Enquiries Officer and Writer
Department of Finance Canada
Ottawa, ON
Department of Finance Canada - Consultation and Communications
Ottawa (Ontario)
$57,430 to $61,877
For further information on the organization, please visit Department of Finance Canada

Closing date: 4 October 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


You must submit a complete application, consisting of screening questions which clearly demonstrate how you meet the screening criteria (education and experience) and a résumé. The screening questions will be used as the primary tool in the screening process and the résumé will only be used to substantiate the information provided.

In your response to the screening questions, you will be required to provide concrete examples such as details of tasks, projects, or accomplishments demonstrating how the experience was acquired. If you do not fully complete the screening questions as instructed, your application will not be further considered when doing extractions.

The first extraction is expected to occur two weeks after posting. In addition, extractions from this inventory is expected to occur throughout and after the advertisement period. If extracted, candidates will only be assessed once.

Any assessment method that is considered appropriate to determine whether a person meets the qualifications (other than education and experience) referred to in the statement of merit may be used, such as a review of past performance and accomplishments, examinations, interviews and reference checks.

Work environment
The Consultations and Communications Branch is seeking highly motivated and energetic writers to join their team. We support skill development, innovative thinking and positive leadership. We work in a team setting where creativity and collaboration is valued. If you are looking for an opportunity to build relationships and grow your skills, consider joining our team!

Intent of the process
The purpose of this process is to establish an inventory of candidates for extraction and further assessment to staff current and future IS-02 vacancies within the Departmental Correspondence Unit of the Consultations and Communications Branch of the Department of Finance Canada.

Selection decisions may be made on the basis of one or more of the following considerations:
  • Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team;
  • Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience;
  • Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.
Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Graduation with a degree (bachelor's) from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency

Significant* experience writing and formatting communication products in English and French (correspondence, strategic communication plans, press releases, etc.) using word processing software.

Significant* experience editing, correcting and performing quality control of written documents in English and French.

  • Significant will be evaluated in terms of the amount, complexity, and diversity of work handled and of experience which would normally be acquired over a period of approximately two (2) years in a supervised professional work environment where these are primary tasks.
If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Asset Education:
Graduation with a degree (bachelor's) from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in translation or linguistics..

Degree equivalency

Asset Experience:
Experience writing and formatting communication products in English and French (correspondence, strategic communication plans, press releases, etc.) using word processing software within the Public Service.

Experience editing, correcting and performing quality control of written documents in English and French within the Public Service.

Experience in writing and editing correspondence for a Minister or for senior officials (e.g. Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister or Director General).

Experience with document management software, for example WebCIMS.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)

Information on language requirements

Ability to write, proofread and edit communication material using appropriate writing techniques and styles.
Ability to communicate accurately and effectively in writing.
Ability to understand and analyze information.
Ability to manage several priorities while meeting tight timelines.

Attention to details
Team work
Focus on results and responsibilities
Effective interpersonal skills

Operational Requirement:
Willing and able to work overtime on short notice.

Conditions of employment
Secret security clearance

Other information
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Only on-line applications through the Public Service Resourcing System will be accepted. To submit an application on-line, please click on the button "Apply Online". Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

For this selection process, email is the most effective way to communicate with you and for you to be invited for evaluations. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. The email address provided may also be used in the administration of online exams. Candidates who apply to selection processes should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Therefore, it is your responsibility to verify your email and/or PSRS account on a regular basis regarding this selection process.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.

Please note that candidates (including employees of the Public Service) will not be considered to be in travel status or on government business and that travel costs will not be reimbursed. Consequently, candidates will be responsible for travel costs.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

You must provide proof of your education credentials, upon request.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.