Specialist Career Tracks

The U.S. Department of State offers career opportunities to professionals in specialized functions needed to meet Foreign Service responsibilities around the world. As a Foreign Service Specialist, you will provide important technical, management, healthcare or administrative services at one over 270 posts overseas, in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere in the United States.

In total, there are 19 different specialist jobs that are grouped into several categories. Click on the specific categories to learn about the different positions within each.

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Financial Management Officer You will develop budgets and financial plans, control obligations and expenditures, prepare and audit payment vouchers, administer payroll plans, approve salary and allowance payments and monitor cash operations. Closed: April 20, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
General Services Officer You will develop, plan, implement, and manage an ongoing program of support that includes contracting, inventory/property, physical facilities, space management, travel and transportation, motorpool, and maintenance and repair schedules. Closed: February 7, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
Human Resources Officer HROs are responsible for recruitment, employee training and development, performance management, employee relations, salary and benefits administration, employee policies and procedures and position classification. Closed: September 14, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
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Construction Engineer CEs monitor and report on contract work overseas to ensure that the construction of new properties and renovation of existing properties are completed properly, on time and within budget. Closed: February 14, 2017.  Sign up to receive email updates
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Facility Manager Working closely with the General Services Officer, you will manage the upkeep of buildings, grounds, fixtures and utilities overseas. Closed: November 29, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
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Information Management Specialist IMSs manage and operate worldwide information technology infrastructure, including PC local and wide area networks, telecommunications systems, telephone and UHF/VHF programs, and diplomatic pouch and mail services. Closed: January 27, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
Information Management Technical Specialist (RADIO) IMTS/R duties include performing site surveys, installation and maintenance of associated hardware and software for UHF/VHF land mobile systems. Closed: November 29, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
Information Management Technical Specialist (UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS) IMTS/UC (Previously IMTS-Digital and IMTS-Telephone) are responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of a wide range of digital and telephone equipment. Closed: December 20, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
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English Language Officer ELOs are responsible for all Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities in that country, or as a Regional ELO with responsibilities for English language program activities in several countries, necessitating extensive travel. Closed: March 1, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Public Engagement Specialist Regional Public Engagement Specialists (formerly Information Resource Officers) counsel Mission Officials on effective information program resources and services, assess staff needs, carry out regional training programs, demonstrate and promote U.S. electronic information resources, and establish contacts with host country information and library institutions. Closed: February 28, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
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Medical Provider (FSMP – NP/PA) Foreign Service Medical Providers, Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with a family practice background, assume the role of a primary care provider in diagnosing and treating patients and will be responsible for administering a full range of community health care services, including preventive health education for the official mission community. Closed: November 22, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Officer The RMO’s duties include providing primary medical care and appropriate health information and disease prevention program at each post of responsibility as well as a host of other medical and health related responsibilities. Closed: March 1, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist The RMO/P’s duties include providing primary psychiatric care for each post in the supported geographical region as well as a host of other psychiatric and mental health related responsibilities. Closed: March 15, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist RMLS (Formerly Regional Medical Technologist/MLS) duties include performing routine visitations to regional area Health Units to evaluate and monitor performance of local laboratory technologists. You will also maintain own laboratory at post of assignment as well as X-RAY equipment at your post of assignment and your assigned region. Open: Deadline to apply is April 5, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
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Office Management Specialist OMS duties include general office management, conference and visitor support, administrative and secretarial support. Closed: March 14, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
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Diplomatic Courier Couriers are required to safeguard and escort diplomatic pouches containing classified and sensitive material between U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and the Department of State. Closed: March 10, 2015. Sign up to receive email updates
Security Engineering Officer SEOs provide technical security support and engineering expertise to protect U.S. Foreign Service posts overseas, in Washington, D.C., or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Responsibilities range from security system design, development and analysis to installation and testing. Closed: February 23, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
Security Technical Specialist STSs provide support and assist in worldwide technical security programs. These programs for which you will give overall program management, maintenance and support provide protection for Department of State facilities and personnel from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and crime. Closed: February 2, 2017. Sign up to receive email updates
Diplomatic Security Special Agent DSS Agents are specially trained Foreign Service security professionals; they are also sworn Federal law enforcement officers. Overseas, as a Regional Security Officer (RSO), you will advise ambassadors on all security matters and manage a complex range of security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information. In the U.S., Special Agents protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. Closed: December 15, 2016. Sign up to receive email updates