About the Agency
This position is located in the Office of the Dean for Educational Policy at the Foreign Service Institute. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the Federal Government's premier training institution for the U.S. Government's (USG) foreign affairs community, preparing American diplomats and other professionals to advance U.S. foreign policy interests overseas and in Washington. FSI designs and provides more than 600 unique and innovative courses - including 70+ foreign languages - to more than 100,000 enrollees a year from the State Department and more than 40 other USG agencies and the military service branches. FSI provides guidance and coordination of policy formulation on training.
The incumbent is the Evaluation Specialist in the Office of the Dean for Educational Policy and reports to the Senior Policy Coordinator. The incumbent is one of Foreign Service Institute's (FSI) key experts on training and program evaluation for FSI training programs.
This position is not eligible for telework.
The Department reserves the right to terminate a conditional offer of employment if the individual does not receive a security clearance within 6 months from the date of the tentative offer letter.
The Evaluation Specialist, in concert with the Curriculum and Evaluation Coordinator, provides knowledgeable, sound advice and support for evaluation initiatives in all schools and centers at FSI. The incumbent works on key initiatives that cut across FSI’s schools and centers, providing guidance and assistance in the areas of training and program evaluation throughout FSI. The incumbent supports FSI’s schools and centers to identify, define, and implement evaluation methodologies crucial for the training of U.S. Government foreign affairs professionals; establishes guidelines for training and program evaluation; and develops and supports the implementation of proposals to monitor and evaluate the quality of education and training to keep FSI’s training programs effective in order to meet FSI’s strategic goals and training mission. The incumbent remains abreast with new developments in the field of evaluation that may affect FSI’s specialty areas and program operations; and provides guidance and assists in the development of advance plans to ensure timely introduction of new and/or revised procedures, techniques, or operational concepts into the training evaluation program. The incumbent also collaborates with evaluation specialists in each school/center and with staff at all levels to conceive, develop, and introduce new ways to measure the achievement of program objectives, goals, systems, and concepts; and identifies the need for and assists in the arrangement of Institute‑wide instructor training and development related to evaluation of training effectiveness.