International Business Development Assistant

Consulate General of Canada in Boston
  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 20

Position description

With our progressive international and domestic policies, there has never been a better time to work for Canada. Join our global network of trade professionals that operates in more than 161 cities worldwide.

The Consulate General of Canada in Boston is seeking an International Business Development Assistant to join our dynamic and results-oriented international trade team of professionals responsible for promoting, advancing, and strengthening Canadian trade, innovation and investment interests in the United States. Working within a team of ten, the assistant is responsible for supporting the work of the Trade section to work with Canadian companies and support investment attraction to Canada. The position is available for one year, effective October 1, 2019.

The Consulate also manages and operates the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston ([email protected]), which connects selected innovative Canadian companies to US clients, strategic partners, investors, and global Canadian executives, to accelerate their businesses. The Assistant is involved in promoting the CTA.


Reporting to the Consul & Trade Commissioner (Investment), the Business Development Assistant provides organizational support for projects and activities of the Business Development section, including executing social media content and marketing campaigns; prepares responses to routine business enquiries and conducts related research as needed; provides administrative and clerical support to Trade Commissioners for the effective implementation of the program; collects, maintains and collates a variety of documentation and records; inputs data into the Client Management System (TRIO); and performs other duties as assigned.

The Consulate offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package, including a pension plan, medical/dental/vision insurance and long term disability to name a few.


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 resume and cover letter 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 (ex. US citizen, permanent resident);
  • Confirm that you hold a valid driver’s license in the USA.

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.

Essential qualifications:

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


  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited university or college in the fields of business, communications, or international studies or relevant experience.


  • Familiarity with business development and marketing concepts and the delivery of client-focused business services
  • Experience organizing events designed to promote networking
  • Experience in responding to client enquiries, conducting research, drafting reports
  • Experience contributing to a team of business professionals in achieving organizational objectives/goals
  • Experience with email marketing and social media

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in English, oral and written (ability to work in French is an asset). Please indicate your level of knowledge in each language in your application.

Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Essential Requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be a written test, an interview, an inā€basket exercise, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.

Knowledge of:

  • Standard Microsoft Office Suite software applications (Excel, Outlook, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Administrative processes and financial record-keeping
  • Local government and industry structures, major economic and political issues and impacts
  • Canada and Canadian industry
  • General business research skills
  • Business development and event management practices
  • Marketing tools (eg. Mail chimp, Prezi)
  • Services provided by the Trade Commissioner Service and the role that the international business development team plays in providing these services

Ability to:

  • Manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines
  • Communicate with senior executives and handle requests for appointments and meetings
  • The ability to communicate with high level officials, clients and contacts in an effective and respectful manner
  • Develop integrated marketing campaigns, print and online
  • Draft briefing materials in preparation for meetings with external stakeholders
  • Function as part of and contribute to a team
  • Cope with work pressures, be adaptable & flexible

Personal Suitability:

  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Sound Judgement
  • Strong Sense of Initiative
  • Client Focused
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Integrity and respect 

Asset qualifications:  

  • Established network of contacts in local government and industry.
  • Previous work experience in an international trade-focused organization or association.
  • Experience working in a business development support team.

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are 37.5 hours per week, in accordance with Locally Engaged Staff regulations. Some travel and overtime will be required.

Application instructions

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