Bilingual (En/Fr) Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Canadian Consulate General, Boston - Boston, MA

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POSITION TITLE: Receptionist (Administrative & Consular Assistant)
SECTION: Administration
LOCATION: Consulate General of Canada in Boston
POSITION NUMBER: 303700
LEVEL: LE-04
STARTING SALARY: $ 41,349.00 US (annual) plus benefits

CLOSING DATE: April 26, 2013

OPEN TO: * Persons residing in the vicinity of the Canadian Consulate General, Boston * Employees of the Embassy of Canada in the US * Employees of any Canadian Consulate in the US * Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff in the US

All applicants must: * meet all of the essential requirements stated below * be resident in the US * have work authorization in the US * submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date.

TENURE: Term employment for a period of one year. Job start date will be on or around May 1, 2013 pending results of security background check.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Under the general supervision of the Administration Program Head, operates the central telephone switchboard in both official languages; provides concise and accurate information in both official languages to visitors and callers concerning the Mission and Canada in general; controls access to the Consulate and ensures that the reception lobby is in good order; provides general assistance to the Consular Program; provides general services for the Administration Program, including filing of financial documents; manages the training function of switchboard and ensures that all material is accurate and up-to-date; and performs other related duties.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: fluency in English and French (both oral and written). Please indicate your level of knowledge in each language in your application.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT (must be met):

Eligibility for a government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check.
Must already have work authorization in the US.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Skills/Qualification requirements listed below:

EDUCATION: Successful completion of Post-Secondary School. College degree is an asset.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: * Candidate must be fully French/English bilingual and possess excellent oral and written communication skills in both languages; * Two years of experience in providing receptionist/front-line customer services and responding to inquiries from the public. * Experience in providing administrative support services to a diverse work team. * Strong computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite and demonstrated Internet research skills. * Must be willing to work in an area separate from the group and during specific business hours ( 8:45 am to 5:00 pm).

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: * Knowledge and proficiency in computer software: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet. * Relevant knowledge of Canada and/or the Government of Canada policies * Experience living, working or studying in Canada ABILITIES: * Provide effective client service in person, by telephone, and electronically; * Demonstrate strong customer service skills and the ability to work under pressure; * Strong organizational abilities, sound judgment, maturity and ability to work independently while handling a variety of tasks simultaneously; * Handle sensitive and confidential information with diplomacy and within the parameters of a need to know basis; * Maintain composure when dealing with unusual situations or difficult clients. PERSONAL SUITABILITY: 1. Proven team player. 2. Adaptable and flexible. 3. Punctual. 4. Client-focused. 5. Positive attitude. 6. Initiative. 7. Dependability. 8. Professional integrity. 9. Ability to work under pressure

SELECTION PROCEDURE: The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential 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 these may be contacted by the Human Resources Section 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. An eligibility list of qualified candidates will be established for this position, and for similar positions. Confirmation in post is subject to security clearance.

The mission offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package, including medical, dental, long term disability and a retirement saving plan to name a few. The mission is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: Please submit your resume and a cover letter by email by the closing date. Please explain in your cover letter the reason you are applying for this job, confirm that you meet all essential requirements and take care to relate your work experience and background to the position description.

HOURS OF WORK: Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week.


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The Canadian Consulate General in Boston is one of twelve Canadian Consulates General in the United States. While the Canadian Embassy in...