Virtual Education Advisor

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OBXtek Inc. is an established award-winning business providing information technology and professional management services to the federal government. OBXtek is a leader in its field and is committed to identifying, developing, and delivering innovative, mission-focused technical and logistical solutions to over 15 civilian and military partners in the Federal Government.


As a prime contractor for 93% of our current work, we possess a robust corporate infrastructure that provides management oversight and support for all our programs. OBXtek pairs lessons learned across disciplines with industry standard quality practices such as CMMI-Dev Level III, ITIL, 6Sigma, PMI, and ISO to create processes that leverage best practices and result in novel, successful solutions.


OBXtek is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the Virtual Education Advisor opening in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) which deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform.


The Duties and Responsibilities for the Virtual Education Advisor are as follow:


The incumbent will serve as a public affairs specialist responsible for administering the Syria Virtual Educational Advising Program within NEA/PPD, with primary responsibility for collecting, assembling, preparing, and disseminating information concerning educational opportunities in the United States. 


In addition to offering guidance to Syrian students on the admissions process, the Educational Advisor is responsible for: 

  • Advising U.S. institutions on the current situation in Syria as well as admissions challenges Syrian students face, and Syrian documents
  • Creating the first undergraduate virtual EducationUSA Competitive College Club in the MENA region in order to work with qualified Syrian applicants, making them more eligible to compete for full scholarships 
  • Collaborating with current Syrian students in the U.S. to provide support and information resources to Syrians outside the U.S. looking to study here 
  • Providing direct educational advising services and outreach to Syrian students via social media platforms 
  • Helping advise Syrian students on suitable opportunities within  U.S. universities 
  • Advising Syrian students on the visa application process
Contacts are with Department of State program officials, the Education USA network, university administrators, scholarship administrators, news media representatives, and other private organizations and  NGO groups such as the Institute for International Education,  Jusoor, a Syrian NGO, as well as various Syrian contacts including Syrian students and scholars. Contacts are for collecting and disseminating information, advising target groups of the Syria Education Program objectives, determining information interests of target publics, and maintaining effective work relationships with affected or interested groups. 




Must be US Citizen and must have a current US DoD Secret Clearance.


Special Knowledge and Experience Requirements:


  • Knowledge of Syrian issues and the workings of the NEA Bureau, and with the foreign affairs mission and functions of the Department of State in general; 
  • Knowledge of press and media issues and attitudes as they relate to Syria; 
  • Skill in interacting with and establishing cooperative relationships with academic institutions, officers in the NEA bureau and the Department, university officials, educational organization representatives, and NGO officials 
  • Knowledge of oral and written communication principles, practices, techniques and methods, analytical methods, and interpersonal relations practices; 
  • Skill in applying such knowledge to develop information material aimed at enhancing the understanding of groups or individuals of the significant issues of the agency’s program; 
  • Knowledge and skill in explaining significant issues to generally responsive groups or individuals interested in the Department’s Syria Virtual Educational Program; 
  • A 2/2 in written and spoken Arabic. 
  • Knowledge of U.S. higher education admissions requirements, and experience with all aspects of the admissions process including knowledge of high education costs and how to research scholarships and financial aid. 
  • Basic knowledge of student visas, including the qualifications for a visa and how to apply as well as a basic knowledge or TPS and asylum/refugee status. 
  • Knowledge and experience with various social media platforms and how to use them for marketing and outreach 
  • Knowledge and understanding of challenges and difficulties Syrian students face in the application process as well as how to overcome them 
  • Extensive knowledge on the Syrian educational system and Syrian documents  
  • Skills and experience advising and counseling students 
  • Public Speaking skills 
  • The application of intermediate-level communications and analytical practices, methods, and techniques to solve moderately complex public affairs problems such as developing and presenting informational material to achieve understanding of various points of view from publics with different levels of understanding and interests; 
  • Employing a number of information gathering techniques to collect and analyze public reaction to information programs; 
  • Develop recommendations to manage and improve the Department’s communication with the general public and specialized groups. 



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