Job Openings at the Embassy

There is one vacancy available (see below). Thank you for your interest in employment with the U.S. Mission in Santiago. The U.S. Mission in Santiago 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.

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago implemented the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA).To view a current list of all available positions at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago and to apply online, please visit our ERA site:

ERA Santiago (Electronic Recruitment Application)

Please consult the video in the sidebar to learn how to create a new account and apply.

ERA will help you by:

  • Reducing your time completing your application
  • Increasing your communication with the mission during the recruitment process
  • No more paper applications

What will be changing?

  • ALL applicants MUST apply using the internet interface
  • ERA will rank applicants using vacancy-specific questions

Please keep in mind that:

  • Applications that do not meet the requirements above will not be accepted
  • The Embassy does not contact all candidates that have applied for positions
  • US Citizens applying for vacant positions do not have preference in hiring
  • All applicants must be legal residents of Santiago and be legally eligible to work in the country in order to apply

Who may apply?

Open to: All Interested Candidates – Anyone with Chilean Citizenship or Permanent Residency may apply.

Open to: Current Employees of the Mission – Anyone who is currently employed by the U.S. Mission in Santiago may apply. Third Party Contractors are not eligible.

Open to: USEFMs only – Only U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members may apply. USEFMs may also apply to the above “Open to” categories.

For more information, please refer to the Additional Resources sidebar.



Position Title: Chauffeur

Opening Period: November 14 – November 30, 2018

Series/Grade: FSN-3, FP-BB

Salary: *Ordinarily Resident (OR): CHP 8,610,645 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:

Who may apply: All 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 Chauffeur for the Marine Security Guard Detachment Office.

 The work schedule for this

Position is: Full-time: 45 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 serves as one of the Embassy emergency response driver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year for the MSG and is responsible for driving MSG armored vehicle.  Is responsible for maintaining the highest mechanical-safety condition of 1 armored vehicle and 1 unarmored vehicles.  Responsibilities also include conducting daily checks to ensure the vehicle is clean, checks the oil and tire pressure, ensures the brakes, signal and other lights are functioning.  Ensures there is a minimum of a half tank of fuel.



 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. Completion of secondary school is required.
  2. At least three (3) years of professional driving experience is required in a position that includes driving to many locations, prioritizing, route planning, and managing vehicle maintenance.
  3. Level 1 (Rudimentary) English and Level 3 (Good Working Knowledge) Spanish language Speaking/Reading/Writing skills are required.  (This will be tested.)
  4. Must possess knowledge of the proper operation of basic maintenance of motor pool vehicles.  Must be familiar with the layout of Santiago, Chile, including major roads and locations of Chilean military/government/business sites, commercial sites, hotels, banks, hospitals, police/fire stations, and other diplomatic missions, highways and routes in the vicinity of Santiago.
  5. Must possess a Professional License Class A-2; ability to follow directions and use maps to find addresses.  Must be courteous in dealing with personnel encountered.

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


  • All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certification.
  • All non-Chilean ordinarily resident applicants must have the required residency and/or work permit to be eligible for consideration.
  • American Citizens residing in Chile and working for the U.S. Embassy are required to file and pay federal taxes and FICA contributions in addition to Chilean taxes and social 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
  • 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.
  • 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 OPPORTUNITY: The 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)FS on LWOP** and CS 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:

How to Apply:  Applicants must electronically submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available in the Embassy’s internet site and must attach the documents listed below:



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

Chilean Driver’s license (for positions that require driving)

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 (

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