Costa Rica

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
San Jose 2020-015
Hiring Agency:
Embassy San Jose
Position Title:
Cultural Affairs Assistant (Cultural Affairs Assistant)
Open Period:
02/13/2020 - 02/27/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6005 8
CRC ₡889.005 - CRC ₡889.005
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

San Jose, CS
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 06.  Actual FP 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 of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Under the general supervision of the Cultural Affairs Officer, organizes, plans, and administers the International Visitor Leadership Program.  Provides program support to educational exchange programs under the direct supervision of the Cultural Affairs Specialist.  Develops and maintains the International Visitor Resource Center database.  Manages and administers other exchange programs and initiatives of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Serves as liaison between the Embassy and Educational USA Program.  Serves as liaison between the Embassy and Immigration for visa issues related to exchange program participants.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  Three years of progressively experience in educational activities and/or customer service and/or administrative duties is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Working knowledge of Costa Rica’s political, economic, social and educational structure; institutions, political parties and cultural movements, historical development; and key personalities. A working knowledge of U.S. society, culture, and social and political processes.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree  in any of the following fields: Education, Communications, Public
Affairs, International Relations, American Studies, Political Science or Economics is required.





LANGUAGE:  Level IV (fluent) in written and spoken English is required. Level IV (fluent) written and spoken Spanish is required.  This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Able to maintain high-level contacts among the candidates and alumni of United States Government exchange programs, principally the International Visitor Leaders Programs (IVLP) and the Fulbright program. Ability to read thoroughly and analyze submitted application forms for the different scholarship programs in order to identify the potential candidates for such programs. Ability to draft and translate correspondence in English and Spanish. Computer skills and office equipment skills.

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 San Jose 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:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

For Local Applicants:

  • Cedula (for Costa Rican citizens)

  • Residency Card and/or Work Permit (for Non-Costa Rican applicants)

For Eligible Family Members:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Passport copy (provide at the time of interview)

  • Educational Transcript

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • DD-214 (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. 

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in San Jose.