Career Opportunity:  Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician with the US Embassy in Kingston



The Human Resources Office

U.S. Embassy

142 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6

FAX:  (876) 702-6347 

POSITION: Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician

OPENING DATE:      August 10, 2011 

CLOSING DATE:     August 24, 2011 

WORK HOURS:       Full-time; 40 hours/week 

SALARY:                J$1,956,645 p.a. (Starting salary) 

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is seeking an Information Assistant/Audio-Visual Technician to work on a full-time basis in the

Public Affairs Office. 


The Information Assistant/Audio Visual Technician reports to the Information Assistant. Incumbent operates all audio visual equipment and holds primary responsibility for the operation of the Public Affairs Section’s (PAS’) media control room. Incumbent has primary responsibility for the creation of the Embassy’s public diplomacy graphics, recording and editing of audio and video products and capturing of Embassy photos. The Information Assistant/AV Technician provides support to the PAS team with media relations and technical support for the Embassy’s public events.



NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1. Completion of tertiary level education resulting in a Bachelor’s degree in video and audio production; print, broadcast or electronic journalism; or communications/media studies required. Must have extensive training in graphic design and manipulation as evidenced by a portfolio including examples of personally created print design, logo design, web design; working knowledge of photography and photo techniques as evidenced by a portfolio of 2 B&W photos and 2 color photos.
2.       At least two years of progressively responsible experience in video and audio production, graphic design and manipulation and media relations including drafting and disseminating press releases and advisories.

3. Must be able to speak and write English fluently.4. Must have expert knowledge of graphic designing and software manipulation; creating and editing video and audio products, using various multi-media equipment and software.  Must have working knowledge of still camera use, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Movie-Maker.  Must have thorough knowledge of Jamaica’s political, media, economic, social structure, institutions, political parties, and key opinion makers in media.5. Must be experienced and adept at manipulating words, (text and sound) and images in preparation for broadcast. Must have video shooting and editing skills and a thorough understanding of the use and maintenance of sensitive audio-visual equipment. Must have creative ability in planning, researching, and producing informational products through a variety of technologies, services, and media-related tools. Excellent writing ability required.6. Outstanding teamwork skills required and the ability to juggle multiple, time-sensitive tasks in order to meet deadlines. 



Qualified Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFM) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that all candidates address the required qualifications above in the application.  Only applicants who pass the writing proficiency exercise will be interviewed. 



Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:


1.  Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) P:\HRO\Employment Forms\DS174.far ; or2. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1 -24 of the DS-174 along with a listing of the applicant’s work experience attached as a separate sheet;

or3. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the

same information found on the DS-174 (

see section 3A below for more information);

plus4.  Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

5. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

3A. If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the DS-174.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

                A. Position Title

                B. Position Grade

                C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)

                D. Dates Available for Work

                E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used

                F. Date and Place of Birth

                G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers

                H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes 

                 or No; if yes, provide number)

                I.  U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification Number

                J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)

                K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide

                L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle,                 

                Driver’s License Class / Type 

                M. Days available to work

                N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. 

                Government (include their Name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)

                O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference

                P. Education

                Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition

                R. Language Skills

                S. Work Experience

                T. References



The Human Resources Office

U.S. Embassy

142 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6




(876) 702-6347 



The US Mission in Jamaica 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 Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.


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