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Wanted: US Citizen for Vallarta Consular Agent Position

June 22, 2015

Open to the public Mon-Fri from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Puerto Vallarta's U.S. Consular Agency is located in the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center, Paseo de los Cocoteros Sur #85, Local l–7, in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is seeking a U.S. citizen applicant for the Consular Agent Vallarta FZ-75% position in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. All interested U.S. citizen candidates are encouraged to apply for the 30 hours/week position before July 15, 2015.

All ordinarily resident applicants must have or be able to obtain the required work and/or residency permit to be eligible for consideration. Starting salary and position grade to be confirmed by Washington.

Basic Function of Position

The Consular Agent is responsible for providing routine and emergency consular services as authorized by 22 USC Section 3943 (Section 303 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980) and the U.S. Department of State regulations in Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 71.1 and 71.6.

Required Qualifications
Note: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must confirm their language proficiency at the required level.

Education: At least two years of post-secondary study (college, university, vocational school, or in the U.S. Armed Forces) is required.

Experience: At least two years' experience in managing an office and staff and customer service, or two years' experience in US government service, is required.

Language: Level IV (advanced professional proficiency) spoken and written English & Level III (general professional proficiency) spoken and written Spanish required.

All Applicants Must Pass a Rigorous Certification Process

Selection criteria and conditions of employment:

The selected candidate must be a U.S. citizen, year-round resident of or will re-locate to the Municipalities of Puerto Vallarta or Bahía de Banderas, Mexico with authorization to work in Mexico (Temporary/Permanent Resident or equivalent status). The selected candidate must live full-time in the Municipalities of Puerto Vallarta or Bahía de Banderas where time away from the city of assignment is the exception rather than the norm. The selected candidate must demonstrate fluency in the Spanish and English languages.

Although the Consular Agent may be informally accorded "Honorary Consul" status by the Government of Mexico, the Consular Agent is not a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States. Accordingly, the Consular Agent is not entitled to the full privileges and immunities that diplomatic or consular officers enjoy under international law.

New Consular Agents are appointed as intermittent employees for an initial temporary appointment that may not exceed one year. Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a suitability and background check required for a Public Trust Certification. Required forms and procedures will be provided prior to entry on duty. After the first year of employment, limited appointments of up to three years at a time, with no limit on the number of extensions, may be requested by the supervising post and approved by the Department of State.

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