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POSITION DESCRIPTION

assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs, department of state





OVERVIEW

Senate Committee

Foreign Relations

Agency Mission

The Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the secretary of state is the president’s principal foreign policy advisor.i

Position Overview

The assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.ii

Compensation

Level IV $160,300 (5 U.S.C. § 5315)

Position Reports to

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairsiii

RESPONSIBILITIES

Management Scope

The bureau is made up of several offices that work to properly execute its programs, distribute resources and carry out its mission, including an Office of Academic Exchange Programs, an Office of Citizen Exchanges, an Office of English Language Programs, an Office of Global Educational Programs, an Office of International Visitors, an Office of Policy and evaluation, an Office of Private Sector Exchange and an Office of U.S. Study Abroad.iv

Primary Responsibilities

  • Promotes peaceful relations between countries based on exchange of academics, culture, industries, students and sports

  • Builds private-public partnerships and works with the private sector to bring resources and partnerships to leverage the work of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Strategic Goals and Priorities

[Depends on the policy priorities of the administration]





REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCIES

Requirements

  • High-level public engagement management experience (a plus)

  • Advanced advocacy and coalition building traits (beneficial)

Competencies

  • Strong passion for the exchange of ideas, traditions and culture between countries and territories

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Energy for extensive foreign travel

PAST APPOINTEES

Evan Ryan (2013 to present) – Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; Deputy Chair, Governance Track, Clinton Global Initiativev

Judith Stewart-Stock (2010 to 2013) – Vice President of Institutional Affairs, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Deputy Assistant to former President Clinton and the Social Secretary at The White Housevi

Goli Ameri (2008 to 2010) – Candidate for Congress, Oregon; Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Public Delegate, 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rightsvii



POSITION DESCRIPTION

assistant secretary for intelligence and research, Department of state




OVERVIEW

Senate Committee

Intelligence

Agency Mission

The Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the secretary is the president’s principal foreign policy advisor.

Position Overview

The Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research serves as the principal intelligence advisor to the secretary and other State Department principals.

Compensation

Level IV $160,300 (5 U.S.C. § 5315)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Management Scope

In fiscal 2015, the Department of State had $26,498 million in outlays, and in fiscal 2014 it had 10,068 total employment. In 2008, the Bureau for Intelligence and Research had about 350 employees and a budget of about $65 million.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serves as the principal intelligence advisor to the Secretary and other State Department principals

  • Serves as head of the intelligence community element in the department.

  • Coordinates and supervises all intelligence-related activities in the department and represents the department within the intelligence community, serving as the department’s primary liaison with the director of national intelligence and other agencies of the intelligence community

  • Oversees one of the intelligence community’s primary all-source analytics unit that provides independent analysis of events to department and other national security policymakers, and ensures that intelligence activities support foreign policy and national security goals

  • Serves as the focal point in the department for facilitating policy review of sensitive operational, counterintelligence and law-enforcement activities.

  • Manages the Bureau of Intelligence and Research

  • Coordinates closely with the six regional assistant secretaries, the Assistant Secretaries for Arms Control and International Security, the assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, the Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement

  • Liaises government-wide with the Director of National Intelligence and with senior officials at the White House and other departments and agencies

  • Analyzes geographical and international boundary issues

  • Represents the agency in the intelligence community.

  • Plays an important role in cyber intelligence-related activities.

Strategic Goals and Priorities

[Depends on the policy priorities of the administration]





REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCIES

Requirements

  • Extensive leadership and managerial experience

  • Senior-level executive experience in the intelligence community a plus

  • Prior State Department experience a plus

  • Substantive background in a major regional (China, Middle East, Russia, for example) or functional (proliferation, counterterrorism, military analysis, technology analysis, for example) area is advantageous

Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to remain calm and work under high pressure

  • Ability to handle sensitive matters

  • Ability to make recommendations in the face of ambiguous and conflicting information

  • Good judgment and a high level of discretion and integrity

PAST APPOINTEES

Daniel B. Smith (2014 to present) - Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic (Greece); Executive Secretary, State Department; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs; Deputy Executive Secretary, State Department

Philip S. Goldberg (2010 to 2013) - Coordinator for Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1874 on North Korea; Ambassador to Bolivia; Chief of Mission, Pristina, Kosovo; Deputy Chief of Mission, Santiago, Chile; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs

Randall M. Fort (2006 to 2009) - Director of Global Security for Goldman Sachs; Chief of Staff to the President and co-Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs; Director of Special Projects at TRW, Inc. for two of the corporation’s Space and Defense operating groups; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence; Special Assistant for National Security at the Department of the Treasury (head of intelligence)

Thomas Fingar (2004 to 2005) - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis; Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific; Chief of the China Division, State Department

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