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    Summary

    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.

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Office of Commissioner Jason Kearns.

    The ideal candidate possesses advanced studies in International Economics, has knowledge or experience related to import injury trade remedy investigations, has a genuine interest in learning about new industries, is comfortable in an environment with multidisciplinary team members, and enjoys exploring a variety of business and trade subject matters in the conduct of their work.

    The candidate would possess superior writing and organizational skills, and the ability to handle large volumes of information with careful attention to accuracy and detail.

    As an International Economist to the Commissioner, you will:

    • Provide economic support, advice, and analysis in investigations under Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, concerning antidumping and countervailing duty investigations; investigations under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. sec. 1337) ("section 337") concerning patents, other intellectual property rights, and unfair methods of competition; studies requested by the Congress and the President under section 332 of the Tariff Act of 1930; administrative and procedural matters relating to Title VII and section 337; and other economic studies and analysis as assigned.
    • Assess often complex factual records and legal arguments, advise and assist the Commissioner in preparation for hearings and votes, prepare memoranda, and reply to oral and written inquiries from the Commissioner.
    • Analyze complex intellectual property law disputes, often involving advanced technologies, and advise the Chairman on these matters.
    • Assist in the Commissioner's Office's role of facilitating and coordinating the work of the Commission.
    • Provide economic advice regarding Commissioner decisions.

    NOTE: The initial term of this position will be 2 years. It may be renewed depending on management's needs, workload, and funding availability.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

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    0110 Economist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period
    • You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

    Qualifications

    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.

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR
    This position requires a Selective Placement Factor for successful performance upon entering the job. Selective Placement Factors are knowledge, skills and/or abilities that are essential for satisfactory performance on the job. You will be ineligible for further consideration if you do not possess it.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT
    To be considered for an Economist position, you must have:

    A. Degree: Economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.

    -OR-

    B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics or agricultural economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Examples of qualifying experience include: individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

    IN ADDITION to meeting the selective placement factor above, you must have the specialized experience below. You may be able to substitute your education in certain instances. If you can, we mention it under the appropriate grade level.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps and AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student and 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.

    To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-13 level. Your experience must demonstrate the following: professional experience examining economic and/or industry analyses in support of trade-related programs to help guide the analytical efforts of a program; providing expert economic advice to senior officials on the economic facets of an assigned study; conducting economic research and/or assessment in support of various projects or an assigned study; and experience formulating and completing analysis on key economic, industry, and policy issues .

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade 14 level. Your education must be combined with specialized experience as listed above.

    To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-14 level. Your experience must demonstrate the following: professional experience examining economic and/or industry analyses in support of trade-related programs to help guide the analytical efforts of a program; providing expert economic advice to senior officials on the economic facets of an assigned study; conducting economic research and/or assessment in support of various projects or an assigned study; and experience formulating and completing analysis on key economic, industry, and policy issues .

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade 15 level. Your education must be combined with specialized experience as listed above.

    Education

    This occupation has a positive education and specialized experience requirement. Specifics are detailed below:

    Basic Education requirement for all applicants:
    Possession of BA or higher degree in Economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus. You are required to submit a copy of your transcript to verify this requirement.

    Education must have been completed in an accredited institution, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be credited. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirement if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm

    Additional information

    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/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    1. Experience performing data analysis
    2. Applying economic theory and industry information to perform empirical analysis
    3. Written and oral communication skill and abilities
    4. Performing work in a team environment

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) 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.

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications and/or education on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education and/or work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

    Best: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess 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 higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.

    Good: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Names of the candidates in the Best category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

    If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured panel interview process, which will include between 2 and 4 members. In addition to the interview, you can expect to present your recent research in a seminar.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10347625

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    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. Occupational Questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account.

    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. Notice of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to appointments in the excepted service; however, the USITC considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claims. The SF-15, which lists the type of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov.

    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.usitc.gov/employment/benefits.htm

    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 occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/14/2018 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 occupational 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 10347625.

    Agency contact information

    Ronald Johnson

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    Commissioners
    500 E St SW
    Washington, DC 20436
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    Learn more about this agency

    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.

    An independent Federal agency, we provide the President and Congress with-high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues; hear and decide import-injury cases and publish the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

    Visit our careers page

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

    http://www.usitc.gov/

    Next steps

    Once the occupational questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application, 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:

    1. Upon receipt of your application
    2. Upon minimum qualifications determination
    3. After candidates have been referred to the hiring official
    4. Once a selection has been made

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/515639900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.