University Recruitment

Economist and Policy Analyst Stream - Post-Secondary Recruitment 2015-2016

This career opportunity is part of the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR), which provides entry-level positions to post-secondary graduates.

Department Name:
Department of Finance Canada
Ottawa, ON
$54,101 - $62,026
Opening Date:
September 21, 2015
Closing Date:
October 27, 2015 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Selection Process Number:
Employment Tenure:
Multiple positions will be staffed with this advertised process. A pool of candidates resulting from this process may be used to fill similar positions with the Department of Finance and other federal government departments or agencies

Website : For more information on how to apply and information about the Department of Finance, please consult our Recruitment Process and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For further information on the Department of Finance, please consult our website at Department of Finance.

For additional information, please consult the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR), the EC Collective Agreement and tips for writing a resumé.

Who Can Apply
Useful Information – Who Can Apply
Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Useful Information - Citizenship
Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

Language Proficiency
Useful Information - Language Proficiency
Applicants must be proficient in one or both official languages depending on the position being staffed:

  • English or French essential; or
  • Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB

Essential Qualifications

1. Education
Useful Information - Education
a) Degree
Candidates must have or be working on a Master’s degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields:

  • Economics
  • Public policy/administration
  • International relations/studies
  • Finance

Candidates must be able and willing to successfully complete their Master’s degree by December 31, 2016. Candidates hired will participate in the Economic and Social Sciences Services Developmental Program (ECDP) and be eligible for appointment to the next level once they graduate with their Master’s degree.

b) Specialization in economics
University coursework must include the equivalent of at least three full-year undergraduate or graduate courses in economics (or six half-year courses) by the time of graduation. Candidates who have a concentration in finance at the Master’s degree level and three or more half-year post-secondary courses in economics will be considered.

c) Academic excellence
Candidates must have obtained a 75 per cent or equivalent grade point average (GPA) on their last completed degree.

2. Abilities

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues and identify economic, social and/or financial implications
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment

Asset Qualifications
Depending on the position, hiring managers may establish asset merit criteria specific to the position being staffed.  Refer to the Statement of Merit Criteria for further information.

Organizational Needs That May Apply
Selection for some positions may be limited to members of the following employment equity groups: Aboriginal persons, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women.

Conditions of Employment
Reliability and Security: Secret
This factor is not used at the pre-selection stage.  The Department of Finance Canada is responsible for the security clearance process. Candidates must maintain a valid security clearance throughout the duration of employment.

Statement of Merit Criteria
Applicants who meet the above criteria will be further assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria.

Additional Requirements/Comments

  • We thank all those who apply. Only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • All communications with candidates will be via email only. Please include a valid email address and check your mailbox frequently.
  • Candidates who meet the essential qualifications listed above will receive confirmation by December about whether they have been placed in a pool of partially assessed candidates. Candidates selected for final round interviews will be notified in December.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet the above-noted criteria. The screening of applicants will be done solely on the information submitted through the application. Failure to describe and provide proof of education and demonstrate your experience may result in your application being screened out of this process.
  • In order to be considered in this selection process, you must obtain a mark of 75 per cent or equivalent on your last completed degree and attain the required pass mark on your essay.
  • A written exercise will be administered to assess your ability to write and your ability to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues and identify economic, social, and/or financial implications.
  • The selection decision will be made on qualifications assessed based on your application. Some of the essential qualifications used may be the required Master’s degree, highest grade point average (GPA), and highest scores obtained on the abilities assessed based on your written exercise. In addition, one or more of the asset qualifications (i.e., relevant coursework (e.g. public finance, international finance, quantitative methods/econometrics) and/or experience, professional designation, academic excellence including awards, high grades in courses relevant to the position being staffed) may be used in addition to other criteria such as citizenship, official languages, or organizational needs. Finally, further assessment of the candidate’s experience may be made to select candidates to be interviewed.
  • Hiring managers may identify additional qualifications further in the selection process.
  • Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
  • A pool of candidates resulting from this process may be used to fill similar positions with other federal government departments or agencies.
  • The title of the position may vary depending on the position being staffed.
  • Candidates may be required to pay for their travel arrangements.

Information to be Provided
You must provide the following information when submitting your application:

  • Identify the Master’s degree completed and graduation date.
  • Enter your grade point average of your last completed degree.
  • List post-secondary courses you will have completed by the time of your graduation along with the name of institution, names of the courses, and whether they are half-year or full-year courses.
  • Explain your experience.
  • Describe any academic scholarships, prizes or awards, and professional designations obtained.
  • Provide a copy of your resumé, proof of Master's degree/studies and relevant academic transcripts.
  • Indicate if you wish to be considered for bilingual opportunities.
  • Provide the names, title, phone number, and email address of two references.

It will take time to complete and gather all this information; please prepare and give yourself sufficient time to complete the application process.

Important Messages
Only online applications will be accepted. The application process is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
If you do not have Internet access in your home or through friends, relatives, or neighbours, consider alternatives such as campus career centres, libraries, community centres, Internet cafés, or Service Canada Centres.

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We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Questions regarding travel and relocation
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures that must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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