Vacancy Announcement: System Administrator

The U.S. Mission in Bern, Switzerland is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of System Administrator.

U.S. Mission: Bern, Switzerland
Announcement Number: Bern-2018-04
Position Title: System Administrator
Opening Period: May 24 – July 5, 2018
Series/Grade: LE-1815 7
Salary: paid in Swiss Francs
For More Info:
Human Resources Office
U.S. Embassy
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern
Website: U.S. Embassy Bern
Who May Apply:  All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance
Required: Local Security Certification or Public Trust
Duration of appointment:  Indefinite subject to successful
completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is: Full Time – 40 hours per week
Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of clearance or their candidacy may end.
Supervisory Position: No
Duties: Responsible for the day-to-day operations and support (hardware, software, mobile devices, SharePoint, end-user, etc.) of the Embassy’s computer network and serves as post’s primary SharePoint Administrator. Also responsible for technical support for internet and telephonic communications at the Embassy and constituent locations.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences or completion of diploma in Computer Science based upon a 4-year apprenticeship.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of experience in systems and network administration.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must understand, follow, and implement Embassy and U.S. Department of State IT Systems (hardware and software)
regulations and processes. Understand and participate in the Embassy’s IT budgeting process.
LANGUAGE: Level 3 (good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of German is required. Level 3 (good working knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required. (This may be tested.) Full understanding of all English technical terms.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Maintain current IT skills and certifications keeping up with U.S. government and industry standards. Implement policies and processes ensuring the confidentially, integrity and availability of the Embassy’s computer network.
Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): 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.
Other information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: 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 reemployment rights**
*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 “certificate” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies 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 on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the 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 rights back to their agency or bureau.
For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.) and for additional employment consideration, please visit the following link:

How to Apply: All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification clearance. Applicants must submit a Universal Application for Employment (DS-174) which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources (See “For more Info” above).
To apply for this position, applicants should electronically or by mail submit the documents listed below.

Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:
 DS-174
 A current resume or curriculum vitae
 A motivation letter describing your reasons for applying
 Residency and work permit
 Passport copy
 A statement from the debt collection office and an excerpt from the criminal record
 Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned, letter(s) of recommendation)

What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via e-mail.
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 at

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Bern, Switzerland.

SN38-18 Job Vacancy Announcement – System Administrator