About the Agency
This position is under the general supervision of the Director, Consular Training Division, School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS). The Consular Training Division is responsible for preparing newly-hired consular professionals to serve successfully in the field, as well as for providing ongoing tradecraft training throughout an officer’s consular career, focusing on core consular duties such as visa and passport adjudication, and on emergency citizen services overseas, as well as on managerial responsibilities and mandates. Successful completion of the Basic Consular Course is a pre-requisite for the consular commission needed to perform consular functions in the field. Last year, 799 people completed the Basic Consular Course. Additionally, the Division provided mid-level and advanced training to another 1,705 students in classroom training and 11,984 students via distance learning courses. Students include not only traditional Foreign Service Officers, but also Civil Service employees destined for overseas consular tours, as well as Eligible Family Members (EFMs), Locally Engaged Staff (LES), Limited Non-Career Appointees (LNAs) and domestically based passport specialists.
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.
With practical knowledge and experience in training and developing trainers, instructional design, and organizational development, the incumbent performs the following duties:
The incumbent serves as a Department expert on training and, drawing on his/her professional expertise, serves as the authoritative consultant and expert advisor regarding the most effective professional education techniques used in training programs produced in the Department.
- Develops training evaluation methods and tools and oversees their implementation for the full range of Division courses.
- Serves as a course curriculum advisor for consular courses, in particular the Basic Consular Course (ConGen), and for programs delivered to students at FSI and overseas. The incumbent manages, plans and directs the extensive aspects of such training activities, including needs assessments, course development, session delivery, and evaluation of training results. Duties also include preparing materials and teaching aids, coordinating support staff assistance, and designing experiential training activities.
- Participates in the design and development of new courses and modules in the Division. Works with the instructors and other tradecraft subject matter experts to revise existing courses and modules in order to update material and ensure that the training provided is useful and applicable to the intended audience, providing expert advice and assistance to ensure that the curriculum reflects state-of-the-art content, instructional methodologies, and delivery techniques.