Do I meet the minimum qualifications for Regional Public Engagement Specialists (formerly Information Resource Officers)?

To be considered as a candidate for the Regional Public Engagement Specialist position, you must meet the minimum education and experience qualification requirements listed below.

Education Specialized Experience Check Your Level
BA/BS degree from an accredited program in Library Technology, Media and/or Communications, Public Relations, Museum Studies, or Marketing; or MA degree in Library Science, Media, Culture and Communication, Media and Strategic Communication, Media Entrepreneurship, International Marketing, Museum Studies, or Public Administration. At least three years’ Specialized Experience in the last 10 years
—– OR —–
Less than above

Notes

  1. One in-grade step increase may be given for a second Master’s degree.
  2. Two additional steps may be given for a doctoral degree in a work-related field, awarded before the date of the appointment.

Further, to be considered for the Regional Public Engagement Specialist position, you must be willing to move around the world.

Question Verification
Are you willing to be mobile and available anywhere around the world, including moving one’s home base, uprooting children from school, etc., every 2-3 years, and having to re-establish friendships or professional contacts at new locations?
Furthermore, are you willing to spend time, often brief (e.g., few days) but occasionally prolonged (e.g., month or more) away from your family because of job responsibilities?

Factors Influencing Your Competitiveness

There are a wide variety of factors influencing who is offered a position as a Regional Public Engagement Specialist. These include how well a candidate performs on the oral assessment, the number of vacancies, the number of eligible hires already in line, and the number of people who accept job offers. Even though there are no guarantees that anyone will be offered a position, there are certain evaluation factors used to distinguish between candidates.

Below is a list of some of the factors used to evaluate candidates. By rating yourself honestly, you can get an idea of how competitive you might be. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button to view an analysis of your competitiveness. The self-evaluation is a guide for your use only. The U.S. Department of State does not use, pass on, or even record and retain the information contained in this questionnaire.

Experience

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the experience. Use the following scale:

Score Experience Description Typical Years of Experience
5 I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them in doing this task. 3 years of direct experience
4 I have routinely performed this task independently with little or no supervision. 2 years of direct experience
3 I have performed this task on the job with occasional assistance. 1 year or less of direct experience
2 I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job. No experience
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task. No experience

 

Experience 1 2 3 4 5
Experience providing guidance on emerging technologies, project, campaign, and event management.
Experience using metrics and evaluation tools and techniques to assess program effectiveness.
Experience developing training plans and conducting or facilitating staff training.
Experience with the creation, organization, and marketing of public outreach programs.
Experience with raising awareness of information products and services.
Experience with promoting the use of new technologies.
Experience with monitoring trends within the education, library, museum, or social media communities.
Experience with exercising judicious management of funds allotted to programs.
Experience with conducting needs assessment for the professional development of staff.
Experience with organizing and hosting conferences for professional development.
Experience with training staff on the most up-to-date and effective techniques and tools of the trade.

  

Please continue by rating your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the following knowledge and skills. Use the following scale:

Score Knowledge and Skills
5 I am considered an expert in this knowledge or skill. Because of my expertise I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them.
4 I have knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with little or no supervision.
3 I have some knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with occasional assistance.
2 I have had education or training in knowledge or skill, but have not performed it on the job.
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in this knowledge or skill.

 

Knowledge/Skill 1 2 3 4 5
In-depth understanding of current and evolving developments in information and social media technology.
Expert knowledge of commercial and government produced information resources and insights into how they might benefit public diplomacy programs.
In-depth knowledge of American culture, values and customs, political and social institutions, history, and contemporary affairs.
Advanced skill in using outreach products and services to create programs and information campaigns to reach public audiences.
Expert skill in developing effective outreach and information services.
Advanced skill in managing facility design, renovation, equipment and furnishings selection and staffing.
In-depth knowledge of metrics, evaluation tools, and techniques for assessing operations and performance.
Basic skill in preparing and monitoring budget and financial reports.

  

Amount of Self-Assessed Fit for Regional Public Engagement Specialists

The table below indicates how well your self-indicated knowledge, skills and abilities, and experience fits with the requirements of the job and many of the factors with which candidates are evaluated.

Self-Evaluation of Competitiveness for Regional Public Engagement Specialist

Score Key

Score (%) Amount of Fit
74-100 High
47-73 Medium
20-46 Low

For salary, detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position, please review the vacancy announcement.