Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Air Education and Training Command
  • Location
    Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 04

Position description

The primary purpose of this position is to serves as assistant to the Chief, International Military Student Officer as the Field Studies Program Manager, Assistant Chief IMSO, and Mobile IMSO in support of DOD agencies. Serves as the USAF's SME for the dissemination of USAF Security Cooperation Education and Training Program policy/guidelines to IMSO personnel.


  • Serves as USAF Field Studies Program Manager. Develops, implements and directs this program with the goal of providing IMS an awareness of and appreciation (cont)
  • (cont) and an understanding of the responsibilities of governments, militaries, and citizens to protect, preserve, and respect the rights of every individual.
  • Serves as Assistant to the USAF Chief IMSO as the USAF focal point for guidance, interpretation, and direction to IMSO at CONUS and OCONUS bases where IMS attend US government approved training.
  • Performs Mobile IMSO (TDY) duties. Required to travel to CONUS contract training locations in support of country program manager requests and international partner requirements.
  • AFSAT representative; Initiates and develops official correspondence, messages, staff summary sheets, and talking papers relative to IMSO and FSP management.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance as a condition of employment.
  • PCS expenses will not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
  • Employee must possess skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with colleagues, counterparts in various U.S. government agencies, and representatives of diverse cultures in an effective, harmonious manner.
  • It is highly desirable that the employee possess a BA or BS degree; a BA/BS in International Affairs, Public Administration, Political Science, or Business Administration or (cont)
  • (cont) have at least 3 years of specialized International Affairs, Public Affairs, Political Science, or Business Administration
  • Incumbent must be comfortable in dealing with high-ranking foreign representatives and able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions.
  • Employee must possess skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with colleagues, counterparts in various U.S. government agencies, and representatives of diverse cultures in an effective, harmonious manner.
  • Work will require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft, or privately owned vehicle (POV).
  • Assignment to the Mobile IMSO position will require extensive CONUS travel on a frequent and reoccurring basis; individual must be willing and physically able to travel by car or plane to various CONUS locations year round.
  • Employee must meet the desired standards of education for an International Affairs Level I certification within three years of employment in this position.
  • Employee must participate in the squadron training plan.


QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Professional and Scientific Positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements for Foreign Affairs Series, 0130.

Basic Requirements
Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related specialized experience in the amounts required for the grade level as shown below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-09, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, and methods of policy and program development and US multinational strategic planning as they relate to security assistance programs. Knowledge of management principles of military and civilian resource requirements, security and armaments cooperation policies, regional issues and capabilities determined through research, special projects, and organizational teaming requirements.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  • General knowledge of Security Assistance/Cooperation training program administration, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of military and civilian personnel policies and requirements as they relate to employee program management.
  • Practical knowledge of hardware/software (Microsoft Office) in preparing correspondence and instructional materials.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral/written communications - emphasis on instruction and/or public speaking experience
  • Knowledge of commonly used budget and/or finance practices, procedures, regulations, precedents, policies, and guides that specifically pertain to the work assigned; and as required, sources of factual data about budgeting and/or finance matters relevant to assigned tasks.
  • Ability to develop drafts of analyze and research problems in cross-cultural adjustment and security assistance issues.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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