Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Mission Office Lyon
Position Title:
Public Engagement Specialist
Open Period:
04/16/2019 - 04/30/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 10
EUR €52,060 - EUR €52,060
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Lyon, FR
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is 5/1.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
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.


The work schedule for this position is Full Time 

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (12 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


As public affairs specialist at the American Presence Post in Lyon, develops a complete range of public affairs information, programs, exchanges, media outreach, and other initiatives to advance Mission strategic goals within the consular district, based on a broad understanding of regional attitudes and of Mission strategic plan; responsible for full implementation of programs as directed by the consul and in coordination with the Public Affairs Section and other relevant offices in Paris. Works under the direct supervision of the consul, in coordination with appropriate Public Affairs Section staff in Paris.

For positions advertised with an English Language Level of 3/3 or higher: applicants are required to submit the form in
For positions advertised with an English Language Level of 2/2 or lower: applicants may submit the form in French OR

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  at least five years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural, multinational, academic or governmental work environment, with communications or project management duties comprising a significant part of the job is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  A broad knowledge of public affairs and media relations is required.

A good working knowledge of international relations is required.

A good working knowledge of Lyon-based press contacts and regional governmental decision-makers is required.

Computer proficiency is required.

A familiarity with all Microsoft Office Suite programs, search-based Internet functions, website design, and various social media platforms is required.

Education Requirements:

At least a Bachelor degree in political science, economics, international relations, public relations, communications, or American Studies is required.



Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required.
Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing French is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES (THIS MAY BE TESTED):  Strong public speaking, communication, and negotiation skills are required.

Strong written communication skills and ability to draft speeches and briefing papers in both French and English are required.

Ability to represent the US Government in public fora and discuss policy priorities with government officials and civil society is required .

Ability to work in a leadership position in a small team environment with minimal supervision, exercising sound judgment, and demonstrating the highest level of analytical skills is required .

Must have a valid driver's license with 5 years as a licensed driver .

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.


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

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in France may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

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*


  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

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

Driver license
Residency and/or Work Permit / proof of eligibility to work in France
Passport copy
Copy of diploma (only U.S. / French diplomas / official French equivalent diplomas are considered: the equivalent of your foreign
Diploma can be obtained by contacting the “Centre ENIC-NARIC”:
DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
SF-50 (if applicable)


Next Steps:

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 France.