Jobs at AFSA

Employment at AFSA

The Foreign Service Act of 1980, the legal foundation for the Foreign Service, opens by declaring that “a career Foreign Service, characterized by excellence and professionalism, is essential in the national interest.” AFSA speaks for its members individually, ensuring that the law is upheld and due process followed, but also, crucially, for the long-term health and vigor of the Foreign Service as an institution, certain in the conviction that a career Foreign Service, characterized by excellence and professionalism, is in America’s national interest.

AFSA’s membership include active-duty and retired Foreign Service officers and specialists at the Department of State, as well as members of the Foreign Service from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, Foreign Commercial Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Broadcasting Board of Governors. AFSA exists to support the United States Foreign Service, which deploys worldwide to protect and serve America’s people, interests and values. The Foreign Service is the only U.S. government entity that is globally deployed with an enduring physical presence in almost every country in the world, creating an enormous competitive advantage for America and for Americans from all walks of life. AFSA’s members are career professionals who spend roughly two thirds of their careers abroad representing America to the people and leaders of other countries. Members of the Foreign Service are posted to more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and other missions around the globe—most in difficult and many in dangerous environments.

Our AFSA staff are hired from across the Foreign Service and international affairs communities. If you are interested in supporting the Foreign Service mission and working for AFSA, please keep an eye on our website below for available jobs. In the meantime, we have posted our Employee Handbook here for your information.

Policy Analyst – American Foreign Service Association

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the labor union and professional association of the United States Foreign Service, seeks a full-time Policy Analyst at its Washington, D.C. headquarters located at 2101 E St NW, Washington DC 20037. All full-time employees have access to Health, Dental and Vision Insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a 401(k)-retirement account. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug 20, 2021.

The Organization:

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), created in 1924, is the professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,800 members include active and retired Foreign Service officers and specialists primarily at the Department of State as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Foreign Commercial Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

AFSA is also a labor union, serving as the exclusive representative of members of the Foreign Service. AFSA negotiates with the management of the principal U.S. Government foreign affairs agencies on personnel policies and practices affecting members’ working conditions, and represents members in formal grievance proceedings, office of security and inspector general investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and EEO cases.

The Position and Its Principal Responsibilities:

This position is for a full-time employment at AFSA and will receive full benefits. The incumbent will support and report to AFSA’s Director of Advocacy and the Director of Professional Policy Issues (PPI). Remote work environment at the time of hire to evolve into a hybrid remote/in-person work environment post-Labor Day.

Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $45K - $50K depending on experience. As a full-time employee, benefits include but are not limited to Health, Dental, Vision insurance, paid vacation and paid sick leave, and access to a 401(k) retirement account.

Duties:

Use State Department personnel and workforce-related policy documents, the Foreign Service Act, and previous AFSA products on the Foreign Service workforce to conduct background research for AFSA advocacy and policy responses and communications.

Advocacy:

  • Help craft, execute, and run logistics on programming for members of Congress and staffers, including Pearson Fellows, working on Capitol Hill.
  • Help build AFSA’s network of contacts at the state and local levels to ensure AFSA members are not disadvantaged in terms of residency requirements and benefits when they return to the States from overseas.
  • Build and regularly update documents related to state and local legislation that could affect the Foreign Service, including tax exemptions, in-state tuition eligibility, and retirement benefits specific to government employees.
  • Build and regularly update documents detailing the policies, exceptions, and offers specific to the Foreign Service for private businesses/entities such as airlines and banks. Serve as the main AFSA point of contact for these entities.
  • Assemble content and quotes from Capitol Hill regarding the Foreign Service for The Foreign Service Journal.
  • Draft letters of appreciation or concerns to members of Congress related to the Foreign Service.
  • In-person advocacy work on Capitol Hill will be minimal initially, as COVID restrictions limit access to Congressional offices.

Professional Policy Issues:

  • Maintain Foreign Service metrics data library, updating statistics on the Foreign Service workforce, career, recruitment, and retention.
  • Draft background documents on professional development, career advancement, and life challenges in the Foreign Service.
  • As necessary, help members with Foreign Service life challenges by writing letters to institutions of higher learning, financial institutions, real estate management companies, and vehicle leasing organizations explaining what the Foreign Service is and why members should receive due consideration for in-state tuition or necessary breaking of vehicle and residential leases due to personnel deployment. Help research issues regarding Foreign Service parity with the military.
  • Keep current with relevant personnel and human resource developments regarding the professional Foreign Service in all foreign affairs agencies.
  • Conduct AFSA membership research and design member surveys for analysis. Assist in collating and synthesizing responses to member surveys.
  • Assist with logistics for PPI and AFSA events as needed.
    • Online town halls using virtual meeting software (100 – 500 people)
    • Structured Conversation using virtual meeting software (8 – 10 people)
      • In person when safely allowed

Competencies:

  • High-level research and writing skills and the ability to brief clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent organizational ability.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects after obtaining guidance.
  • Familiarity with the organization of data, including spreadsheets.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and high proficiency in conducting virtual events via online platforms such as Zoom and Teams.
  • Familiarity with the Foreign Service a plus.
  • Previously experience working in a legislative branch (federal or state) a plus.

Work Environment:

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk working on a computer. Will occasionally need to move heavy equipment and furniture. Primary work location will be AFSA HQ located at 2101 E St NW, Washington DC 20037.

Due to COVID-19 and AFSA’s soft re-opening on June 1, 2021, the incumbent is required to have proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination for employment and building entry due to frequent interaction with the AFSA Governing Board, staff, guests, and members.

To Apply:

Please email a detailed cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified in this position and your resume, along with a brief writing sample, to jobs@afsa.org by COB on Friday, Aug 20, 2021. No phone calls, please.

Associate Editor, The Foreign Service Journal

The American Foreign Service Association seeks a full-time Associate Editor for its flagship publication, The Foreign Service Journal, to serve at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Applications will be accepted through August 6, 2021.

The Organization

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), created in 1924, is the professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,800 members include active and retired Foreign Service officers and specialists primarily at the Department of State as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Foreign Commercial Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

AFSA is also a labor union, serving as the exclusive representative of members of the Foreign Service. AFSA negotiates with the management of the principal U.S. Government foreign affairs agencies on personnel policies and practices affecting members’ working conditions, and represents members in formal grievance proceedings, office of security and inspector general investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and EEO cases.

The Associate Editor is a critical member of AFSA’s Publications Team, which publishes The Foreign Service Journal 10 times a year and manages AFSA’s book publishing arm, FS Books. The ideal candidate will possess solid, demonstrated writing, reporting and editing skills, experience in magazine production and a deep understanding of the Foreign Service. The incumbent must be locally based in the Washington, D.C., area.

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Exercising primary responsibility for the AFSA News section of The Foreign Service Journal, including reporting, writing and editing.
  • Managing the editorial and production schedules for AFSA News, including planning, setting deadlines, soliciting articles and columns and working with authors.
  • Attending AFSA (and other) events as a reporter and photographer.
  • Covering current news of diplomacy and the Foreign Service to produce -- research, write, compile, edit—the Talking Points section of the magazine.
  • Coordinate and compile the In Memory section of the magazine.
  •  Researching, writing, editing and proofing, as assigned, for the Journal and other AFSA publications.

This position reports to the Publications Director/FSJ Editor-in-Chief. The incumbent must be highly dependable, proactive and well-organized; possess sound judgment, good humor and flexibility; have the ability to prioritize, multitask and follow through; and be able to work under pressure with all levels of personnel.

APPLICANT MUST HAVE:

  • Excellent, demonstrated writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Foreign Service, diplomacy and development.
  • Minimum three years of experience in writing and editing for a publication.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills and the ability to synthesize, interpret and report on complex issues.
  • Ability to work with internal teams and external contributors.
  • Experience with photography and willingness to cover events as both photographer and reporter.

Due to COVID-19 and AFSA’s soft re-opening on June 1, 2021, the incumbent is required to have proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination for employment and building entry due to frequent interaction with AFSA officials, members and outside visitors.

Compensation and Application

The salary range for this position is $62,000-$66,000, depending on experience. All full-time employees have access to health, dental and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a 401(k)-retirement account. AFSA is an equal-opportunity employer.

Please send resume, cover letter and a writing sample to jobs@afsa.org by COB August 6. No calls, please.