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Overseas Buildings Operation’s talented and dedicated employees support OBO’s mission to provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation. OBO executes an intentional, comprehensive, and efficient  recruitment program to attract and hire top talent  who  will comprise the future of the  OBO workforce within the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State offers domestic and worldwide career opportunities providing an experience where you will connect with global communities, conduct diplomacy by communicating U.S. foreign policy, and explore different cultures. 

Who We Hire

Domestic Positions

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Historic Preservationists
  • Landscape Architects
  • Project Managers
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Safety & Health Professionals
  • Security Personnel
  • Art Curators
  • Budget Analysts
  • Policy Analysts
  • Real Estate Professionals
Global/Foreign Service Positions

  • Facility Managers
  • Construction Engineers

Avenues of Employment

*See informational video below that further outlines the different avenues of employment at OBO.

Civil Service

Civil Service staff are employed by the Federal Government and support U.S. diplomacy domestically.

Personal Services Contractor (PSC)

Contract directly between an individual employee and the government; no middle company is involved. Employed by the federal government but on a personal services contract with some benefits.

Foreign Service Specialist: Facility Manager & Construction Engineer

  • Members of the Foreign Service represent the United States and conduct diplomacy worldwide at any of our more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world, including embassies and consulates.
  • Foreign Service Specialists are instrumental in the daily operations of U.S. embassies and consulates, as they are responsible for security, safety, and protection of people, technology, and structures. 
  • OBO hires Facility Managers, who are the professional facilities, technical, and operations experts at U.S. diplomatic missions and Construction Engineers, who oversee all aspects of new construction and major renovation of U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world.
  • FS benefits include paid housing or a housing allowance when serving overseas, health and medical coverage, federal retirement benefits to include a pension and TSP (401k with matching), paid education for dependent children in K-12 overseas, generous paid leave, and an unprecedented chance to see the world and experience different cultures.
  • Foreign Service assignments overseas are typically two or three years in length. 
  • Find more information on Foreign Service Specialist positions at OBO here.
  • Explore our collection of videos highlighting the personal experiences of Foreign Service Specialists abroad here.
  • Find information on the Foreign Service Specialist selection process here.

Internships

  • For more information on internships with the U.S. Department of State, many of which OBO participates in, click here.

Check out the video below to learn more about the various Avenues of Employment at OBO. You will learn the difference between Civil Service, Foreign Service, and Personal Services Contractor. This will help you determine which positions are appropriate for your skill set and career goals.

Where to Find OBO Jobs

  • Civil Service: www.usajobs.gov   
    • Learn more about the various job categories.
    • Follow the application steps.
    • Get advice on crafting a Civil Service resume on USAJobs here.
    • And always have access to open Civil Service positions at the Department here.
  • Personal Services Contractor (PSC): www.monster.com  
  • Foreign Service Specialist  (Facility Manager and Construction Engineer) 
  • For current open positions, follow #StateOBO on Facebook  and LinkedIn 
  • To find out more information on overall Department career resources, including benefits, medical and security clearances, and foreign service career tracks click here.

How to Apply & Hiring Process

Check out the How to Apply and Hiring Process videos to learn more. These videos cover which platforms you can utilize to find OBO jobs, how to filter and search for open positions, and next steps after you apply.

Upcoming Recruitment Schedule

Contact Us

  • General OBO Questions: OBORecruit@state.gov
  • Foreign Service Specialist Application Status or Questions:
  • Any other position posted by OBOContact the HR representative listed on the individual vacancy announcement via the email/phone number posted.
  • Email OBO-EX-WORKFORCEMGT@state.gov with general questions you may have about the application and hiring process.
  • Diplomats In Residence (DIRs)
    • Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve.  
    • DIRs are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships and fellowships. 
    • Find your local Diplomat in Residence here. 
  • Security Clearances
    • Please navigate to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s website to learn more about the security clearance process and review FAQs here.

 

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