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.

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:

Recruiting Coordinator:

Background:

The British Embassy is looking for a Recruiting Coordinator to support the work of the Regional Human Resources team. The role of the Regional HR Hub is to provide key HR Services including recruitment, pay and reward, talent and performance management and HR enquiries to customers across the region (the US, Canada and the Caribbean). 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 Recruiting Coordinator will deliver recruitment campaigns for locally employed staff working at British Embassies, High Commissions and other Offices located in the region. The role reports to the Senior Recruiter for the region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out the recruitment process of assisting line managers with developing job descriptions, posting, sourcing, screening resumes, setting up interviews, making offers, managing security clearance process, and following up as necessary.
  • Partner with Local HR/Corporate Services contacts to ensure smooth transition throughout the process, particularly when responsibilities shift between Regional HR and Local HR.
  • Partner with Hiring Managers to have a thorough understanding of the vacancy and the actions and customisations required to have a successful recruitment campaign.
  • Ensure that the recruitment processes are kept relevant and effectively meet business needs.
  • Manage the internship program for the Embassy in Washington, running recruitments in the fall, spring, and summer, as well as provide guidance to the other Consulates on their programs.
  • Manage mailboxes, shared folders and all recruitment tools in accordance to agreed record management guidelines, to ensure that records are kept accurate and capture critical information about the campaign.
  • Manage recruitment vendors and suppliers, including the timely processing of payment.
  • Work with temporary agencies in seeking candidates for seasonal and part time positions.
  • Monitor temporary employees’ contracts.
  • Complete all payroll paperwork for new hires, interns, and departures.
  • Partner with employees and management to communicate various HR policies, procedures, laws, standards and government regulations.
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field, or specialized knowledge equivalent to such degree.
  • 0-2 years work experience in a related field.
  • Familiarity with iCIMS or other ATS systems, preferred.
  • Ability to multitask with strong organizational skills.
  • Flexible and able to change pace in short notice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as time management skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential employee issues/information and deal with employees in a friendly and sensitive manner.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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 30 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Senior Adviser: Energy and Environment (International and Congress)

Background:

The British Embassy seeking a dynamic Senior Policy Advisor to join the Energy, Environment and Resource Security Team in the Global Issues Group (GIG). GIG acts as the fulcrum between UK and US policy makers on a wide range of issues at both Federal and State level. The Team provides strategic advice to the UK government across the full range of US energy and environmental issues, and works to increase UK-US collaboration on these issues supporting UK domestic and international objectives by promoting energy security, emissions reductions and the transition to a low carbon global economy.

This is a senior position within the team and the incumbent will be expected to drive delivery and implementation of UK interests. The successful candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of climate and energy policy, including international climate change and energy. The incumbent will have experience working with Congressional staff/on the Hill and/or on international climate change negotiations. S/he will be a credible interlocutor with senior contacts in the US Administration, Congress, the business community, and Non-Government Organizations and have ideas for how to develop and to foster UK-US collaboration on this agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for development and delivery of strategy for achieving UK objectives on specific aspects of the team’s agenda, in particular Congressional engagement, the international climate change negotiations and international energy discussions.
  • Lead on influencing and reporting on these areas, including drafting considered analytical pieces for senior officials in London on US domestic policies and regulations.
  • Advocate British interests with a range of key US interlocutors, proactively engage and influence on UK priorities and seek high-level opportunities to promote UK policy interests. Develop and maintain high-level contacts in government, industry, and think tanks to achieve this.
  • Contribute proactively to policy discussions across the Embassy and in the UK and provide high quality advice and input to policy development and strategy, propose new approaches and demonstrate innovative thinking.
  • Take responsibility for structuring and delivering visits to the US by UK Ministers and senior officials, handle requests for advice and information from the UK Government, and deliver on other projects and events.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in energy, climate change, environment or related field, Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least eight years of Congressional, international or other relevant experience is essential.
  • Must be able to represent the Embassy at external meetings and win the confidence of senior US and UK officials and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, flexibility in a team setting, ability to work independently and an enthusiastic approach to work are essential.
  • Clear and concise oral and written skills are essential as is the ability to explain complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of UK policy and priorities a plus.
  • Willingness to travel.

The target salary for this position is $77,000 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 30 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Electrician

Background:

The British Embassy in Washington DC is seeking a qualified/certified Electrician to join our Estates team. The Estate Team is responsible for the maintenance and building work for the Embassy and all of the residential properties. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter interested in employment with an outstanding organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Inspect electrical systems and related maintenance at Commercial and Residential properties and in the Washington, DC area.
  • Work in conjunction with the Lead Electrician and follow relevant work practices and standards.
  • Respond to service calls for electrical repairs.
  • Complete electrical aspects of minor refurbishment project work.
  • Provide in-house electrical support to contractors on large-scale project work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Applicants should have at minimum a current “Journeyman” Electrician’s license and verifiable knowledge of NEC codes.
  • OSHA 10 certification is preferable on appointment and a requirement within 3 months of employment.
  • A minimum of five years practical experience is also required.

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 27 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Security Officer

Background:

The British Embassy in Washington, DC is one of the United Kingdom’s largest diplomatic missions. This position is an integral part of a busy and dynamic Security Services team within the Embassy’s Management Department. This is a team of professionals dedicated to providing an efficient security service to the Ambassador and his staff, thereby supporting the full range of activity within the Embassy.

This position will provide support to the Chief Overseas Security Manager and locally employed Security Manager. The successful candidate will ensure that effective systems are in place, so as to manage security emergencies and keep all staff aware of security regulations and compliance procedures. This position will also be responsible for knowledge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Security guidance systems, as well as established Embassy security procedures and protection measures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide efficient security guidance and advice to customers
  • Ensure that security regulations are adhered to
  • Proactively identify and develop security best practice
  • Control access to the Embassy compound and Residence
  • Respond to and manage security situations – e.g. fire and other emergencies
  • Supervise workmen and cleaners in restricted areas of the Embassy
  • Carry out security patrols
  • Monitor CCTV
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • At least 2 years of previous security experience
  • Ability to work days, nights, and weekends on a rotational schedule
  • Must have a proven track record of excellent customer service
  • Ability to display sound judgement and organisational skills
  • Ability to make effective decisions under pressure
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as well as an ability to work as part of a team or independently
  • Previous security experience is desirable, however not essential
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook and Web Access

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

Applications will be accepted until 21 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Senior Adviser: Energy & Environment (Federal and State)

Background:

The British Embassy in Washington, DC is seeking a dynamic Senior Policy Advisor to join the Energy and Environment Team in the Global Issues Group (GIG). GIG acts as the fulcrum between UK and US policy makers on a wide range of issues at both Federal and State level. The Team provides strategic advice to the UK government across the full range of US energy and environmental issues, and works to increase UK-US collaboration on these issues supporting UK domestic and international objectives by promoting energy security, emissions reductions and the transition to a low carbon global economy.

This is a senior position within the team and the incumbent will be expected to drive delivery and implementation of UK interests, focused on Federal and State level policy. The successful candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of climate and energy policy. S/he will be a credible interlocutor with senior contacts in the US Administration, the business community, and Non-Government Organizations; and have ideas for how to develop and to foster UK-US collaboration on this agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for development and delivery of strategy for achieving UK objectives on specific aspects of the team’s agenda, in particular: domestic implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan; federal energy issues and state-level energy and climate policy
  • Work closely with British Consulates, as well as with UK Trade and Investment and the Science and Innovation Network, in order to fully understand domestic developments and identify influencing opportunities
  • Lead on influencing and reporting on these areas, including drafting considered analytical pieces for senior officials in London on US domestic policies and regulations.
  • Advocate British interests with a range of key US interlocutors, proactively engage and influence on UK priorities and seek high-level opportunities to promote UK policy interests. Develop and maintain high-level contacts in government, industry, and think tanks to achieve this.
  • Contribute proactively to policy discussions across the Embassy and in the UK and provide high quality advice and input to policy development and strategy, propose new approaches and demonstrate innovative thinking.
  • Take responsibility for structuring and delivering visits to the US by UK Ministers and senior officials, handle requests for advice and information from the UK Government, and deliver on other projects and events.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required; Graduate degree would be desirable. At least eight years of relevant experience is essential.
  • A background in energy, environment and/or resource security policy is essential, as are connections to relevant stakeholders. Experience working in state-level energy or climate policy is desirable.
  • Must be able to represent the Embassy at external meetings and win the confidence of senior US and UK officials and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, flexibility in a team setting, ability to work independently and an enthusiastic approach to work are essential.
  • Clear and concise oral and written skills are essential as is the ability to explain complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of UK policy and priorities a plus.
  • Willingness to travel.

The target salary for this position is $77,000 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Business Development Associate: Life Science Investment Organization

Background:

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the United Kingdom Government’s international business development agency. UKTI is charged with international trade development between the UK and the rest of the world, and with assisting global companies looking to invest in the UK. (See www.ukti.gov.uk for further information.)

The Life Science Investment Organisation (LSIO) is a unit within UKTI that focuses on bringing international investment to the UK. LSIO works with global industry to encourage companies to invest in UK life sciences, including early-stage or discovery research, clinical or product development, commercial operations, and manufacturing. The entrepreneurial, dynamic LSIO team is a mixed team of Civil Servants and people with private sector expertise.

The Business Development Associate role will report directly to the Chief Commercial Officer, LSIO, who is based in Washington DC. However, the Business Development Associate will also work fluidly with the rest of the LSIO team based in the UK and with UKTI’s global network of staff based in Consulates and Embassies around the world to drive inward investment to the UK. The LSIO team also works closely with other government agencies in the UK such as the Office for Life Sciences and Department of Health, and with stakeholders in the wider UK life science community.

While this role has a global focus, the USA is a priority source market for life sciences investment landing in the UK and is home to a large number of multinational companies that already have significant operations in the UK. The Business Development Associate will support the work of the Chief Commercial Officer on LSIO’s targeted business development campaigns, delivery of high value and strategic projects, key account working as part of a virtual team, and with administrative duties.

The Business Development Associate will be based at the British Embassy in Washington DC in the UKTI US Network. The UKTI US team is made up of 120 members of staff spread across 9 different offices, a dynamic team that focuses on various sectors including financial services, life sciences, digital and creative media, security, and clean technology.

This is a full-time, fixed-term contract ending 31 March 2015, with the possibility of extension/renewal following internal business review.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Chief Commercial Officer on targeted international business development, including: identifying and prioritising companies and contacts to approach, creating individual approach strategies and materials, working with the LSIO and global UKTI team to engage companies and contacts, and tracking relationship development and outcomes.
  • Support the Chief Commercial Officer on key relationship management, including updating and managing account plans and a client relationship management database.
  • Support the Chief Commercial Officer on the delivery of priority projects for LSIO. This will involve working with the virtual teams for priority projects.
  • Provide operational and administrative support to the Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the key trends and unique selling points of the UK life sciences sector.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with LSIO’s partner stakeholders in the UK life sciences sector, including both public and private sector contacts.
  • Utilize a variety of online and social media tools including close working with LSIO’s head of marketing and communications.
  • Assist with initiatives such as incoming and outgoing trade and investment missions, seminars, panel discussions, receptions and other events to promote the UK’s strengths in the Life Sciences sector. Provide administrative and logistical support for these events.
  • Work as part of the LSIO virtual team to support cross-LSIO initiatives.
  • Liaise with both internal teams and external contacts at an executive level.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Life sciences and health-related degrees preferred as this role requires a technical understanding of the life sciences.
  • 1-3 years professional experience in international business or in the life sciences sector.
  • Knowledge of the business environments and life sciences sectors in the UK and US.
  • Ability and credibility to deal with companies/organizations at a senior level in person and over the phone, with a proven track record of fostering business relationships.
  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills, with an ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice.
  • Proactive self-starter, able to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks.
  • Attention to detail and good follow-up discipline.
  • Strong and enthusiastic networking skills.
  • Committed team player.
  • Comfortable with initiating and handling introductory calls to companies and clients.
  • Excellent organizational skills; proactive approach to work.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and to tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is essential, while familiarity with client relationship management (CRM) systems is a plus.
  • Ability to undertake occasional travel primarily within the US and the UK; ability to attend morning and evening events.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

Salary and Benefits:

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This 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.

The target salary for this position is $44,100 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Learning & Development Coordinator

Background:

The Regional Learning & Development Team (RLDT) in Washington is looking for a Coordinator to support the wider Global Learning & Development Team (GLDT).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Regular upkeep training registers to include details for all courses and programmes supported by GLDT (including instructor, department, and equipment).
  • Coordinate, update, and monitor the GLDT calendar for the Global Network on a wide range of events including meetings and conferences.
  • Support all GLDT staff in induction for new employees.
  • Arrange the annual GLDT conferences in the UK and arrange bi yearly teleconference with HR Directorate Director.
  • Update contact, distribution lists, organograms and emergency contact lists for the global network.
  • Produce GLDT Statistical Quarterly Reports (QSRs).
  • Monitor the global inquiries inbox and voicemail for Learning & Development.
  • Provide support for internal meetings including collating items for the meeting, issuing any papers ahead of time, note taking during the meetings, issuing minutes and action points afterwards, chasing updates to action points.
  • Manage the RLDT budget and report to the Regional Manager and the London team – including recording, profiling and explanation of differences.
  • Monitor and update records of the RLDT’s equipment, books and other resources, and track their movement.
  • Procure goods and services under Foreign Commonwealth Office policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and organise training course materials, set up training rooms, and provide all L&D information to customers enrolled in courses.
  • Manage the communications and marketing around Learning & Development resources; including being the first point of contact and circulating information about various events available to colleagues.
  • Build effective working relationships with L&D champions and relevant stakeholders.
  • Partnering with regional Advisers in account management.
  • Provide as cover for Miami Regional Learning Development Coordinator when required.
  • Provide additional support to the RLDT and Post as required.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, business administration, communications, or liberal arts.
  • At least two years of administrative experience, preferably in learning and development.
  • Knowledge of learning development processes.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, especially virtually.
  • Ability to multitask and manage projects with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interacting with all levels of employees and managers.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus.

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 13 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

HVAC Technician

Background:

The Corporate Services Team in Washington is looking for a HVAC Technician to support the Maintenance team in the Embassy compound and Residential Estate.

The British Embassy in Washington DC has a large commercial and residential estate in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. It comprises of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States Residence, 2 large offices, 38 owned and 48 leased residential apartments and houses.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Daily management and maintenance of all heating and cooling services throughout the main compound.
  • Maintain and carry out repairs to exhaust fans, AHU, Fan coils, chillers, boilers, cooling towers. Grease motors and bearings, Change filters and belts, visually inspect equipment for water, gas, oil leaks, drain and clean cooling towers. Check seals and couplings for wear.
  • Liaise with local contractors on larger servicing requirements.
  • Establish and implement a preventative maintenance schedule for all related equipment.
  • Ensure all work orders are completed on time and work closely with key stakeholders to deliver full customer satisfaction.
  • Ensure Foreign Commonwealth Office and local Health & Safety standards are applied.
  • Perform basic plumbing duties as and when required.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in HVAC related operations.
  • HVAC Journeyman or apprentice licence or CFC refrigerant licence would be advantageous.
  • Proven experience in maintenance of boilers, chillers, motors and water cooling towers.
  • Any experience in pneumatic controls and BMS controls would be advantageous.
  • Blueprint reading
  • Knowledge of local building codes and previous training Health and Safety standards (OSHA).

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 6 April 2014. Click here to apply. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

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