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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Language Training Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:FSI-2013-0009

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-1701-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time. Excepted Service - Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 2 years. Renewable at the option of the agency.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22204View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined." "More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

JOB SUMMARY:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This Language Training Supervisor position is located in the Division of East Asian and Pacific Languages (EAP), School of Language Studies, Foreign Service Institute (FSI/SLS) in Arlington, Virginia. The School of Language Studies consists of approximately 500 Language and Culture Instructors and supervisory-level personnel and provides training and testing services amounting to more than 1,000,000 student hours annually in 70 languages, to more than 40 agencies in addition to the Department of State. The East Asian and Pacific Languages Division (EAP) is responsible for the conducting of intensive language and cultural training programs. These vary in length and may be as much as 44 weeks at FSI in the U.S., followed by an additional 44 weeks at an overseas school for the most difficult languages. The length of training depends on the language proficiency requirements of the employees and family members of DoS and other government agencies who are assigned to embassies and consulates abroad. 

The Department reserves the right to terminate a conditional offer of employment if the individual does not receive a security clearance within 18 months from the date of the tentative offer letter.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year trial period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.

DUTIES:

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Manages and directs the long term Southeast Asian language training program which varies widely in numbers of Language and Culture Instructors (LCI's) and students supervised, frequency of course presentations and lengths of courses. Recruits, trains and develops Language and Culture Instructors to teach language and culture of the Southeast Asian languages. Exercises professional linguistic skills to develop and monitor language training program(s) to bring students to high levels of language proficiency. May manage groups of instructors and students whose political, cultural and religious differences make coordination and counseling efforts difficult and challenging. Designs new courses and/or makes extensive revisions in existing training courses. Becomes certified to administer and score official proficiency tests.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet ONE of the required basic entry qualification requirements described below:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to this position;

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, OR in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, PLUS appropriate experience OR additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts of the course work from an accredited U.S. college or university ; or a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign educational credentials as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. You MUST (1) submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment; (2) transcripts MUST be legible AND include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, and number of credits earned; (3) if your documents are on dark / color paper, you will need to Xerox them to lighten them up in order for us to read them. If we cannot read the documents we cannot give you this credit; (4) if you attended more than one college you MUST submit a transcript from each institution if you wish your education to be considered in qualifying you for this position; and (5) all college course work that may be pertinent to qualifying you for the position MUST be included on the transcripts. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credential have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. For further information, visit:http://www.naces.org/

GG-12: IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, you MUST have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience must demonstrate the following: Experience in administering a language training program; development and review of training courses materials and evaluation of training results; Work in the occupation or subject matter field which required training or instructing others on a regular basis; Participating in the design and development of new language courses and modules;

Participating in researching, incorporating, and advising on the use of education technology and computer-based training in the training courses and programs.

 GG-13: Additionally, all applicants who apply to the GG-13 grade level must have the specialized experiences equivalent to the GS/GG-12 grade level which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Extensive knowledge in administrating a language training program, development and review of training courses materials and evaluation of training results; Experience in the occupation or subject matter field which required training or instructing others on a regular basis; Designing and development of new language courses and modules; Researching, incorporating, and advising on the use of education technology and computer-based training in the raining courses and programs.

 In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:

*Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;

*Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances; *Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress; *Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and *Capacity to "see the job through."

LANGUAGE PREFERRED: Professional Proficiency or higher in a East Asian and Pacific language (Burmese, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malay, Mongolian, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan or Vietnamese). 


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

* Knowledge of education theories, principles, processes and practices of adult education.* Knowledge of Foreign Language Curriculum Development.

* Ability to manage a training program.* Ability to develop and execute lesson plans, course syllabus/curriculum and course outlines.* Ability to plan, organize and manage teams.* Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.
Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


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BENEFITS:

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The Department of State provides an array of benefits, financial incentives, and family friendly programs to its employees (e.g., health, life and long-term care insurance, counseling, employee consultation and referral services, retirement benefits, leave programs, child care centers, Student Loan Repayment Program, flexible work hours,Transit Subsidy Program, paid federal holidays, etc.).  For additional information on DOS benefits click here.

OTHER INFORMATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating.  If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable.  Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

5. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.

6. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).

7. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

8. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

9. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application.  For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx.  For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brian Springer
Phone: 703-302-6813
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: FSIJobApplications@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Foreign Service Institute
Shultz Center, Rm. F2127 SA-42
Washington, DC
20522-4201
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

FSI-2013-0009

Control Number:

331160200