Education Program Specialist
Department Of State - Arlington, VA

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This position is located in the Leadership Training Division (LTD), Leadership and Management School (LMS), Foreign Service Institute (FSI). The incumbent serves as an expert in adult education methodologies, leadership development, leadership/management training, course design, and organizational development. The incumbent of this position is responsible for the performance of duties involved in carrying out the functional responsibilities of the Division.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

DUTIES:
Deliver training programs, courses, seminars, workshops and presentations on leadership and management for personnel of the State Department and other USG foreign affairs agencies. Provide training expertise related to leadership development, management skills, supervisory training and interpersonal effectiveness for Civil Service and Foreign Service personnel. Conduct stand-up training, facilitate learning activities, employ adult learning principles, deliver sessions, provide resources and advise students. Design and evaluate programs, courses, and activities that focus on leadership, management and supervisory training for personnel of the Department and other foreign affairs agencies. Design new courses and update existing course designs and training programs. Contribute actively to a standard of excellence in carrying out the Leadership and Management School's mission of promoting leadership development. Serve as facilitator and internal consultant to other offices of the Department.

QUALIFICATIONS 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.

Applicants must meet ONE of the required basic entry qualification requirements described

below:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
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 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.

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed
above, you MUST have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying experience must demonstrate the following:
Experience in designing courses, modules and workshops that incorporate adult education principles and experiential learning techniques; delivering training on supervision and performance management; delivering multi-day training programs on leadership and management topics; writing course designs, course materials, student resource materials, educational aids and similar educational materials; facilitating discussions, meetings, and training group activities; actively collaborating and contributing to effective teamwork as part of a training team.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13
position.

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed
above, you MUST have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

Qualifying experience must demonstrate the following:
Experience in developing educational curriculum related to leadership and management; designing courses, modules and workshops that incorporate adult education principles and experiential learning techniques; delivering training on supervision and performance management; delivering multi-day training programs on leadership and management topics; writing course designs, course materials, student resource materials, educational aids and similar educational materials. Experience in facilitating discussions, meetings, and training group activities; evaluating training, analyzing evaluation data, writing reports and developing recommendations; providing individual coaching and/or internal organizational development services; actively collaborating and contributing to effective teamwork as part of a training team

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GG-14
position.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (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 training programs, courses, workshops and presentations on leadership management and supervision

Knowledge of expertise on leadership and management topics, including supervision within the US Government.

Knowledge conducting platform training, facilitating discussions and employing experiential activities in delivering leadership and management training.

Designing and evaluating training programs and workshops related to leadership, management and supervision.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate orally.

Knowledge conducting platform training, facilitating discussions
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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BENEFITS:
The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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