Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service career.
Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same positon.
If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs.)
Security Clearance Required
Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
About the Agency
The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.
Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.
Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.
Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and information technology (IT) systems world-wide.
To find out more specifics about the qualifications required for an IMS, please click here for the IMS Career Track Quiz: http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-track-quiz/ims
The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.
To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-tracks
An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to our overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions.
Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an FSS usually is assigned to two overseas tours, each two years in length, directed by the Department. After the initial two tours, assignments will be for periods of one to three years overseas or in the U.S.
The duties of IMS vary according to the size of the post and the requirements of the specific diplomatic mission. At various times, at posts around the world or in domestic locations, the following are some examples of the types of duties and responsibilities an IMS is expected to perform:
Some of the essential functions of the job have a physically demanding component. In the execution of the duties and tasks listed above, Information Management Specialists are required to:
All of these tasks are at times performed at construction sites with ambient noise and other environmental factors that are typical for such sites.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Applicants must meet at least one of the following:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in an IT or IT-related major earned within the last two years (no Specialized Experience required).
Bachelor’s degree or higher in an IT or IT-related major earned more than two years ago and a minimum of two years IT work experience in the past three years.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in any major, a minimum of two years of IT work experience in the past three years, and one of the approved IT certifications (link below).
Associate’s degree or higher in an IT or IT-related major, a minimum of two years of IT work experience in the past three years and one of the approved IT certifications (link below).
High school diploma or equivalency, a minimum of four years of IT work experience in the last five years, and one of the approved current and valid IT certifications (link below).
High school diploma or equivalency, U.S. military IT-related training or specialty, and a minimum of two years of IT work experience in the past five years. At the time of your application, you must provide your DD-214, clearly showing one of the U.S. military branches specialty codes or designators and/or specialty title or military training report with the title of training.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation, in order to be credited.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials listed at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
Approved IT certifications listed at: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/irm-cert-list-ims.
Candidates will be evaluated on their total background including experience, education, awards, training, and self-development as it relates to the position. Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing the best qualifications. Part-time work experience will be prorated.
Specialized Experience (experience must have been acquired within the last five years.)
Qualifying specialized experience must have been acquired within the periods specified in this announcement and must demonstrate the potential to perform in progressively more responsible positions in the information resource management field. An applicant's work experience will be evaluated for level of responsibility and length of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Abilities and Other Requirements
Superior oral and written communication skills: In order to perform the duties of a FSS, successful applicants must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).
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