Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (2 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Occasional travels for training outside of host country; local trips to American Corners and grantees in host country, etc.
This position is located within the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Public Affairs Officer (DPAO), the jobholder directs and manages American Center Monrovia (ACM), as well as 4 American Corners across Liberia. Oversees the research, reference, and outreach services conducted by the ACM staff. Plans and implements outreach programs to advance U.S. Mission goals. Identifies, and develops and maintains continuing professional contact with key target audience members. Directly supervises the Public Engagement Assistant (Librarian).
This position requires a total of at least four years of experience. Specifically: a) Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a multilingual, multicultural, or multinational institution (such as a museum, public or community center, or education facility) that provides information resources or American Studies or International Relations content to the public is required, with communications, marketing or public relations duties as a significant part of the job; and b) at least an additional one year of supervisory experience is required.
Knowledge of Liberian culture and customs, as well as knowledge of the educational needs of Liberian youth required. Knowledge of electronic retrieval and delivery tools, in particular the Internet and standard information science practices and procedures required. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel required.
Level 4 (Fluent) writing/reading/speaking of English is required. Incumbent must communicate effectively in English to both Liberian and U.S. audiences. This will be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills required. Excellent written and oral communication skills required – this may be tested. Must have good interpersonal skills. The ability to work unsupervised much of the time is required. Must have the ability to lead team efforts undertake several tasks to complete programs and projects. Must have strong analytic skills and the ability to conceptualize how best to use PD tools to move Liberian attitudes in positive ways. Must be able to advise senior Mission leaders of opportunities to promote Mission objectives; identify, analyze, predict and continually assess audience attitudes; manage projects and evaluate the impact of projects and modify approaches for greatest outcomes. Attention to detail and ease with numbers required. Skills in Microsoft Office are required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
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