Jobs for humanists 9/3

Labor opportunities for Labor Day

Hi, everyone! I hope you have a pleasant weekend ahead of you, and that you are safe. I’ll start with a bunch of foreign language positions:

Foreign Language Teacher - Spanish (Assistant Professor) •  Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center • September 14, 2021

Foreign Language Teacher - Persian Farsi (Assistant Professor) • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center • September 14, 2021

Open Rank - German • U.S. Military Academy • October 1, 2021

Open Rank - Portuguese • U.S. Military Academy • October 29, 2021

Education Program Specialist • Office of Postsecondary Education (DOE) • September 15, 2021 OR 75 applicants

These posts do fill up quickly, so if you’re a good candidate, get cracking.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Policy, Planning and Innovation Division (PPI), Accreditation Group located in Washington, DC. The Accreditation Group administers the Department's review process of accrediting agencies and state approval agencies for postsecondary vocational education and nurse education seeking to obtain initial and continued recognition by the Secretary of Education.

To qualify for this position, you need some accreditation experience (specialized experience); the basic requirement can be met with 1 year of teaching, not TAing.

Here’s the questionnaire.

Instructional Systems Specialist (PreK-5 Literacy) • Department of Defense Education Activity (DOD) • September 15, 2021

  • Develop goals for improving student achievement in elementary ELA/literacy that support a community strategic plan at a district or state level.

  • Assess the system-wide effectiveness of grades PK-5 ELA/literacy program by monitoring the implementation of literacy curriculum and performance standards.

  • Identify training needs in elementary grades PK-5 ELA/literacy teaching and learning.

  • Communicate in a variety of modalities, to include virtual, with a geographically disbursed workforce.

  • Oversee the selection, implementation, and/or evaluation of resources and equipment to support the teaching and learning of ELA/literacy in grades PK-5 instructional environments.

You need to meet basic and specialized experience for this one. They are looking for a degree that meets certain subject guidelines and have one year of experience doing stuff like this:

instructing elementary (PK-5) English Language Arts (ELA)/literacy in a school system; assessing the effectiveness of a grades PK-5 ELA/literacy program, and leading elementary ELA/literacy programs at an above school level (district, headquarters, state, or equivalent) position as a Curriculum Specialist (or equivalent). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service or equivalent (GS-12).

The competencies are “Developing Others, Instructional Design, Instructional Program Administration, Partnering.” The questionnaire is here.

Librarian (Canada/Oceania Section) • Library of Congress • September 17, 2021

It’s a library job. They give a detailed break down of the responsibilities, which I will not reproduce here. The qualifications are:

Knowledge of the culture and/or civilization of Canada and Oceania.

Knowledge of library acquisitions and/or cataloging rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret data related to acquiring and/or cataloging library materials.**

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.**

Ability to communicate in writing.**

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison services.

Canada and Oceania seem . . . big and different to me, but the starred items are the ones they emphasize. So it looks like library experience is more important than subject expertise this time. There’s a questionnaire, as usual, with narratives, as usual.

Library Technician • Library of Congress • September 17, 2021

Library experience is going to be even MORE important for this position. There’s a detailed breakdown of responsibilities which, again, I will not reproduce here.

Ability to use integrated library systems (ILS), databases, and other computerized software applications.**

Knowledge of library processes and procedures to identify, analyze, and correct problems with library materials.**

Ability to plan and meet deadlines.

Ability to work in a team environment interacting collaboratively with others.

Ability to apply knowledge of bibliographic control.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Here’s the questionnaire and the narratives.

Librarian (Assistant Curator, Photography) • Library of Congress • September 30, 2021

This sound like a neat version of the librarian position! And a cool research specialty.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews or written requests. Provides accurate, competent research guidance on the use and technical aspects of the visual materials collections. Examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in topics related to a specialized field. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Assists in preparing finding aids and related written products describing collections.


Knowledge of the fields of documentary photography and photographic history.**

Ability to provide research and reference services.**

Knowledge of library principles, concepts, and techniques.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to analyze and solve problems related to visual and documentary materials in photographic collections.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Here’s your questionnaire.

Librarian (Digital Collection Specialist) • Library of Congress • October 4, 2021

This position serves as a Digital Collection Specialist and is responsible for acquisitions, management of digital collections, project development, management, consultation, and liaison work.

The incumbent assists with the integration of digital and traditional library services through work on assigned projects involving digital reformatting and/or collecting original digital material.

This position does specify a degree in library science, although you could also qualify through experience. Lots of LOC jobs don’t have an education requirement, but this one does.

Knowledge of library best practices and procedures for the lifecycle management of digital collection materials.**

Knowledge of metadata and metadata best practices for managing digital collections.**

Ability to plan and carry out digital content management projects.**

Ability to organize and analyze information and interpret data related to carrying out library functions.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison duties.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Not sure why they don’t bold their KSAs in the Law Library. Anyway, here’s the questionnaire!

See you next Friday!