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The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is responsible for the cultural and educational exchange programs supporting the Department’s strategic policies and goals. Foreign Service Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) serve as a catalyst for enduring, positive change via their active commitment to high quality education, developing expertise, and effective global dialogue. RELOs work with U.S. embassies and consulates to develop long-term English language programming strategic plans. They develop sustained partnerships with English language professionals, encourage their membership in a mutually supportive global network, support their professional growth, and enhance their ability to influence positively the lives of their students. Through the programs that RELOs initiate, manage, monitor and evaluate, they enable teachers to teach more effectively through a variety of means such as in-country and virtual professional development programs, teacher and learner exchanges, courses for youth and support of local professional associations and their activities. Through these efforts, RELOs offer a window on U.S. society, history, and culture, and encourage analytical thinking, tolerance for difference, and increased understanding between the United States and foreign publics.
The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.
To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-tracks.
Foreign Service Regional English Language Officers (RELOs), under the supervision of the Office of English Language Programs and embassy Public Affairs Sections, provide professional expertise and program support to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world through a variety of responsibilities:
- Counseling and assisting U.S. mission officials in determining and developing the most effective use of English language programs and services to meet posts’ Public Diplomacy and Mission goals.
- Establishing and cultivating professional relationships with U.S. academic institutions, other government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in areas of policy and program development for English language programs both in Washington and in the field.
- Conducting contextual analyses, needs assessments and institutional assessments to guide the development of English language strategic plans and programs that serve to realize those plans.
- Managing academic exchange programs for teachers and students of the English language.
- Developing, organizing and implementing in-country and regional teacher training programs.
- Establishing and cultivating professional relationships with host country education officials and academic institutions involved in delivering English language programs, especially programs training teachers of English.
- Evaluating and reporting to Washington on the English language programs in the geographic area of responsibility and, when appropriate, recommending new programs.
- Providing policy guidance for English Language exchanges and programs.
- Acting as liaison to Department regional bureaus to explain policies and provide guidance on the development and implementation of programs in the regions.
- Providing guidance and expertise to bureau officers in the development and administration of bureau exchange programs through which foreign teachers of English visit and observe English teaching programs in the United States.
- Providing administrative and logistical support from Washington for the RELOs overseas.
- Researching, developing or supervising the development of printed, audio, visual, and electronic media English teaching materials.
- Assisting with the editing and production of the Department's journal for English language professionals, English Teaching Forum.
- Negotiating partnerships with private and public sector entities that serve to advance the shared interests of all involved partners in the field of English language education.
- Nominating participants for USG-sponsored exchange programs (virtual and physical) and participating in the selection process as appropriate.
- Traveling within the assigned geographic region to work on strategic planning, needs analyses, program monitoring and evaluation or consulting with relevant contacts and post personnel regarding English language programs in collaboration with Public Affairs sections at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
75% or less - An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service career.
If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs).
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