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This is a Centrally Managed Position in the International Affairs career Field
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here http://www.cpms.osd.mil/Content/Documents/PPP-Program%20S.pdf for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:
. Statement requesting MSP; and
. Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders
The Primary purpose of this position is to perform the work in support of DOD-mandated Air Force International Affairs Specialist (IAS) Program. This position oversees the qualification training and development of Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) officers, including training/education at the Naval Post-graduate School and the Defense Language Institute, and in-country RAS Immersions (RASI).
- Manages all FAO (Foreign Area Officer) initial qualification education/training through the Naval Post-graduate School and the Defense Language Institute (DLI).
- Screens/vectors officers selected for FAO development into specific regions and education/training programs based on IAS program requirement.
- Manages FAO Immersion IRT (In-Region Training) program for in-country development of FAO officers in training.
- Determines annual RAS development requirements and oversees scheduling/execution of IRT (In-Region Training).
- Plans, directs and manages language, region, and culture initiatives/issues in support of the IAS program.
- Develops and coordinates AF officer foreign language-related policies and represents IAS Branch at AF Language, Region and Culture action and advisory panels and other committees.
Occasional travel - Employee must be willing to travel by military or commercial air, and as required by position, employee must maintain a current government passport.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
- Incumbent must obtain and maintain SECRET clearance
- Recruitment incentives may not be authorized
- This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
- Disclosure of Political Appointments
- Mobility is a condition of appointment; employee must sign an AF-Wide Mobility Agreement
- Incumbent must be comfortable in dealing with high-ranking foreign representatives and able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions.
- Employee may be required to work overtime.
QualificationsThis position has both basic qualifications AND specialized experience:
Basic Requirements: Must have a degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education
Experience -- four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include experience building enduring international relationships, operable capabilities, and partnership capacity to shape the operational environment for the air force to fly, flight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace. At the most basic level, the key air force to air force relationships are facilitated by personal connections between us and partner nation airmen at all levels. As a foundational element to the unit's mission, the international airmen division prepares, places, and manages internationally skill airmen, both military and civilian, with deliberately developed global skills to build partnerships and support depart of defense and air force operations around the world.
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FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of the Air Force IAS Program sufficient to implement goals, objectives, and recommendation pertaining to current and future mission requirements and how IAS officers can serve as force multipliers in accomplishing the mission.
2. Knowledge of DoD foreign language training (Defense Language Institute) and Area Studies Degree programs (Naval Post-graduate School). Knowledge of the mission, responsibilities, and staffing requirements of the Defense Attache' Systems (DAS) and Security Cooperation Offices (SCOs) to gear IAS language training programs and new IAS Program to meet demands for fully qualified AF personnel for key IAS positions (i.e.Attach'e, Security Assistance, POLAD, etc).
3. Knowledge of the host country political, social, economic, and cultural conditions where AF personnel will attend IAS training to ensure a productive training experience and to adjust training opportunities based on security considerations.
4. Knowledge of the approved personnel practices for civilian and military personnel. Knowledge of the Air Force budgeting process and ability to manage distribution of funds to accomplish IAS language training program and future IAS Program objectives. Skill in planning, organizing and directing the efforts of a program/project team. Ability to perform quality assurance on a wide variety of daily outgoing correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to prepare and present briefings, instruct and train subordinates, and coordinate with Air Force and other Defense agencies to manage program activities.
5. Ability to evaluate USAF officers and IAS candidates and assess their suitability for language training programs. Ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the Government or in the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations. Knowledge of the AF budget process and IAS force development cost factors to forecast, fund and mange IAS force development program.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities (click "Learn more about this agency" button above) to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. "Transfer" and "Reinstatement" or equivalent eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be BEST-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may not be used.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
- If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
- Online Application - Questionnaire
- Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period, hours worked and supervisor
- Transcripts - if qualifying based on education or positive education series (can be a copy)
- Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
- If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/21/2018
To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10214278
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.
If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 10214278
PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
Agency contact information
1460 Air Force Pentagon, Room 4A928
Washington, DC 20330
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499670000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.