Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Sofia
Position Title:
Press and Media Assistant
Open Period:
06/03/2021 - 06/21/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 8
Not Specified
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Sofia, BU
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources. For USEFM - FP is 6.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
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 (40 hours per week)

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

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent of the position monitors Bulgarian press and media coverage, develops media contacts and supports press and media coverage of issues of importance to the United States.  Compiles regular summaries of press and media coverage, including its impact; provides verbal and written reports to Mission leadership and, as required, to Department of State (DOS) on Mission media engagement.   Builds productive relationships with press and media professionals in person and online.   

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years (full-time equivalent) of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office, or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job.

Please address this factor in your ERA application under Main Duties & Responsibilities of your Work Experience.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Detailed knowledge of U.S. foreign policy objectives and American interests in Bulgaria, especially as they apply to press and media professionals, outlets, and online publications is required.  Comprehensive understanding of Bulgarian press/media institutions and professional journalism standards and practices, as well as trends in audience preferences for information consumption (print, TV, radio, online), is required.  Must have an understanding of communication trends in the region and internationally as they affect the Bulgarian information landscape and must be familiar with influence patterns in information flow.  Knowledge of marketing techniques, market analysis, and audience analytics in Bulgaria.

Understanding of U.S. historical, political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shape U.S. foreign policy is required, as is understanding of U.S. press and media standards, norms and practices. Must have detailed knowledge of DOS PD engagement tools, and the policies and procedures for each.

Education Requirements:

EDUCATION: A University Degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, or local equivalent is required.

Please upload the required document to your ERA application.


This may be tested.


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

Bulgarian - Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing is required

Please address both requirements in your ERA application.



  • Analytic skills:  Ability to identify and assess attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas is required.  Must be able to identify opportunities to promote Mission objectives with key audience segments and identify creative approaches to address sensitive challenges.  Must be able to perceive significant changes in Bulgarian influence landscape, and to adjust press/media operations and products to maximize balanced coverage for priority audiences.

  • Communication/Interpersonal skills:  Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal, and cross-cultural communication skills.  Must be able to identify influential voices in both traditional and digital information outlets, and engage them to positive effect.  Must be able to communicate effectively in formal and informal situations on nuances of U.S. policy; must have excellent written and oral communication skills to speak publicly; write reports, press releases, and other products; engage in on-line fora; and contribute to publications in English and Bulgarian.  Must be able to tailor communications to fit formal and informal situations.  Must be able to brief U.S. officers and visitors on a variety of issues and interpret between English and Bulgarian for public programs. 

  • Management skills:  Strong event and management skills are required.  Must be able to organize and run events such as press conferences, interviews, workshops and journalism training seminars, often on short notice or in emergencies.

  • Technical skills:  Good keyboarding and data entry skills are required; excellent familiarity with electronic discovery tools, in particular the internet, and standard information retrieval practices and procedures is required.  Thorough, detailed knowledge of various computer software programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and databases, as well as PD-specific software, databases, and reporting tools is required.  Knowledge of PD-specific funding authorities is required.  Must be familiar with digital platforms, tools, and products.  Must have good numerical skills to develop budget projections and statistics for press and media analytics.

  • Availability:  Must be available to travel throughout Bulgaria to support Mission press and media engagement activities. 


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.


To be considered for this position, you must enter the requested information in the Education, Experience and Language sections of your ERA application. Resumes/CVs are not requested and will NOT be reviewed. 

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 Sofia 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 Public Trust 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:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and/or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • University Diploma

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (for non-Bulgarian citizens only)

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent - for EFMs only)

  • SF-50 (if applicable - for EFMs only)

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable - for EFMs only)

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 or phone. 

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.