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Job Title:  Training Liaison Officer
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  DS-2013-0150

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 04, 2013 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Full-Time, Non-Permanent - Temporary, Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dunn Loring, VA, USView Map
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."


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 is a non-status, non-permanent position.   You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.


This position is located in the Overseas Training Branch of the Security and Law Enforcement Training Division, Office of Training and Performance Support, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The incumbent will serve as the Training Liaison Officer responsible for the delivery of security training to a variety of audiences both inside and outside the Department of State. He/she will also be responsible for developing long range program plans and evaluating program planning.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret
    security clearance.
  • Must be available for overtime.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Overseas and domestic travel may be required.


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-Serves as a senior briefing officer on security awareness, counterintelligence, personnel security, physical and technical security, classified information, and security management.

-Analyzes training programs for conformity to changes in legislation, policies, procedures, standards, and training methodologies and technology; revises courses accordingly.

-Serves as a senior liaison officer during field training exercises conducted by other departments or agencies.

-Provides technical guidance and expertise to senior leadership for an overall program analysis and resource management.

-Creates long term program plans to ensure Department training objectives are met.

-Monitors classrooms for quality control of instructors and lesson plans.


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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.


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


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


B. Combination of education and
-- 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 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 coursework 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.


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


-Experience evaluating new or updated security related legislation, policies, procedures, and standards to revise lesson plans when necessary.

-Experience creating long term training program plans, evaluating training program plans, and briefing senior leadership on training programs.

-Experience analyzing security training programs to ensure training objectives are met.

-Experience serving as a liaison on security activities such as security awareness, counterintelligence, personnel security, physical and technical security, and security management.


There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-12




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 curriculum design, development, delivery, course facilitation, and program administration for technical security programs.

-Ability to develop training performance measures based on adult education industry standards.

-Knowledge of overseas security program management and operations.

-Knowledge of the legislation, policies, regulations, and procedures that apply to national security programs.

-Ability to assess program plans and resource requirements and implement changes when necessary.

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.


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.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health insurance premium costs that they incur during their period of performance.  The program pays up-to-5% of the employee’s base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of a GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy.  To be eligible for this Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible.


All official international travel will require MEDEVAC insurance prior to departure.  This insurance will be reimbursed in full upon proof of insurance coverage and cost.


Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:

Personal services employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates.




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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 OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


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.


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.

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit:

4. 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.

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.


Natalie O'Neill
Phone: 571-345-3760
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: o'
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Rosslyn, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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