Chinese Language Instructor – Experienced Level (Hawaii Location)

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Honolulu, HI

Chinese Language Instructor – Experienced Level (Hawaii Location)
Honolulu, HI

Posted: 2019-09-13 – Closing: 2019-09-30

Responsibilities
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

As a Chinese Language Instructor, you will design, develop, deliver, assess, and evaluate foreign language training and materials for adult learners to enhance language analysis skills by using the latest principles of second language acquisition.Language Instructor responsibilities may include:

– Design, develop, deliver, assess, and evaluate foreign language training and materials for adult learners to enhance language analysis skills by using the latest principles of second language acquisition.
– Use the latest principles of adult learning and second language acquisition to design, develop, and deliver platform training (including video teletraining, directed studies, and immersions), and/or computer- or web-based training for beginning through advanced level language analysts in listening, reading, translation, transcription, and/or speaking.
– Summarize, translate, transcribe, and linguistically analyze authentic written and spoken texts in the development of training materials.
– Conduct needs assessments, manage foreign language courses and/or curricula, and recruit and mentor adjunct faculty.
– Perform outreach and support activities such as maintaining close and continuing customer relations. Serve operational tours for personal development and to maintain currency in the subject matter and be better equipped to match training to operational needs.
– Continue professional development to enhance existing skills and knowledge or expertise in different languages and language- or training related areas through research and course work and through participation and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops, and other forums.
– Serve on Agency Boards and committees to develop assessment tools and evaluate performance and linguistic readiness.
– Partner with individuals in academia, public and private sectors, and other government agencies to develop and refine training components, participate in decision-making policy and crafting of guidelines to enhance language training and performance assessment on the individual and program levels.

Skills
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong communication (oral and written), problem solving, and interpersonal skills who also possesses the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

– Design, develop, administer, and score language proficiency tests.
– Evaluate and provide feedback on test performance.
– Evaluate language proficiency
– Conduct and participate in needs assessments for training and development.
– Design, develop, document, and maintain training courses, interventions, or employee development programs.
– Develop training curricula (for example, content, learning objectives).
– Deliver language training for adult learners in the areas of reading, listening, speaking, writing, and comprehension using proven instructional design techniques.
– Implement and select training technologies (for example, e-learning, learning management systems).
– Produce training materials (for example, handouts, presentation slides, online course materials).
– Evaluate training (e.g., courses, methods, materials, content, assessments).
– Handle day-to-day activities associated with implementation of learning events, interventions, and employee development programs (for example, schedule activities, coordinate or provide feedback to participants).
– Interpret cultural references (e.g., acronyms, jargon, slang, idioms, and proverbs) that define a particular language community or subset of a language community to produce accurate SIGINT.
– Subject matter related to a country, region, or people.
– Instruction and use of language tools supporting translation, gisting, etc.
– Maintain required professional certification or licensing in own area of expertise.
– Communicate information or ideas clearly, concisely, and professionally.
– Serve as mentor to others.
– Provide timely and accurate responses to requests for assistance, information, products, or services.
– Adjust interpersonal style or behavior to accommodate or effectively deal with different approaches, perspectives, or personalities.
– Help or assist coworkers, subordinates, or other employees when needed.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
The selected candidate will work Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, and may have the opportunity to flex their hours with supervisory approval.

NSA/CSS Hawaii is located on the island of Oahu, north of Honolulu, HI. Living in Hawaii offers an enormous range of benefits to include experiences you may not find at any other NSA location. Enjoy warm weather year round. 72 degrees is considered chilly weather in the winter time, and aside from the occasional rain showers, sunny and breezy weather gives the opportunity to explore a variety of outdoor activities every weekend. Activities include hiking, surfing, sailing, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, zip lining, swimming with dolphins, active volcano tours, stand up paddle boarding, ATV riding, horseback riding, cruises and more! The list goes on and on. Every weekend and holiday is a mini vacation. Additionally, Hawaii offers a culturally diverse environment and almost every kind of culinary experience imaginable. Hawaii is also home to very rare bird and plant species found nowhere else on earth. The other 6 Hawaiian Islands are an average of a short 30 minute flight. Experience the spirit of Aloha while working a unique mission and helping your country!

The agency offers an array of benefits to include Federal Employee Health Benefits, Dental/Vision Insurance, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Federal Long Term Care Insurance, Retirement Plans, and the Thrift Savings Plan. In addition, employees have access to a wide range of opportunities for external continuing education, inter-agency education and training, career guidance counseling, temporary medical leave assistance, travel opportunities, and financial coaching, to name a few.

*Candidates hired for a position in Hawaii may be eligible to receive an annual recruitment incentive, not to exceed three years.

Position Summary
As a language analyst, you will use your passion for foreign language and strong oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking skills to research, translate, transcribe, report, and analyze foreign intelligence. Your foreign language and English skills will provide key decision makers with a complete and accurate picture of the context within which the decision is being made (i.e. provide an understanding of the nuance, context, cultural overtones, and dialect in which the communication occurred). Another way to use your foreign language skills at NSA is to work as a scientific linguist. Scientific linguists support the mission by designing, developing, evaluating, and/or integrating products to enhance the understanding of mission critical foreign languages or materials by applying linguistic knowledge (e.g. syntax, morphology, phonetics, semantics) to address operational problems.

Qualifications
Salary Range: $91,242 – $140,170 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a high school diploma or equivalent plus 6 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 4 years relevant experience, or a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience.

Degree in Education or Language is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in teaching adult language education (formal or informal); identifying and using authentic materials to support objectives; assessing student performance; instructional systems design (ISD); development and teaching using blended learning; and evaluation of training/development content. Some of the experience may be language-related in an area directly related to NSA mission. Applicant must have minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3/3 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

Salary Range: $126,827 – $164,873 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a high school diploma or equivalent plus 9 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 7 years relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience.

Degree in Education or Language is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in teaching adult language education (formal or informal); identifying and using authentic materials to support objectives; assessing student performance; instructional systems design (ISD); development and teaching using blended learning; and evaluation of training/development content. Some of the experience may be language-related in an area directly related to NSA mission. Applicant must have minimum language proficiency of Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Level 3/3 in reading and listening in the target foreign language for which the applicant is being considered.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicants with the following are preferred: Demonstrated proficiency in at least one other foreign language or dialect (for example an Asian language or Chinese Southern/Northern dialect). Command Language Program Manager (CLPM) experience.

Native fluency in language is required. Knowledge and experience in language education, methodology, and adult education is required. Experience using word processing software is required. Experience with teaching language to adult learners is preferred.

How To Apply – External
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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