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Posted: 6/19/2011 6:08:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/19/2011 6:09:25 AM EDT by kaiheitai17]
Just received this the other day.  Looks like they are going to open up the Information Management Specialist.


1. This is to alert posts that a vacancy announcement
for Foreign Service Information Management Specialists
will open on June 20, 2011. It will close on July 29,
2011. The announcement is available on

If any of you out there are interested, take a look at the website.  http://careers.state.gov/work/opportunities

Educational Background                                                                 Specialized Experience                                                                           Required Certificate
Master’s degree in Information Technology related field*               No minimum professional IT experience required.                                   No certification is required
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology related field*           No minimum professional IT experience required                                    No certification required
Bachelor’s Degree in non-related Information Technology field.    Minimum 1 year professional IT experience within the past 6 years      Certification required.
Associate’s Degree in Information Technology related field *        Minimum 2 years professional IT experience within the past 6 years.   Certification required.
No Degree                                                                                      Minimum 4 years professional IT experience within the past 6 years.    Certification required.

Certifications Required:
Applicants requiring industry certifications must supply active certifications obtained within the past 5 years. Certification identification numbers must be clearly listed. You may provide any certificate. Acceptable Certifications are as follows:

MCSA on Windows Server 2003
MCSE on Windows Server 2003
MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
MCITP Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
Information Technology Infrastructure Library Expert Certification (ITIL)
Certified Computing Professional (CCP)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Information Systems Security Professionals Certificate (ISSP)
Project Management Professional (PMP)

Check out the web page http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/ims for details on what State is looking for.

Mind you that it can take a loooooong time for State to evaluate you and give a job offer.  Then you have go thru the background evaluation for clearance, do a medical clearance (if you're not Med Class 1, sorry) and then you get to go thru training for several months.

Sorry about the table formatting but looks like the board ignoresspacing.
Link Posted: 6/19/2011 6:13:06 AM EDT
Oh and nothing open for Diplomatic Security Specialist Agent as yet.
Link Posted: 6/19/2011 11:14:38 AM EDT
So you a recruiter now...get back to work.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 12:57:05 AM EDT
Just thought I'd share the love.  We need more arfcommers in the FS and particularly as IMSes.  Just imagine what it would be like at post with all of the bandwidth used up from surfing arfcom.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 3:03:36 PM EDT
What "several months of training" does one need if they already have the certifications and such listed?

I know people who are being deployed OCONUS with maybe a couple of weeks worth.  Granted, not for DoS, but still... the question presents itself!
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 10:55:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/20/2011 10:59:14 PM EDT by kaiheitai17]
State Department specific systems and training.  Not only does it cover "systems administration" but also, classified pouching, messaging, telephone exchange programing/maintenance, satcom, HF and vhf radio systems amongst other subjects.  You'll also go through a 3 week course to introduce you to general foreign service life at post, functions of the various offices at post, personnel system, etc.
This is NOT civil service.

ETA, those certs are required just to get your foot in the door.  Having them is no guarantee of employment.  We perform ALL general service telecommunications and information systems tasks at post.
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