Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) offers foreign language instruction in more than two dozen languages on a schedule that extends throughout the year. Courses are taught six hours per day, five days a week, with the exception of federal holidays and training holidays.Faculty work on teaching teams consisting of six members. A typical eight-hour day includes teaching four to six hours and other duties such as class preparation, adapting teaching materials, checking homework, administering and grading tests. The work schedule is a 40-hour work week, Monday-Friday 7:45 am to 4:45 pm. The duration of courses range between 25 and 63 weeks, depending onset's difficulty of the language.


These positions are in the excepted service. Employment in the excepted service does not confer competitive status for other jobs in the federal civil service.


The position expiration date (not to exceed) may be extended based on workload and funding and not subject to the 4 year limit for competitive service.  


These positions may be converted to permanent (Tenure Status) without further competition at management's discretion.


Limited funding for moving expense (First Duty Station) may be authorized for the selectee(s) who is being hired for the first time in the federal government subject to provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that this move is in the Government's interest.  If the person selected is  a current permanent federal employee, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government's interest.


Duties:  Serves as a Professor in the Faculty Personnel System and Director of Testing. Provides technical, administrative and managerial support to the Assistant Commandant and Commandant in all projects and operation pertaining to foreign language test development, test review, test administration, program evaluation, proficiency standards and research. Provides first and second level supervision to Directorate of Testing personnel with diverse ethnic, cultural and professional backgrounds. Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Commandant, works closely with the Defense Language and National Security Office and the Defense Manpower Data center to coordinate and implement the foreign language testing policies, guidance and priorities of the Commandant in all matters pertaining to foreign language testing and serves as a professional resource to the Defense Language Institute. Prepares, or supervises the preparation of plans, budgets, position papers, briefings and technical documents.  Assumes ulitmate responsibility for the timely completion of test development projects, the successful management of external contracts to develop foreign language test instruments and the sound administration of a worldwide testing program to assess the foreign language proficiency of government linguists in accordance with ILR guidelines for foreign language proficiency. Designs, develops and formally presents academic papers, project designs and formal test specifications leading to the development, validation and fielding of new generations of foreign language test instruments that are psychometrically sound and responsive to the mission requirements of the Defense Language Institute and the testing requirements of other government agencies.  Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Commandant, works closely with external agencies to plan, coordinate and implement DLIFLC policies and projects related to foreign language testing.

Travel Required

  • Not Required