting on political and economic developments and regional issues that may affect the Canada-U.S. relationship; and planning and managing high-level visits. 

 

The Senior FPDS Officer will work closely with the FPDS and International Business Development (IBD) teams at the Consulate, the Canadian network of Consulates in the United States, and relevant Government of Canada and provincial departments and agencies to coordinate activities and initiatives. The candidate will demonstrate a strong ability to think innovatively around program delivery; plan effectively in a highly demanding environment; develop and engage a network of external partners; work independently in a proactive, accountable manner; and communicate effectively, including via social media. 

 

Area of Selection:

This selection process is open to applicants legally residing in the Denver region at the time of appointment. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

 

Please note that the Consulate General of Canada in Denver does not sponsor work authorizations 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 based on merit. 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.

 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, language* and experience.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate when applying to the position how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

*Language will be assessed further during the process. 

 

Education:

Candidates will be required to provide proof of the completion of their education.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the duties required by the position (such as International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences, Communications, or Public Policy

Or

  • A degree from a recognised college or university and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience.

 

Language:

  • Advanced proficiency level (reading, writing, comprehension and speaking) in English. 

 

Experience:

  • Minimum three (3) years’ recent experience in government, international relations, or advocacy/policy sectors.
  • Experience developing and executing advocacy strategies, including research and strategic analysis. 
  • Experience engaging with traditional media and/or social media tools for strategic messaging and identifying advocacy opportunities.
  • Experience organizing and conducting meetings with policy experts and leaders.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and internet research.

 

RATED REQUIREMENTS

The Rated Requirements are part of the essential qualifications and are relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies. Methods of assessment for rated requirements may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview (online pre-recorded/live or in-person), role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

 

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the factors that influence policy in the United States generally, including in the five-state territory of the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, and how they may affect Canadian foreign policy and economic interests;
  • Knowledge of the political and economic structures and trends in the Consulate General’s five-state territory, the United States, and Canada; and
  • Knowledge of global trends, and of North American relations, in particular in the areas of economic competitiveness; energy and the environment; and/or defense and security. 

 

Competencies:

  • Strategic thinking and decision making;
  • Initiative and action orientation;
  • Networking and alliance building;
  • Working with others and horizontal leadership;
  • Resilience and adaptability; and
  • Judgment and discretion.

 

Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, including drafting materials such as speeches, briefs, and key messages for outreach and events.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to manage projects, including tracking/reporting results and budget management;
  • Ability to develop and execute traditional/new media campaigns on political, social, and/or economic issues;
  • Ability to use social media tools for strategic messaging and/or to generate new advocacy opportunities; and
  • Ability to work independently in a proactive, effective, and accountable manner. 

 

Asset Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications.

  • The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing. 

 

Operational Requirements:

  • This position is based at the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, located in downtown Denver, Colorado. The successful candidate will need to live in Colorado and report to the office at least three (3) workdays per week, subject to modification based on operational requirements.
  • This position requires some business travel within the states of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as occasional trips to Canada and elsewhere within the United States.
  • Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Locally Engaged Staff regulations of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be willing to undertake occasional overtime on evenings, weekends, and holidays, including travel, as required.  

 

Conditions of Employment:

Conditions of employment must be met or complied with before being appointed to a particular position, and are to be maintained throughout the employment while being the incumbent of this position.

– Valid work authorization: Ability to obtain and hold a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period.

– Security screening: Obtain and maintain a Reliability Status (security level) which includes a criminal and credit background check from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period.

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