The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. is seeking to hire a(n) Congressional Relations Officer.

Position title: Congressional Relations Officer

Section: Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Section

Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.

Position no: EXT-409577

Level: LE-08

Starting salary: $83,814 USD plus benefits

Competition no: 2604

Date posted: 08/29/2018

Closing date: 09/12/2018 06:00:00 PM EST.

Employment Tenure: Indeterminate

This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, and acting opportunities at the Embassy.


Open to:

• Persons living in the greater Washington Metropolitan area.
• Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.
• Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance.
• Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Embassy of Canada.

All applicants must:

• Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
• Reside in the United States.
• Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
• Submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date. The covering letter must:
o Demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements under language, education and experience;
o Confirm residency in the United States;
o Confirm independent work authorization in the United States.

Note: Failure to provide any of the information required above will result in your application being rejected. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Summary of duties:

Under the direction of the Minister-Counsellor (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs), the Congressional Relations Officer (CRO) has four main areas of responsibility. 

First, the CRO is responsible for identifying, monitoring, assessing, evaluating and reporting to the Minister-Counsellor and other senior officials on legislative and regulatory activities in Congress in the sectors of responsibility that are of interest to Canada, as well as other activities of individual Members of Congress, including tracking letters and public statements to the press or on social media.

Second, the CRO initiates and responds to requests to conduct and report the results of research on the sectors of responsibility, as assigned by the Minister-Counsellor. The CRO also networks and meets with Hill staff concerning his/her files and briefs Embassy sections and others (e.g. consulates, HQ) on developments in Congress in his/her sectors of responsibility. .

Third, the CRO assists Canada-based officers with logistics and reporting related to senior officials’ Hill calls.

Finally, the CRO advises and counsels Embassy officers, orally and in writing, on Congressional procedures and other aspects of the U.S. law-making process, on appropriate contacts in the Congress, and on relevant documentation. 

Condition of employment (must be met):

• Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
• Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions.

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:


English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)


A degree from an accredited college or university in political science, international relations, economics or related field; OR an acceptable combination of education, ongoing training, and significant work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position.


• Significant, recent experience (generally defined as five or more years during the last seven years) in providing research, analysis and advice related to public policy issues and/or Congress;
• Significant experience (five or more years) working with high-level officials and decision makers in a government organization, business association, or think tank;
• Experience successfully developing and implementing advocacy strategies for public policy;
• Experience in organizing events and/or visits by senior level officials; and,
• Experience in using information management tools such as standard office suite applications and legislative trackers.

Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be a written test, an interview, an in-basket exercise, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.


• Knowledge of Congress and the U.S. law making process;
• Knowledge of how a Congressional office operates and functions;
• Understanding of the key similarities and differences between the Canadian and U.S. legislative process;
• Knowledge of Canada-U.S. bilateral relations and interests; and,
• Knowledge of Congressional research and analysis tools.


• Analyze and synthesize information in a strategic and timely fashion, and to know when and what to bring to the attention of senior Embassy staff and Headquarters;
• Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare professional documents such as briefing material for Ministers and senior officials, reports, and presentations;
• Effectively coordinate the organization of events, visits or meetings;
• Manage multiple competing demands by setting priorities, organizing time, and working effectively to meet deadlines; and,
• Work as part of a team as well as develop and maintain a network of contacts.

Personal Suitability:

• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Reliability;
• Flexibility;
• Initiative; and,
• Good judgment.

Asset Qualifications:

• The ability to communicate in French, orally and in writing 
• A JD or graduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, or another field related to the position

Selection procedure:

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements.
The assessment may include an interview, a written test and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.

The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.

The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The incumbent will be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis. The incumbent may be required to work hours in excess of 37.5 hours some weeks.


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