JOB - Commercial Assistant, American Presence Post, Toulouse (training level)




POSITION: PC 7848 – Commercial Assistant (Econ/Consular)

FSN-08, FP-06** Training Level

OPENING DATE: July 1, 2011

CLOSING DATE: July 15, 2011

WORK HOURS: Full-time: 40 hours/week for Not Ordinarily Residents (NORs)

Full-time: 35 hours/week for Ordinarily Residents (ORs):

SALARY: Not Ordinarily Resident: $44,737.00 gross p.a. (starting salary)

Ordinarily Resident: €39.853,00 gross p.a. (starting salary)

* This position is being advertised simultaneously with the Full Performance Level (FPL), FSN-09/FP-05/01.

** Actual grade and salary will be determined by EUR/IO/EX/HR and will be based on the qualifications

of the applicant.

The U.S. Mission in France seeks a Commercial Assistant to work at the American Presence Post in

Toulouse, France.


The incumbent provides commercial, economic, and consular expertise and assistance in support of the principal officer in Toulouse. The incumbent develops and manages programs and initiatives to promote U.S. exports to the Midi-Pyrénées region, and encourages French investments in the United States. The incumbent also performs routine and emergency American Citizens Services and other consular and notarial functions.

A copy of the full position description is available from the Human Resources Office in Paris.


Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Items 1-5 are all required.

1. Education:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any social science, business, business management, economics, marketing, international studies is required.

2. Prior Work Experience:

Minimum of four years of progressively responsible private or public sector work experience in economics, international trade, trade promotion, marketing or closely related field, which demonstrates the ability to work effectively with the business community is required.

3. Language proficiency:

English (W-R-S), Level-4 – Fluency is required.

French (W-R-S), Level-4 – Fluency is required.

4. Knowledge: (These requirements may be tested)

Knowledge of Midi-Pyrénées regional economy and institutions, particularly the aerospace sector.

Knowledge of current U.S. and French economic structures, institutions, and industries and trade practices.

5. Skills and abilities:

Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

Flexibility in responding to shifting priorities.

Ability to multi-task and meet competing deadlines.

Ability to produce clear and concise reports.

Ability to use internet, social media and Microsoft Office applications.

Must have a valid driver license.

Selection Process:

When equally qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference. Qualified USEFM applicants who are also U.S. Veterans will receive the highest preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application.

Additional Selection Criteria (see definitions):

1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold an FMA appointment are ineligible to apply within the first 90 days of their employment.

4. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their appointment, unless currently hired into a position with a “When Actually Employed” (WAE) work schedule.

To Apply:

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application package will not be considered.

1. Applicants who claim EFM or MOH status must include in the cover letter accompanying their application that they are claiming EFM/MOH status, their present nationality, and name and employing section/agency of their sponsoring family member.

2. Application for U.S. Federal Employment: DS-174 (available from the Embassy web site employment page), or

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae in English that provides the same information as an DS-174; plus

4. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans Preference must provide a copy of their

DD-214 form with their application;

5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Submit application to:

Embassy of the USA

Human Resources Office

Attn: Jérôme de La Mater

2 Avenue Gabriel

75382 Paris Cedex 08

Point of contact:

TEL: 01-43-12-25-74

FAX: 01-43-12-24-36



1. Eligible Family Member (EFM): An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:

- Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);

- Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support. The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;

- Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;

- Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

2. U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:

- U.S. Citizen; and

- EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and

- Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority; and either:

  1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad, or

  2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.

3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment:

- Is a U.S. citizen; and

- Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

- Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, and who is under chief of mission authority; and

- Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad; and

- Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity.

4. Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan. An MOH is:

- Not an EFM; and

- Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and

- Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member. A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen.

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:

- Is not a citizen of the host country; and

- Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and

- Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and

- Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who:

- Is locally resident; and

- Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and

- Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR. All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: July, 15 2011 (COB at 5:00 p.m.)