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Job Title:
Social Secretary

£31,440 per annum

Vacancy type:



Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Closing date for applications:
24-07-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the Director, Executive Office and in close collaboration with the Executive Assistants to the Head and Deputy Head of Mission, the Social Secretary is responsible for the successful planning and execution of senior level hospitality events for the Head of Mission (HOM) and Deputy Head of Mission (DHOM) hosted at Canada House, the Official Residence and at external venues. The Social Secretary is also responsible for administrative/logistical support as it relates to externally hosted events, official/personal correspondence, and is a key point of contact and expert within the Mission on etiquette and official protocol.

This is an exciting opportunity, for an enthusiastic self-starter to work with a dynamic and energetic team!

Additional duties include: assisting with the maintenance of the HOM/DHOM calendar of appointments, maintaining an up to date contact database, managing an efficient filing system, drafting correspondence, tracking and responding to incoming invitations and responding to queries.

The successful applicant will work closely with the High Commissioner, the Deputy High Commissioner, the Residence Team, the Visits Officer, the Events Team, the HOM Chef and HOM Driver. The Social Secretary will also work closely and develop a strong network with peers in other Missions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the City of London, and counterparts within the Royal households.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened on the essential qualifications below and must demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet these criteria. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements and demonstrate this clearly within their application will then proceed to the next stage of the process.

Education: A levels or equivalent.

Experience: The candidate must have minimum 2 years *recent experience working in a client facing administrative environment dealing with a wide range of senior level stakeholders such as international dignitaries, politicians, government officials and business leaders.

*Recent experience is defined as within last 4 years.

Language requirement: Fluency in English

Rated Requirements
Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements shown below, which will be assessed through any of the following: cover letter, written test, oral communication, interview and reference checks:
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize work and be flexible and organised under pressure
• Strong written and verbal communications skills
• Attention to detail
• Knowledge of protocol and knowledge of etiquette
• Be willing to learn and be flexible
• Be professional & efficient
• Strong Client Focus and ability to develop a personal network of contacts
• Ability to work effectively within a team, independently and with supervisors
• Integrity and able to handle sensitive and confidential situations; strong judgement, tact and discretion
• Event Organisation
• Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel and Internet)

Asset Qualifications:
The High Commission has the right to further screen on Asset Qualifications and as such, preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Candidates should also clearly demonstrate in their cover letter if they meet these factors:
• Fluency in French
• University degree
• Experience dealing with Protocol and VIPs
• Knowledge of the UK political system
• Calligraphy skills

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Willing and able to work regular extended hours as required on a frequent basis including late evenings, weekends and sometime with little advance notice

Condition(s) of Employment:
Hours of work will be 37.5 per week, worked Monday to Friday at time to be arranged by the supervisor. Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain a ‘Reliability Status’ security clearance (including a criminal record check).

Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process. Successful candidate must have a valid passport and the required documentation allowing the right to work in the UK. Documentation will be required.

Area of selection:
United Kingdom

Important Notes:
This position is open to candidates currently resident in the UK, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in the UK without restriction, who meet all of the essential requirements stated and whose applications are received by the closing date. Those candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position.

The High Commission of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs. The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates.

An Eligibility list will be created from this process for other positions which become available at the same level within the Executive section.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

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