Jobs at AFSA

Grievance Counselor

The American Foreign Service Association is recruiting an individual with strong understanding of the Foreign Service, the U.S. Department of State and the other Foreign Affairs Agencies, and the Foreign Service Act (and related laws and regulations) to serve as Grievance Counselor in its Labor Management office in the Department of State.

Applications will be accepted until August 3, 2018.

The Organization

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), created in 1924, is the professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,500 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 Broadcasting Board of Governors.

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.

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The Position and its Principal Responsibilities

The Grievance Counselor represents members on a wide variety of individual issues and reports to the Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel in her/his daily work.

  • Grievance Counseling & Representation: Counsel and represent Foreign Service Officers and Specialists on a wide variety of grievance issues under the Foreign Service Act, the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and other laws and regulations (to include EER issues, entry level salary and tenure issues, low ranking, disciplinary actions, EEO matters and potential separations for failure to meet the standards of the class). Advise employees of adequate relief and remedies. Assist members in the drafting and preparation of grievances for final submission to the agency and Foreign Service Grievance Board (FSGB); engage in discovery, draft motions to compel, and represent employees in settlement discussions.
  • Legal: Research regulations, laws, and previous FSGB decisions to assist employees with their submission or to aid AFSA in its representation of Foreign Service employees. Research and draft letters regarding broader policy issues affecting members. Provide input on revisions and updates to the FAM, as requested.
  • Employee Inquiries: Answer employee inquiries and concerns on various issues including benefits and allowances in the form of phone calls, letters, and memoranda, and at AFSA recruitment luncheons.
  • Agency Liaison: Maintain good working relationship with FSGB staff and Agency personnel including but not limited to the Grievance Staff, the Office of Performance Evaluation, and the Office of Career Development and Assignments. Develop and maintain professional relationships with staff of other agencies when assisting members of those constituencies.

Required Skills and Characteristics

  • A college degree.
  • Experience in or knowledge of the Foreign Service.
  • Understanding and experience with Foreign Service HR and personnel issues desired.
  • The ability to obtain a security clearance.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A high degree of integrity and discretion.


The salary range for this full-time position is $65,000-75,000 with excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail 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

AFSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Law Clerk

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is seeking a part-time law clerk (20 hours/week) to work in its Labor Management office at the Department of State at a rate of $20.00/hour. AFSA is the labor union and professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service at the State Department and five other foreign affairs agencies. This law clerk will work on several different areas of labor and employment law, primarily in the areas of administrative litigation and collective bargaining negotiations. As the exclusive bargaining agent for the Foreign Service, AFSA represents Foreign Service employees in everything from discipline cases and grievances to financial matters and dependent family education issues. This law clerk will work alongside attorneys both in representing clients and in negotiating bargaining agreements with the foreign affairs agencies.

Primary job responsibilities include

  • Draft responses to proposals for discipline in administrative cases, as well as draft grievances and grievance appeals.
  • Assist in the discovery process by writing requests for documents, requests for admissions, and interrogatories.
  • Research statutes and case law by reviewing Federal Labor Relations Authority and Foreign Service Grievance Board decisions; Agency regulations; relevant federal statutes, Agency collective bargaining agreements; and case comparators in the preparation of legal memoranda.
  • Draft language for collective bargaining agreements.


  • A 2L or 3L law student with an interest in labor and employment law.
  • Strong Academic Credentials. Membership on journal and a demonstrated interest in labor/employment preferred.

Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to