United States Department of State
An Equal Opportunity Employer
How to Apply
Announcement No: RELO-2016-0001
Position Title: Foreign Service Regional English Language Officer
Open Period:02/17/2016 – 03/01/2016
Series/Grade: FP – 4300 – 03
Salary: $67,395 – $98,972
Promotion Potential: FP-01
Position Information: Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
Duty Locations: Vacancies Throughout the World
Who May Apply
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.
Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same positon.
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.)
The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders.
Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career.
Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.
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.
The Department’s FS Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) serve as a catalyst for enduring, positive change via their active commitment to high quality education, access to information, and effective global dialogue. RELOs work with U.S. embassies and consulates to develop long-term English language programming strategic plans. RELOs 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 social media, virtual learning, in-country professional development programs, teacher and learner exchanges, courses for youth and support of local professional associations and their activities. Through these efforts, they offer a window on U.S. society, history, and culture, and encourage analytical thinking, tolerance for difference, and increased understanding among themselves and their students.
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 https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/career-tracks
Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.*
Be at least 20 yrs old and at least 21 yrs old to be appointed.
Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).**
An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to our 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.
After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an FSS usually is assigned to two overseas tours, each two years in length, directed by the Department. After the initial two tours, assignments will be for periods of one to three years overseas or in the United States.
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. Establishing and maintaining contacts 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 at the request of embassies or consulates to work on strategic planning, needs analyses, program monitoring and evaluation or consulting with relevant contacts and post personnel regarding English language programs.
Applicants must have a minimum of five years of recent, progressively responsible experience in academic programs for teaching and learning English, with some experience in an overseas or multicultural setting preferred.
Knowledge of current U.S. theory and practice in the teaching and learning of English, with special emphasis on the training of teachers of English, including knowledge of professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Experience in designing, monitoring, managing, evaluating and implementing pre-service and/or in-service teacher training programs.
Experience in supervising or coordinating programs for teaching English language skills.
Experience in the administration of an English language program including needs analysis, student and faculty assessment and evaluation, policy development, curriculum development, materials development, personnel supervision and budgeting responsibilities.
Experience in financial management to include negotiating contracts and agreements, approving budgets, monitoring and evaluating program performance and effectiveness.
Ability to assess needs of English teachers and learners at both a national and local level and design appropriate programming to meet those needs.
Proven ability in leadership and management, preferably in a multi-cultural setting.
Knowledge of and experience with applications of technology to language teaching and learning.
Ability to prioritize among competing demands simultaneously, manage multiple projects, deal with short timelines and adapt to changing priorities.
Ability to work effectively with embassy and professional colleagues from host country institutions to design, implement, evaluate, and promote English language programs in a cross-cultural environment.
Ability to supervise and effectively manage the activities of subordinates involved in English language programming and related public diplomacy activities.
Ability and stamina to carry out extensive travel, including long international flights, as well as regular travel in overseas areas of varying climates and conditions.
Formal experience studying a foreign language or demonstrated ability using a foreign language is desirable, but not required.
Superior oral and written communication skills: Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of the English language to include grammar, spelling and punctuation. FSS must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).
In addition to the general requirements for employment in the Foreign Service, an applicant must have a Master’s degree in the field of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Applied Linguistics or related field from an accredited U.S. graduate program.
Advanced academic work beyond the M.A. is preferred.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal job requirements for this position if the applicant provides an international education evaluation certifying the degree earned is equivalent to education received in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for federal jobs. For more information, please view How Foreign Education is evaluated for Federal Jobs: https://careers.state.gov/downloads/foreign-education
Candidates will be evaluated on their total background including experience, education, awards, training, and self-development as it relates to the position. Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing the best qualifications. Part-time work experience will be prorated.
For more information on FSS Benefits, please click here: https://careers.state.gov/work/benefits/fss
Health and medical coverage, federal retirement benefits, paid leave, and an unprecedented chance to see the world and experience different cultures. Overseas benefits include tax-free housing overseas and tax-free education allowance for dependent children between K-12 overseas.
For information on FS Salary, please visit https://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/foreign-service-salary-matching-pay-tables-danger-pay-overseas-moving-expenses-and-taxes.
*The Department of State Suitability Review Panel and standards are defined in Chapter 3 of the Foreign Affairs Manual. For more information please visit: http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam
**For more information about Veteran’s Preference and how it is applied in the FSS Selection Process, please visit: https://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-
No applicant will be considered who has previously been separated from the Foreign Service under sections §607, §608, §610 or §611 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu of separation under these provisions. In addition, no applicant will be considered who has previously been separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section §306 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu thereof.
An FSS separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section 306 may not re-apply to be an FSS in the same skill code, but may apply for another skill code (or to be a Foreign Service Generalist).
Executive Branch agencies are barred by 5 US Code 3303 as amended from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations and are required to return any prohibited political recommendations to sender. In addition, as mandated by 5 US Code 3110, relatives of federal employees cannot be granted preference in competing for these employment opportunities.
It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.
The Department of State provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application or hiring process should so advise the Department at ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov, within one week of receiving their invitation to the oral assessment. Decisions for granting reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.
Steps to Apply:
- Register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.gov.
- Create an online federal resume. Your online resume may be typed or you may cut and paste an existing resume into the space provided. Your resume must include your work history for the last 10 years or since completing formal education, whichever is the shorter period.
- From the announcement, select the Apply Online button. This button will transfer you to Gateway to State.
- Follow the instructions at Gateway to State and answer self-assessment questions for the specific job to which you are applying, complete the required Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest in the online application.
- Your application is automatically saved as you proceed through it. You may interrupt your application process and return to it until you submit it. As specified in the announcement, upload or fax required or supporting materials.
- For those uploading or faxing documents, multiple pages must be sent as a single document. Only the most recently uploaded documents will attach to your application and will replace previously uploaded documents.
- If faxing, you will be prompted to print out a fax coversheet once you have successfully completed your application. It is essential that you use this coversheet for all faxes, because it is bar-coded to link your fax to your application.
- Complete, review, and submit.
- After you complete and submit the above including attaching all required documents, this becomes your online application and will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this career.
- You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process and successfully upload or fax any required documentation outlined in this announcement.
- Application packages must be complete and received by the closing date to be considered. There are no exceptions.
- You should submit your application early, and may make changes as often as needed, up until the closing date of the announcement. We strongly recommended that you go back into your application and verify that your documents are attached. Due to the volume of applications, fax lines can become jammed and documents may not successfully attach to your application on the final days/hours of the announcement.
If you are having technical difficulty with the application process, please contact the Help Desk by calling 1-866-656-6830 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm Eastern Time.
For more information on the FSS hiring processes, please visit our FAQs at https://careers.state.gov/faqs. If you have any questions regarding FS careers, please visit our Careers.State.Gov site and post your question(s) on the appropriate Forum in the Connect section: https://careers.state.gov/connect/forums
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required documents are uploaded and the application is fully completed before the closing deadline of this announcement. Any missing required documents or incomplete applications will result in your application not being considered further.
- Completed online application which contains the completed required Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest.
- Transcripts or other educational documents as stated in the Educational Requirements section.
- Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the application process. It is essential that your transcript include your name, the school’s name, the degree and date awarded. A transcript missing any of the key elements above will not pass the minimum qualifications and the candidacy will be ended.
- Copies of diplomas may not be submitted in lieu of transcripts for education above high school level.
- Additional required documents such as certifications or professional licenses as stated in the Qualifications Required section.
- If claiming a 5 pt. veteran’s preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214. If claiming a 10 pt. veteran’s preference, you must submit your VA letter and SF-15, in addition to your DD-214.
The required questions provide an opportunity to describe examples and accomplishments from your education, life, and/or work experience that demonstrate your qualifications for becoming an FSS. Examples can be drawn from any part of your professional or personal experience. The information you give may be used in your oral assessment should you be invited and is an important factor in the competitive evaluation of applicants. Responses are limited to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2,000 characters) for each item. You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills necessary to succeed as an FSS is the ability to write clearly and concisely. These items must be completed in the online application, not as attachment.
Leadership and Managerial Abilities: Describe a specific example of your leadership and managerial abilities in an English language program, evaluate the impact of this action, and explain how this experience might apply to a job as a Regional English Language Officer.
Functional Experience: Describe a specific example which demonstrates your experience in planning and implementing a significant English language program in teacher training, curriculum design, or materials development. Describe how you evaluated the success of the program and assessed the long-term effects, if any, of the program.
Statement of Interest
Required narrative Statement of Interest equivalent to two-to-three pages typed and no more than 5000 characters, which discusses your:
- Motivation for joining the Foreign Service,
- Comments about your work experience, including special skills (e.g. computer), current licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and/or training (with date completed) relating to this position,
- Experience living or working in a multicultural environment, overseas or in U.S.
The Statement of Interest must be completed inside the online application, not as an attachment.
Agency Contact Info
U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520
What to Expect Next
Once submitted, your application status on USAJobs will change from “received” to “referred to hiring agency only” after the close of the announcement. After the announcement’s closing date, all “referred” applicants will be notified via e-mail from the U.S. Department of State of the status of their applications.
Please note that the “referred” status on USAJobs will not be updated throughout the entire evaluation process.
Due to the high volume of applications, we ask all applicants to remain patient and await communication. It is not uncommon for several months to pass before you are informed of the results of your applications.
We recommend adding the Department of State domain (@state.gov) as an approved sender.
For more information, please visit https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/specialist/selection-process