Assistant Professor (Chinese Mandarin)

Fort Meade, Maryland
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time

  • Teachers employ computer skills to organize data and teaching materials.
  • Faculty members are expected to stay abreast of current foreign language teaching theories and methods.
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers an intensive student-centered environment with diverse opportunities for faculty development.
  • Faculty members teach listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as geopolitical, economic and social issues, in an immersion-based environment.
  • Faculty members employ resources such as Smart Boards, the Internet, iPods, and Tablet PCs.
  • Teachers integrate technology in the classroom and in homework assignments.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires current, valid U.S. work Authorization at time of application.
  • The minimum English proficiency is a Level 2 in speaking. The minimum proficiency for the language to be taught is a Level 3 in speaking. If a dialect is required, the minimum proficiency is also Level 3.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to National Security Agency (NSA) vetting to determine your suitability for Federal employment for this location.
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Able to speak, read and write in Chinese Mandarin fluently.
  • Able to speak, read and write in English fluently.


This vacancy announcement has been amended due to additional vacancy being identified. The amendment will extend the closing date to September 1, 2023. All qualified applicants who apply no later than midnight, May 1, 2023, will receive first consideration. Those who apply after May 1, 2023, will receive consideration after the May 1, 2023 closing date. If you are referred and not selected or receive a letter indicating, you were ineligible because of missing documents you may modify your application package for this job announcement to receive further re-consideration."

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non-US Citizens with valid U.S. Work Authorization.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or 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 .

POSITIONS WILL BE FILLED AT ONE RANK: Assistant Professor (indicated as level 04)

Requirements for the Assistant Professor:

Doctoral degree


Master's degree with a major or minor in Foreign Language Education, Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESOL/TEFL), Linguistics, Language (English included), Literature, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Translation & Interpretation, Cross-Cultural Studies, or Educational Administration.


Master's degree other than above and one year of directly related work


Bachelor's degree and two years of directly related work.

DIRECTLY RELATED WORK :Formal classroom instruction of a language foreign to the students at high school level or above. Formal classroom instruction normally includes such activities as class preparation, course preparation/modification, testing, tutoring, and counseling in a structured, education environment.

Experience with foreign language curriculum development is desirable.

Must be willing to learn and integrate technology to enhance language instructional programs.

Diagnostic Assessment (DA) certification is desirable; however, if the candidate is not currently certified, completion of DA training will be necessary.

You must submit a 300-word HANDWRITTEN essay in the Chinese Mandarin Target language. You must also include a HANDWRITTEN English translation of the essay. Essay topic is how your background, education and training has prepared you to be a foreign language teacher.

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 2 in speaking. The minimum proficiency for the language to be taught is a Level 3 in speaking. If a dialect is required, the minimum proficiency is also Level 3. 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 will 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:
  • Computer Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Oral Communication
  • Teaching Others
  • Writing


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

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 or valid authorization to work in the United States (US). One of the following documents are proof of valid US Work Authorization: US Passport, Permanent Resident Card, US Naturalization Certificate, US Birth Certificate, H1B, etc.).
  • One year trial period may be 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.
  • One year trial period may be required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .