ERP assists all community members with resume development, network building, and provides additional resources that will allow them to find employment opportunities or develop career/work plans.
The Employment Readiness Program assists individuals in acquiring skills, translating experience, building professional networks, and utilizing resources that will allow them to participate in the workforce and develop a viable career path. Up-to-date information will be provided on available employment opportunities, education and volunteer resources, and support services, which will help customers make informed decisions on seeking employment. These services include but are not limited to Job Search Skills, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Dress for Success, Salary Negotiating, Application Completion, Cover letters, Career Fairs, Federal Employment, etc. All services are offered one-on-one and/or in-group settings as needed. Please contact the ACS center for further information.
What is the Status of Forces Agreement?
The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is the agreement between the US and host nation government that dictate the rights, obligations, and rules that govern the conduct and management of US forces on foreign soil, including laws that govern hiring and employment. If you are a US ID cardholder and want to work overseas, you need to know what those laws are and how they affect you. The biggest impact of the SOFA agreement in the area of employment is that non-US citizens apply for Department of the Army civilian positions differently than US citizens do. Non-US citizens must be recruited in accordance with host nation employment laws.
Can I accept a job working for an Italian or American business off-post?
To be employed in Italy by someone other than the U.S. Forces (GS, NAF, and U.S. Government contracted positions) requires an Italian Work Visa and Work Permit. This is true for both Italian businesses and American-based corporations as well. If you choose to obtain an Italian Work Visa and Work Permit, you are declaring to the Italian government that you desire to be considered an ordinary resident of Italy. You cannot have both ordinary resident and “SOFA protected” status at the same time, regardless of whether you are a military member, civilian employee or dependent.
If you get a job on the Italian economy as an ordinary resident, you will no longer be entitled to any “SOFA protected” privileges, including shopping in the PX and commissary, sending mail through the Military Postal System, driving SETAF registered vehicles, and purchasing gas coupons. You are also responsible for all of the additional expenses that ordinary Italian residents incur, such as Italian income taxes, contributions to the Italian social security system, and the Italian television tax — to name a few. Perhaps most importantly, ordinary residents cannot avail themselves of foreign criminal jurisdictional assertion or waiver rights under Article VII of the NATO SOFA — this means that if you are accused of committing a crime in Italy, you’re on your own within the Italian legal system.
Can I maintain skills by providing my service for free but be reimbursed for supplies — i.e. baking cakes or coloring hair?
Activities such as baking cakes or coloring hair would not be considered a “profitable enterprise” so long as any reimbursement is limited to the cost of supplies. It is important to note, though, that any payment for your time, labor, or expertise would be considered profit and would require a valid work visa and permit.
Can I operate a home-based business (e.g. MaryKay, Scentsy, etc.)
If you are generating profit by work performed while living in Italy, even on your computer, Italian law mandates that you have a valid work visa and permit. Furthermore, using your APO for home-based businesses is not allowed.
Non-U.S. Citizen Employment
The majority of civilian jobs at USAG Italy are filled by non-U.S. citizens or host nation employees.
The SOFA agreement requires that the Department of the Army recruit all of its non-US citizen employees in strict accordance with the Host Nation labor laws. These jobs and application forms can be found online here.
Citizens from NATO countries have a few more employment options than most non-US citizens. If your citizenship is with another country other than the United States, call the LN CPAC Staffing (DSN: 646-5019/5016 or CIV: 0444-71-5019/5016) to find out if you meet eligibility requirements.
If you are not from a NATO country, there are still options for you on the installation. Some contract positions are open to non-US citizens. Finally, Italian and EU citizens can always use the resources available on the local national economy.
Department of the Army (DA) Civilians
Every federal job worldwide is listed on the Office of Personnel Management’s ⚠USAJOBS website including all Defense Department jobs (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines). To search for jobs in your local military community area, enter your community name (Vicenza) in the ‘Location’ search block. If you are a military spouse, a veteran with preference, or a current/former federal employee, ensure that you mark the appropriate button for your hiring path located on the right-hand side. Federal resume and application workshops are available through the Employment Readiness Program.
What is the difference between AF and NAF jobs?
Appropriated Funds (APF or AF) positions are funded by tax dollars. Examples of (AF) positions are General Schedule (GS) and Wage Grade (WG) positions. For example, the job of an Employment Readiness Program Manager is an AF job where Congress appropriates the funding for the salary of this position to the Army.
Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) jobs are funded by the fees paid by the program’s customers. What does this mean to you? There are really a number of differences between these employment categories for an employee that include but are not limited to benefits, hiring processes, and eligibility requirements.
Determine your eligibility and preference
Figure out which employment category you fall under. Remember, if your employment category is not listed under ‘Who May Apply’ in the vacancy announcement, you will not be considered for the position. The civilian Personnel office representative will determine your eligibility. The most common categories for this area are:
- Military Spouse Preference (MSP) eligible: The spouse of an active duty military member (sponsor) of the U.S. Armed Forces who accompanies their military sponsor on a permanent change of stations (PCS) move. To receive preference, the spouse must be married to the military sponsor before reporting to the new duty assignment and the name of the spouse must be listed on the PCS orders of the military sponsor. Both the PCS orders and a copy of the marriage certificate are required to accompany the application package when applying for positions. In overseas areas, spouses do not receive preference until they actually arrive at the overseas location.
- Family Member Preference (FMP) eligible (overseas): The spouse or unmarried children (including stepchildren, adopted children, and foster children) not more than 23 years of age residing with a member (sponsor) of the U.S. Armed Forces or a U.S. citizen civilian employee (sponsor) of a U.S. Government Agency (including NAF activities whose duty station is in a foreign area).
- Excepted Service Overseas Family Member Appointment (FMNP) eligible (overseas): Family member of a locally hired DoD or NAF civilian employee, or a family member or spouse preference eligible who has lost a military spouse or family member preference due to accepting or declining an offer of continuing employment.
- Derived Preference: A method where you, as the spouse, widow/widower, or mother of a veteran may be eligible to claim veterans' preference when your veteran is unable to use it. You will be given XP Preference (10 points) in appointment if you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): You are eligible for this appointing authority if you are: a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3); OR a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service; AND your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge).
- Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA): You are eligible for this appointing authority if you are a: Disabled veteran; OR veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign, or expedition, for which you received an authorized campaign or expedition badge or medal; OR veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which you were awarded an Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM); OR veteran who has separated from active service within the last three years. NOTE: The highest grade level you may be appointed under this authority is GS-11 or equivalent.
- NAF Interchange eligible: Currently serving on a NAFI position without time limitation or have been involuntarily separated from such appointment without personal cause within the preceding year.
- Non Status Eligible (including overseas limited and temporary employee): All applicants without personal competitive status.
Positions at the commissary include jobs such as cashiers, deli workers, and stockers. Applications for these positions are completed online at ⚠USAJOBS.
⚠AAFES positions cover mainly retail activities, food service, PX, and Shoppette workers. Applications for AAFES local national and US citizen positions are completed online via the applymyexchange.com website.
Department of Defense Schools (DoDDS)
⚠Department of Defense Schools are full-service schools that employ every job category that you would find in similar-sized CONUS institutions, including teachers, educational aides; administrators, technical support personnel, and substitute teachers. Teachers can apply for open positions through the DoDDEA Employment Application System at: https://www.dodea.edu/Offices/HR/vacancies. Administrative and support positions will be posted on⚠USAJOBS.
The Army Continuing Education Center college opportunities in USAG Italy currently include ⚠Central Texas College (CTC) and ⚠University of Maryland University College –Europe (UMGC). Various contract positions are available and the on post colleges/universities accept applications for teaching positions.
Vicenza Community Club Thrift Store
For an application, stop by the ⚠Thrift Store, Bldg. 243, DSN 646-4884/CIV 0444-71-4884.
Global Federal Credit Union
Global Credit Union employs US citizens in customer service and teller positions. To apply for positions at the Global Credit Union, go to their website. Global Credit Union, Bldg 243, DSN: 646-4886 /CIV: 0444-71-4886
The Community Bank employs US citizens in customer service and teller positions. Pick up an application at local bank location and return with a resume or apply online.
Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Education & Skills (SKIES) Unlimited
If you have a talent, the ⚠SKIES program is looking for instructors to teach classes for children ages 3-18. There’s no set curriculum and the program is always looking for new, unique and challenging topics of instruction. SKIES has two kinds of instructors—regular NAF employees and contractors. Contact your local SKIES program for more information.
The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is an American nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors and musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Go to https://www.uso.org/careers for USO job vacancies or contact the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) office at 0444-71-5833 for information on USO volunteer opportunities.
Local Nationals Applications
Go to https://portal.chra.army.mil/hr_public
A range of defense contractors have at one point had positions in USAG Italy. The following listing does NOT indicate they have current job openings but are provided as a job search resource.
MHN Government Services
Armed Forces Services Corporation
CACI Inc. Federal
Vectrus Systems Corporation
Booz Allen Hamilton
Oak Ridge Institute
There may be a chance that employment is not immediately available for you to pursue while stationed in Italy. However, that does not mean you should stop enhancing your marketable skills. Volunteering provides you with opportunities to enhance your skills, resume, and give back to the community. Volunteering also allows you to explore new career fields you may be interested in without committing to a paid employment position.
Community members interested in becoming a volunteer within the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) can register at https://www.armyfamilywebportal.com.
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) plans and directs the administration of civilian personnel services here at USAG Italy. It is located across from the Golden Lion Conference Center in Bldg. 327. The main phone number is +39 0444-71-5036 or DSN: 646-5036.