Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Consulate General Montreal
Position Title:
Political-Economic Specialist
Open Period:
02/20/2020 - 03/05/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1505 10
CAD $82,773
USD $51,721
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Montreal, CA
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFMs:   LE-10  is equivalent to FP-5 )step 5).  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
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:
Not Required


Basic Function of the Position:  Serves as the full-time economic and political specialist at the U.S. Consulate General Montreal.  Acts as advisor on political, economic, energy, environmental, science, health, technology, and border issues to the Consul General, the Pol/Econ Officer, and senior U.S. government officials visiting the district such as the Ambassador.  Focuses on research, analysis, reporting, advocacy, public outreach, contact development, event and visit management, and protocol duties.  Advises U.S. government officials on whom they should meet, their interlocutor’s views and importance, and the best means of presenting U.S. official positions.  Reports directly to the Pol/Econ Chief, supervises interns, and advises other sections.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or economic field in which candidate developed a wide acquaintance with political and economic trends and familiarity with leading personalities.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Must possess expert knowledge of: provincial and local politics within the district; relations between the district and the federal government; key industries in the district and their impact on policy-making; an in-depth understanding of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada with a special focus on the consular district.  Must be familiar with the key players, businesses, organizations, and society that influence policy. 

Education Requirements:

Possession of an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, International Relations, Law, Business, Communications, and History.


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

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must possess proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite to include a good grasp of data manipulation, chart creation, slide creation as well as possess sophisticate written and oral communications, people skills, and strong analytical skills.  Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to deal effectively at all levels with tact, discretion, and poise. 

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

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.


  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”), 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.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust 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:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport copy

  • Hiring Manager requests copy of CV/Resume - please upload to documents section under "other document"

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Degree with transcript

  • 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 Canada.