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Foreign Service Regional English Language Officer

U.S. Department of State
FP 03 Pay Scale
Closing date
Jun 6, 2023

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Job Role

The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of Regional English Language Officer positions based on the needs of the Department. Learn more about the Department of State and a career in the Foreign Service at

Clarification from the agency

Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure they meet all requirements and understand a Foreign Service career. Applicants may not reapply for one year after their previous application for the same position. If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs).


Foreign Service Regional English Language Officers (RELOs), under the supervision of the Office of English Language Programs and embassy Public Affairs Sections, provide professional expertise and program support to U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide through a variety of responsibilities:

Counseling and assisting U.S. mission officials in determining and developing the most effective use of English language programs and services to meet U.S. goals.

Establishing and cultivating professional relationships with U.S. academic institutions, other government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in areas of policy and program development for English language programs both in Washington and overseas.

Conducting contextual analyses, needs assessments, and institutional assessments to guide the development of English language strategic plans and programs that serve to realize those plans.

Designing, implementing, and evaluating projects and academic exchange programs for teachers and students of the English language. Developing, organizing, and implementing in-country and regional teacher training programs.

Establishing and cultivating professional relationships with host country education officials and academic institutions involved in delivering English language programs, especially programs training teachers of English.

Providing policy guidance for English language exchanges and programs.

Nominating participants for USG-sponsored exchange programs (virtual and physical) and participating in the selection process as appropriate.

Negotiating partnerships with private and public sector entities that serve to advance the shared interests of all involved partners in the field of English language education. 

Traveling within the assigned geographic region to work on strategic planning, needs analyses, program monitoring and evaluation or consulting with relevant contacts and post personnel regarding English language programs in collaboration with Public Affairs sections at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Evaluating and reporting to Washington on the English language programs in the geographic area of responsibility and, when appropriate, recommending innovative programs.

Developing and managing the programming and operational budgets.

Acting as liaison to Department regional bureaus to explain policies and provide guidance on the development and implementation of programs in the regions.

Providing guidance and expertise to bureau officers in the development and administration of bureau exchange programs through which foreign teachers of English visit and observe English teaching programs in the United States.

Researching, developing, and supervising the creation of printed, audio, visual, and electronic media English teaching materials.

Assisting with the editing and production of the Department's journal for English language professionals, English Teaching Forum.

Taking training to keep abreast of developments in the fields of second language acquisition, country/region educational and policy context, and new educational instructional technologies.

Maintaining professional knowledge of computer programs and using social media for marketing and audience analysis.

Hiring, managing, and mentoring local staff employees.

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