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Vacancy Details

Grade: 07

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

1 Conduct Policy Statement

I am a bona fide applicant pursuing a Foreign Service career and I understand, acknowledge and agree to the requirements outlined below.

That the Department of State reserves the right to cancel or withhold results and/or disqualify my application when, in its judgment, an irregularity occurs, including but not limited to candidate misconduct, plagiarism, and/or misrepresentation of material fact.

  • By selecting "Yes," I accept the terms.
  • By selecting "No," I do not accept the terms and I understand that my application will be terminated.
Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note to Question One: These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive Order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection. The definitions, requirements, obligations, rights, sanctions, and liabilities by controlling Executive Orders and statutory provisions are incorporated into this agreement and are controlling.
2 Are you willing to serve anywhere in the world, as well as at an unaccompanied post? (see below before answering) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Worldwide availability is both an affirmed willingness to serve anywhere in the world and a matter of being medically qualified to do so. Both are essential requirements for appointment to the Foreign Service. Worldwide availability also means that, due to political instability and/or security concerns, in some cases family members cannot go to post (unaccompanied tours) or must leave post as security deteriorates (evacuations).
3 Are you at least 20 years old? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

Note: By law, all career candidates, except preference eligible veterans, must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. For more information about Veteran's Preference and how it is applied in the FS Selection Process, please visit: http://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-
4 In the last two years, have you received written notification that you were found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability Review Panel or Final Review Panel?

For more information, see https://fam.state.gov/ (3 FAM 2215). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Individuals who have been found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability or Final Review Panel within the previous two years are ineligible to apply (unless the individual was a candidate for a Special Agent position with the Diplomatic Security Service and the decision to deny eligibility was based on the candidate's inability to fulfill the unique duties of that position).
5 Have you applied for this position within the last year?

Note: Applicants must wait one year between applications for the same position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Do you possess the education requirements for this position?  Select the highest level of education. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I have a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Yes, I have an Associate’s degree in Office Management or Business Administration.
  • Yes, I have a Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major.
  • No, I do not possess the education requirements for this position.
7 Select the statement below which best describes your education level, and required years of specialized experience for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a High School diploma or equivalent and three years of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years.
  • I have an Associate’s degree in Office Management or Business Administration and two years of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years.
  • I have a Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major and one year of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years.
  • I do not have the experience required for this position.
8 Highest Education Level Completed Answer to this question is required
  • No Formal Education (01)
  • Elementary School Completed (02)
  • Some High School (03)
  • High School Graduate (04)
  • Terminal Occup Prog-No Cert (05)
  • Terminal Occup Prog-Cert (06)
  • Some College - less than 1 Yr (07)
  • One Year College (08)
  • Two Years College (09)
  • Associate Degree (10)
  • Three Years College (11)
  • Four Years College (12)
  • Bachelor's Degree (13)
  • Post Bachelor's (14)
  • First Professional (15)
  • Post-First Professional (16)
  • Master's Degree (17)
  • Post Master's (18)
  • Sixth Year Degree (19)
  • Post Sixth Year (20)
  • Doctorate Degree (21)
  • Post Doctorate (22)
Undergraduate Study
9 Maximum length of 100 characters.
10 Maximum length of 100 characters.
11 Maximum length of 100 characters.
12 Date you received your undergraduate degree.
Graduate Study
13 Maximum length of 100 characters.
14 Maximum length of 100 characters.
15 Maximum length of 100 characters.
16 Date you received your graduate degree.
Foreign Language Proficiency
17 Maximum length of 100 characters.
18 Please indicate your first foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
19 Please indicate your first foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
20 Maximum length of 100 characters.
21 Please indicate your second foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
22 Please indicate your second foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
23 Please indicate what type of overseas experience you possess:
  • Student
  • Dependent
  • Peace Corps
  • Military
  • Government
  • Other
24 Please indicate length of overseas experience: Maximum length of 50 characters.
25 How Did You First Learn About This Opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • Article/interview with Secretary of State or other Department spokesperson
  • careers.state.gov
    25.1 careers.state.gov - Choose one:
    • Desktop
    • Mobile Device
  • Diplomat in Residence
    25.1 Diplomat in Residence - Choose one region:
    • Central (KS, MO, NE, OK, SD)
    • Central South (AR, MS, LA)
    • DC Metro (DC, DE, MD, WV, and northern Virginia)
    • Midwest (IA, IL, MN, ND, WI)
    • Mid-Atlantic (NC, SC, and southern Virginia)
    • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
    • New York Metro (NJ, NY, PA)
    • North Central (IN, KY, OH, MI)
    • Northwest (AK, OR, WA, and northern California)
    • Rocky Mountains (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
    • South (TN, northern Alabama, and northern Georgia)
    • South Florida and PR
    • Southeast (southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and north Florida)
    • Southern California (HI, NV, and southern California)
    • Southwest (AZ, NM, and greater El Paso)
    • Texas (all TX with the exception of greater El Paso)
  • Direct email from DOSCareers@state.gov
  • Direct email from careers@state.gov
  • Disability career fair or organization
  • DOSCareers mobile app
  • Fellowship/scholarship program manager
  • Friend or relative
  • High school guidance counselor
  • Military/Veteran career fair or organization
  • Other (please specify)
    25.1 Other (please specify): Maximum length of 100 characters.
  • Other Department/Foreign Service employee
  • Other website
    25.1 Other website - Choose one:
    • Administrative Jobs
    • AMightyRiver
    • Advance for Lab Professionals
    • African American Career World
    • Asian American Media
    • AsianLife
    • Asian Hires
    • Beyond
    • Black America Web
    • Black Ivy League Online
    • Black Planet
    • Boren/NSEP
    • Buildings.com
    • CareerBuilder
    • Careers and the disABLED
    • ClearanceJobs
    • CollegeRecruiter
    • CoreNet
    • Daily Muse
    • Development Exchange
    • DICE
    • Diversity Careers in Engineering & IT
    • DiversityMBA
    • Engineering News Record
    • Essence
    • FacilitiesNet
    • FMJournal
    • FMLink
    • Glassdoor
    • GoAbroad
    • GoldSea
    • Google
    • GovJobs
    • Government Jobs
    • HBCUConnect
    • HealtheCareers
    • HireDisability
    • HireDiversity
    • Hispanic Career World
    • Hispanic College Fund
    • Idealist
    • Indeed
    • Indian Country Today
    • Language Jobs
    • LatPro
    • Latino Fox News
    • MedPage Today
    • Military.com
    • MeetUp
    • Monster
    • NACE
    • National Society of High School Scholars
    • Native Peoples
    • National Black MBA
    • NSBE
    • Psych.org
    • PsychiatryOnline
    • RecruitMilitary.com
    • RPCV.org
    • Saludos
    • Scholarships.com
    • SimplyHired
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • TAOnline
    • TeachAbroad
    • Univision
    • USAToday
    • Winds of Change
  • Professional career fair
  • Professional organization (please specify)
    25.1 Professional organization - Choose one:
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
    • American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
    • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
    • American Society of Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS)
    • American Society of Construction Engineers (ASCE)
    • American Society of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
    • ASIS International
    • Association of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (AEEE)
    • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
    • Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals (AEAP)
    • Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
    • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
    • Association of International Educators
    • Black Data Processing Association (BDPA)
    • Clinical Lab Management Association (CLMA)
    • Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
    • Equal Justice Works
    • Forte Foundation
    • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
    • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
    • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
    • National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • PeaceCorps
    • SACNAS
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Social media
    25.1 Social media - Choose one:
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Live Event
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Other
  • Teacher/professor or other faculty
  • U.S. Department of State recruiter
  • University/college career fair
  • University/college career services
  • USAJobs.gov
Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest
These required questions provide an opportunity to describe examples and accomplishments from your education, life, and/or work experience that demonstrate your qualifications for becoming an FSS. Examples can be drawn from any part of your professional or personal experience. The information you give may be used in your oral assessment should you be invited and is an important factor in the competitive evaluation of applicants. Each response is limited to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2,000 characters) for each item. You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills necessary to succeed as an FSS is the ability to write clearly and concisely. Answers to the all of the items in the Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest are required and must be completed in the online application.
26 Describe what you consider to be the best example of a situation where you had to find an innovative solution to a practical problem. Indicate who was affected by the problem and in what way, and the nature of the difficulties faced. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
27 Describe your work experiences that demonstrate you have a high level of proficiency in performing administrative duties like managing files/records/databases, proofing text, processing documents, and maintaining office equipment. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
28 Give an example of a situation where you had to plan, organize and prioritize your own work, particularly where you had to meet tight deadlines or work long hours.  Indicate the complexity of the task you were organizing and the consequences if you had failed to meet your deadline. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
29

Give an example which best illustrates of a situation where you had to handle several different tasks at once and where it was important to ensure that the quality of your performance was maintained at a high standard. Comment on the pressure you were under and indicate any resources you used to help you prioritize tasks.

Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
30 Describe an example of how you used your proficiency in computer technology and programs, such as those in the Microsoft Office Suite or similar programs, to solve a problem. What was the technology you used and how did your skill with the program contribute to resolving the problem. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
Statement of Interest
31 Required narrative Statement of Interest, which discusses your:

  • Motivation for joining the Foreign Service,
  • Comments about your work experience, include special skills (e.g. computer), current licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and/or training (with date completed) relating to this position,
  • Experience living or working in a multicultural environment, overseas or in U.S.
Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required