Positions are open to all U.S. citizens and others eligible for or holding valid/current U.S. work authorizations. Not having U.S. citizenship is not a disqualifying factor for employment at DLIFLC. However, proof of work authorization must be submitted with the application. A limited number of H1B visas are sponsored by DLIFLC for qualified candidates in the necessary languages.
Individuals seeking employment at DLIFLC need to visit this page for a full listing of current vacancies. Applicants must complete an electronic resume in order to apply for a given vacancy via the government employment website, as explained.
You must follow all instructions very carefully when applying for a teaching vacancy and/or staff position at DLIFLC. You may have to fill out additional questionnaires or a declaration for federal employment.
For specific questions, please call: (831) 242-4321
Required Qualifications: An academic rank will be determined on the basis of information contained in the vacancy announcement. In addition to the Academic Rank qualifications, applicants must have near native language proficiency in all skills, in addition to strong English skills. Language testing will be required for recommended candidates. A four year accredited university degree is the minimum requirement. Education related to foreign language education, linguistics, international relations, or MATFL/TESOL etc., is preferred. A Master degree or higher is also preferred.
- Language Evaluation: The minimum required English proficiency is a LEVEL 2 and the minimum proficiency for the language to be taught is a LEVEL 3 in speaking as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill-Level descriptions, found at the government ILR website. Recommended applicants are only required to take formal language tests to determine their language proficiency. If you are selected to be tested, you will receive a call from the DLIFLC Testing Division.
- All language tests are performed telephonically. If you fail any portion of the language tests you will be disqualified from further consideration and your file will be retired. You may reactivate your file after six months. Retesting is only allowed once and is at the discretion of the Faculty Personnel System Office.
- Foreign degrees: If you have a degree from a non-U.S. educational institution it will need to be evaluated in order for your application to be considered. DLIFLC accepts evaluations performed by below specified members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Please contact one of NACE members from this list to have your foreign degree evaluated.
The institute offers foreign language instruction in more than two-dozen languages to approximately 3,500 military foreign language students on a schedule that extends throughout the year.
Courses are taught six hours per day, five days a week, with the exception of federal holidays and training holidays. The duration of courses ranges from 26 to 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language. Classes begin and graduate nearly each week, requiring instructors to either teach or prepare for lessons during an eight-hour period each day, Monday through Friday.
DLIFLC employs about 2,000 international faculty members, 98 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. More than 40 percent of the instructors hold an M.A. degree, while 16 percent hold a Ph.D. The DLIFLC faculty represents a wide variety of accomplishments and experience. There are a number of musicians, authors, artists, and educators, while some were formerly government or military officials in their native lands.
In addition to the civilian workforce, several hundred military personnel participate in or provide support for DLIFLC’s academic activities. The military permanent party personnel assigned to the DLIFLC represent the four branches of the U.S. Armed Services.
Aside from teaching in the classroom instructors also work on curriculum and faculty development projects and write new curricula for DLIFLC’s accelerated learning environment. Many instructors have an opportunity to work in a variety of capacities, in test development, as immersion language coordinators or academic specialists. Instructors also engage in distance learning or are sent to other locations as a part of instructor Mobile Training Teams to support military linguists or prepare deploying forces by teaching basic language and cultural familiarization courses.
DLIFLC employees are public servants. Public service is a public trust, and to protect that trust it is necessary that government employees uphold the highest ethical standards. To familiarize yourself with the standards of ethical conduct for the employees of the executive branch, please read this document.
Tenure-track and tenured faculty members are eligible for group health and life insurance, retirement and additional retirement similar to 401K. After one year of service, they may receive up to 40 hours of one-time absence or travel to a foreign country to enhance professional capabilities and classroom performance. Full-time positions also receive: paid federal holidays, and paid vacation and sick time.
For more information regarding benefits please go to www.opm.gov
Academic freedom at DLIFLC is based on two complementary but slightly divergent concepts of academic freedom. Taken together, these concepts embrace the intent of both the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), with its focus on the concerns of individual faculty members, and the U.S. Supreme Court, with its focus on both individual and institutional concerns. To read the full text of the Academic Freedom Statement, PLEASE GO TO OUR ACCREDITATION PAGE.
Employees should be informed of the rights and remedies available to them under the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA), the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), and related laws.
Federal law makes Federal agencies responsible for preventing prohibited personnel practices and ensuring that employees are informed of their rights and remedies under 5 USC Chapter 23 (Merit System Principles) and 5 USC Chapter 12 (creates and defines roles of the Merit System Protection Board and US Office of Special Counsel (OSC)). To assist with compliance, OSC established a certification program.
More information can be found on the OSC website.