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Office Director

Department Of State Washington, DC

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Deputy Director

Department Of State Washington, DC

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IT Project Manager

Department Of State Washington, DC +2 locations

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Foreign Service Facility Manager

Department Of State Washington, DC

Applicants must be United States Citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at… USA Jobs


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    Foreign Policy Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many Pros to Foreign Service Career:
    -- Directly involved in foreign affairs;
    -- Travel to and live in remarkable places;
    -- Meet remarkable people;
    -- Colleagues generally intelligent and motivated;
    -- Always new experiences and lifelong learning;
    -- Substantial responsibility and some autonomy, and opportunity to be bureaucratically entrepreneurial.
    -- Many functions, especially policy objectives, poorly resourced.

    Cons

    Many Cons also to Foreign Service Career:
    -- Foreign Affairs can be complicated and unstructured, is more about process and relationships than outcomes, and results can be hard to measure;
    -- Travel to and live in unremarkable or unpleasant places, and over time can become exhausting;
    -- Meet difficult people, and have to work with them;
    -- Focus on policy sometimes means lack of focus on management, which can at times be weak;
    -- Work can be unpredictable and demand sacrifices;
    -- Jobs can be unstructured and there is seldom clear guidance, so experiences will vary.
    -- Limited resources teach (those who are successful) to be resourceful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very risk averse environment, and sometimes inability to distinguish real and imagined risks. Focus on avoiding bad outcomes rather than achieving good ones, leads to caution rather achieving important goals.

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