Employment FAQ

  1. How do I apply?
    All applications must be submitted by sending the required documentation via e-mail to employment-germany@state.gov. Supporting documents and certificates can be attached using Adobe Acrobat Reader (pdf) or MS Word (doc/docx) format. Please do not attach any other formats to your e-mail. If your attachments exceed the maximum allowable size of 15 MB, please submit these separately by submitting a second electronic application and attaching them hereto. Please give the second application a proper title and remember to also list the vacancy number in the subject line. Please note that we cannot accept general applications, e.g. applications for positions that are currently not being advertised.
  2. Can I apply for more than one position?
    Yes. Applicants can apply for more than one position by submitting a separate application for each position vacancy, referencing the vacancy number in the subject line.
  3. Can I send my application by mail or bring it in person?
    No. The United States Diplomatic Mission to Germany only accepts applications via e-mail sent to employment-germany@state.gov that refer to vacancies shown on our website https://de.usembassy.gov/jobs/. We no longer accept mail-in or drop-off applications.
  4. Can I request a full position description for the job I am applying for?
    Yes. You may contact us at employment-germany@state.gov, and our recruiters will send you the complete position description by e-mail. In any correspondence with us, you must enter the announcement number in the subject line of your message. Without this, we will not be able to reply to your inquiry for a position description.
  5. Will the U.S. Mission assist me with obtaining a residence/work permit?
    No. Applicants must be in possession of a valid unrestricted residence and work permit at the time of application in order to be considered eligible for employment. The U.S. Mission is not able – under any circumstances – to assist applicants in obtaining either permit with German authorities.
  6. Must I reside in Germany to be eligible to apply?
    No. The Human Resources (HR) Office will accept applications from candidates currently residing outside of Germany. Non-German applicants must provide appropriate, verifiable documentation with their application that demonstrate that they have a right to live and work in Germany. In compliance with US State Department regulations, HR will not consider applications in the recruitment/screening process if such documentation is not provided, or the documentation is insufficient to establish the applicant’s right to live and work in Germany. Exception to this rule includes US citizen and non-US citizen Eligible Family Members en-route to post.
  7. Should I send an email to employment-germany@state.gov to inquire about the status of the position I applied for?
    No. If you do not hear from us in a reasonable amount of time following the closing of the Vacancy Announcement you have applied to, you should assume that your application was not successful. Only short-listed candidates being considered for testing and interviews will be contacted.
  8. What do the Language Levels in the Employment Opportunity Mean?
    Level 1 – Rudimentary Knowledge
    Employee is, at most, required to have rudimentary verbal understanding of a very limited English/German vocabulary, such as might be required in understanding and following instructions.
    Level 2 – Limited Knowledge
    Employee needs a limited knowledge of written and spoken English/German limited to the specific occupation. An employee at this level would be expected to understand and carry put verbal instructions of a repetitive character, and to be able to prepare simple reports.
    Level 3 – Good Working Knowledge
    Employee is required to have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English/German. The employee should be able to read and understand agency regulations, operating instructions, memoranda, and related material concerning the field of work, to prepare correspondence and standardized reports, and to communicate effectively with English speaking staff members and the general public, including both English speaking and non-English speaking persons.
    Level 4 – Fluent
    Employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English/German, including the ability to translate the host country language into precise and correct English, and/or vice versa. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations where considerable importance is attached to the proper word meaning.
    Level 5 – Professional (Translator/Interpreter or Equivalent)
    Level 5 is essentially limited to professional translator and interpreters whose proficiency in written and spoken English/German vocabulary truly matches that of a well educated native speaker. This includes the ability to deal effectively with highly technical and sophisticated terminology in which fine nuances of meaning may at times assume major importance in negotiations. At this level, an employee should be capable of simultaneous translation as in the case of conference reporting. An equivalent level of difficulty and responsibility relate to those employees who are required to be fluent in one or more foreign languages, or two or more distinctly different and complex native dialects.
  9. What is the Salary and Fringe Benefits Package?
    Local Compensation Plan for Ordinarily Resident (ORs) Employees.
    In addition to the basic annual salary advertised in the position vacancy, OR employees receive compensation as follows:

    • Employer’s Share to German Social Security System
    • Meals Allowance: hourly rate – Euro 0.20
    • Christmas Bonus: 7% of annual basic salary rate
    • Vacation Bonus: 5% of annual basic salary rate
    • Performance Related Salary Increases
    • German Annual Leave Plan (29/30 working days)
    • German and American Holidays
    • Continuation of Salary Payments During Illness
    • Awards Program
    • Training Program
  10. How do you choose who gets a job?
    All applications are screened for eligibility and qualification requirements as advertised. If the applicant is eligible and meets all of the minimum requirements of the position, he/she will be considered for an interview giving due consideration to U.S. citizen Eligible Family Member with or without Veteran hiring preferences. The hiring section will make the final decision on who will be selected.
  11. Are the job postings I am interested in up-to-date?
    All job postings on https://de.usembassy.gov/jobs/ are updated daily.
  12. How can I withdraw my application?
    If you would like to withdraw your application, please submit an email to employment-germany@state.gov, stating that you do not wish to proceed with this application and enter the vacancy number in the subject line.
  13. Is my data safe?
    All information candidates provide through the on-line application system will be treated for recruitment purposes and will not be disclosed to any third party not involved in the recruitment process.