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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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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-2014-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 25, 2013 to Monday, December 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-1701-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Excepted Service Temporary Appointment NTE 2 years. Renewable at the option of the agency.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
Arlington, VA View 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 Supervisory Language Training Specialist 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 (SLS) consists of approximately 700 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 EAP Division 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 the 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

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

DUTIES:

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Ensures that Language Training Supervisors successfully manage assigned language training programs.  Ensures that the Division responds to changing training needs of foreign affairs agencies by incorporating new Department of State initiatives, in areas such as public diplomacy or new technologies, into the Division's curricula.  Performs needs analyses and develops new materials. Develops the financial and staffing plans for the Division and manages financial and human resources within FSI and Department of State allocations.  Counsels LTSs in significant conflict resolution duties with respect to LCIs and students.  Acts on long-term personnel problems concerning individual LCIs and instructs LTSs in the mechanisms of performance improvement plans for LCIS as required.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. For further information, visit: http://www.naces.org/members.html 
 

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 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/GG-13 level in the Federal service.  Qualifying experience involves the following:

 

  • Experience guiding the development of language course materials;
  • Experience coordinating the administrative and methodological requirements of multiple language sections;
  • Experience developing and managing a budget;
  • Experience managing a hierarchy of employees and contract staff to plan staffing needs based on student enrollments;
  • Experience in counseling students and guiding instructional staff.

 

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.

 

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."
Applicants who possess level 4 - Full Professional Proficiency (or Higher) in Chinese Language are preferred.  Full Professional Proficiency is defined as the ability to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs and able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.


The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

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 the administrative processes in an adult language learning environment, including budget, human resources staffing, and performance management.
Ability to coordinate the administrative and methodological requirements of fourteen diverse language training programs.
Ability to develop course materials.
Ability to evaluate commercially available language training materials.


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.  Please visit the following website for more information on required resume content: click here.

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 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.

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) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov.  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. ***IF YOU ARE NOT ON A CAREER OR CAREER CONDITIONAL APPOINTMENT***, WHEN ANSWERING THE CORE INFORMATION QUESTIONS, YOU MUST SELECT THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 4 AND 12: QUESTION 4 - IF YOU ARE A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNDER WHAT TYPE OF APPOINTMENT ARE YOU CURRENTLY SERVING: YOU MUST SELECT ANSWER 10, 11, OR 12. QUESTION 12 - ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR NONCOMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT UNDER A SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY? YOU MUST SELECT YES. IF YOU ANSWER ANY OTHER WAY, THE SYSTEM WILL MARK YOU INELIGLE.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, 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: knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); number of hours worked; and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

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. 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. 

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

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

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, 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-2014-0009

Control Number:

356047200