Academic Exchange Specialist

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

Duties

  • Manages two-way flow of students, scholars, and teachers between U.S. and overseas under the Study of the U.S. Institutes, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI), and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
  • Designs or modifies academic exchange program models to address Bureau or Departmental priorities.
  • Establishes budget parameters for short-term academic exchange programs based on Bureau and Department priorities, in-country conditions, and candidate pools.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison with other DOS elements, Fulbright Commissions, PAS, U.S. academic and international exchange communities and officials, and foreign government representatives.
  • Drafts speeches, talking points, memoranda and other documents that advance bureau objectives and analyze impact of DOS exchanges.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with 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 Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR Have completed at least 4 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. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.) Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience providing oversight and guidance to one or more external entities on the implementation of academic programs supporting international exchanges.

Experience planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating academic exchange programs.

Experience overseeing and negotiating a program budget, managing a grant, monitoring program activities/initiatives, and evaluating and reporting on program impact.

Experience providing advice and guidance on programmatic issues; establishing liaison with key stakeholders; and negotiating complex issues to reach consensus.

Experience preparing memoranda, talking points, speeches, and other documents to include content that analyzes and provides information on program administration and effectiveness.

Application instructions

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