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    Summary

    This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The incumbent serves as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for China. The AUSTR has primary responsibility for developing and implementing trade policy and for developing negotiating strategy for trade issues for China. The policy and/or strategy which is developed and implemented is bilateral in nature. The incumbent is also responsible for the formulation and coordination of U.S. official trade policy for China.

    If not already a member of the SES serving under a career appointment, the individual selected must have his/her executive qualifications certified by a Qualifications Review Board of the Office of Personnel Management before appointment to this position, and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period in this position. The actual salary will be set by determining the appropriate SES level for the person selected. For more information regarding the SES, go to www.opm.gov/ses.

    NOTE: This position requires the selectee to obtain and maintain a security clearance. This means that a full-field background investigation will be conducted, including appropriate credit checks. Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of pre-employment interviews and any background investigation. This agency has the right to rescind the tentative offer at any time before the actual starting date of employment based on any negative information that may be found during preliminary security and/or credit checks.

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    Responsibilities

    Serves as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for China. The AUSTR has primary responsibility for developing and implementing bilateral trade policy and for developing negotiating strategy for trade issues with China. The incumbent is also responsible for the formulation and coordination of U.S. official trade policy positions for China. Represents the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on a broad range of policy making and negotiating assignments. Serves as the U.S. Government's chief negotiator in the bilateral trade negotiations which relate to China. Represents the USTR and chairs interagency groups for the formulation and implementation of U.S. trade policy. Represents the U.S. Government and the USTR in regularly scheduled and ad hoc consultations and negotiations with representatives of China. Represents the U.S. Government at the WTO and as the U.S. negotiator with China. Meets regularly in the U.S. and abroad with foreign governments and U.S. private industry representatives to discuss trade problems and to take account of their concerns and advice in developing policy and negotiating strategy. Explains and promotes the Administration's trade policies to Congress, the public and foreign counterparts.

    **Experience working on Congressional staff on international trade matters is preferred.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    00

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All groups of qualified individuals

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
    • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
    • Direct Deposit is required
    • RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
    • A one year probationary period is required.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Qualifications

    Qualification Requirements: You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical qualifications related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    Your narrative statements should include examples of experience, education, and accomplishments applicable to the qualification. Structure your statements in terms of the action taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken, and the outcome or results from such actions. You should write each statement with the vacancy in mind as all qualifications are directly related to the position being filled. Be sure to include appropriate training and awards when addressing your qualifications. Please limit your narrative statements to one and a half pages per factor.

    For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication 'A Guide to SES Qualifications available on the OPM website at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf .

    If you do not submit a separate statement addressing these qualifications, you will not receive consideration for the position.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs) : All applicants must submit written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all technical qualifications. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application and you will be rated as 'ineligible.'
    1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in trade issues with China, including a thorough understanding of the U.S. Government's policies and programs regarding trade relations with China.
    2. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of domestic and international laws, rules, and/or regulations as they relate to and affect trade policy in the Asia-Pacific region.
    3. Demonstrated experience in securing the cooperation of foreign counterparts, governments agencies, and other high ranking officials, and the ability to blend together diverse backgrounds and interests during negotiating sessions.
    4. Demonstrated skill in preparing written policy briefing and option papers, as well as in making presentations to senior level officials in the public and private sectors, including Congress, and to foreign government officials on technical information and policy issues.
    5. Experience working on Congressional staff on international trade matters is preferred, but not mandatory. Demonstrated fluency in the Mandarin Chinese language strongly desirable, but not mandatory.

    MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements listed above, all new entrants into the SES under a career appointment will be assessed for executive competency against the following five mandatory executive core qualifications.

    If you do not submit a separate statement addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you will not receive consideration for the position.

    Note: If you are a member of the SES or have been certified through successful participation in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), or have SES reinstatement eligibility, you do not need to respond to the ECQs. Instead, you should attach proof (e.g., SF-50, Certificate of Completion of SESCDP) of your eligibility for appointment to the SES.

    The following Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of the competencies on the whole. The competencies are: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communications; Continual Learning; Written Communication; Integrity/Honesty; and Public Service Motivation.
    • Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    • Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    • Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organization goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    • Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    • Building Coalitions/Communications - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    Education

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx)

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Office of Administration's Human Resources Management Division will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel may conduct interviews with the top candidates and then make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview.

    Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
    • Narrative statements addressing the five ECQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.
    • Narrative statements addressing the MTQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.

    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10029857.

    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.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/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

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account
    (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and uploaded, (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

    Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.

    Agency contact information

    Client Services EOP - OA

    Address

    Office of the United State Trade Representative
    725 17th Street
    Washington, DC 20503
    US
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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

    After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475025800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.