Seoul City announced on April 7 that it will hire ethnic foreigners as civil servants through contracts designed to help implement the city’s foreign resident policy, in a bid to assure seamless communication and boost sympathy with the more than 330,000 foreigners living in the city.
In preparation for the advent of the multicultural society, Seoul City plans to recruit civil servants from among expatriates, foreign spouses married to Koreans, and naturalized citizens to help with the development of policies actually needed by foreigners and to play a bridging role between Koreans and foreign residents. The city plans to deploy them with the city government divisions that serve foreign residents beginning in June.
The contracted foreign staffers will include one “C grade” official and two “D grade” officials. The incumbents will work at the Foreign Residents Assistance Division to take charge of promoting Seoul City’s foreign resident policy; to assist in the development of the foreign resident policy to be implemented by the city; to assist in the management of foreign communities; to operate programs aimed at facilitating communication between Koreans and foreigners, and to reflect foreigners’ opinions in the city’s policy and conduct onsite surveys.
Those eligible for the posts are ethnic foreigners who have acquired Korean citizenship by April 7, or those who have lived in Korea for more than one year. They must also be fluent in Korean, and have experience in the relevant fields, including the assistance of foreigners, cultural exchange, media relations and public relations.
Notably, people from Asian countries, including Vietnam, Mongolia and the Philippines, who account for 90 percent of the ethnic foreigners residing in Seoul, will reportedly be hired preferentially. Hence, foreign spouses married to Koreans, and their children, who are often relatively isolated despite living in Korea, will have a great opportunity to cultivate their dreams and increase their chances of employment.
Applications can be submitted to the Foreign Residents Assistance Division (3rd Floor of the Korea Press Center, 25 Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu) from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 2011. Finalists will be selected in early May by document screening (phase 1) and interview (phase 2).
For further information on the recruitment, please contact the 120 Dasan Call Center (dial 120), the Foreign Residents Assistance Division (2171-2294), the Seoul City website (http://www.seoul.go.kr), or Seoul Global Center’s website at (http://global.seoul.go.kr).