New Job Political Specialist In Quebec

Political Specialist
Political Specialist

Political Specialist

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $85,272–$127,914 a year
Location : Quebec

Full Description

Hiring Path:
  • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP-05. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

Open to All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Low Risk/Non-Sensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (three weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Employee may be required to travel to support meetings/conferences by the Consul General and/or Ambassador.


At the U.S. Consulate General in Québec City, provides original research and analysis, advice, and reporting on the full range of Quebec political, economic, cultural, social, public diplomacy, and security issues, analyzing their impact on Mission goals, U.S. priorities and interests, and predicting future trends. Establishes and cultivates high-level contacts across all sectors of Quebec society. Manages media relations, assists in identifying participants for academic, professional, and private sector exchange programs, and supports design and implementation of political and economic-related programming. Supports travel by Consul General (CG) and U.S. officials and officers visiting Quebec City’s consular district (which includes the majority of Francophone Quebec province) and facilitates their relationships with Quebec officials and the public. Provides translation and interpretation services to/from French and English as required. Reports directly to the CG and supervises the work of Political-Economic intern(s).

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum five years of progressively responsible work experience in practical Quebec provincial or Canadian federal politics, business, or journalism in government, with a political party, academic institution, law firm, international business, or press-journalism is required. Wide acquaintance with Quebec political/economic trends and familiarity with leading personalities. Familiarity with press outlets and biases.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have thorough understanding of federal, provincial, and local political and economic issues, personalities, and organizations; of relations between Quebec Province and the federal government; of the bilateral U.S.-Quebec relationship and recent Quebec history; and the issues surrounding the U.S.-Canada border. Must have familiarity with the American political system and economy. Should have solid grasp of key industries such as energy, mining, and agriculture, combined with an expert understanding of how those sectors connect to local and federal political structures. Should understand the role played by the private sector, NGOs, indigenous advocacy organizations, and other aspects of civil society on key issues, including key local industries and cultural norms. Incumbent should come to the job familiar with the workings of a Consulate, an Embassy, and the U.S. State Department, and how they connect to each other and other parts of the USG.

Education Requirements:

Completion of Master’s Degree in Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Journalism, Public Administration, or International Law is required.


LANGUAGE: Fluent in speaking/reading/writing, may include the ability to translate in English and in French.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, in both languages, to develop contacts across a vast, culturally diverse area, across numerous sectors, and at all ranks of society, and to communicate effectively with colleagues and work cooperatively in a diverse team environment. Should have the capacity to quickly grasp the key facts and then analyze new and diverse issues, and to present the results in a tightly written format for consumers in Ottawa and Washington. Needs strong organizational skills to manage complex visits of senior officials and public diplomacy exchanges and engagement. Needs advanced facility with standard software applications for data manipulation and analysis, report writing, and presentation development. Must be able to exercise tact, discretion, and poise.

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

Agency Benefits:

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

The US Mission offers competitive salary, robust benefits, professional development and celebration of American and Canadian holidays.

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.

1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
3. 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”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Low Risk/ Non-sensitive clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • Language Scores (if available)

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

• Copy of Sponsor's Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • Passport copy
  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)
Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Quebec City, Canada.