Job Description

Job Summary

This position is located in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), U.S. International Trade Commission and is responsible for a wide array of legal and administrative matters related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and Section 603 of the Trade Act of 1974, internal control processes, and executive management issues.

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates intellectual property and import injury cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues. Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life.  

Please also see the vacancy announcement for our General Counsel position (open until June 4, 2013).  We encourage you to apply for both vacancies if you are qualified and interested in the position. 


Under the supervision of the Director of Operations, is responsible for a range of duties, mainly related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and Section 603 of the Trade Act of 1974, including:  investigating and assessing the sufficiency of complaints filed under Section 337; participating as an independent party in Section 337 investigations; identifying relevant issues and developing relevant information in such investigations; responding to public inquiries regarding Section 337; conducting preliminary investigations under Section 603; engaging in outreach activities; and serving as a top-ranking legal officer responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the USITC and its staff.  The incumbent will be responsible for representing the OUII, and at times the Commission, at various Commission and interagency meetings and negotiations, as well as at meetings with Congressional staff and the private sector.  The incumbent must be an attorney in good standing and will be expected to direct and provide a full range of legal advice and services concerning administrative litigation of alleged unfair import practices under Section 337, preliminary investigations of possible violations of Section 337 pursuant to Section 603, intra-agency enforcement of outstanding Commission orders under Section 337, and other investigative activities assigned by the Commission or the Director of Operations.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

You will receive an email from USA Staffing informing you of the receipt of your application.  Applicants who are determined to be highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview, at which time you will be contacted.  All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their applications.

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 866063
1. Title of Job

Director Office of Unfair Import Investigations
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Director, OUII

21. Geographic Availability

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110010001 Washington DC, DC

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.



Working for the U.S. International Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  

The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here

Other Information

  1. You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.
  2. The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
  3. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.  Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.
  4. Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period unless currently serving under a SES appointment.
  5. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis. 
  6. The U.S. International Trade Commission prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
  7. USITC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PACKAGE:  All applicants are required to submit the following information.  The initial competition and identification of candidates to be interviewed will be made solely on the basis of this material.  Candidates who do not submit complete packages as indicated below will not be considered.

A. Submit a Resume, please ensure that it contains the following information:

  1. Vacancy Announcement Number;
  2. Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers;
  3. Country of citizenship;
  4. Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and number, duration of employment, salary and hours per week.
  5. Education information, including:  name, city and state of colleges and/or universities attended, major field of study and degrees received.
  6. Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

B.  A Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and EACH Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) individually.  Please provide your examples using the four C-C-A-R elements below:

  • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc.).
  • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge.
  • Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.  These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

When addressing the five ECQs, the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages.  When addressing the PTQs, your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per PTQ.

C.  If you are a graduate of an approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), you must submit a copy of your OPM certification verifying successful completion of the program.  This form is needed to determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.

D.  If you currently serve or previously served on a Career SES Appointment, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  This form is needed to verify your SES status and determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.

E. You must provide a supervisory appraisal of performance that is within 15 months of the closing date of the announcement.  This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive such an appraisal on a periodic basis.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Career applicants currently in the SES or graduates of the SES CDP program need only address the technical qualifications (PTQs).  Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons who meet the basic qualifications within the area of consideration.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page the following Vacancy ID  TAG:Vacancy ID.  Fax your documents to1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire,and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

How You Will Be Evaluated

An SES rating panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo a structured interview and a reference check.

If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive, SES reinstatement eligible, or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.  You must receive certification before you can be appointed to this position.

Appointees are required to provide verification of citizenship identity and employment eligibility under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Public Law  99-603).

Required Documents

Step 2

The following documents are required and must be received by closing date of this announcement:

  1. Your resume;
  2. An unofficial college transcripts or list of courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for this position;
  3. Proof of current bar membership which may include a copy of the bar membership card or registration for the bar membership.  Applicants who do not submit proof of bar membership will lose consideration for this position; 
  4. Narrative responses for each ECQ (if applicable) and PTQ;
  5. Copy of Qualifications Review Board certificate from the Office of Personnel Management for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, (if applicable);
  6. Current SES members and former SES members who have reinstatement eligibility must submit proof of their SES career appointment status (e.g., SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" that shows "Tenure" and "Position Occupied".);
  7. Candidate Development Program (CDP) Graduates should submit a copy of their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.
  8. A copy of your most recent performance rating of record, if available/applicable. 
Failure to submit documents after being requested by this HR office by the closing date of the announcement will eliminate you from further consideration for this position.