Graphic Designer - Embassy of Canada - $57,827 USD plus benefits

Embassy of Canada
Washington D.C.
$57,827 USD plus benefits
Apr 13, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
Communications, Other
Full Time

The Public Affairs Graphic Designer supports the delivery of advocacy strategies by designing digital and hardcopy products (e-banners, presentations, banners, pop-ups, brochures, logos, event invitations) used in advocacy campaigns; responds to requests for design related advice from staff in the Embassy; provides research and communications support to the Public Affairs section; supports curating of the gallery; makes short animated videos; manages programs linked to the lobby’s screens; contacts vendors; and performs other duties as necessary.

Section: Public Affairs
Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Position no: EXT-306059
Level: LE-06
Starting salary: $57,827 USD plus benefits
Competition no: 2302
Date posted: 04/03/2018
Closing date: 04/20/2018 06:00:00 PM EST.
Employment Tenure: Indeterminate
This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, and acting opportunities at the Embassy.


All applications must include a link to a portfolio of work

Open to:

  • Persons living in the greater Washington Metropolitan area.
  • Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.
  • Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance.
  • Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Embassy of Canada.

All applicants must:

  • Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
  • Reside in the United States.
  • Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
  • Submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date. The covering letter must:
    • Demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements under language, education and experience;
    • Confirm residency in the United States;
    • Confirm independent work authorization in the United States.
    • All applications must include a link to a portfolio of work

Note: Failure to provide any of the information required above will result in your application being rejected. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Condition of employment (must be met):

  • Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
  • Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions.

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:


English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)


Degree or diploma in graphic design or visual arts from an accredited university or college OR an acceptable combination of education, ongoing training, and significant work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position.


  • 2 years of overall professional experience in the graphic design, marketing or communication fields

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.


  • Mastery of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat
  • Experience with other applications, such as Dreamweaver, After Effects, Word and PowerPoint, Prezi and Pictochart
  • Typography editing.


  • Critical thinking skills to solve visual design challenges
  • Strong written and verbal communication capability
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks without heavy guidance and deliver on-deadline
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Personal Suitability:

  • Effective interpersonal relations;
  • Initiative;
  • Sound judgement;
  • Tact and diplomacy; and
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of major Canada/United States’ bilateral issues
  • Copywriting ability
  • Ability to work in French

Selection procedure:

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements.

The assessment may 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.

The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.

The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Method of application:

Apply online at

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The incumbent will be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis. The incumbent may be required to work hours in excess of 37.5 hours some weeks.


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