Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $124,897
Maximum: $162,365



Application Deadline



2201 C Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States



U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia


This is a Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA) not-to-exceed 5 years.

You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


This position is located in the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Language Services Section, Translating/Interpreting Unit (LSS/TIU). The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Russia.

The incumbent manages the LSS/TIU organization, which is comprised of Locally Employed Staff (LES) translators, A LES interpreter, and occasion interns. S/he provides expert interpreting services to the Ambassador, DCM, and other section chiefs inconsecutive (CI), simultaneous (SI), or combination of modes from English to Russian and vice versa for visiting VIP delegations and for officials at above-mentioned level and for visiting VIP delegations.

As conditions of employment, the incumbent must be available 24/7 to provide interpretation and/or translation support.


-Manages the LSS/TIU organization, serves as the principal linguistic and translation authority for Russian and the many associated national or regional variations and dialects, oversees translations and/or translates between English and Russian, a wide variety of documents, including diplomatic correspondence and instructions, treaties, laws, court records vital records, news article and editorials, speeches, position papers training materials, presentations, and technical and financial reports.

-Interprets Russian into English and from English into Russian using the consecutive and the simultaneous technique, as the sole interpreter for the COM, President and Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of State, Congressional members and staff, and other USG officials at the highest level.

-Provides expert advice in the areas of Russian language and culture and their impact on key Russian individuals involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations or other activities based either on prior knowledge or on the information gained during meetings.

-Develops and implements strategies to institutionalize and professionalize the Embassy LSS/TIU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) spearheads TUI outreach efforts; and develops mechanisms for realizing procedures to reconcile Embassy language support operations with long-established translation and interpreting practice at Language Services in the Department.

-Conducts intense research and undergoes extensive briefings with subject matter experts prior to assignments and very intensive debriefings on site during official visits or conferences.


Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the positon and the length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience. Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement.

Applicants applying must meet the following requirements:

-Ability to serve as the office's authority in Russian Language.

-Skill in writing in Russian and English.

-Skill interpreting Russian into English and from English into Russian.

-Knowledge of the contemporary politics, economy, international relations, and cultural life of the United States and Russian speaking counties.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER PLEASE ADDRESS EACH ASSESSMENT QUESTION BELOW: To receive maximum consideration, applicants should submit a narrative description of their experience, education, training, outside activities and awards related to each of the four assessment questions below. Please include beginning and ending dates for paid and unpaid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job listed.

-Expert in interpreting from and into English and Russian.

-Expert serving as principal reviewer of interpreters in the language(s) specified.

-Expert using the consecutive and the simultaneous modes of high-level conferences interprets from and into English Russian.


Must have 2–5 years of experience interpreting using the consecutive and the simultaneous modes of high- level conference interpreting, interprets from and into English and Russian.

Applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Travel, 25% or Greater


Open to the Public. Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.


  1.  Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  2. U.S. Citizenship is required.
  3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  4. This position requires the applicant pass a Language Proficiency Test.
  5. One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.


Applicants must meet all the qualifications requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement.


Top Secret clearance required.


Term Appointment not-to-exceed 5 years.


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. You will be notified during the hiring process.


For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION - For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

QUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, and membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a Federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your Federal career very rewarding.

Level of Language Proficiency

English/Russian Required.

Must be proficient in interpreting Russian into English and English into Russian language.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Your completed application must be received in this office by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date to the following mailbox:  In your email, please indicate the position you would like to be considered on the subject line, example: Interpreter/Translator.

The best-qualified candidates will be contacted for interview. We regret due to the volume of applications we cannot respond individually to each applicant.

The selectee must be available 24/7 to provide interpretation and/or translation support.

Resumes are due by August 23, 2018. Current US Government employees should submit a copy of their latest performance appraisal and SF-50.