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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Training Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:FSI-2013-0052

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 $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-1712-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 2 years, renewable.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

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!

The position is located in the European and African Languages (EUA) division; School of Language Studies (SLS), Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

The incumbent(s) of this position is primarily concerned with assisting the Language Training Supervisors by performing a wide variety of functions directly involved in the development and administration of the French language training programs and in the structured training and development of the staff of the department. On a part-time basis, the incumbent may also serve as a classroom French language and culture instructor and participates in oral proficiency testing as needed.

 

Note: 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

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

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position will assist in student development, organization of language training programs, and implementation of program objectives.

Teacher Training and Staff Development:
As tasked by and working in conjunction with the department's Language Training Supervisors, the incumbent directs the preparation of professional development plans for language training personnel and assumes a lead responsibility for teacher development in the department.

Curriculum Development:
Provides major substantive input for the planning, design, development and evaluation of language courses and training materials and, in consultation with Language Training Supervisors, identifies the need for and makes recommendations for changes in the curriculum. Under the direction of the Language Training Supervisors, incumbent takes the lead on projects involving the development and revision of language curricula and training
materials.

Classroom Instruction:
May work as a classroom instructor in teaching speaking, reading, listening comprehension and writing (if required) skills to a full range of students at all levels of language proficiency, including those for whom standard course materials and curricula are not appropriate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction to successfully perform the duties of the position.  

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Note: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s); supervising or administering a training program; development or review of training / course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results; or work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis. There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: MUST BE A SPEAKER OF FRENCH LANGUAGE AND HAVE DEMONSTRATED NATIVE OR NEAR-NATIVE SKILLS IN READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your education (if applicable), experience, and training that is relevant to the duties of this position.  If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics stated in this announcement.  Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position.  Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the questionnaire.  Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lowered score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics and must be supported by information in your resume:

* Skill in foreign language Teaching, Training and Pedagogy

* Ability to plan, organize and review work.

* Knowledge of Foreign Service life.

* Ability to communicate effectively orally

* Knowledge of the foreign language.

* Ability to interact in Multicultural settings.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf.  Your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job.  Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration.  To receive proper credit, your resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).  This information must be clearly identified in your resume.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated well-qualified for the position and earn a score of 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
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BENEFITS:

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The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal 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.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

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 position, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line.

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

To begin the online process:STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience and education (if applicable) that addresses the KSAs/competencies listed above under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or upload your own; whichever option you choose, your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://www.careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf.
 
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions online through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job.  Review your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the on-line job specific self-assessment questions and the KSAs/competencies listed under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, that is applicable to you, listed in the required documents section of this announcement to our automated 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. Eastern Time.NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Please contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 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. Eastern Standard time (EST) 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 must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."

1. Resume - your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating. Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://www.careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf and highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education as it relates to this job opportunity to include the starting and ending dates (month/year) when this experience and education (if applicable) was obtained. For tips on writing your resume, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc.

2. 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 with your application. If selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment.

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

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, panel recommendations, etc.) with your application by the closing date of this announcement.

5. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation, such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, Standard Form 50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status, with your application package. (See links below.) ICTAP Considerations CTAP Considerations SUBMIT ONLY the requested/required documents that are applicable to you. Failure to submit any of the required documents or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, will disqualify you from being considered for this position. The documents must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

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
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-2013-0052

Control Number:

342867500