Training Instructor – Diplomatic Mastery (U.S. Department of State)

Job Position: 
Training Instructor – Diplomatic Mastery
Academic Organization: 
U.S. Department of State
Job Title:Training Instructor

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:FSI-2015-0034


$107,325.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 26, 2015 to Thursday, April 16, 2015




Full-Time - Term Appointment not-to-exceed 2 years. Renewable




1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA


Open to all U.S. citizens
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."
"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."


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About the Agency

This position is located in the Orientation Division (OR) of the School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS), Foreign Service Institute (FSI), U.S. Department of State. The Orientation Division conducts training for all new Foreign Service and Civil Service employees. Orientation programs introduce new employees working at the Department of State to the foreign policy work, mission, structure, and function of the Department, and the interagency process of U.S. foreign policy development and implementation. The incumbent will serve as Chair for the creation and implementation of FSI's "Diplomatic Mastery" program with responsibility for all specified training and guidance for the Department of State, and is under the general supervision of the Division Director. The Diplomatic Mastery program is designed to provide newly hired Foreign Service Officers and select others with a solid foundational knowledge of key historical factors and current global trends that affect U.S. foreign policy. Through the guided study of these factors and trends, the program will reinforce key attitudes and skills including: leadership, ethics, critical analysis, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, planning, and innovation. The Diplomatic Mastery program will be delivered largely in an on-line, distance learning environment with some classroom components. The incumbent will have experience developing and delivering content and skills-building using cutting-edge distance learning methodologies as well as in a classroom environment. As a professional academic and expert in the field of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, the incumbent ensures that all training and guidance offered in the Diplomatic Mastery program meet the needs of Department of State personnel and, to the extent possible, those of the larger U.S. foreign affairs community. The incumbent reflects scholarly and professional standards of objectivity, accuracy, and critical acumen.

The Department reserves the right to terminate a conditional offer of employment if the individual does not receive a security clearance within 6 months from the date of the tentative offer letter.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year trial period.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.


The incumbent designs the overall curriculum for and oversees the development of graduate-level content for individual courses and modules in the Diplomatic Mastery program. This program includes both in-person classroom courses and distance-learning modules delivered synchronously and asynchronously online. The incumbent oversees the selection and monitoring of outside contractors or other government employees who contribute to the design and eventual delivery of the courses in the program.

The incumbent also evaluates the courses and modules in the program to ensure their effectiveness, quality, and relevance. He/she continually seeks to improve the quality of the courses and modules by ascertaining the post-training performance of course participants and by modifying the course content, training methods, materials, and use of contractors and guest speakers in response to participant feedback. The incumbent keeps constantly informed of developments in relevant fields (including: Foreign Affairs; International Relations; Diplomatic History; National Security Studies; and related social science disciplines) so that the latest academic knowledge, policy positions, and relevant analyses are made available to students and to officials in the Department of State on a consultative basis. The incumbent’s expertise and contacts in the academic and foreign affairs communities enable timely updating and redesign of the Department’s training.

The incumbent is responsible for the overall budget priorities of the program and for the major resource allocations within each component course, module, and activity. The incumbent is responsible for course scheduling and for the evaluation of the work of the contractors and/or the other government employees involved in the program.

The incumbent delivers and oversees delivery of course material (shaping knowledge, skills, and attitudes) to students both in face-to-face classroom settings and in synchronous and asynchronous distance learning environments using cutting-edge technology and methodology.


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 have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience in the study of U.S. diplomacy (or related topics such as: foreign affairs, international relations, diplomatic history, national security studies, and related social science disciplines);

Experience in curriculum/course design, development, and delivery in the topic of U.S. diplomacy (or related topics such as: foreign affairs, international relations, diplomatic history, national security studies, and related social science disciplines);

Experience in teaching both in classroom and on-line, distance learning environments, using cutting-edge technologies and methodologies.

Note: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school,
college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s); supervising or administering a training program;
development or review of training / course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results; or work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.

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


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 and expertise with curriculum development and course design.

Knowledge of, and experience in, the realm of Foreign policy / international affairs.

Skill in Teaching, Training and Pedagogy in adult education in classroom and on-line.

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to communicate in writing.

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 must 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.

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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You can review our benefits at:

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.



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.

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) 261-8163 or [email protected]. 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.


Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step 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 Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at [email protected] OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


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 two 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.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. 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.



Jackie Johnson
Phone: 703-302-6813
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: [email protected]
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Shultz Center
Rm. F2127 SA-42
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we 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.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.


Control Number: 398872900

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