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, Professional Policy Issues

The American Foreign Service Association is recruiting for a policy analyst position at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The position will be on full-time telework until AFSA staff returns to the office once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2021. The start date will be in February 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.

For more information about AFSA, please go to www.afsa.org.

The Position and Its Principal Responsibilities

The incumbent will support and report to the Professional Policy Issues (PPI) Director. Hours for the position are 32-40 hours a week, which can be flexibly arranged, if core hours (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at least 4 days a week) are covered. Telework is welcome with physical attendance at Monday staff meeting preferred once staff returns to the office. Familiarity with the Foreign Service is a plus, but not required.

Duties:

  • Use policy documents, the Foreign Service Act, and previous AFSA products on the Foreign Service workforce to conduct background research for AFSA policy responses and communications.
  • Maintain data library, updating statistics on the Foreign Service workforce, career, recruitment, and retention.
  • Draft letters to institutions of higher learning, 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, necessary breaking of vehicle and residential leases. Help research issues regarding FS parity with the military.
  • Keep current with relevant developments regarding the professional Foreign Service in all foreign affairs agencies.
  • Conduct AFSA membership research and analysis via member surveys. Assist in collating responses to member surveys.
  • Assist with logistics for PPI and AFSA events.
  • As needed, act as notetaker at structured conversations and other PPI meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned, including conducting as needed research on Congressional issues for the Director of Advocacy and on other issues for the Director of Membership and Outreach.

Required Competencies

  • A college degree.
  • High-level research and writing skills and the ability to brief clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent organizational ability.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with the organization of data, including spreadsheets.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, to include email and phone.
  • Well versed with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Must be experienced and comfortable running events via videoconferencing, including on both the Zoom and Microsoft Teams platforms.
  • The ability to obtain a State Department badge.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in or knowledge of the Foreign Service.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $48,000-$54,000, depending on experience and hours worked, with excellent benefits.

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.