Empleos en la Embajada

Una vacante disponible (ver abajo). La Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Chile es un empleador que implementa una política de igualdad de oportunidades. Todos los postulantes recibirán la misma consideración sin importar la raza, color, religión, sexo, lugar de origen, discapacidad, edad, orientación sexual, status socio económico o ideologías políticas/afiliados.

En la barra lateral encontrará un video explicativo de ERA (Aplicación de Reclutamiento Electrónico), la nueva plataforma que se implementará a futuro para postular a las vacantes de las misiones diplomáticas de los Estados Unidos en el mundo.

Para postular en línea: ERA Santiago (Aplicación de Reclutamiento Electrónico)

ERA lo ayudará a:

  • Reducir el tiempo para completar su aplicación.
  • Aumentar su comunicación con la embajada durante el proceso de reclutamiento.
  • No más postulaciones en papel.

¿Qué cambia?:

  • TODOS los postulantes DEBEN enviar su información usando la aplicación en internet.
  • ERA ordenará a los postulantes, usando preguntas específicas para cada vacante

Por favor, recuerde que:

  • No se aceptarán postulaciones que no cumplan con todos los requisites mencionados.
  • La embajada no contacta a todos los postulantes.
  • Los postulantes que sean ciudadanos norteamericanos, no tienen preferencia para ser contratados.
  • Todos los postulantes deberán ser residentes legales en Chile y tener visa o permiso de trabajo al día para poder postular.

¿Quiénes pueden postular?

Si la vacante indica “Open to: All Interested Candidates” – Podrá postular cualquier persona con ciudadanía chilena o residencia permanente.

Si la vacante indica “Open to: Current Employees of the Mission” – Cualquier persona que esté actualmente empleada por la Misión de los EE.UU. en Santiago puede presentar una solicitud. Los contratistas no son elegibles.

Si la vacante indica “Open to: USEFMs only” – Sólo los ”Miembros de Familia Elegibles” que son ciudadanos de EE. UU. pueden presentar una solicitud. Los USEFM también pueden postular a las categorías mencionadas anteriormente.

Para más información, por favor revisar los recursos adicionales de la barra lateral. 


Position Title: Investigator

Opening Period: January 12 – 26, 2021

Series/Grade: FSN-8, FP-6

Salary: *Ordinarily Resident (OR): CHP 23,839,264 gross salary p.a.

U.S. citizen resident candidates will also be paid in Chilean pesos.

For USEFM: Actual salary will be determined by Washington, D.C.

For more info: Mailing Address: Santiagojobs@state.gov

Who may apply: ll Interested Candidates/All sources

Security clearance required: Non Sensitive

Marketing statement:  We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees  

Summary:       The U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Investigator (FSNI) for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 The work schedule for this

Position is:  Full-time: 40 hours/week

Start date:  The successful applicants must be able to begin work within approximately 4 weeks of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certification or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory position:  No

Basic function of position:  The incumbent supports the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Santiago Country Office (SCO) in conducting criminal investigations into illegal drug-trafficking and other related crimes.  Prepares reports and/or memorandums in English and Spanish.  Serves as liaison with Chilean law enforcement authorities and advises on local specific drug-related issues/information.  Incumbent assists with the maintenance of DEA Government owned vehicle fleet and provides transportation as necessary to DEA staff and TDY personnel.  Incumbent will perform personal security duties.



Applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

1.    Four years of post-secondary (university/vocational college or other equivalent) studies in the areas of security, legal and/or law enforcement is required.

2.    At least five (5) years’ experience in a career field associated with law, law enforcement, or security is required.

3.  Level 2 (Limited Knowledge) English Speaking/Reading/Writing and level 4 (Fluent) Spanish language skills are required.  (This will be tested.)

4. Must have knowledge of the Chilean judicial process to include an understanding of Chilean’s National Drug Trafficking Offences and Laws. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and a good knowledge of the use of information and telephone technology.

5.  Requires maintaining extensive contacts with a variety of agencies engaged in counter-drug operations.  Must display a high level of judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in obtaining information.  Must have the ability to produce draft reports in English and Spanish.   Must possess a valid Chilean driver’s license.

Please note that for any or all of the above requirements testing might be applied.


(1)    All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certification.

(2)    All non-Chilean ordinarily resident applicants must have the required residency and/or work permit to be eligible for consideration.

(3)    American Citizens residing in Chile and working for the U.S. Embassy are required to file and pay U.S. federal taxes and FICA contributions in addition to Chilean taxes and social security contributions.  Please note that as an employee of the U.S. Government, you are ineligible to take the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE, Form 2555).  For detailed information, please refer to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

(4)    Current Ordinarily Resident (OR) employees who are currently serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.  Current Ordinarily Resident (OR) employees who are currently on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) are not eligible to apply.

(5)    Current Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1)AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


(3)Foreign Service employees on LWOP** and Civil Service employees with a reemployment right

IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, equivalent documentation or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the Armed Forces that certify the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant.  The certification letter should be in the letterhead of the appropriate military branch of service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment right back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH) and for additional employment consideration please visit the following link: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/definitions-for-va.

How to Apply:  All applicants must electronically submit information through the Embassy’s Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) site, through the link on the Embassy’s internet site at (https://cl.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/) and must attach the documents listed below:



Residence and/or Work Permit (for non-Chilean applicants)

DD-214 (if applicable)

What to Expect Next:  Only applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview, will be contacted via email.

For further information: the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office (santiagojobs@state.gov).

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Santiago.