Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Specially Designated Post AIT Taipei
Position Title:
Public Engagement Assistant (Press and Media)
Open Period:
04/08/2021 - 05/02/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6510 8
TWD NT$803,058
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Taipei, TW
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Position is open to all interested candidates. For USEFMs, position grade is FP-6. Actual FP salary is 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.


AIT Taipei is seeking eligible and qualified applicant for the position of Public Engagement Assistant (Press and Media).

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:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The Press and Media Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Public Engagement Press and Media Coordinator.  The position has no supervisory responsibilities.  Reviews and compiles summaries of Taiwan press and media coverage of issues of importance to the U.S. for PAO and Mission leadership; summarizes coverage and likely impact on Taiwan views of the U.S. and U.S. policy.  Suggests strategies for correcting misinformation; countering disinformation.  Builds productive relationships with press and media professionals and production staff in person and online.   Is responsible for preparation and dissemination of AIT / Public Diplomacy Section media products, logistics coordination for off-site and in-house media events, and suggesting and establishing working relationships with priority media venues for AIT messaging effectiveness.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of three years 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.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor's degree is required.


LANGUAGE:  Fluent English and fluent Chinese in speaking, reading and writing are required.  Must have strong English writing and speaking skills.  This may be tested.


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


AIT LE Staff may apply for any position in AIT for which they are qualified once they have satisfactorily completed the probationary period of employment and/or 90 calendar days in their current position. LE Staff with an MBC score of less than 100 are not eligible to apply for new positions until the supervisor documents overall performance with an MBC score of more then 100.



Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the American Institute in Taiwan 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 of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service date 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 right 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 https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va 


  1. AEFM/USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with re-employment 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. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.


The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is committed to provide a workplace of civility and respect. AIT will also provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment based on religion, sex (including gender identity and pregnancy), national origin, disability, parental status, age, protected genetic information, sexual orientation, race, color, or other non-merit factors; to protect from reprisal any person who reports such discriminatory practices; and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity in the workplace.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, we are happy to help. Please reach out to TaipeiAIT-Job@state.gov.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust level clearance.  All applicants must apply through the AIT website.

To prepare job application, please refer to Job Application Walk Through as posted on the HR front page for step-by-step instructions.

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.

  • DD-214 - Member copy 4, Letter from Veterans' Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable) - For U.S. Citizen Veteran candidates

  • Passport

  • Residency Status (Taiwan ID or Alien Residence Certificate/ARC issued by Taiwan authority)

  • Education Certificate

Taiwan resident candidates MUST provide passport, proof of residency, and education certificate.

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 at TaipeiAIT-Job@state.gov.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the American Institute in Taiwan.