The DQC is hiring!
Position Title: Public Affairs Attaché #18180
Temporary position 6 months maternity leave replacement)
Location: Chicago, IL
Open to: U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders.
Condition of employment: The successful candidate will undergo security verification.
The Government of Québec operates more than twenty-five representations worldwide with nine offices in the United States including: New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Mateo and Washington. The Québec Government Office in Chicago is responsible for developing and promoting business, political and institutional ties between Québec and the American Midwest. The mandates of its Business Development team include: promoting the sectors of excellence of the Québec economy; developing a large network of contacts in all relevant sectors of business activity; identifying and facilitating business opportunities for Québec companies in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Summary of Duties
Under the authority of the Québec Government Representative (Délégué) in Chicago, the Public Affairs Attaché contributes to the promotion of Québec’s interests in the American Midwest. The Attaché will:
Advise the Delegate on how to advance, protect and promote Québec’s core interests to targeted audiences in a variety of sectors including, but not limited to, energy, environment, transportation and security.
Monitors and analyzes legislative and/or regulatory developments pertaining to Québec’s interests.
Monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in the Midwest.
Writes reports, briefing notes, and speeches.
Develops key contacts in State legislatures and Administrations, think tanks, interests groups, and associations
Promote Québec’s cultural offerings, developing key contacts in the region
Works with Public Affairs team to create and manage online content for the website and social media outlets
Collaborates with Québec partners such as associations and government representatives on activity planning and public policy analysis
Organizes public diplomacy events and governmental meetings
Requirements – Education and experience
Education: University degree (minimum B.A., Master’s an asset), in a relevant field (ex. political science, international relations, law, public policy, environment and energy policies)
Language: Fluency in English and proficiency in French
Experience: Two years minimum of relevant experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Solid understanding of the United States’ legislative process and how the legislatures interact with key departments and agencies of the executive branch
Good understanding of Québec’s relations with the US in general, and with the Midwest states more specifically (political, historical and economic underpinnings of the relationship)
Knowledge of Québec society, the Québec Government and its policies
Good understanding of Québec’s cultural offerings and the industry in the United States
Ability to condense complicated regulatory or legislative language into concise form for written or oral presentation to Québec officials
Ability to multi-task, prioritize, work under pressure and with strict deadlines
Excellent understanding of and ability to use social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, along with long form article writing
Commitment to work effectively in a team environment and independently
Ability to cope well with shifting priorities and change
How to apply
Interested candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Quebec Government Office, and what is your exact level of French (beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert).
All submissions must be electronic. Please indicate the job title and number on all correspondence.
Closing date: February 13, 2018