Job Openings at the Embassy

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Please review the application procedures under “How to Apply” and submit your application package to the address below:

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Applications must be submitted by the closing date via fax, e-mail or mail, as indicated in the vacancy announcements.

Please note that only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


A high-ranking diplomat posted in Seoul, Korea, is looking for a:

COOK (Full-time)

Duties: Plans, proposes and executes all menus for any official/non-official events held at the residence; makes shopping list and does shopping; keeps accurate records of all food, beverage and kitchen entertainment related equipment; keeps the kitchen area and kitchen utility clean; serves at dinner parties, receptions or other representational functions if needed; answers phone calls; and other duties assigned by the employer.

Desired Qualifications: A culinary degree and/or two years of cooking experience with international and western food. Experience in food preparation for representational functions, ability to read English recipes and plan menus with minimal supervision.  Basic English language skills are required. 

Salaries and Benefits: Will be discussed during the interview.

Qualified applicants should submit resume NLT November 23, 2018 with contact number to:

Human Resources Office, U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
Fax: 82-2-397-4107

U.S. Mission                                   Seoul

Announcement Number:              Seoul-2018-061

Position Title:                                 Special Consular Services Assistant

Opening Period:                            2018. 11.19 – 2018. 11.26 (KST)

Series/Grade:                                 LE-1420 08

For USEFM – FS is 06.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

Salary:                                             KRW 53,950,151 – KRW 75,530,206

For More Info:                               Mailing Address:  Human Resources Office, American Embassy, 188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, Korea
E-mail Address:

Who May Apply:                           Current Employees of the Mission – All Agencies and/or U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs); Eligible Family Members (EFMs); or Declared Members of Household (MOHs) – All Agencies

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 Seoul is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Special Consular Services Assistant.

The work schedule for this position is:  Full Time (40 hours per week)

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

Supervisory Position:  No

Duties:  The employee works to support the American Citizen Services unit comprised of six FSOs, two EFMs, and 17 Locally Employed (LE) Staff with providing the full range of emergency and non-emergency Special Consular Services (SCS) cases related to the protection and welfare of U.S. citizens.  Serve as an independent caseworker, analyzing, and researching cases that often take considerable time to determine and then take action necessary to resolve issues independently or with limited supervision.  Handles welfare and whereabouts, child custody, arrests, deaths, repatriations and any other issues that may arise involving American citizens.  In addition, processes the full range of ACS cases including: voting, citizenship claims and renunciations, passports, report of birth and registration, requests for notaries, social security, veteran affairs, selective service, and tax matters, as well as disaster and crisis assistance.  The employee also acts as a liaison with both high and low-level Korean government officials.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EDUCATION:  2 years of college or university education is required.

EXPERIENCE:  Two years of bilingual administrative, government or paraprofessional experience that involves the application of regulatory material with public contact.


LANGUAGE:  Level 4 (Fluent) proficiency in Korean and English is required (This may be tested)

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.

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).

To apply for this position, applicants should electronically (or otherwise) submit the documents listed below

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

  • DS-174
  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

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 Seoul.