Parliamentary Affairs Advisor, Office of Senator Elizabeth Marshall

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Job ID: J1120-0771
Job Type: Determinate, Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 67043/Year
Maximum Salary: 87028/Year
Closing Date: December 3, 2020

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?

Working closely with Senator Marshall, the Parliamentary Affairs Advisor will be responsible for conducting thorough research and analysis and reporting on matters within the Senator's areas of interest. We are seeking candidates with a strong knowledge of the work done in Senate Committees, and with excellent writing skills. The incumbent will write statements and speeches, as well as make recommendations to ensure that the Senator is kept abreast of current issues. The role may include attending meetings on behalf of the Senator and liaising with parliamentarians and senior government officials.

Open to

Persons employed by a Canadian Parliamentary institution (the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, and/or the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer) to staff one (1) determinate full-time position with possibility of extension in the office of Senator Elizabeth Marshall.


• University degree from a recognized university in political science, law, business or any other field related to the duties of the position and/or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience;
• Extensive and recent experience in researching, analyzing and assessing a broad range of information and making recommendations;
• Extensive and recent experience in writing documents such as briefing notes, reports, statements and speeches;
• Experience in providing strategic advice to senior officials on a variety of politically sensitive issues;
• Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with senior officials and/or parliamentarians;
• Extensive experience in using the MS-Office suite;
• Knowledge of communication techniques, methods and practices and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
• Strategic and organized thinker with the ability to coordinate and multi-task to accomplish a variety of activities with tight timelines.

Linguistic Requirements


Teamwork & Cooperation
Action Management
Attention to detail

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.