Arlington County, Virginia
Dec 02, 2022
Dec 10, 2022
Full Time

  • Teach high-level Russian/English translation skills to military Russian linguists.
  • Assess prospective students to determine current proficiency levels prior to training.
  • Curriculum development for the specific job, program management, teaching and testing/assessment.
  • Read, write and converse in Russian and English at the required ILR level. Constantly work on maintaining language skills.
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate policies, procedures, or issues relating to Russian Translation.
  • Ensure that instructional programs are focused on language teaching for proficiency rather than test preparation.
  • Analyze classes that do not achieve required levels of proficiency and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Identify to upper management ongoing training needs.
  • Knowledge current Russian affairs, Russian history, geography, culture and commonly shared literature, literary tradition, keeping up with Russia's rapidly changing society and politics and their reflection in language structure and vocabulary.
  • Interact with individuals or groups to resolve issues, exchange information and influence decisions.
  • Conduct one-on-one translation classes, corrects and discusses oral and written translation assignments, analyzes errors, determines their underlying cause and provides remediation.
  • Coordinate and motivate a team approach of shared responsibility and commitment to a common goal.
  • Stay abreast of the changes in the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) field through appropriate literature, visits and other interaction with leading programs and participation in the national dialogue.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English fluently.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in Russian fluently.
  • The minimum English proficiency is a Level 4 in speaking. The minimum proficiency for Russian is a Level 3+ in speaking.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment screening, and random testing thereafter, to include testing based on reasonable suspicion and testing due to direct involvement with an on-duty accident.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Position will be filled at the Associate Professor Level (05)

Must have a master's degree with a major or minor in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, or Foreign Language & Literature.


Four years of directly related work. Other related fields include Linguistics, Curriculum & Instruction, Teaching Methodology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).


Work experience is in at least two of the following areas within the field: curriculum development, faculty development, program management, research and evaluation, teaching or testing. Directly related work is work that includes experience that demonstrates specific accomplishments directly related to this position including experience leading, supervising, or managing foreign language education and/or programs.


Comparable scholarship achievements directly related to the field, including other degrees; professional recognition; demonstration of inquiry, research and critical thinking skills. In addition, I have four years of directly related work.


Work experience is in at least two different areas within the field.

Directly related work is experience that demonstrates accomplishments in the field of this position including leading, supervising, or managing foreign language education and/or programs.

You must submit a 300-word HANDWRITTEN essay in the Russian Target language. You must also include a HANDWRITTEN English translation of the essay. Essay topic is How my background, education, and training have prepared me to teach translation from Russian to English. .NOTE: Typed essays/translations are NOT acceptable. The essay is not used to evaluate work experience, only for the purpose of evaluating the language writing proficiency.

You must also provide at a minimum of three professional references with your application packet. Please note: Letters of recommendation will not be forwarded to management, you must provide three professional references; to include name, title, email address and/or phone number.

If selected, applicant must pass a language proficiency test (OPI).


The minimum English proficiency is a Level 4 in speaking. The minimum proficiency for Russian is a Level 3+ in speaking. The proficiency levels are defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level descriptions and can be viewed at Failure of any portion of the language tests may disqualify applicants for a period of 6 months. Applicants may re-apply after 6 months. Upon subsequent selection, retesting is allowed only once.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Administration and Management
  • Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Foreign Language
  • Team Building


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of US Citizenship
  • One year trial period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 32 - Training, Capabilities, and Doctrine Warfighting Developer.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .
  • NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attached supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at .)