--Masters degree with a major or minor in Foreign Language Education, TESOL, TEFL, Linguistics, Language, Literature, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Translation & Interpretation, Cross-Cultural Studies, or Educational Administration; and three years of directly related work to Foreign Area Officers (FAO) education; and a proven record of experience resulting in the improvement of the program in which they worked. Experience must be in at least two of the following six fields with the same order of importance: program management, curriculum development, faculty development, research and evaluation, teaching, or testing.
Directly Related Work
1. Planning. Formulates the DLIFLC long-range plans and strategy at the Directorate of Continuing Education for providing non-resident foreign language training primarily focused on professional linguist support and the FAO Community. Possesses communicative skills of a high degree necessary for interaction with external partners, such as DLNSEO, TRADOC/CAC and other Defense Department agencies. Integrates appropriate language training technology and distance learning delivery platform to ensure the most effective language learning is taking place. Plans, schedules and integrates assigned and anticipated foreign language training periods and workloads for DLIFLC instructors at Continuing Education. Prepares estimates of requirements for manpower, equipment, supplies, services and travel funding for DLIFLC teaching teams and forwards to the supervisor. Prepares input to long range planning and funding documents, process, and assessments. Input includes project funding programmatic, justifications, status, projections, and other detailed information.
2. Direction and Control.
a. As a Program Manager, conceptually understands and envisions current and future non-resident foreign language training requirements for supported organizations; determines appropriate foreign language training resources, including distance learning technologies; develops alternative training methods; integrates non-resident foreign language training activities into the supported organizations overall architecture of training objectives; formulates non-resident foreign language training strategies, plans and studies; oversees non-resident foreign language instruction content; establishes standards and oversees development of course curriculum; and provides leadership and direction to DLIFLC teaching teams at Continuing Education. Makes overall assignment of functions and responsibilities and sets priorities for non-resident foreign language instruction. Ensures that DLIFLC instructors have clear teaching objectives. Develops standards for quality performance. Gives instruction on work methods and techniques. Interprets and relays policies, procedures, and instruction from higher management officials. Coordinates and integrates activities of the DLIFLC teaching team including:
- Development and production of all non-resident foreign language curricula.
- Development and production of all individual and collective task analysis for supported organizations.
- Development and production of current and future training strategies for non-resident foreign language training.
b. Provides overall technical supervision of all assigned DLIFLC projects. Manages and directs development of distance learning materials and requirements that are highly technical and theoretical in nature.
c. Stays informed on progress of all DLIFLC innovations and programs; furnishes advice and assistance to resolve problems and keep projects in order. Implements prescribed internal controls, supplementing them as necessary to effectively manage DLIFLC resources. Reviews work in terms of technical adequacy, timelessness, and completeness. Identifies operating problems and makes adequate coordination to provide solution.
3. Program Management
a. Managing Contracts: Must have experience in managing contractors and interactions with Contracting Officers (KO), Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) and support organizations such as Army Training Support Center (ATSC), or collaborating with other US government agencies (e.g., Naval Post-Graduate School--NPS, DLNSEO, etc) overseeing contractors work .
b. Technology Exploration: Oversees analysis, design, acquisition, and implementation of emerging technologies to assist in non-resident foreign language tasks (e.g. Broadband Language Training System, Sakai Learning Management System, educational software utilization, etc) with DLIFLC and supported organizations.
c. Integration: Ensures non-resident foreign language training considerations are incorporated into the supported organizations overall learning objective architecture for the School of Distance Learning.
d. Analysis Proponency: Provide representation for DLIFLC at supported organizations locations when there is a need for expertise in non-resident foreign language training, cultural, or regional studies. Maintains proficiency in all new foreign language teaching techniques and pedagogy.
Serves as a non-resident foreign language training and education advisor to the supported organizations regarding all DLIFLC activities. Maintains a working knowledge of all Distance Learning foreign language requirements and applications. Keeps abreast of new distance learning and foreign language teaching developments and materials. Studies current foreign language educational pedagogy to determine impacts and benefits to training activities at supported organizations.
5. Personnel Management
Responsible for the personnel management of the DLIFLC teaching teams. Assists DLIFLC teachers accomplish their mission. Conducts classroom observations and writes evaluations regarding teacher work performance. Provides for the professional development of assigned DLIFLC faculty and staff.
Language Evaluation: A language proficiency test will be given and it must be passed with the minimum English proficiency Level 3 in speaking. Candidates with foreign language proficiency and teaching experience will have priority.
Education requirements as stated above must be obtained from an accredited U.S. college or university. Accredited U.S. schools are those recognized by the Department of Education. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualificationsand http://www.edu.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. If education is obtained from a college or university outside the U.S., a credentials evaluation must be submitted. See HOW TO APPLY/What To Expect Next for more information.