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.View Page

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.

U.S. Mission                                    U.S. Embassy Sofia

Announcement Number:               2018–Sofia-36

Position Title:                                  ACCESS CONTROL GUARD

Opening Period:                             December 18, 2018 – until filled*

Cut-off date every two weeks, starting January 1, 2019

Series/Grade:                                  LE-710-03 (Full performance level)

LE-710-02 (Trainee level)

For More Info:                                  Human Resources Office

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

Who May Apply:                            All Interested Applicants /All Sources

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 (https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/eight-qualities-of-overseas-employees).

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Local Guard Force (LGF) Access Control Guard in the Regional Security Office (RSO)/ Local Guard Force.

The work schedule for this position is full time – 40 hours per week (in shifts).

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 performs guard services to safeguard buildings, property, and persons at the U.S. Mission Sofia. The incumbent is responsible for personnel and vehicle access control, patrolling, and contingency response.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONS

EDUCATION:

High school diploma is required.

 Requirements:

EXPERIENCE:

Full-performance level: Must have one year of guard, military or police work experience.

Trainee level: Not required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:

Familiar with the operations and procedures of a commercial or government security operation.

Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:

Level 3 (good working knowledge) speaking/reading/writing English is required. Testing of English language will be performed.

Level 4 (fluent) speaking/reading/writing Bulgarian is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent physical condition: Must pass the post physical fitness test and maintain fitness standards according to the internal Physical Fitness Policy.
  • Ability to deal with public.
  • Capacity to perform in all areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and produce written reports.
  • Ability to conduct in a polite, professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Good working knowledge of computers and MS Office software applications.
  • A valid Bulgarian driver’s license category “B”.
  • Ability to work in shifts.
  • Good health relevant to driving duties and ability to obtain and maintain medical clearance.

Qualifications:

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.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(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:  https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

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 https://bg.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/.

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.

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia

Announcement Number:                 2019–Sofia-02

Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER

Opening Period:                               January 31, 2019 – February 6, 2019

Series/Grade:                                    LE-1105-11

For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office

Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office,

16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia

E-mail Address:  Sofia_Applications@state.gov

Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All sources

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 (https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/eight-qualities-of-overseas-employees).

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Building Engineer.

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:  Yes

Duties:

Under the supervision of the Facility Manager, the Building Engineer leads a team of skilled tradespersons responsible for maintaining all of the Embassy Compound operating systems.  Included among these are the Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Building Automation System (BAS), Chiller Plant, Air Handling Units, VAV System, Potable Water, Sanitary Sewage, Storm Sewage, Oil Water Separator Systems, Fuel Delivery, Distribution, and Fuel Monitoring Systems, and the Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression Systems; Electrical Power Generation and Distribution Systems; Voltage Regulators; Transformers; Switchgear; Panel boards, Automatic Transfer Switches; Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) motors and controllers; and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems.  Additional responsibilities include support of the custodial, grounds and maintenance staff as required, and overseeing waste stream management and energy conservation program.

The incumbent is responsible for managing an aggressive preventative maintenance program using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as oil analysis, equipment vibration monitoring and analysis, bearing temperature monitoring and analysis, and other analytical tools to extend the life of critical equipment and systems, and to assist in scheduling outages for preventive maintenance, major overhauls, or replacement.  Oversees maintenance and repair work throughout the compound on critical and non-critical elements within the functional/office buildings, on-compound ancillary support and MSGR, above and below ground infrastructures, and other functional owned/leased properties as required, keeping all critical and non-critical equipment operational, areas clean and free of trash, debris and clutter accumulation, fully functional, safe and secure, and presentable to the local community and Bulgarian Government.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:   Completion of Secondary Level Education required.  The completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in Mechanical/Electrical/General/Civil Engineering from an accredited university program is required.

Requirements:

EXPERIENCE:  Must have a minimum of five years of experience working as a project manager/supervisor/foreman at a manufacturing plant, major resort, hospital, office complex, or a large university/school system managing a preventative maintenance program that incorporates or utilizes a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to track scheduled and unscheduled maintenance requests and their related expenses. Applicants’ work experience must demonstrate a progression of increased responsibility throughout their career, including management and supervision of employees.  Must have experience in developing scopes of work, construction documents (plans and specifications) and cost estimates for new construction projects, building repairs, equipment overhauls, and equipment replacement schedules.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Applicants must have superior knowledge, exceptional technical skills, and a thorough understanding of preventive maintenance techniques and practices, and the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in managing an effective preventive maintenance program.  Must be thoroughly familiar with heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with an in-depth understanding of thermodynamics and how they apply to HVAC theories and principles, well-versed in HVAC controls including motor starters, thermostats, humidistats, variable frequency drive (VFD) motors and controllers, motorized and gravity dampers, building pressurization, building automation systems and sensors; a thorough understanding of International Building Code (IBC) standards, mechanical / ASHREA standards, indoor air quality standards, ductwork sizing and air flow principles, and fire and life safety codes.  Must have excellent knowledge of power generation and electrical distribution systems, voltage regulation, automatic transfer switches, branch circuit electrical wiring, and Ohms law.  Must be an experienced supervisor capable of managing a medium size maintenance staff.  Proficient in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.) AutoCAD and other special computer programs required for this position.

Evaluations:

LANGUAGE:

Level 4 (fluent) verbal and written skills in the use of English in order to translate local technical information, contract documents, and correspondences from the local language into English for the Facility Manager. Testing of English language will be performed.

Level 4 (fluent) verbal and written usage of Bulgaria language in order to communicate with local contractors and other LE staff.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Superior ability and skills to: work independently with minimal supervision from the Facility Manager; able to serve as the acting Facility Manager in his/her absence; develop and manage work plans for self and others including the distribution of work assignments to facility maintenance personnel; manage an effective preventive maintenance program,  using CMMS software; develop statements of work, perform feasibility studies for proposed projects, draft and assemble construction documents (plans and specifications), and cost estimates; maintain an adequate inventory of critical spare parts and specialized tools for equipment and systems; assist in developing annual budgets, responses to Department of State requests for facility data, and tracking of unscheduled maintenance issues; apply International Building Code and industry best practices to facility management and small, mission-managed projects.
  • Must be able to read and understand civil, structural, mechanical and electrical drawings including as-built and new project layout drawings, equipment schedules, wiring schematics, and riser diagrams; and, skilled at writing detailed technical reports that may include translating technical jargon into laymen’s language.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to handle a large workload and multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be highly organized.

Qualifications:

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.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

(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:  https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va

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 ( https://bg.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ ).

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, Bulga