Arctic Economic and Political Specialist (All interested candidates/ All sources)



Basic functions of the position: Provides advice, research, and reporting on the full range of Canadian Arctic political, security, economic, cultural, and social issues, analyzing their impact on Mission goals, U.S. priorities and interests, and predicting future trends. Establishes and cultivates high-level contacts across all sectors of Canadian Arctic society; assists in implementing Embassy cultural programs and in identifying participants for academic, professional, and private sector exchanges. Supports travel by U.S. officials and officers within the Canadian Arctic and facilitates their relationships with Arctic officials and the public. Provides translation and interpretation services to/from French and English as required.


Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum three years of prior work experience in practical Canadian Arctic, Quebec provincial, or Canadian federal politics, business, or journalism in government, with a political party, academic, law firm, international business, or press-journalism is required.


JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must possess thorough knowledge of Canadian Arctic political and economic life, coupled with a strong appreciation for U.S. foreign policies, priorities, and interests in the Arctic. A detailed understanding of the relationships between leading families, political forces, and local indigenous communities. Knowledge of the history and anthropology or indigenous communities preferable. Numerous and diverse contacts among Canadian Arctic elite a plus.

Education Requirements:

M.A. or M.S. degree with a major in political science, Arctic and/or indigenous affairs, business/economics, journalism is required.


LANGUAGE:   Fluent (Level IV) reading/writing/speaking English and French is required. "This may be tested".


SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must be a self-starter, able to complete projects on time and with minimum supervision; excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to develop high-level and grassroots contacts; skill in preparing timely and sophisticated political, economic, and cultural analysis; typing at 30 words per minute and advanced facility with standard software applications.


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.



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