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Communications Officer

Reference number: EXT22J-023320-000371
Selection process number: 22-EXT-EA-CL-1037027
Global Affairs Canada - Public Affairs (LCM)
Ottawa (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
$71,599 to $77,368

Closing date: 16 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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

Global Affairs Canada is recruiting candidates interested in a hybrid work environment combining work from home and a certain level of presence in the office. Full-time teleworking from a home located in a city other than Gatineau or Ottawa may be considered as an option depending on operational requirements.

Work environment

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is looking for self-motivated and passionate individuals to join its team of dedicated communications professionals. You will work for one of the strategic communications sections, which provide services to GAC’s ministers, deputy ministers and multiple client divisions. This includes communications related to corporate and internal affairs, consular and emergencies services, and international development.

A career at Global Affairs Canada means contributing to Canada’s place in the world. It offers opportunities to work on fascinating issues with a network of dedicated and high-performing professionals.


Our organization offers a healthy, inclusive and diverse workplace where respect, teamwork and collaboration are part of our culture, and where innovation is valued.

Global Affairs Canada is committed to promoting and supporting values such as equitable treatment, accommodation and an environment free from harassment and discrimination. GAC also offers an encouraging and supporting workplace where employees can work to their full potential.

Intent of the process

The purpose of this selection process is to fill 2 positions with various tenures and linguistic requirements.

A pool of candidates will be established to staff similar positions that become vacant within Global Affairs Canada.

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)


ED1. A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Based on their education, training and/or experience, indeterminate incumbents of positions in the IS classification are deemed to meet the minimum education standard whenever a bachelor's degree without specialization is called for in a position classified as IS.

At the manager's discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience, may serve as an alternative to the minimum education standard.

Degree equivalency


E1. Recent* experience in providing communications advice to clients.

E2. Recent* experience in researching, writing or editing communications products, such as news releases, web content, social media content, and messages for employees.

E3. Experience in working on communications projects involving multiple teams.

*Recent is defined as depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of those duties in the last two (2) years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)



AE1: A degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or Literature from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency


AEX1: Experience in translating communications products.
AEX2: Experience in developing, publishing, and/or analyzing social media content.
AEX3: Experience in developing multimedia content, such as videos, graphics and presentations.
AEX4: Experience in planning and coordinating events.
AEX5: Experience in engaging with the public and/or stakeholders, virtually and/or in person.
AEX6: Experience in advertising for the Government of Canada

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills


A1. Ability to advise and formulate recommendations.
A2. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A3. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
A4. Ability to prioritize.


PS1. Initiative
PS2. Judgement
PS3. Client orientation
PS4. Creativity

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


Willingness, ability and availability to work overtime, sometimes on short notice.
Willingness, ability and availability to be on call from time to time, including during weekends.

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

Having the asset qualifications is not mandatory in applying under this process; however, assets may be considered to select candidates.

Various assessment tools may be used within this process.

Failure to clearly demonstrate in the questionnaire how you meet the essential education and experience requirements may result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information. Provide examples, dates and descriptions of the tasks you had to perform that are relevant to the required qualifications.

Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the experience questionnaire but will not be used as the main source of information to assess if you meet the required qualifications.

Please note: Your application will be used to assess the strength of your written communication skills.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, 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.

Contact information

Charles-Oliver Bérubé, Human Resources Advisor
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