These positions are located in the divisions of Asian Languages (EAP), European and African Languages (EUA), Romance Languages (ROM), Near East, Central and South Asian Languages (NEA) and Slavic, Pashto and Persian Languages (SPP/SEA), School of Language Studies, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Department of State (DOS), in Arlington, Virginia.Learn more about this agency
This position is not eligible for telework.
As a professional language educator with broad‑ranging and expert knowledge of language learning theory, foreign language teaching methods and course design, applied linguistics, teacher training, foreign language assessment, individual learning styles, technology‑based instruction and distance education, occupational needs analysis, and training evaluation on all matters relating to the assigned languages and to general language training issues. Some of the major duties the incumbent will perform include, but are not limited to:
-Program Management: Manages the design, delivery, administration, and ongoing evaluation of one or more language training programs; develops programmatic goals, priorities and strategic vision; ensures all instructional materials and training are pedagogically sound and meet the needs of our diverse clientele; identifies areas for improvement and initiates steps to address the needs.
-Student and Staff Supervision and Development: Counsel, orient, evaluate, and supervise employees; monitor contractors.
-Course Development: Designs new courses and curricula, develops materials, leads effective application of instructional technology.
-Outreach and External Contacts: Serves as consultant to the Department of State and other government agencies on matters of language use and training; represents SLS, and the Department at interagency meetings; coordinates efforts in the development of language policy and joint training initiatives.
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Conditions of Employment
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.U.S. Citizenship is required.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
- One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
- New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
- Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
Applicants must meet ONE of the basic entry qualifications described below:
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 of the course work from an accredited U.S. college or university ; or a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign educational credentials 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 course work 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.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. For further information, visit:http://www.naces.org/
Additionally, all applicants who apply to the GG-12 grade level must have the specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-11 grade level which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the GG-11 level include all of the following elements:
*Experience in administering a language training program, development and review of training materials and evaluation of training results.
*Experience in the occupation, or subject matter field, which required training or instructing others on a regular basis.
*Experience in the design and development of new language courses and modules.
*Experience in researching, incorporating, and advising on the use of education technology, and computer-based training, in the training courses and programs.
Applicants who apply to the GG-13 grade level must have the specialized experiences equivalent to the GS/GG-12 grade level which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the GG-12 level include all of the following elements:
*Extensive experience in the administration of a language training program, and the development and review of training materials and evaluation of training results.
*Experience in the occupation, or subject matter field, which required training or instructing others on a regular basis.
*Experience in the development of new language courses and modules.
*Experience in researching, incorporating, and advising on the use of education technology and computer-based training in the training courses and programs.
Additionally, 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."
The ideal candidate would possess a professional working proficiency or greater (S-3R-3) a language other than English.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GG-13 position.
See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.
For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.
For this announcement, all applicants will be assessed to determine if they meet the qualifications for this position, specifically the education, specialized experience, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of the position. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that meet the required qualifications will be referred to the selecting official in the order in which the applications were received.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following 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 education theories, principles, processes and practices of adult education.
* Knowledge of Foreign Language Curriculum Development.
* Skill in managing a training program.
* Skill in planning, organizing and managing teams.
* Ability to develop and execute lesson plans, course syllabus/curriculum and course outlines.
* Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for selection priority. Candidates are considered well qualified if their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) exceed the minimum qualifications described in the announcement.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying and support your answers to the self-assessment questions related to basic eligibility.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
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 per week in each job; and names and phone numbers for current and previous supervisors. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.
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.
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.
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.
While in Reserve Status, you are not eligible to enroll in benefits, such as the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), or the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Time spent in Reserve Status is NOT considered creditable for retirement, leave accrual, or Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) vesting purposes. You will be eligible to enroll in these programs once you have been selected for and begin working in a local position at a post abroad that conveys benefits eligibility. If you have prior civil service or military service, please submit documentation of the prior service along with your Entry On Duty (EOD) documents to ensure that we update your records accordingly.
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
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Please carefully read all the instructions before you apply. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.
STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the U.S. Department of State’s Gateway to State automated application system. The questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this position.
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement, to the Department’s Gateway to State automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click
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ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES
NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 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. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Agency contact information
AddressU.S. Department of State
Foreign Service Institute
Rm. F-2274, SA-42
Arlington, Virginia 22204
Once the online application package is received, you will be notified through USAJOBS of your qualification status and referral or non-referral to the hiring official for further consideration. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. If a tentative job offer is made, the Department of State 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.
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status."
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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