Job: Foreign Service Office Management Specialist (US Department of State)

Deadline: October 2, 2023

As a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist (OMS) with the U.S. Department of State, you’ll provide office management and administrative support to U.S. diplomats in embassies and consulates abroad, as well as some domestic locations.

You’ll be a key coordinator in the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Your organizational, time management, problem solving, and decision-making skills, along with your tolerance of intensive world travel, living away from family, and working and living in difficult and/or isolated conditions, will make you an ideal candidate.

In return for your service, you’ll have access to continued training and career development programs; health and medical coverage; federal retirement benefits; and generous paid leave. When serving overseas, you’ll be provided paid housing or an appropriate housing allowance, and paid K-12 education for dependent children.

The following is required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and three years of specialized experience in the last 10 years; or
  • An Associate’s degree and two years of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years; or
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in any major and one year of Specialized Experience in the last 10 years.
  • Worldwide availability
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Between 21-59 yrs. old to be appointed
  • Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain national security eligibility.

Learn more about the requirements:

In return for your service, you will receive:

Paid housing and K-12 education for dependent children when serving overseas

Federal retirement benefits including the Foreign Service Pension System (FSPS) annuity and the Thrift Savings Plan (401k with matching)

Health insurance

Paid time off

Training and career development

Please thoroughly review the vacancy announcement for education and experience requirements, make sure to submit your transcripts, write a meaningful statement of interest, and provide thoughtful answers to all accomplishment questions.

Consider a public service career with the Foreign Service and contribute to leading and managing challenging projects, while connecting with global communities, communicating U.S. foreign policy, and having a positive impact on the locations where you serve.

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Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply, and at least 21 years old to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference-eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service and be able to obtain all required security, medical, and suitability clearances.