View Vacancy - Visits Officer

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
Protocol, Visits and Events

The British Embassy in Washington, D.C. is seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join the Visits Team. This is a fast paced, demanding and challenging job in one of the British Embassy’s most important sections.

The Visits Officer is one of two employees supporting the Senior Visits Officer in organizing all visits to Washington and some high level visits to other areas of the US by British Government Ministers, Parliamentary Committees, former Prime Ministers, Members of the Royal Family, and senior officials. The position offers unique exposure to UK and US Government leaders and procedures and a unique skill set.

The work of the Visits Section spans the broad spectrum of the Embassy’s activity. The Visits Section is part of the Ambassador’s Executive Office and the successful candidate should expect to have frequent contact with the Ambassador who takes a keen interest in the work of the Visits Section.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for all aspects of the organisation of individual visits.  Provide administrative support to the Senior Visits Officer.
  • Accompany, meet on arrival, and see visitors off on departure. Organise programmes liaising with the US Administration, Congress, and other institutions.
  • Maintain useful contacts among hotels, airlines, transport companies and other vendors.
  • Create transport schedules.
  • Arrange security clearance for visiting Protection Officers, diplomatic over flight clearance, and port clearance for VIPs.
  • Perform other administrative duties as requested.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant experience.
  • Must be able to accommodate schedule to include evenings and weekends as required.  Vacation and leave must be co-ordinated with others in the section and may not always be possible during busy periods.
  • Previous experience dealing with VIPs.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, personable, able to work under his/her own initiative, and well presented.
  • Must be a strong team player with excellent problem solving and judgement; discretion and adherence to protocol are a must.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 


*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.  The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.


  • Previous experience in meeting planning, visits and/or executive assistance
  • Some knowledge of the British civil service, British culture and protocol, and US Administration
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
19 July 2016
A2 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Embassy
1 September 2016

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package.  This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.


The target salary for this position is $39,832 annualized.  Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.


Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local US employment law.

Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted by 19 July 2016. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Internal candidates must address their line manager before submitting their application.


Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.


The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.


Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

This opportunity is closed to applications.