Parliamentary Research Assistant- Office of Senator Karen Sorensen

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Job ID: J0122-0275
Job Type: Determinate (6 months plus, Full-Time)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 55675/Year
Maximum Salary: 72377/Year
Closing Date: January 23, 2022

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country's democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation's diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

The Parliamentary Research Assistant will be responsible for creating communications content related to key issues in the Senator’s areas of focus. You will draft a variety of reports, press releases, briefings, correspondence and speeches related to current issues, policies and relevant procedures. To be successful in this role, you will need to have the ability to create compelling communications, have great research and analytical skills, and be a strong team player.

Open to

The general public to staff one (1) full-time Determinate position.


• Successful completion of a university degree or a combination of relevant education and experience;
• Relevant experience in legislative or legal research, policy review and drafting reports;
• Experience in conceptualizing content, including writing speeches, opinion pieces and news releases for announcements;
• Experience in providing strategic policy advice to executive and/or senior officials with the ability to link communications strategies to policies and procedures;
• Strong research, analytical and data synthesizing skills;
• Demonstrated ability to manage a wide variety of tasks within a team setting, including but not limited to; compiling and sorting documents, maintaining office filing systems, preparing briefing notes;
• Strong research, analytical and communications skills as they relate to legislation and policy review;
• Detail-oriented, well organized, and able to coordinate, multi-task and manage competing priorities and timelines;
• Ability to build lasting relationships across the organization;
• English Essential. Bilingualism (English and French) considered an asset.


Teamwork & Cooperation
Action Management
Attention to detail


As per the Senate Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination, Senate employees must provide proof of their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to verify your vaccination status.

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.