Area Studies Regional Chair (Western Hemisphere Latin America)

  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 11

Position description

Cortek, a DecisionPoint Company has an Area Studies Regional Chair position is interdisciplinary available that requires the application of expert-level professional knowledge in one or more fields in the social sciences with special expertise relating to a specific region or area of the world. Under the guidance of Area Studies leadership, the incumbent serves as the coordinator and trainer of a regional area studies program with responsibility for all specified regional country-specific, and thematic training and guidance for the Department of State. As a professional academic or an expert foreign affairs practitioner, the incumbent ensures that all area studies training and guidance meet the needs of Department of State personnel and the larger foreign affairs community. Primary responsibilities in these programs include teaching several major courses primarily at the graduate level; curriculum and course design; counseling students at FSI and officials in the Department; advising other staff at FSI; and evaluation of training results. The incumbent not only carries a heavy teaching, counseling, and administrative load, but must also keep constantly informed of developments in the relevant fields 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. A list of duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Plan long and short-range curriculum for a regional program.
  • Respond to requests for unscheduled or customized courses.
  • Identify speakers and pedagogical materials and resources for the program.
  • Maintain regional expertise and visibility necessary to lead the regional program and serve as FSI’s regional expert.
  • Teach courses within areas of expertise.
  • Develop curriculum for all courses within the program.
  • Continuously research to keep materials and course content updated and cutting edge.
  • Continuously develop and maintain professional contacts who will be resources for the courses.
  • Serve as FSI’s expert on the region.
  • As the regional expert, produce Ambassadorial Briefing Books as required.
  • Maintain and develop professional contacts with other government agencies and provide training and consultation to those agencies in accordance with FSI policies.
  • Develop and maintain course evaluation instruments according to FSI policy.
  • Analyze evaluation data.
  • Conduct needs assessments and utilize evaluation data to design offerings in the regional program.


Required Education/Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs, International Relations, History, Anthropology, Sociology, or related social science disciplines. A completed PhD is preferred.
  • Secret Security Clearance is Required

Required Experience:

  • This position requires professional and expert-level knowledge which is pertinent to a number of disciplines in various fields of the social sciences and applied to at least one particular region of the world. Professional education and experience in any or a combination of the following disciplines can provide the base knowledge required to perform the work: Foreign Affairs; International Relations; History; Anthropology; Sociology; and related social science disciplines.
  • Knowledge and skills in the development of curricula and courses.
  • Advanced skills in adult education, ideally involving the subject matter for which the position is responsible.
  • Knowledge and skills in training evaluation sufficient to be able to evaluate the results of the courses for which the position is responsible.
  • Advanced knowledge of the mission and functions of the Department of State, and particularly the relevant regional bureau, as well as other foreign affairs agencies in order to provide courses in the context of work situations of the students for whom the courses are intended.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to carry out management and administrative functions as required in connection with the courses for which the position is responsible.
  • Familiarity with and the ability to use computer and related technologies and excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in order to carry out and/or facilitate the accomplishment of numerous functional responsibilities of the position.
  • Ability to teach and guide students outside of disciplinary specialization.
  • Commitment to collective and collaborative work environment.
  • Program management experience.

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