Senior Instructor - PRS

Blackstone, VA
Jan 14, 2021
Jan 23, 2021
Other, Trainer
Full Time


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Service Contract (PSC) position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0080-13


-U.S. Citizenship is required.

-Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

-Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


This position may required occasional domestic and overseas travel. 

DURATION APPOINTMENT: Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years


This position is located at the Training Performance Management Division (TPM), Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC), Directorate of Training (T), Diplomatic Security (DS), Department of State (DOS), Blackstone, VA.

The incumbent serves as the senior instructor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Protective Security Operations Training Unit (PRS) and as such, is the course coordinator for the delivery of specialized security and law enforcement protective security training, education, and orientation.

This position is eligible for situational telework. 


Provides subject matter expertise, leadership, and guidance and serves as senior instructor for specialized tactics, with a particular emphasis on Protective Security Operations (PRS), focusing on the overall training objective which includes planning, developing, coordinating, and conducting all PRS training programs with a wide range of responsibilities.

Plans and schedules the assignment of Subject Matter Expert (SME) instructors including Personal Services Contractors (PSCs) and Third-Party Contractors (TPCs) to courses based on specialized protective security expertise; and provides expert technical guidance in the planning, scheduling, preparation, and presentation of PRS training courses. Ensures instructors review approved curriculum and training materials prior to delivery; and ensures approved curriculum is used in the delivery of training courses.

Conducts classroom lecture, training, and practical exercises to enhance the learning process; and emphasizes realistic training and specialized tactics to operate successfully in the most dangerous environments in the world. Assigns other instructors and role players as needed to assist in training presentations. Evaluates trainees' progress, and advises trainees in improving performance; recommends additional training as needed, and evaluates the quality and effectiveness of completed training courses.

Develops new training courses within the framework of approved training objectives. Recommends and/or initiates updates and revisions to policies and procedures as necessary that will enable DS Special Agents and others receiving PRS training, to perform optimally, both domestically and abroad, in conjunction with protective security precedent.

EVALUATIONS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge of adult learning and instructional concepts.
  • Knowledge of emergency tactical medicine.  
  • Knowledge of protective security methods.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience instructing protective security courses.
  • Experience evaluating and establishing plans to improve the effectiveness of protective security courses.
  • Experience participating in the design and development of a variety of specialized security classes: developing training material, curriculum, etc.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

Submit a detailed resume. Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 pm on November 23, 2020.  Your resume or application must clearly reflect the requirements of this position, if not your application may not be considered.  Applications, which are incomplete, not received by the deadline stated above will not be considered.  All materials submitted will become property of the Department of State.

For any questions, please contact DS HRM at (571)345-3779.

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