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    Summary

    NOTE: THIS IS A TERM POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 2 YEARS, WHICH MAY BE EXTENDED TO A MAXIMUM OF 4 YEARS BASED ON MANAGEMENT NEEDS.

    Definition of a 'TERM APPOINTMENT' may be found at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Temporary_%26_Term

    **Notice, more than one selection can be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if more vacancies occur.

    Promotion to the next higher grade, is neither guaranteed or implied.

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    Responsibilities

    Attention: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, the job announcement will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on either (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 100 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date the 100 applications were received, all applications submitted by 11:59 that day will be given consideration.

    As a Trade Policy Research Assistant at the GS-0301-05/07/09, you will perform the following:

    • Incumbent assists higher level staff in the research, review, analysis, abstracting, and development of a variety of trade information, including: economic and trade data.
    • Assists higher-level staff in extracting and summarizing or abstracting pertinent trade and investment data, legislation, and analysis of policies and practices of countries. Prepares reports and briefing materials and using a variety of software, prepares presentations, charts, graphs, tables, etc. to be used by the AUSTR and/or senior staff members within and outside the office for the development of policy and implementation and enforcement of trade agreements.
    • Analyzes problems, issues, or program requirements relevant to the assigned area of trade. Determines pertinent issues and collects relevant information and country specific data from a variety of sources. Reviews information and applies standard analytical techniques to develop recommendations and proposals.
    • Assists staff by providing administrative support duties including receiving telephone calls and visitors, maintaining supervisor's calendar, arranging meetings, and making travel arrangements.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a US Citizen or National
    • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
    • At least 18 years old
    • Be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret security clearance
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug test
    • Direct Deposit is required
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid
    • This position may be terminated at any time before the established not-to-exceed date.
    • This position does not give status as a Current Permanent Federal Employee under Competitive Service. This is a 2 Year Not-To-Exceed Term Appointment under the Excepted Service.
    • The position may be extended to a total of 4 years appointed. There is no guarantee of extension.
    • If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    For the GS-05: GENERAL EXPERIENCE
    At least three years of progressively responsible general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions 2) Plan and organize work; and 3) Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    OR
    Bachelor's degree in a related field.
    OR
    Combination of the experience as above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    For the GS-07:
    At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-05 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Assists higher level staff to research and review a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Assists higher level staff to extract, summarize and produce reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
    OR
    1 full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Please see the Education Text below for additional information regarding Superior Academic Achievement.
    OR
    Combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    For the GS-09:
    At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-07 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Researches and reviews a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Extracts and summarizes and produces reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
    OR
    A Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), which has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Trade Policy Research Assistant.
    OR
    A combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE: Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time [insert degree type] education is considered 18 semester hours.

    Education

    If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Superior Academic Achievement:
    In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: - (1) Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR - (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR - (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts and/or verification of class standing for further verification.)

    Additional information

    Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 member copy 4 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans).

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 87 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

    Best Qualified (BQ) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
    Well Qualified (WQ) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
    Qualified (Q) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Research
    Problem Solving
    Oral Communication
    Written Communication
    The Category Rating Process 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 eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

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    Required Documents

    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.

    Education - If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript or an appropriate course listing. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.

    Completed Occupational Questionnaire

    Special Appointing Authority - Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not need to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility, please read the information below and click on the appropriate link for additional details.

    Schedule A - The EOP welcomes and encourages applications from individuals with disabilities. The federal government has a streamlined hiring process for individuals with disabilities, known as Schedule A. To learn more about Schedule A and eligibility requirements please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

    Other miscellaneous hiring authorities information may be found at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    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://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_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 to receive consideration.
    To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account. Click here for the USAJOBS website.
    You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, 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 the applicant must again upload 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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    Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP is comprised of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President's message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad.

    Would you like to make a difference in today's world? Consider a career in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. The U.S. Trade Representative is America's chief trade negotiator and the principal trade policy advisor to the President. The USTR and the Agency's staff are responsible for developing and implementing trade policies which promote world growth, and create new opportunities for American businesses, workers and agricultural producers. Come and join us, for a better tomorrow.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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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. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants. 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.

    You will be notified four times during the hiring process:
    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate(s) is issued.
    4. After the final selection(s) is made.

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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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504270300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.