Working for British Embassy Washington

As part of the team you will play an important role in the continued partnership between the UK and the US.

Working at the British Embassy Washington or one of our other offices across the US offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We offer a wide range of opportunities including, but certainly not limited to, communications and press, security, administrative, trade & investment, finance, energy, and the residence.

Our excellent benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local US employment law.

The embassy’s employment opportunities page is updated regularly. We encourage you to review our postings below and submit an application following the instructions in the advert. Due to the large number of qualified applicants who apply, we are only able to respond to those candidates who are selected for further consideration.

The British Embassy US Network is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Eligibility Requirements:

As per US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers in the US are required to ensure that all employees have the legal right to work in the US. Under US State Department requirements, the embassy and our consulates may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders. If you hold a visa other than an A visa, you are not currently eligible to work at the embassy or our consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) also accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

The British Embassy US Network recognizes that at times extraordinary circumstances merit visa sponsorship. Hiring managers hold discretion on whether this exception is appropriate for their recruitment. These exceptions include:

  • Unmarried partners and dependent children of UK based staff posted to the US Network.
  • Positions which require specialized British knowledge or background, especially those with high level security clearances.
  • Positions where a formal recruitment process in the US market has not yielded any successful candidates.
  • Staff already employed by UK government elsewhere in the global network (LE and UKB) looking to apply for positions in the US Network.

In all cases, as A visas are not intended to be used for permanent employment, such appointments will be limited to only one visa period.

If you have additional questions, please direct them to careerquestions@fco.gov.uk.

Current Vacancies:

Summer Internships 2015

Background

This program offers internships up to 40 hours per week during the summer.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.

Human Resources Benefits Intern

Background

The British Embassy department of Human Resources is seeking a talented student for the summer 2015 internship programme. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to learn about the implementation of top-notch HR services in a government setting.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an enthusiastic, detailed oriented student who is looking to gain experience in a fast paced HR environment. The successful candidate will become familiar with the management and implementation of employee benefits plans for Locally Engaged staff as well as UK Based staff (who are posted to the US from the UK).

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Human Resources Recruiting Intern

Background

The British Embassy department of Human Resources is seeking a talented student for the summer 2015 internship program. This is a wonderful opportunity for an enthusiastic, detail oriented student who is looking to gain experience in a fast paced HR environment.

The Human Resources Internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the following areas: Staffing Administration (HR Generalist and Recruiting team), Employee Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity, Employee Communications, and other ongoing HR initiatives.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Digital Communications Intern

Background

The Communications Team is responsible for the public facing components of the Embassy’s work. The team works on a wide array of issues from media relations and foreign policy to special events and digital outreach. Students studying public diplomacy, media relations/PR, journalism, new media, or international affairs can gain valuable real-world experience in their fields through an internship with the Communications Team.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Crisis Team Intern

Background

The British Embassy is seeking a dynamic and proactive individual to participate in all aspects of crisis preparedness and response across the British Government’s network of diplomatic posts and staff in the United States. Crises that could arise include: an act of terrorism, major weather impacting operations, unavailability of offices due to natural disaster, etc. The successful candidate will work closely with senior level personnel to ensure the Crisis Management Plan is kept fully up to date and that crisis teams are established, trained and well prepared to deliver an excellent response to crises.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Communications Intern

Background

The British Embassy in Washington, the United Kingdom’s largest diplomatic mission, is offering an internship for the summer of 2015 to work for the Communications Team. The Communications Team is responsible for handling public diplomacy on a range of issues (e.g., foreign policy, and global issues).

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Defense Intern

Background

The British Defence Staff is looking for one intern to work in the Defence Acquisition and Technology section during summer 2015. The team works with industry, the Administration (primarily the Pentagon), Congress and the UK government across the US to advance bilateral trade, partnerships and innovation between the UK and the US.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Trade Policy Intern

Background

The British Embassy is looking for an intern to work on the Trade policy team for summer 2015. The trade team works with Congress, the Administration, and businesses to advance free trade and open market policies in the US.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Economics Intern

Background

The Embassy is responsible for representing the British government’s interests in the US and for reporting on developments in the US to government departments in London. The Economics Team leads on all economic policy issues within the Embassy, including reporting on developments in the US economy. An internship with the team would provide an exciting opportunity to gain experience of economic research and analysis, and produce work on particularly relevant policy debates.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Security Policy Intern

Background

This summer internship offers the opportunity to work for the British Embassy, Washington’s Foreign & Security Policy Group (FSPG). The successful applicant will conduct research in support of FSPG’s work on emerging international security priorities, providing analysis to FSPG’s Political Counsellors and the wider embassy. Beyond this, the position will offer a wide-ranging insight into Embassy’s work. A high-performing candidate will have opportunities to provide policy and administrative support to FSPG across a range of foreign policy issues. The successful applicant will also assist in delivering at least one event, project or internal initiative run by FSPG.

The British Embassy, Washington D.C., and the UK’s network of Consulates-General in the US, develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The Embassy’s Foreign & Security Policy Group is the primary interface between UK and US foreign and security policy world-wide. Its members report on US policy development, and liaise between the UK and US governments, on Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, European and Asian affairs; and on transnational issues such as cyber security, sanctions, counter-proliferation, international development and counter-terrorism.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Foreign Policy Intern

Background

This summer internship offers the opportunity to work for the British Embassy, Washington’s Foreign & Security Policy Group (FSPG). The successful applicant will conduct research in support of FSPG’s strategic and policy work, providing analysis to FSPG’s Political Counsellors and the wider embassy. Beyond this, the position will offer a wide-ranging insight into embassy’s work. A high-performing candidate will have opportunities to provide policy and administrative support to FSPG across a range of foreign policy issues. The successful applicant will also assist in delivering at least one event, project or internal initiative run by FSPG.

The British Embassy, Washington D.C., and the UK’s network of Consulates-General in the US, develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The Embassy’s Foreign & Security Policy Group is the primary interface between UK and US foreign and security policy world-wide. Its members report on US policy development, and liaise between the UK and US governments, on Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, European and Asian affairs; and on transnational issues such as cyber security, sanctions, counter-proliferation, international development and counter-terrorism.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Political Intern

Background

The British Embassy in Washington, the United Kingdom’s largest diplomatic mission, is offering an internship for the summer 2015 to work within the Embassy’s Politics, Economics and Communications Group (PECG), and specifically for the Politics Team. The Team oversees the Embassy’s and British Government’s engagement with the administration and Congress at all levels and reporting on developments in US domestic politics, with a heavy focus this year on the Congressional election. The team is also responsible for maintaining and strengthening the Embassy’s relationship with its consular district (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and DC) and with US and UK universities.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

UK Trade and Investment Intern

Background

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the international business development agency of the Government of the United Kingdom and works to foster transatlantic business relations between the US and the UK. UKTI USA, works closely with UKTI headquarters in London, with related agencies in the UK and with representatives of the English Regions and the UK’s Devolved Administrations in the US to assist US companies looking to invest in the UK. (See www.uktradeinvestusa.com)

The UKTI Washington office is looking to recruit four (4) interns for the summer 2015, helping to support the various trade and investment teams on specific projects, initiatives and administrative/management duties. The internship opportunities will focus within multiple sectors.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Regional Human Resources Assistant

Background

The Regional HR Assistant will be responsible for supporting HR policy and operations for locally employed staff working at British Embassies, High Commissions and other Offices located in the region. The role of the Regional HR Hub is to provide key HR Services (recruitment, pay and reward, talent and performance management and HR enquiries) to customers across the region and to provide a strategic and professional HR capability to support Regional Senior Leaders in delivery of business of objectives. The HR hub forms an integral part of the global HR offer to staff working in the overseas network for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and will lead on all region specific HR issues in collaboration with the London based HR Directorate. The role reports to the HR Officer for the region.

The purpose of the HR Assistant is to assist the work of the Human Resources Team at the Regional Hub, responsible for supporting staff at all British diplomatic missions with the Region. As HR enquiry point, to respond to enquiries from staff across the Region in a timely and courteous fashion.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interface with our customers throughout the North America region by responding to telephone and email enquiries, following appropriate procedures and meeting response time Service Level Agreements
  • Monitoring HRD policy and guidance, ensure that enquiry handling procedures mirror these and cascade knowledge to other team members. Constantly seek to review and improve service by identifying areas for development in guidance and reporting feedback from customers to senior managers.
  • Manage and organise the enquiries inbox and log to ensure enquiries are appropriately handled according to their urgency and subject matter within relevant SLA targets.
  • Record relevant data so that accurate MI is captured.
  • HR administrator on Oracle database (Prism) processing HR invoices through an Oracle based system – creating, monitoring, and updating purchase orders; receiving goods; processing invoices for payment; liaising with Finance and vendors.
  • Update and maintain HR databases used to track arrivals, departures, and changes in personal circumstances.
  • Process simulated unemployment claims and submit to payroll for payment.
  • Provide administrative support and assistance on large projects such as Quarterly Activities Report, Performance Pay, etc.
  • Process monthly expense claim via online system, charging expenses to the appropriate budget and group
  • Organize and maintain all filing to include active, terminated, and archived files.
  • Assisting HR Head with coordination of weekly team meeting – booking room, sending out agenda, taking notes.
  • Manage HR team’s content on Intranet site, reviewing and updating as needed.
  • Maintain office supplies for HR team, ordering additional items as needed.
  • Book conference rooms for recurring and ad-hoc meetings.
  • Serve as Backup for Payroll and Recruitment Assistants as and when needed.
  • Carry out other administrative tasks such as copying, faxing, shredding, etc.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two to three years relevant work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as organizational skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work with people at all levels in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Fluent spoken and written English

The target salary for this position is $38,300 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 15 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Administrative Assistant-Accommodation (Temporary)

Background

The British Embassy in Washington, DC is looking for an Administrative Assistant to work within the British Defence Staff. The position is responsible for keeping all the furniture inventories updated. Also, the position provides general administrative support to the Accommodation team, in particular the Furniture Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure that personnel complete all the necessary forms and arrange for payments of security deposits and rent payments. Check and approve accommodation and leases for personnel who source their own accommodation. Maintain furniture inventories and furniture database. Assist with arranging furniture collection on departure and provide information for incumbents including cleaning and handover information. Process, authorise and submit claims and advances to CPC, in accordance with current procedures. Set up and cancel utility accounts for MoD leased properties in the DC Metro Area. Manage the storage of correspondence on MOSS and MERIDO.

Minimum Qualifications

Excellent customer service skills Strong independent judgement and problem solving skills. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to display a strong attention to detail and to prioritize work accordingly. Ability to take responsibility and exercise considerable discretion. Ability to work in a fast paced environment. Good IT skills (including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel). An interest in furniture

The target salary for this position is $33,400 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Residence House Staff Member

Background

The Residence for the Defence Attaché is seeking a proactive team-player to include in their team. The member of house staff will provide the Defence Attaché and their family with an efficient housekeeping and maid service at the official residence in Washington, DC. All house staff are accountable to the Military Assistant via the House Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain the cleanliness of the residence public and non-public areas (including furniture, fittings and contents) as directed by the House Manager.
  • Prepare the official guest bedrooms and bathrooms: make beds, present linen, stock bathrooms.
  • Wash and iron the household bedding and linen.
  • Wash and iron clothes for the Defence Attaché, their family and official guests as required.
  • Assist the House Manager and chef at official functions. Duties may include the meeting of guests, providing a cloakroom service, waiting on tables and serving refreshments.
  • Prepare and serve meals for family and guests when required to do.
  • Deputise for the House Manager in his/her absence.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Verbal communication skills are very important: spoken English proficiency is required.
  • Previous experience providing a laundry/ironing service.
  • Previous experience working in a residence/hotel is preferred.
  • Must be confident engaging with family and guests.
  • The ability to work independently and unsupervised is essential.
  • It is essential that applicants are trustworthy, polite and can apply discretion.
  • The successful candidate must be flexible. It is essential that they are available to work during evenings and weekends when official engagements require them to do so.
  • The ability to work with children and pets.
  • Experience in a customer service environment or at events.
  • Food preparation experience.

The target salary for this position is $25,300 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 23 February 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Financial Analyst

Background

The Financial Analyst will monitor the operational delivery of key financial activity for British Embassies, High Commissions and other Offices located in Canada, the US, and the English speaking Caribbean. The role of the Regional Finance Hub is to provide key financial services to customers across the region support the organisation to deliver its objectives. The role reports to the Head of Regional Finance within the region.

This role will undertake a wide range of financial duties on behalf of a number of offices in the region. This will include the monitoring of budgets and forecasts, acting as the first line of financial support and compliance, as well as reporting issues back to Finance Business Partners in the UK. Individuals will also be expected to analyse the balance sheet accounts for the Offices in the region and ensure information is accurately and effectively reported.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and process the budgeting, forecasting and reporting (including exception reporting) for a range of offices in the region.
  • Liaise with individual Posts and Finance Business Partners in the UK and consolidate information across a region to monitor trends and variances.
  • Ensure financial management indicators [FPCIs] are robust and issues resolved appropriately within agreed timescales.
  • Analyse the balance sheet accounts against the Offices in your respective region and ensure information is accurately and effectively reported.
  • Identification and analysis of contingent liabilities, provisions, changes in pensions liabilities and monitoring by exception creditors and debtors.
  • Provide cash forecast for each Office within the region in advance of each Financial Year.
  • Work with Offices to ensure cash management is accurately reported and processes are adhered to [including Other UK Government Departments who may be present].
  • Ensure that offline office accounts are submitted on time to Corporate Services Centres located in either Milton Keynes or Manila.
  • Ensure consistency across all processes, both within the region and across other regional hubs.
  • Operationally, ensure consistency of application of policies and financial processes, both within the region and across other regional hubs, to include:-
  • Liaison with and notification to, UK-based Finance Business Partners;
  • Debtor management;
  • Creditor management;
  • Management of identified risks/provisions/contingent liabilities;
  • Cash Management, including cash forecasting;
  • Fixed Asset verification, management and accounting;
  • Other Balance Sheet management to ensure historic/incorrect transactions are cleared;
  • Budget Monitoring & forecasting;
  • Use of Hyperion & OBIEE to prepare and promote budget & forecast information
  • Monitoring Key Performance Indicators;
  • Spend & cost driver Analysis [liaising with Procurement & HR colleagues];
  • Assist with business planning;
  • Chart of Accounts usage.

Minimum Qualfications

  • 3-5 years experience in a similar accountant, finance, or bookkeeping role.
  • Some experience of preparing monthly management accounts.
  • IT literate to an advanced level.
  • Experience using Oracle eBusiness Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Some travel might be required for this role, a valid passport is essential.

The target salary for this position is $50,600 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 22 February 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Software Support Officer

Background

The British Defence in Washington, DC is looking for an Oracle Software Support Officer to work with the Information Technology group. The successful candidate would help support Oracle E-Business Suite and other Corporate Systems with troubleshooting issues and provide a recommended solution within the standards and guidelines.

The candidate would also support other functions within the department including, but not limited to, project support, change management, data management, end user support and training, system administration, and system development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Handle production and non-production help tickets, troubleshoot functional issues, provide direct user support, open and manage Oracle SR’s when needed.​
  • Provide troubleshooting and end-user support for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle APEX custom applications issues
  • Provide troubleshooting and end-user support for Microsoft Sharepoint issues
  • Participate in and support projects such as new module implementations, business process reengineering, customizations, or application upgrades.​
  • Evaluate user change requests, gather business requirements, design and propose new solutions using available standard Oracle or Microsoft functionality.​
  • Assist with Sharepoint site customization and updates, including layout, user interface graphics, and navigation
  • Maintain Sharepoint end-user access policy and permissions
  • Assist the Finance, HR, and Procurement teams in their day to day activities.​
  • Participate in regression testing where required in support of change management activities.​
  • Maintain organization intranet webpage and shared folders
  • Provide basic System Administration
  • Perform daily tasks to monitor production and development environments.

Minimum Qualfications

  • Minimum 1 year Oracle E-Business Suite application experience, including hands-on functional support such as end-user support, requirement gathering, gap analysis, application set up and configuration.
  • Minimum 2 years Microsoft Sharepoint integration experience, including supporting and creating sites and creating webparts
  • Minimum 2 years website design and development
  • Experience with SQL reporting is a plus
  • Analytical and extensive problem solving skills, with the ability to research an issue and determine the root cause and recommended solution.​
  • Good understanding of information systems and their relationship to business functions.​
  • Ability to work under pressure, autonomously, proactively and hit deadlines.​
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Must be able to successfully extract information and data from teams and individuals, not under their direct control – influencing and relationship building skills are therefore paramount.​

The target salary for this position is $44,100 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 1 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.