Job: Foreign Service Information Management Specialist


We are currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.

Read the vacancy announcement ( for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is August 27, 2014.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

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Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with strong IT skills this is a good avenue for entering the foreign service.  There do hire librarians, called Information Resource Officers, however the IT positions are more numerous and located in nearly all the embassies meaning advancement and placement are better.


Programs: Int’l Program at ALA in Las Vegas

6/6/14 – For anyone planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, here is a program they are offering which discusses international school libraries.  Even if you are not a school librarian, I recommend attending this program if you are interested in international work because IRO Carol Brey is one of the speakers.  IRO stands for Information Resource Officer, the official name for US Embassy librarians.  If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, click on the IRO link and also try and meet Carol.  All the IRO’s I have met in my travels have been very open about sharing the pros and cons of being one.  (I am also currently completing an e-book in which I talk about this opportunity in more depth. I will post when it is available).


The IRRT Chair’s Program Committee invites you to attend the following program at the ALA annual meeting in Las Vegas:

Title:  Expanding the school library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology

Date:               Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time:              3 – 4 p.m.
Location:        Las Vegas Convention Center, S227

We are delighted that the following speakers will be talking about ways school libraries and librarians across international borders interact and can interact with students, libraries, and teachers:

George Breaz, (Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area)

Carol Brey (Information Resource Officer, Office of American Spaces, U.S. Department of State)

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I)