Area Studies Regional Chair

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QED Enterprises Inc
Arlington, Virginia
Jun 28, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
QED Enterprises (QED) was founded on the principles that we provide Quality services to our clients; we strive for Excellence in all that we do; and we are Driven to meet our customers' missions on time, within budget, and with the exceptional attention to detail our customers have come to expect of QED.

Title: Area Studies Regional Chair

Location: Arlington, VA

Clearance Level: None (may require SECRET clearance eligibility)

Summary/Description: The Area Studies Regional Chair position is interdisciplinary and requires the application of expert-level professional knowledge in one or more fields in the social sciences with special expertise relating to a specific region or area of the world. Under the guidance of Area Studies leadership, the incumbent serves as the coordinator and trainer of a regional area studies program with responsibility for all specified regional country-specific, and thematic training and guidance for the Department of State. As a professional academic or an expert foreign affairs practitioner, the incumbent ensures that all area studies training and guidance meet the needs of Department of State personnel and the larger foreign affairs community.

Primary responsibilities in these programs include teaching several major courses primarily at the graduate level; curriculum and course design; counseling students at FSI and officials in the Department; advising other staff at FSI; and evaluation of training results. The incumbent not only carries a heavy teaching, counseling, and administrative load, but must also keep constantly informed of developments in the relevant fields so that the latest academic knowledge, policy positions, and relevant analyses are made available to students and to officials in the Department of State on a consultative basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Plan long and short-range curriculum for a regional program.
  • Respond to requests for unscheduled or customized courses.
  • Identify speakers and pedagogical materials and resources for the program.
  • Maintain regional expertise and visibility necessary to lead the regional program and serve as FSI's regional expert.
  • Teach courses within areas of expertise.
  • Develop curriculum for all courses within the program.
  • Continuously research to keep materials and course content updated and cutting edge.
  • Continuously develop and maintain professional contacts who will be resources for the courses.
  • Serve as FSI's expert on the region.
  • As the regional expert, produce Ambassadorial Briefing Books as required.
  • Maintain and develop professional contacts with other government agencies and provide training and consultation to those agencies in accordance with FSI policies.
  • Develop and maintain course evaluation instruments according to FSI policy.
  • Analyze evaluation data.
  • Conduct needs assessments and utilize evaluation data to design offerings in the regional program.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Fluency in the English Language.
  • Professional and expert-level knowledge which is pertinent to a number of disciplines in various fields of the social sciences and applied to at least one particular region of the world. Professional education and experience in any or a combination of the following disciplines can provide the base knowledge required to perform the work: Foreign Affairs; International Relations; History; Anthropology; Sociology; and related social science disciplines.
  • Knowledge and skills in the development of curricula and courses.
  • Advanced skills in adult education, ideally involving the subject matter for which the position is responsible.
  • Knowledge and skills in training evaluation sufficient to be able to evaluate the results of the courses for which the position is responsible.
  • Advanced knowledge of the mission and functions of the Department of State, and particularly the relevant regional bureau, as well as other foreign affairs agencies in order to provide courses in the context of work situations of the students for whom the courses are intended.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to carry out management and administrative functions as required in connection with the courses for which the position is responsible.
  • Familiarity with and the ability to use computer and related technologies and excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in order to carry out and/or facilitate the accomplishment of numerous functional responsibilities of the position.
  • Ability to teach and guide students outside of disciplinary specialization.
  • Commitment to collective and collaborative work environment.
  • Program management experience.
  • Superior organization skills.
  • Ability to follow technical direction; work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong PC skills using Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience:
  • Work experience in an educational or training institute.

Education and Certifications:
  • A completed PhD is preferred but advanced graduate course work is also acceptable.

About Us: QED Enterprises, Inc. (QED) was founded in 2007 by two former special forces operators, a service-disabled retired Army Green Beret and former Navy SEAL, to provide clients with the technologies, facilities services, and security to perform their mission. It is QED's first priority to provide the highest quality of service in the safest possible manner by utilizing the expertise of the most knowledgeable personnel in their field. Though we are a small business, we are highly experienced and capable. Our management experience and proven quality control methodologies reduce unnecessary labor time, which lowers costs and improves the safety and security of our clients.

We are ISO 9001:2015 certified, DCAA approved, and CMMC Level 3 Ready. QED is an SBA certified 8(a) small business and a Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow employees to meet the essential functions of the job unless those accommodations cause undue hardships to the employer. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at
  • Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
  • SBA certified 8(a) business
  • VEVRAA Federal Contractor
  • Affirmative Action Employer
  • Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are highly encouraged to apply

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