Parliamentary Affairs Advisor - Office of Senator Marilou McPhedran

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Job ID: J1120-0204
Job Type: Determinate, Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 67043/Year
Maximum Salary: 87028/Year
Closing Date: December 1, 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 McPhedran, the Parliamentary Affairs Advisor will be responsible for conducting important strategic research and analysis and reporting on matters within the Senator's areas of interest. The incumbent will provide a broad range of expertise and make recommendations on how the Senator can advance her strategic priorities through the legislative process. We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in Canadian politics. The incumbent will write recommendations and produce briefing notes to ensure that the Senator is kept abreast of current issues. The role may include attending committee meetings on behalf of the Senator, liaising with parliamentarians and senior government officials.

Open to

The general public to fill one (1) determinate full-time position in the office of Senator Marilou McPhedran. One (1) year contract, with possibility of extension.

About the Senator

Named a Member of the Order of Canada (1985) in recognition of her co-leadership in the successful campaign for stronger gender equality protections in the Canadian constitution and appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016, Senator Marilou McPhedran is a lawyer and educator who specialized in teaching and developing systemic and sustainable change mechanisms to promote equality and diversity.

She founded the International Women’s Rights Project in 1998 and the Institute for International Women’s Rights at Global College in 2009 - based on her intergenerational models “evidence-based advocacy” and “lived rights”. When Chief Executive Officer of a Federal Centre of Excellence based at York University, Canada, she directed staff and programs that included a cyber research network on women’s health and rights.


• University degree from a recognize university in social sciences (political sciences, economics, sociology, etc.), communications, journalism and/or a combination of education, training or experience directly related to the position;
• Experience in researching a broad range of topics, analyzing data and presenting relevant solutions and advice;
• Significant experience in writing documents for senior officials such as briefing notes, presentations and reports;
• Knowledge of the Senate mandate and the legislative process in a political context;
• Ability to extract essential information and draw relevant conclusions;
• Ability to stay abreast of current events and headlines, anticipate their impact on the Senator's work and report back to the Senator;
• Knowledge of communication techniques, methods and practices and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
• Ability to work in a team environment and under pressure.

Linguistic Requirements



Teamwork & Cooperation
Action Management

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.