Strategic thinkers and crisis managers who protect U.S. citizens and interests abroad.
As a Consular Officer, you’ll use your problem-solving and managerial skills along with your sense of public service to address challenges facing U.S. citizens who are traveling, living, or conducting business abroad.
Myth: Consular Officers spend their days stamping passports and issuing visas.
Reality: Consular Officers make judgments about foreign nationals who want to travel to the United States. They also facilitate adoptions, help evacuate Americans, combat fraud to protect our borders, and fight human trafficking. Consular Officers touch people's lives in important ways, often reassuring families in crisis.
As you learn new skills and enjoy outstanding benefits, you’ll handle diverse challenges such as child custody disputes, arrests, travel advisories, and emergencies, in addition to:
Resourceful negotiators who build and maintain positive economic and trade relations between the U.S. and other countries.
As an Economic Officer, you'll work with U.S. and foreign government officials, business leaders, international organizations, and opinion-makers as you promote national security through economic security.
Myth: Economic Officers must bring an in-depth knowledge of quantitative economics into the Foreign Service.
Reality: While having an economics background is useful, it’s not required. Foreign Service Economic Officers focus on developing relationships with important economic figures, including those in the business community, the government and opposition, non-governmental organizations, academia and multilateral organizations. They promote U.S. economic and commercial interests. Their reporting and analysis on economic conditions and trends in the host country influence U.S. policy formulation and implementation.
Economic Officers receive extensive training in economics, trade, commercial diplomacy, energy, or environmental issues. As you learn new skills and enjoy outstanding benefits, you’ll influence and implement economic and trade policy as you help unravel the complexities of a global economy by:
Creative, fast-thinking problem-solvers who handle diverse challenges.
As a Management Officer, you'll use your professional background to serve your country — meeting everyday challenges head-on while you learn new skills and enjoy outstanding beneﬁts.
Myth: Management Officers do “in-house” routine work and do not rise to become ambassadors.
Reality: Nothing is routine about managing an embassy or consulate! Management Officers are the "go to" leaders at U.S. embassies. They are resourceful and creative, as they manage all embassy operations, from real estate to human resources, from security to budget. Management officers make diplomacy work and many advance to the level of ambassador, where such skills are highly valued.
Management officers develop efficient, on-target solutions in fast-paced and mission-critical situations and have multi-disciplinary responsibilities in complex situations:
Informed negotiators who interpret situations and advise on international issues.
As a Political Officer, you’ll keep a trained eye on the political climate at your foreign post and decipher events as they relate to U.S. interests, negotiations and policies.
Myth: Only Political Officers become Ambassadors.
Reality: While some Political Officers do make it to the top, there are representatives from all generalist career tracks in the ambassadorial ranks.
As you learn new skills and enjoy outstanding benefits, you’ll communicate with foreign governments to seek support for shared goals, including votes in multilateral fora, in addition to:
Experts in cross-cultural relations and communications who build public awareness and promote U.S. interests abroad.
As a Public Diplomacy Officer, you’ll broaden understanding of American values and policies.
Myth: Public Diplomacy Officers only monitor news media and organize cultural performances in foreign countries.
Reality: Public Diplomacy Officers engage and network with the full range of host nation contacts to shape the public message and perceptions about the United States. Public Diplomacy Officers maintain contacts with key people who influence public opinion. They are also managers of people, programs, budgets and resources.
Public Diplomacy Officers engage, inform, and influence opinion leaders, local non-governmental groups, the next generation of leaders, academics, think tanks, government officials, and the full range of civil society in order to promote mutual understanding and support for U.S policy goals. Public diplomacy officers explain the breadth of American foreign policies to ensure that our positions are understood and misrepresentations are corrected in addition to: