Trade Commissioner

The Consulate General of Canada, Los Angeles is seeking a Trade Commissioner (Information Communication Technology) for the International Business Development Section. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Consulate General of Canada - a modern organization that focuses on its core business to provide key services to Canada and Canadians with enthusiasm and dedication. The Consulate General is seeking someone who is dynamic, client focused and ready to work with colleagues to implement an innovative approach to service delivery.

Position Title: Trade Commissioner (Information Communication Technology)
Section: Trade
Location: Los Angeles, California
Position Number: EXT-300745
Level: LE-09
Starting Salary: $98,818 USD plus benefits
Tenure: Indeterminate
Competition No.: LNGLS_2017_06
Posting Date: November 3, 2017
Closing Date: November 17, 2017
Extension Dates: 17 November to 01 December 2017. If you have already submitted your cover letter and resume, you do not need to reapply.

Open To:

Persons who meet all of the essential requirements as stated below, who are legal residents of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, who have work authorization, and whose applications are received by the closing date.

Summary of Duties:

In accordance with the international priorities of the Government of Canada and its specific objectives in the U.S., the incumbent is mainly responsible for providing integrated International Business Development (IBD) support to the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.

More particularly, the incumbent is responsible for developing and executing an export strategy to promote Canadian products and services in the Aerospace and defence sectors, as well as attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities to Canada and for offering access to research, technology and venture capital business opportunities for Canadian firms and institutions. The incumbent will also be responsible for collaborating with other sector officers in delivering integrated support to customers by assisting on key projects as required.

In general, duties fall under four categories: developing and implementing a strategic and proactive plan to promote Canadian exports; developing and implementing a strategic FDI attraction plan, initiatives and events; developing and implementing a strategic and proactive plan to seek research, technology and financing opportunities for Canadian firms and institutions; developing an effective network of Canadian and local partners to deliver on program objectives; and planning high-level visits.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English, both oral and written.  (The ability to work in French is an asset).

Computer Skills:

Word, Internet and database research, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Conditions of Employment (must be met):

Eligibility for Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and independent work authorization in the U.S.

Essential Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the duties required by the position or a degree from a recognised university and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.


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.


The incumbent must have knowledge of: the role, priorities and programs of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, including the Trade Commissioner Service; commercial issues – in the US generally and in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada in particular – that could have an impact on Canadian business interests; appropriate strategies for briefing senior officials and VIPs; knowledge of networking techniques.

Abilities & Personal Suitability:


Demonstrated superior organizational and interpersonal skills (including networking) and other competencies including: sound judgment, adaptability and flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness, thoroughness, reliability, teamwork and cooperation, tact and integrity.

Selection Procedure:

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements.  Candidates should ensure their cover letter and/or resume demonstrate(s) clearly how they meet the essential requirements and any applicable desirable requirements.

Please note that failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition.  Only those applicants who meet the essential requirements may be contacted by the Consulate General for an interview or other form of assessment of the rated requirements.

The assessment can 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.

Method of Application:

Applications including a cover letter and resume/cv are to be sent by e-mail to: by the closing date of 01 December 2017.  In completing their applications, candidates will confirm that they meet all the essential requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description.

On subject line of email, write only your last name in all caps followed by this competition number: LNGLS_2017_06.  For example, if your name is Susan Jones, you should write: JONES_LNGLS_2015_03. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Operational Requirements:

Hours of Work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Locally-Engaged Staff regulations of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be willing to work overtime on occasion and when required.

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