Political/Economic Public Affairs Assistant
US Embassy and Consulates in Canada
Quebec City, QC
Basic Function of the Position: Serve as the sole locally-hired, full-time political, economic, and public diplomacy professional at the U.S. Consulate General in Québec City. Conduct original research and analysis, reporting, advocacy, public outreach, contact development, and visit and project management. Under the direction of the Consul General (CG), serve as primary political, economic, and public diplomacy advisor to the CG, as well as to the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), and other U.S. officials visiting Quebec's consular district (the majority of Francophone Quebec Province and the entire Arctic Territory of Nunavut). Report directly to the CG and supervise the work of interns.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or economic policy analysis, development, and advocacy, with wide acquaintance with political/economic trends and familiarity with leading personalities. Familiarity with press outlets and biases.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have thorough understanding of federal, provincial and territorial-level, and local political and economic issues, personalities, and organizations; of relations between Quebec Province/the Territory of Nunavut and the federal government; of the bilateral U.S.-Quebec relationship and recent Quebec history; of the evolving political, economic, social, and environmental conditions in Nunavut, including territorial devolution, 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. To achieve the full performance level of the position, the incumbent will be required to obtain a sophisticated grasp of USG objectives and how the USG views given issues in the region.

Education Requirements:
Completion of Master's degree in Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Public Relations, Public Administration, or International Law is required.

LANGUAGE: Level IV proficiency (fluent) in reading/writing/speaking French AND Level IV proficiency (fluent) in reading/writing/speaking English are required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Superior people and communication skills, both written and oral, in both languages, to develop contacts across a huge, culturally diverse area, across numerous sectors, and at all ranks in society. Should have the capacity to quickly grasp the key facts and then analyze new and diverse issues, and 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 major public diplomacy programming. Needs computer skills such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., for data manipulation and analysis, report writing, and presentation development.

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 (insert post and/or country name) 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.