Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Air Education and Training Command
  • Location
    Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 13

Position description


  • Serves as an expert/senior level Training Program Manager for security assistance and cooperation training programs.
  • As a senior level professional with major program responsibility, prepares and documents the technical and economic data to support the acquisition of complex, multi-functional training equipment and services for international customers.
  • As an expert level analyst with mastery level knowledge, applies technical training principles and job experience to manage and/or review the development or revision of instructional materials for international customers.
  • As a senior specialist with major international program responsibility, accomplishes major special projects as assigned.
  • Develops official correspondence, messages, items of interest, staff summaries, and talking papers relative to assigned programs.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • PCS expenses will not be paid.
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Work occasionally requires travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft is required.
  • The work may be at an OCONUS location for up to 4 to 6 years.
  • Employee may be required to perform extended/long-term and/or multiple Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY) tours in foreign nations to accomplish assigned duties.
  • Employee must possess, or obtain, and maintain a current passport.
  • Employee should possess skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with colleagues, counterparts in various USG agencies, high-ranking foreign representatives, (cont'd)
  • (cont'd) and representatives of diverse cultures, and be able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions.
  • Familiarity of instructional and training system principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Employee must meet the mandatory standards of experience and training, and the desired standards of education for an International Affairs Tier III certification within six years accepting position.
  • Employee must meet mandatory standards of experience and training and must participate in the squadron training plan.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments


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 for Foreign Affairs Series, 0130.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-0130: A Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) or a degree with a 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. Courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown above. NOTE: You must submit a copy of transcripts.


EXPERIENCEfour 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. Evaluation of Experience: Qualifying experience may have been 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. For qualifying experience at the GS-12 or above click here to view occupational requirements for this position:


In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes recommending and/or implementing policy guidance for the direction, integration, management and supervision of international programs and activities affiliated with the Department of the Air Force concerning international and/or regional partnerships; utilize working knowledge of aerospace weapons systems to contribute to Security Assistance policy development, to include technology transfer or disclosure, treaty compliance, or international education and training programs; interface with international partners and serve as the focal point for weapons system sales, transfers, training, or support provided through Foreign Military Sales programs; engage in activities directly supporting the Security Assistance element of Building Partner Capacity; Expert level knowledge and has mastered the application of the workings of foreign governments, the nature of their military and civilian government structures, and the culture and political dynamics influencing them. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-12 grade/level or equivalent in the federal service.

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-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 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:

  1. Knowledge of DOD, DSCA, USAF, and organizational policies, goals, objectives, and directives as applicable to a number of diversified and complex directives associated with the Security Assistance/Cooperation Program, executed by the DOD under the auspices of the DoS and/or DoD.
  2. Knowledge and technical skill in the application of policies, methods and techniques to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of assigned country training programs and to formulate and recommend courses of action to provide necessary training within the planned program for the international customer to meet mission requirements.
  3. Knowledge of the training requirements definition process, the FMS process, the federal acquisition process, the federal acquisition regulation (FAR), and of the input required for development, implementation, line management, execution and closure of FMS training cases.
  4. Knowledge of procedures for the development coordination and transmission of planning for the formulation of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs) to include cost, schedule, and availability of DoD contractor provided training.
  5. In-depth understanding of policies and procedures for assistance in the management of students while attending Air Force or DOD contractor provided training
  6. Knowledge of the working of foreign governments, the nature of their military and civilian governmental structures, and the culture and political dynamics influencing them.
  7. Expert knowledge of office computer software applications used in the preparation of word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  8. Ability to effectively use unique DOD and USAF security assistance computer software applications.
  9. Ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the government or in the study and disposition of information bearing' on international relations.

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.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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