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    Summary

    This position is located in the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), one of three offices in the Directorate, which has broad enforcement oversight to ensure compliance with U.S. export laws and regulations.

    The purpose of this position is to serve as the Director, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance. As such, the incumbent assists the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of State for Defense Trade Controls by providing subject matter expertise and policy recommendations, compliance and enforcement management, and regulatory policy direction to Directorate offices so that they might administer compliance and enforcement of export controls mandated by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The incumbent may be directed to act as DAS with full authority to act and make decisions when circumstances require such a delegation.

    The incumbent works in close collaboration with other Directorate offices, the Department of Defense, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice, and the Intelligence Community, as well as top-level defense industry and foreign government representatives.

    This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement # HRSC/PM-2017-0007. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens)and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.

    This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent assists, as assigned, in performing varying combinations of the following activities.

    Takes the lead in performing the program and policy review as well as administrative supervision of staff functions that include:

    • Registration of arms brokers, U. S. manufacturers and exporters of defense articles, defense services, and related technical data, as statutorily required.
    • Administrative compliance, enforcement procedures and investigations, and remedies, to include organizing administrative hearings to address civil charges involving export control violations and preparing and concluding consent agreements on behalf of the Department.
    • Lead role for Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in the review of cases before the Interagency Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. (CFIUS).
    • On-site visits of defense exporters as a means to support AECA and ITAR compliance.
    • Public information activities, which promote the compliance program to industries and the general public.
    • Criminal investigation and litigation support in coordination with U.S. Customs, the Justice Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys throughout the country.
    • Provides assistance andguidance to all Office Directors in the Directorate in all aspects of compliance and enforcement of export controls including changes in export laws and regulations.
    • Ensures the establishment of policies, practices and standards that affect compliance to export laws and regulations.
    • Enforces the AECA and ITAR through the assurance of proper end-use of licensed exports, implementation of sound policies based on statutory and regulatory interpretations, detection and prevention of unauthorized transfers.
    • Directs and implements changes in the Directorate offices’ efforts and activities as necessary to implement full compliance with export laws and regulations.
    • Performs the compliance and enforcement as well as administrative and personnel management functions through the direction, coordination, and oversight of subordinate supervisors. Advises staff regarding policies, procedures, and directives of higher level management or the agency.
    • Selects candidates for subordinate non-supervisory positions and recommends selections for subordinate supervisory positions taking into consideration skills and qualifications, and mission requirements.
    • Ensures reasonable equity among units of performance standards developed, modified, and/or interpreted and rating techniques developed by
      subordinate supervisors.
    • Serves as a principal representative on defense export regulatory compliance and enforcement issues, often as the senior State official and spokesperson for U.S. foreign policy in that particular area.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel less than 20% is required.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Open to all U.S. citizens

    "You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

    "More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
    • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
    • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.

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    Qualifications

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

    Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
    • Experience providing guidance to senior level officials in all aspects of compliance and enforcement of export controls including changes in export laws and regulations.
    • Experience developing and implementing areas of program emphasis and assignment in order to ensure that monitoring, analysis, and review activities are effectively measuring, evaluating defense trade compliance with established regulations and requirements.
    • Experience establishing policies, practices and standards that affect compliance to export laws and regulations.
    • Experience providing administrative and personnel management functions through the direction, coordination, and oversight of subordinate supervisors.
    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.

    In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:
    • Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
    • Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
    • Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
    • Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
    • Capacity to "see the job through."

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    Additional information

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

    Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

    Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.

    Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

    1. Knowledge of US laws and regulations relating to defense trade controls; ability to apply that knowledge and reach conclusions about compliance matters.
    2. Skill in analyzing compliance programs, identifying weaknesses and inconsistencies, drawing accurate conclusions, and recommending improvements.
    3. Knowledge of public and private sector participants in and regulators of defense trade, including their operations and practices.
    4. Ability to prepare and present analyses, based on interpretation and practical application of legal sources, principles and procedures.
    5. Skill in oral/written communication.
    6. Skill in providing guidance to colleagues.
    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

    Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

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    Required Documents

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

    3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4. Veterans Preference - If claiming veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

    For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

    For 10-point veteran's preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

    For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

    To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

    5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

    6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations
    CTAP Considerations

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Department of State 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. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here.

    http://careers.state.gov/work/benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

    To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

    ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Agency contact information

    Tawana Rhodan

    Phone

    (843) 202-3739

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    RhodanTD@state.gov

    Address

    U.S. Department of State
    1269 Holland Street
    Building D
    Charleston, SC 29405
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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/454754300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.