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Education Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Education

Deadline

September 5, 2014

Location

Washington, District of Columbia

  • Incumbents of these positions seek to strengthen the nation’s competence in world languages and understanding of other regions of the world. Our grantees are studying, teaching and conducting research focused on the less-commonly taught languages and less-known regions of the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, among others. They also work with K-12 educators to improve language and international studies in the nation’s school systems. These positions offer the opportunities for flexible work schedules and is located at 1990 K Street, N.W., easily accessible to the Farragut West Metro station in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of DC.

Classification

Public Sector

Duties

  • Serves as a program officer on one or more programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office, whose mission is to develop expertise and competency in foreign languages and international or area studies among U.S. educational institutions, faculty and students.
  • Interacts on a regular basis with grantees and prospective grantees (primarily U.S. colleges and universities) to provide technical assistance on applications, project implementation, reporting, and performance evaluation.
  • Recruits experts to serve as panel readers, screens applicants for eligibility, and coordinates expert panels of peer reviewers to select grantees.
  • Participates in the development of policy and program priorities and in the evaluation of program outcomes.
  • Develops surveys and other data collection tools; reviews, synthesizes, and analyzes data sets to produce meaningful reports; visits projects for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation; writes reports and makes recommendations regarding program management and improvement and the renewal of on-going projects.
  • Represents the office at meetings and conferences on language learning and international education.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements

  • Current noncompetitive eligibility.
  • Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses OR
  • Combination of education and experience – at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work in the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must reflect the level and kind described in C below OR
  • Four years' experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices underlying the work of this series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university OR
  • At least one full academic year of professional teaching experience. This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students’ progress, including a determination of the student’s success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the student’s success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.

Additional Requirement and or substitution of education:

  • GS-09: Two years' progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7
  • GS- 11: Three years' progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9
  • GS-12: One year's specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

Examples of such experience include:

  • For the GS- 9: Work in K-12 and postsecondary education programs in the United States, including experience in devising and implementing program efficiencies and improvements that strengthen educational outcomes.
  • For the GS-11: Administering and evaluating programs pertaining to K-12 and postsecondary education in the United States, including experience in devising and implementing program efficiencies and improvements that strengthen educational outcomes.
  • For the GS-12: Designing, managing, and evaluating programs pertaining to K-12 and postsecondary education in the United States, including experience in devising and implementing program efficiencies.

Additional Information

NCE; Mid level; Entry level

Salary

$52,146 - $98,305

Application Instructions

For more information and to apply, email your resume, transcript, and Description of Service to Kristina Letourneau to Kristina.Letourneau@ed.gov.

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