Political Assistant

US Embassy and Consulates in Canada - Toronto, ON (22 days ago)

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Basic Function of the Position: The Political/Economic Assistant is responsible for researching and information gathering, establishing and maintaining contacts, and reporting on political issues. He/she reports to the Political-Economic Chief and is responsible for general support of the Consul General, Political-Economic Chief, and the Political-Economic Officer on a daily basis as well as during special events/visits. Duties may also include assisting/backing up on the portfolios related to economic issues.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in political research and analysis, newspaper reporting of political developments, university teaching, or closely related field.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must possess superior working knowledge of federal, provincial, and municipal (Greater Toronto Area) political and social issues; a substantive understanding of U.S.–Canada relations; and broad U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Education Requirements:
Bachelor degree in political science, international affairs, policy, economic, or cross-disciplinary fields such as environmental or labor studies.

LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) in reading/writing/speaking English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong analytical skills to interpret significant political developments relating to U.S. interests; ability to work on several projects simultaneously; ability to meet fast turn-around deadlines; excellent oral and written communication skills; good interpersonal and networking skills; must be resourceful and have well-developed research abilities. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits:Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Canada may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

  • IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.