Working Gal

Well, almost.  

I've been waiting to post about this because I'm a chicken and didn't know if I would get the job or not and could subsequently face my digital shame, but all is well and so I'll share.

They have a program in the State Department called the Extended Professional Associates Development Program or EPAP in the ubiquitous acronym State Department speak.  This program allows qualified spouses to apply for professional positions at post so that they can continue their professional development.  As a side note I have been very pleased with the way the State Department looks after spouses (and other family members I would assume).  A happy family is a happy and long lasting employee.  Kudos.  

A few months ago I noticed an Information Specialist job in Casablanca for this program and contacted some people to ask about it.  Information is my schtick and the idea of using my newly minted Masters of Library and Information Science degree right off the bat was pretty exciting to me.  Unfortunately, the job was more IT than it was library science, HOWEVER (and a great big however), the nice woman at State told me there was a Cultural Affairs job that I might consider applying for...

After some sleuthing I discovered that one of my potential tasks, in addition to a host of other fabulous tasks, would be to work with the Information Resources Center (library) at post.  Needless to say I was thrilled and promptly applied for the position.  I received my official offer a few weeks ago and my official title will be the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer.  This position will also be involved with the many cultural events and speaker programs the consulate plans and implements in the region.   

So good news bears all around.   If you know me personally and a federal agent shows up at your door - don't be nervous.  He just wants to know if I'm nice and trustworthy :) 


  1. That's awesome!! Congrats! Sounds like a great job!

  2. I've been waiting for you to post about this! A high ranking official for a friend, lucky me. :)
    I'm so happy for you, this job sounds like it was made just for my Brooke.
    Can't wait to hear more!

  3. Congrats! I've never heard of EPAP specifically, but it sounds great. We too have been really pleased with how accommodating State has been for spouses. Our DCM went as far as to create a position for my husband, which I think is going to make all the difference in how much he enjoys our first tour.

    As for your job -- I've been working in the world of cultural affairs for the past few months. It's interesting stuff. I'm sure you'll like it!

  4. That is the most perfect job for you. Congratulations!

  5. So happy to hear this news - hope they know how lucky they are to have you!! Side note - Last night I got to hang out in my little hometown wig Sahar and Kathy Celaya!

  6. That is great! What a perfect opportunity.
    Okay, I might be a little slow on the uptake, but I didn't know you received your Masters in Library and Information Science! I have been looking into that, after I finish my bachelors. I would love to get some information from you about your program.

  7. YEAH!!! That is awesome! Congratulations!

  8. Sweet! How awesome is that? congratulations! Sounds perfect.

  9. Huzzah! That sounds like a great job!