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.

Managing Editor

The American Foreign Service Association seeks an individual with strong editing and writing skills, at least five years’ experience in all aspects of magazine production, and a background in international relations, to serve as Managing Editor. The position is in the Publications Department, which produces The Foreign Service Journal. This is a full-time position located at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2019.

The Organization

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), established in 1924, is the professional association and exclusive representative/labor union for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,700 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.

The Foreign Service Journal is AFSA’s flagship magazine, published 10 times a year. The Journal provides a forum for lively debate and discussion of diplomacy and development and issues of concern to the U.S. Foreign Service. It is both an in-house magazine for the Foreign Service community and an outreach vehicle for raising awareness about the role of the Foreign Service and the importance of diplomacy.

The Position and Its Principal Responsibilities

The Managing Editor (ME) is a critical member of a small team that produces The Foreign Service Journal and runs the AFSA book publishing program. The ME reports to the Publications Director/FSJ Editor in Chief and is involved with all aspects of content development, production and publication of the Journal, as well as any future book projects.

The ME has primary responsibility for overseeing publishing operations for The Foreign Service Journal, including setting and managing the FSJ production schedule, serving as primary liaison with the art director/designer, advertising manager and printer. Oversees proofing, fact-checking and research. Oversees administrative functions of production. Conducts vendor searches as needed. Maintains relationships with professional/trade associations.

The ME works with the publications team to expand distribution and reach of the Journal and oversees efforts to repurpose FSJ content. The ME will be involved in all aspects of the Journal’s centennial year (2019) activities, including campaigns to share and bring traffic to the FSJ digital archives and to develop and host an FSJ centennial exhibit at the U.S. Diplomacy Center.

The ME reviews, edits (as lead or second) and proofreads all Journal content each month, including AFSA News. The ME may work with the EIC to solicit articles and work with authors, taking submissions through the Editorial Board vetting process, and then managing the editing and preparations of manuscripts for publication, as needed.

The ME will be responsible for certain Journal departments and special sections, to be determined.

The ME oversees the work of the Publications Coordinator as well as an Editorial Intern (when applicable).

Required Skills and Characteristics

  • 5+ years’ experience in print and digital publishing (preferably magazine), including production management and managing an editorial calendar.
  • Excellent, demonstrated substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading skills and experience.
  • Highly organized (a systems thinker) and a great communicator.
  • Supervisory experience and ability to work well with internal teams and external contributors.
  • Experience writing for publication, as well as strong analytical skills and the ability to synthesize, interpret and report on complex issues.
  • Familiarity with the Foreign Service.
  • Strong technical skills, ideally with experience managing a publication’s online presence and social media platform.
  • Must have plans to be in the D.C. area for at least five years.


  • Experience overseeing circulation and advertising programs preferred.
  • Book publishing experience preferred.


Salary is in the GS12 - GS13 range, depending on experience, with excellent benefits. Please send cover letter and cv by January 28, 2019, to AFSA offers an excellent benefits package and collegial working environment. EOE. No calls, please.

Labor Management Intern – Spring Semester

Eligibility: Current college students and recent graduates, though preference will generally be provided to undergraduate students graduating in 2019 or 2020. Interns need to be hard-working, dependable, detail-oriented, and must possess good editing and writing skills.

Position Description: This is a one semester position, meant to meet the needs of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) as an organization, and the Labor Management (LM) office. Specifically, the intern will be working at AFSA’s LM office at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We also look forward to meeting the educational needs of our future intern. The position will report to the AFSA USAID Labor Management Advisor and will work closely with the AFSA USAID Vice President as needed. All interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the hours worked: Those working 19 hours or fewer will receive $300; those who work 20-29 hours receive $500; and those who commit to 30-40 hours will receive $700.

Key Job Duties and Responsibilities: This internship will give the intern a wide perspective on what a union does to protect the interests of its bargaining unit, and what labor relations look like at USAID.

  • Labor Management: Assist with on-going projects in the office, attend recurring meetings between AFSA and USAID, assist with editing and drafting correspondence, and assist with client intake.
  • Administrative Assistance: Assist with routine administrative functions in the office, update union correspondence folders, review and dispose of documents in accordance with internal document retention practices, and update and organize the labor management server.

Application: Interested applicants should submit a cover, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mr. Michael Wallace at, specifying “Labor Management Internship.” Interviews will be offered to short-listed applicants.