Job Openings at the Embassy

Local Employment in U.S. Embassy Sofia


Locally Employed (LE) Staff provide unique skills in support of the mission of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. LE Staff are foreign nationals and other locally resident citizens (including U.S. citizens) who are legally eligible to reside and work in the country.

LE Staff are the continuity of our Mission. They provide the institutional knowledge, local experience and professional contacts that are so important to embassy operations. LE Staff personnel perform vital mission program and support functions. All U.S. Government agencies under the Ambassador’s authority depend to a great extent on the special skills of their local staff, often delegating significant management roles and program functions.

Where We Work

LE Staff work in all sections (e.g., Consular, Public Diplomacy, Human Resources) of the U.S. Department of State as well as other agencies (e.g., Foreign Agriculture Service, Foreign Commercial Service) represented at our Mission.

Who Can Apply

Individuals interested in becoming LE Staff must be legally eligible to reside and work in Bulgaria. This may mean having a work permit, residency permit, or other documentation required under the Bulgarian labor law. Employment at Mission Sofia is based upon merit, qualifications, and equal opportunity.

Application and Selection Process

Mission’s policy is to post LE Staff vacancies on the embassy website. Each announcement provides a short position description, minimum required qualifications, closing date for application submission, other recruitment terms, conditions and procedures.

Applications that fail to explicitly address all requirements specified in the vacancy announcements will not be considered.

The Embassy Human Resources Office does not maintain an applicant database and collects applications when a certain position is open for recruitment and a vacancy announcement is posted. Applications submitted before/after the job announcement dates and/or not specifying the announcement code are not subject to review.

Once the application period is over all documents are reviewed for eligibility and against the minimum qualification requirements announced. The employing office short-lists the most qualified applicants, conducts interviews, and selects the best candidate for the position. All interviewed and tested candidates are notified by mail of the final status of their application.

U.S. Mission in Sofia provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.


Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights. 

Service is not creditable for leave accrual.

Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens

Position:                                Student Intern Computer Programmer

Opening Date:                       December 11, 2017   

Closing date:                         Until filled

Work Hours:                          Flexible work schedule (minimum 20 hours/week)

Section:                                  Sofia Regional Support Center/IT

Duration of Internship:         Duration to be determined on individual basis

The Regional Support Center at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is looking to recruit a student intern.

If you are a budding programmer who likes to solve tough problems;  you like working with people from different countries on a group project; you are interested in getting to know the world of embassies, international organizations and diplomacy; you are familiar with .Net, C#, CSS, JavaScript, or Git, make sure to submit your application.

Our teams use commercial cloud platforms to build innovative solutions to make government work smarter.  When you join our international team of programmers, we’ll help you build your skills on projects that power diplomacy across the continent. Take your chance and become a member of our team!

Qualification Requirements:

  • Present enrollment in a university with clear intent to continue studying through the time of the internship;
  • Good working level English language speaking/reading/writing ability;
  • Experience in a professional work environment (e.g. previous internship or clerical work) is preferred.
  • Computer programming – knowledge of one or more of the following: Microsoft .NET, C#, JavaScript, CSS, and Git source control.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-start and take initiative.

Eligibility criteria:  Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.  Only students who are non-U.S. citizens in Bulgaria or Bulgarian students studying abroad are eligible for the intern program, including any foreign nationals who are legal resident students in Bulgaria. Applicant must be a student in good academic standing.  Applicant must have demonstrated the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.  Applicant should be able to provide a certified document from the educational institution that the student is enrolled.  If selected, the student must pass a background check and receive security and medical certifications before commencement of the internship.

How to Apply:  All applicants are instructed to address each selection criterion detailed above with specific and comprehensive supporting information. Interested candidates for this position must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae in English. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are collected at:

or at mail address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office

16 Koziak Str., Lozenets, Sofia 1408 // fax: (+359) 2-937-5231

R  E  V  I  S  E  D


REVISION:                                         Revised closing date.

U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia

Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-23

Position Title:                                    HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) MECHANIC

Opening Period:                                July 27, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Series/Grade:                                    LE 1210 06

For More Info:                                   Facility Management Office

Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office
16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia
E-mail Address:

Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources

For USEFM actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required:     Local Security Certification

Duration Appointment:                Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

Marketing Statement:  We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic.

The work schedule for this position is full time – 40 hours per week.

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a one month of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  The incumbent reports directly to the Supervisory Building Engineer.  The position holder is employed as a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician to accomplish skilled maintenance and repair work at the journeyman HVAC technician level, to International Building Code (IBC) standards, throughout all facilities on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) to include office buildings, out buildings, ancillary structures, and residential owned/leased properties.  Work assignments  include installation and repair of HVAC systems,  hardware, associated peripherals components, configuration/layout of equipment and system components, calibration and optimization of equipment performance through preventive maintenance, repairs  to the various HVAC distribution systems including direct exchange (DX) line sets, chillers, large central supply and return air handling units, packaged A/C units, split pack A/C or heat-pump units, filtration cabinets and compartments, fan coil units, variable air volume (VAV) units, HVAC ductwork, evaporator coils,  condensing units, humidifiers, manual and motorized valves, chilled water piping, circulation pumps, condensate pumps, damper motors, gravity and motorized dampers, controllers, actuators, HVAC water treatment systems and other HVAC components and control devices.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: Completion of vocational high school with journeyman level certification in the HVAC field or secondary school and certification from an accredited institute recognized as producing journeyman level technicians with specialization in the HVAC field is required.


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of three years of journey-level experience in the installation, operation, repair and maintenance of commercial or industrial HVAC/mechanical refrigeration systems is required. Work experience operating, maintaining, or repairing 100 ton chillers or larger, and large-air-handling units is required. Work experience must demonstrate a progression of increased responsibility working on complex sophisticated equipment and components, including operation and maintenance, and troubleshooting.


  • Superior knowledge, exceptional technical skills, and a thorough understanding of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with an in-depth understanding of thermodynamics and how they apply to HVAC theories and principles are required.
  • Good knowledge in HVAC controls including motor starters, thermostats, humidistats, variable frequency drive (VFD) motors and controllers, motorized and gravity dampers, and building automation systems and sensors is required.
  • Thorough understanding of International Building Code standards, mechanical / ASHREA standards, indoor air quality standards, building pressurization, ductwork sizing and air flow principles, and fire and life safety codes is required.

Technical knowledge will be tested.



Level 3 (good working knowledge) – write/read/speak English and Bulgarian are required. English proficiency will be tested.


  • Superior skills and abilities in the following areas are required: troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing HVAC systems and components; taking and interpreting equipment readings with various meters to determine system performance; skilled using of all sorts of hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools typical of the HVAC trade to install, remove, update, and/or determine appropriate repairs to any component of a HVAC system including control sensors, controllers, motors and dampers. Must have be able to braze and solder.
  • Good skills using the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) software are required;
  • Ability to apply math and algebra skills when sizing equipment calculating heating loads and atmospheric pressures is required;
  • Ability to read and interpret construction and as-built drawings, and manufacturers technical literature is required;
  • Able to research the internet to find replacement parts for systems and equipment; and,
  • Knowledge of troubleshooting techniques and industry best practices to correct/resolve HVAC issues quickly is required
  • Good skill in comprehending engineering reports, specifications and related materials in English is required.
  • Abilities to respond to emergency situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repairs is required;
  • Ability to work in various adverse conditions such as tight or enclosed spaces, heights, and temperature extremes, indoors or outdoors to complete work assignments is required;
  • A driver’s license (category B) is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to handle a large workload and multiple tasks are required.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Benefits:  The US Mission provides competitive benefits package in addition to the base pay salary.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1)          AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)          AEFM / USEFM

(3)          FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link:

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a local security certification. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on U.S. Embassy Sofia website

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically or via mail submit the documents listed below.

Only applications received in the Human Resources Office before the closing date of this job notice will be considered. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted for testing and interview.


Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • DS-174
  • Residency and/or Work Permit for non-Bulgarian citizen
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation

(if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (if available)
  • List of references

What to Expect Next:  Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information:  the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria.