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    Knowledge of the chemical industry, including trade policies and issues, competitive conditions, regulatory frameworks, and sources of information and data. Experience in conducting research and analysis (qualitative/quantitative) on issues pertaining to the chemical industry. Possession of a high level of intellectual curiosity, written communication skills, and the ability to apply industry expertise and standard economic principles to evaluating trade and competition in the chemical industry.

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    The position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Industries, Chemicals and Textiles Division. The ideal candidate will have formal academic training in organic or inorganic chemistry or chemical engineering. Have an understanding of organic chemical structure, and may have work experience in the chemical industry (e.g. chemical economics, marketing, or business), is inquisitive, sows initiative, and possesses the skills to obtain and analyze a broad range of chemical-specific trade and related information from U.S. and foreign producers of chemical products, U.S. importers, U.S. purchasers, trade associations, and other sources. Such a candidate (1) demonstrates an ability and desire to conduct extensive primary and secondary research on a wide range of chemical products, industries; markets, and trade impediments; (2) is skilled at resolving trade and industry data issues for chemical products; (3) has excellent interpersonal skills and is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high level industry and government officials; (4) excels in both written and oral communication; (5) possesses a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and international trade and finance concepts, particularly those relating to chemicals; (6) demonstrates practical knowledge of quantitative methods of analysis; (7) has knowledge of international trade rules and laws, particularly those relating to chemicals; and (8) has proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Proficiency in quantitative analysis (i.e., statistical analysis, regressions econometrics, etc.) is desired, but not required for this position.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
    • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
    • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
    • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59


    You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

    You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for International Trade Analyst 1101 can be found at Insert link to qualification standard. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

    Applicants for the GS09 level must have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience that demonstrated knowledge of the economic, market, political, technical and other factors that influence U.S. trade flows and business; industry, and product competitiveness; trade data collection methods and analytical techniques; and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regarding international commerce.

    Possession of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, economics, business or international law, international trade or relations, or other fields which are directly related to the production of goods in international trade. You must submit a copy of your transcript to show you meet this requirement.

    Applicants for the GS­11 level must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS­09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: performing analysis that requires a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge to the collection, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of trade data as pertaining to the chemical industry. It must have required an in­depth understanding of international trade principles and theories, or

    Possession of a PhD degree, which included the curriculum listed under question 1. A copy of your transcript is required to show you meet this requirement.

    Applicants for the GS­12 level must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS­11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in international trade as it relates to chemicals, or related sectors, which included substantive analysis which required a thorough understanding of the issued under investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research and analysis into an assigned study

    Applicants for the GS­13 level must have at least one ­year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS­12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: researching and analyzing issues in international trade as they relate to chemicals or the chemical sector; recognizing and evaluating factors in domestic and foreign supply and demand to draw rational inferences based on research findings; applying econometric or other economic modeling techniques to support the technical validity of findings; and knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and sector competitiveness.

    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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    All applicants must possess a professional body of knowledge related to this position. While this is not a mandatory requirement, this would typically be obtained by possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, economics, business or international law, international trade or relations, or other fields which are directly related to the production of goods in international trade. Such theoretical knowledge must include an understanding of the technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness, commodity and trade collection methods and analytical techniques, and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce.

    Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows;

    At the GS-09 level:
    Possession of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, economics, business or international law, international trade or relations, or other fields which are directly related to the production of goods in international trade. You must submit a copy of your transcript to show you meet this requirement.

    At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related. See majors directly related to this occupation in previous qualification section of this announcement.

    At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

    At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

    To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

    To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.

    Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.

    Additional information

    Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

    Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    DD-214: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

    SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference): http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

    Special hiring authorities for veterans: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

    Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp

    Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

    Self Assessment Questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10308430

    Vacancy ID number:10308430

    Reasonable accommodations: 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 contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.

    • Industry and Market Technical Knowledge
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Technology Application
    • Writing
    Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.

    Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
    Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    Best: placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).

    Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.

    Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: ~https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10308430

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    To receive consideration, you must complete the self assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET 10/12/2018.

    1. Resume: Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

    2. Assessment questionnaire: A completed job-specific questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

    3. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. For Foreign Education only qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. The link contains a list of accredited organizations that specialize in interpreting of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

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

    A. For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide:

    • a copy of your DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which shows the type of discharge and dates of active duty (Member 4 copy preferred).
    B. If you are currently on active duty, to receive 5-point preference you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states: -
    • your branch of service;
    • period(s) of service;
    • campaign medals or expeditionary medals earned
    • expected discharge type and date; and
    • date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.
    If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD 214 prior to your appointment with our agency.

    C. To receive 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide:
    -any documentation required by this form to support your claim.

    If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if you meet the requirements. You can obtain an SF-15 through this link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/standard-forms/.

    To access to your DD 214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

    Current or former Federal employees applying under this announcement, and claiming veteran's preference, must submit a qualifying SF-50, to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

    5. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:
    • a copy of your agency notice;
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    6. Cover Letter. This is optional.

    7. Special hiring authority applicants: If you are applying under a special hiring authority you must submit proof of eligibility with your application.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/12/2018~ to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

    3. To verify that your application is complete, 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 Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    4. 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.

    The Vacancy ID is 10308430

    Agency contact information

    Phellicia Sorsby


    Office of Industries
    500 E St SW
    Washington, DC 20436
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    The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated "Most Improved Small Agency" in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 2nd overall in the 2017 Best Places to Work Index.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency established by Congress with a range of trade-related mandates. The Commission adjudicates whether: (1) dumped or subsidized imports injure a domestic industry; (2) surges of fairly traded imports injure a domestic industry; and (3) imports infringe a domestic intellectual property right or otherwise unfairly injure a domestic industry. In addition, the Commission provides independent, objective, and timely analysis of trade and competitiveness issues to the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress; and maintains the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

    This career opportunity is also being announced through delegated examining procedures under MP-18-085-PSS which is open to all U.S. citizens. If you wish to be considered under both announcements, you must make an individual application to each.

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

    To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
    Upon receipt of your application
    Upon minimum qualifications determination
    After candidates have been referred to the hiring official
    Once a selection has been made

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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/511409200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.