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EXCLUSIVE JOB: Refugee Officer at the Department of Homeland Security

Job Title: Refugee Officer (Security, Vetting, and Program Integrity)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Citizenship and Immigration Services
Salary Range: $54,972.00 - $103,639.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-1801 09-12
Promotion Potential: GS-12
Application Close Date: August 25, 2017
Duty Locations: Washington, DC

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Everyday our Refugee Officers (Security, Vetting, & Program Integrity) maximize USCIS initiatives to protect national security detect, assess, deter, and eliminate fraud, represent USCIS interests and collaborate with interagency law enforcement and intelligence community partners to develop and enhance strategies in the application of U.S. Immigration and Nationality laws, regulations, policies and programs.

This position of REFUGEE OFFICER (SECURITY, VETTING, & PROGRAM INTEGRITY) starts at a salary of $54,972 GS-09 Step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to $103,639 GS-12 Step 10 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations, Refugee Affairs Division, Security, Vetting, & Program Integrity Branch, in Washington DC within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Shift Work: This position may require shift work.

Writing Sample: A writing assessment may be required for this position.

Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for USCIS employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

MAJOR DUTIES:

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.

As a REFUGEE OFFICER (SECURITY, VETTING, & PROGRAM INTEGRITY), you will:

  • Assist with the revision of and coordinate SVPI-related operations, policies, procedures, guidance, and other requirements to various stakeholders within RAD, RAIO, FDNS, and external parties across inter-agency communities for National Security and program integrity related Refugee adjudications.
  • Review applications for refugee status to determine benefit eligibility; review and adjudicate requests for review of final determinations, and conduct interviews of applicants to determine eligibility to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
  • Maintain a current and working knowledge of country conditions pertinent to refugee populations and countries that are relevant to the applications being adjudicated. Interpret and provide advice and guidance on Immigration, Nationality and other pertinent bodies of law, policy and procedure.
  • Conduct preliminary investigation of cases, make recommendations on security check vetting for applicants for immigration benefits, utilize and generate intelligence information concerning refugee applicants, populations, and trends in refugee fraud and violations of law.
  • Assist with the developing of innovative approaches leveraging inter/intra agency assets to maximize the effectiveness of refugee program integrity and related matters.
  • Assist in additional projects as assigned, such as, responding to congressional inquiries, development and presentation of training materials, updating web based resources, drafting policy documents, statistical analysis of program trends, review of fraudulent applications and referring for further investigation and logistics and planning activities.
  • Conduct In-Field Training for new refugee officers, and identify emergent training needs and effective case examples for enhancement of necessary SVPI policies.

REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass drug screening.
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements.
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding.

QUALIFICATIONS

GS-09: You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Assisting individuals applying for refugee, asylum or other immigration benefits by examining documents for authenticity.
  • Researching and analyzing appropriate refugee, asylum or other immigration information.
  • Responding to general inquiries regarding refugee, asylum or other immigration benefits and entitlements.

OR

  • You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

GS-11: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. In addition to the requirements of the lower grade level, you must also have experience performing the following duties:

  • Making final determinations on non-sensitive, routine refugee, asylum or other immigration benefit requests that involve determining applicant credibility, analyzing evidence, and applying statutory requirements, regulations and judicial and administrative precedents.
  • Utilizing and generating intelligence information concerning trends in refugee fraud and violations of law and designing and implementing quality assurance methods

OR

You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M., if related, for experience at the GS-11 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours; such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-12: In addition to the qualifications at the lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. In addition to the requirements of the lower grade level, you must also have experience performing the following duties:

  • Making final determinations on complex refugee, asylum or other immigration cases involving eligibility for protection and resettlement.
  • Establishing identity and determining eligibility for benefits by analyzing facts, examining documents for authenticity, and researching and analyzing appropriate information, law and country conditions.
  • Adjudicating difficult and sensitive immigration benefit cases that are discretionary, precedent-setting, have high visibility and are important to the agency.
  • Writing final determinations with legal analysis to support decisions.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 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. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others based on your responses to the online questions.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position.
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide the above information may result in a finding of ineligible.

Federal Experience
If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience)
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). Volunteer work helps build criteria competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply to this announcement, individuals must be NSEP award recipients with current noncompetitive eligibility.

Hiring authority: Individuals selected from this announcement will be appointed in the excepted service under 50 U.S.C. 1902. The appointment is intended to continue for two years; upon satisfactory completion of a two-year trial period, individuals may be non-competitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. If performance is not satisfactory or the individual fails to complete the program, employment will be terminated. Choice of hiring authority is at the discretion of the hiring office.

Training: If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid RAIO Combined Training course and the Division-specific course(s) that relate to this position, at a USCIS training facility. These courses will last approximately seven weeks, and may, in some cases depending on the position, last up to eleven weeks. In addition, if you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid BASIC Immigration Officer training program, lasting approximately six weeks, at a USCIS training facility. The trainings must be completed successfully according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement 08/25/2017.

Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Security Clearance
Secret

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

What to expect next

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Other information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Background Investigation

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, this position requires completion and adjudication of a background investigation. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The background investigation process is initiated after a selection is made. For more information visit the OPM Mythbuster Page.

If a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is needed, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance while encumbering the position.

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477049900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

HOW TO APPLY:

Your application must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 08/25/2017. To begin your online application, proceed to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477049900 and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

If you are a Federal employee and have received a current performance rating, it is strongly encouraged that a copy accompanies your application submission. Doing so allows the selecting official access to all information surrounding your potential to fulfill the duties and responsibilities commensurate of the position being considered for. Failure to provide may impede the selecting official's understanding of the qualifications and experience that you possess.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed in the announcement at least one business day prior to the closing date for instructions. Applications will not be accepted by mail.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your resume has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application package.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence

Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

If found minimally qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10034966

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Your resume.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire On https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10034966 (submitted through the on-line application process in USA Jobs. Responses DO NOT need to be attached as an additional document to your application)
  • Your NSEP letter: this must be on official NSEP program letterhead and include the following:
    • your name
    • signature of a member of the NSEP program, and
    • statement that you are eligible to be appointed non-competitively, based on your participation in the NSEP program.

You can request your NSEP letter of certification through your NSEPnet account. If you have questions about the NSEP letter, please reach out to nsep@nsep.gov.

  • Are you qualifying based on education? You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to support the educational substitution, basic educational requirement, or a list of coursework with hours completed. For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name and educational institution.
  • Veterans: if you are applying for 5-Point Preference you must submit your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) showing your Character of Service. If you are applying for 10-point Preference you must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If applying as a disabled veteran, submit a copy of your DD-214 along with the letter from the Veterans Administration, or other formal documentation, that clearly identifies overall rating of disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the armed forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the closing date of the announcement. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. You may request a copy of your DD-214 through the E-Benefits Page.

EXCLUSIVE: NSEP Service Webinars

We are excited to announce the continuation of our NSEP webinar series! Webinars will be hosted on a monthly basis and will focus on the service requirement, non-traditional paths to fulfilling your service requirement, security clearances, and interviewing tips.

Please see below for the current schedule and link to register. If you are unable to attend, webinars will be recorded and posted on the NSEPnet home page.

We want to hear from you! If you have suggestions or requests for content, please feel free to send your ideas to us at nsep@nsep.gov.


NSEP Service Webinars

Understanding Your NSEP Service Requirement
Date: Friday, September 1 from 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Description: Tune in for a refresher course on your NSEP service obligation! This session will cover qualifying jobs, tiers of service, important deadlines and requirements, as well as common questions about NSEP policy.

Non-Traditional Paths to Fulfilling Your Service Requirement
Date: Tuesday, September 19 from 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Description: This session will discuss resources for those interested in pursuing careers in STEM, medicine, law, and education and address how to request service credit for non-traditional career paths.

Interviewing Tips
Date: Tuesday, October 17 from 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Description: This webinar will cover everything you need to ace your federal job interviews! Topics will include how to prepare, common interview questions, how to format your answers, and more!

Security Clearances
Date: Tuesday, November 7 from 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Description: This presentation will demystify the security clearance process and offer advice on how to ensure your clearance moves as quickly and smoothly as possible.

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Management Analyst with the Defense Information Systems Agency

Job Title: Management Analyst
Department: Inspector General
Agency/Office: Defense Information Systems Agency
Salary Range: $94,796 - $123,234 per year
Series & Grade: GS-0343-13
Promotion Potential: GS-0343-13
Application Close Date: August 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Fort Meade, MD
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

Position Summary

If you want to do interesting and challenging work and to make a contribution to national defense, DISA is a great place for you.

DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission. DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs. Go to www.disa.mil for more information.

This position is located in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and reports to Inspection Branch Chief. The DISA Inspector General (IG) reports to the Director of DISA. The employee serves as a management analyst with responsibility to plan and conduct inspections, assessments, and analysis of programs, procedures, and management controls at all levels of DISA.

Position Duties

The employee works on a team planning and executing highly complex and difficult inspection assignments. These inspections cover a broad range of topics to include computer and information technology, contracting, requirements analysis, and management controls. Work involves consideration of such matters as project management; process improvement; procurement; human capital management; information assurance and information security; and property acquisition.

The employee conducts inspection planning and design. The employee conducts preliminary research, problem and scope definition, and initial inspection methodology.

The employee conducts analysis and determination of root cause(s) of process issues or non-compliance. The employee conducts interviews, research, surveys, and inquiries as needed to identify systemic challenges.

The employee provides specific, measureable, and achievable recommendations to correct deficiencies and improve effectiveness and efficiency. The employee writes concise inspection reports that are clearly organized and well supported with evidence and analysis. The employee briefs inspection reports to senior leaders as required.

The employee tracks and follows-up on corrective actions in response to inspection findings and recommendations. The employee evaluates the appropriateness of initially identified plans, actions, and milestones as established by each office of primary responsibility (OPR).

Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree is required
  • NSEP award recipients with a remaining service obligation
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
  • Knowledge of quality management principles and practices.
  • Ability to conduct research on complex problems.
  • Ability to draw and express clearly reasoned and supported conclusions.
  • Ability to clearly write reports.

For the GS-13: must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 if outside the Federal service, is required.

This position is subject to reassignment requirements, in accordance with the DISA Civilian Workforce Agility, Mobility, and Development Program.

Security Clearance

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a TS-SCI security clearance.

Required Materials

  1. Resume
  2. SF-50 or similar document (only required for current or former federal employees)
  3. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)

HOW TO APPLY

Your application is due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Your application materials must be combined into one PDF file. The order of your documents within the PDF must mirror the order listed in the Required Materials section (i.e. resume first, SF-50 second, etc.) Please name the file:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DISA

Like always, LASTNAME is your last name and FIRSTNAME is your first name. For example, the applicant Linnea Johnson would submit an application named JOHNSON_LINNEA_DISA. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

DoD-DISA-082017-238

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

SF-50 and DD-214

If you are a current or former federal employee, you will need to include your SF-50 (or similar document proving federal employment) in your application. If you are a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you will need to include a DD-214 in your application.

HIRING AUTHORITY

DHRA will utilize the Schedule A and/or NDAA 13 hiring authorities afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.

FEATURED: Register for the IC Virtual Fair!

ATTENTION: DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS EMAIL. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

Dear NSEP Award Recipient,

Please be aware that the U.S. Intelligence Community is hosting an online virtual career fair on Thursday, August 24 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM Eastern Time.

To guarantee your participation in this event, please register at ICVirtualFair.com as soon as possible.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about careers in the Intelligence Community, and get tips on how to apply for positions.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,
Aleia Maculam
NSEP Service and Outreach
nsep@nsep.gov


FEATURED JOB: Cleared Arabic Social Media Analyst with COLSA (federal contractor)

Job Title: Cleared Arabic Social Media Analyst (Native English speaker - TF team)
Company: COLSA
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: :08/27/2017
Duty Locations: Tampa, FL

Position Summary/Duties

COLSA Corporation is currently seeking cleared native English speakers, with working proficiency in Arabic, for Arabic Social Media Analyst positions in Tampa, FL. This position requires outstanding English written communication skills, as well as working proficiency in the Arabic language, and the ability to write and edit reports.

**This position will require participation in 24/7 on-call work schedules as per customer direction and the candidate selected must be willing and able to work those hours as needed. Participation in both normal business hours and on-call schedules will rotate based on client-driven requirements. **

The selected applicant will read, analyze, and draft communications regarding regional and ideological discussions in specified foreign language media environments. The analyst will develop and maintain close familiarity with designated regional issues and be able to draw upon publicly available online information resources. The analyst will analyze current media statements or postings to predict trends and identify key communicators. The analyst will demonstrate high-level reading and writing capability in the assigned language, incorporate custom social media solutions to understand online environments and communicate trends effectively. The analyst may assist in operations planning. Working knowledge of online social media and different technologies is required. The analyst will keep documentation such as notes, informative papers, and/or white papers written in English. Some travel may be required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, military intelligence training or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 0-3 years of related experience.
  • Proficiency in reading and writing in Arabic. (ILR level 2+ or higher)
  • Outstanding English communication and writing skills at the native level.
  • Working knowledge of desktop applications, world-wide-web and social media.
  • Aptitude to learn and utilize new software capabilities.
  • Proficiency in foreign language(s) and/or intercultural communications.
  • US Citizenship required. DoD clearance required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working and living in CENTCOM AOR.
  • Boren Fellow/NSEP Program

Required Materials

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://colsa-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=1962

FEATURED JOB: Director (Flagship/NSEP Language Initiatives) with the American Councils

Job Title: Director, Flagship Overseas Programs and NSEP Language Initiatives
Organization: American Councils for International Education
Duty Locations: Washington, D.C.

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

Based in Washington, DC, the Director of Flagship Overseas Programs and NSEP Language Initiatives oversees a total of eight highly innovative, dynamic study abroad programs designed to develop global professionals possessing superior foreign language skills through intensive overseas study and cultural immersion. Serving more than 150 students annually, current programs are located in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Russian); Arusha, Tanzanian (Kiswahili); Baku, Azerbaijan (Turkish); Beijing and Nanjing, China (Mandarin); Dakar, Senegal (Wolof/French); Jaipour and Lucknow, India (Hindi Urdu); Maputo, Mozambique (Portuguese); and Meknes, Morocco (Arabic). Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) as part of three groundbreaking initiatives – The Flagship Language Program, the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI), and the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) – these programs primarily serve U.S. students who have completed intensive language study in specially designated, domestic Flagship programs at key universities throughout the U.S. Often representing a fifth, capstone year of study, the overseas programs closely articulate with domestic U.S. programs in order to develop students with superior proficiencies in challenging, critically important foreign languages.

The Director develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure the quality of all eight overseas programs, to provide outstanding student support abroad, and to facilitate successful learning outcomes. He/she modifies existing programs and implements new Flagship programs and NSEP-funded initiatives in collaboration with American Councils senior staff, overseas university partners, directors of domestic Flagship programs, program funders, and expert consultants. The director leads a dedicated staff of managers, program officers, program associates, and resident directors to provide program oversight, implement policies and procedures to safeguard student health and safety, support and guide participants as they adjust to life and study overseas, coordinate highly competitive selection processes for nationally competed programs, develop and deliver comprehensive pre-departure orientation programs and materials, and collect data to accurately measure student language gains. He/she ensure effective communication and productive collaboration among a wide range of program stake-holders, including overseas host institutions, program funders, and domestic Flagship directors. The director develops program budgets and provides financial oversight for all Flagship programs and NSEP-funded initiatives. The position reports to the Managing Director of Higher Education Programs. Academic credit for the Overseas Flagship Programs is provided by Bryn Mawr College.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure program quality, provide outstanding student support abroad, and maximize learning outcomes.
  • Supervises four direct reports in Washington, D.C. who in turn oversee domestic and international staff working on a total of eight AFLI, SAFLI, and Flagship Overseas Programs to provide academic oversight and comprehensive student support abroad; create and deliver up-to-date orientation programs and materials; maximize participant engagement with the host country cultures; identify and develop substantive overseas internship opportunities; provide quality housing and home-stay options; and proactively respond to emergencies and participant concerns.
  • Develops materials and delivers trainings to ensure staff and academic partners remain abreast of relevant issues and trends in U.S. higher education and study abroad in order to more effectively respond to participant concerns and cross-cultural adjustment issues.
  • Reviews and updates emergency protocols and regularly reviews on-site resources and procedures for emergency response.
  • Communicates regularly and coordinates closely with U.S. partner institutions, overseas partners, program contractors, and U.S. granting agencies, including the Institute of International Education, NSEP, and Bryn Mawr College.
  • Collaborates with Flagship Academic Councils and individual council members to ensure consistent oversight of overseas academic programs, brief council members and chairs on significant program developments, and respond to student-life issues.
  • Plays a lead role in the development and implementation of future Flagship programs and other NSEP-funded initiatives in consultation with the American Councils senior staff, program funders, expert consultants, and Flagship Academic Councils.
  • Recruits and trains additional staff as program developments require.
  • Oversees institutional relations with overseas and U.S. university partners.
  • Conducts monthly teleconferences with overseas staff and program managers to review program developments and student progress.
  • Directs staff conducting recruitment, managing application data, and coordinating selection for Flagship Overseas Programs.
  • Provides financial oversight of AFLI, SAFLI, Flagship Overseas Programs, and language-assessment projects.
  • Works closely with other American Councils study abroad staff to coordinate activities, share resources, and develop joint activities and trainings.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in relevant field and at least 5 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in study abroad, higher education administration, or a related area;
  • Proven ability to supervise and develop professional staff and to lead a team to set goals and prioritize activities;
  • Proven ability to collaborate with and build consensus among multiple stakeholders working together to administer complex programs;
  • Comprehensive understanding of best practices and current issues in study abroad;
  • Proven ability to oversee program finances and detailed budgets;
  • Strong understanding of risk management and crisis communication in overseas programming;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills;
  • Experience living and studying abroad highly preferred;
  • Experience with programs or courses designed to teach U.S. students about languages and cultures preferred;
  • Knowledge of testing methods to assess foreign-language gain preferred;
  • Knowledge of language and culture of at least one target region preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?clientkey=58AA089E0E2C786B7FE4217373F3BCBD&jpt=&job=4922

FEATURED JOB: Dari or Farsi Social Media Analyst with COLSA (federal contractor)

Job Title: Dari or Farsi Social Media Analyst (Native English Speaker)
Company: COLSA
Salary Range: Competitive
Application Close Date: 08/24/2017
Duty Locations: Tampa, FL

Position Summary/Duties

COLSA Corporation is currently seeking native English speakers, with working proficiency in Dari or Farsi, for a Social Media Analyst position in Tampa, FL This position requires strong writing skills and the ability to write and edit reports.

**This position will require participation in 24/7 on-call work schedules as per customer direction and the candidate selected must be willing and able to work those hours as needed. Participation in both normal business hours and on-call schedules will rotate based on client-driven requirements. **

The selected applicant will read, analyze, and draft communications regarding regional and ideological discussions in specified foreign language media environments. The analyst will develop and maintain close familiarity with designated regional issues and be able to draw upon publicly available online information resources. The analyst will analyze current media statements or postings to predict trends and identify key communicators. The analyst will demonstrate high-level reading and writing capability in the assigned language, incorporate custom social media solutions to understand online environments and communicate trends effectively. The analyst may assist in operations planning. Working knowledge of online social media and different technologies is required. The analyst will keep documentation such as notes, informative papers, and/or white papers written in English. Some travel may be required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, military intelligence training or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 0-3 years related experience
  • Proficiency in reading and writing in Farsi or Dari. (ILR level 2+ or higher)
  • Outstanding English communication and writing skills at the native level
  • Working knowledge of desktop applications, world-wide-web and social media
  • Aptitude to learn and utilize new software capabilities
  • US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current DoD clearance
  • Previous demonstrated experience (internships or paid work) involving intelligence analysis, social media research, and/or Dari/Farsi translation.

Security Clearance

  • Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a SECRET security clearance.

Required Materials

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply online by visiting: https://colsa-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=1701

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