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    Summary

    This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

    This position is a 2 Year Term Appointment which is Not-To-Exceed 2 years.

    There is a possibility of an extension, but there is no guarantee and the position can be terminated at anytime throughout the duration of the appointment.

    Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.

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    Responsibilities

    As a TRADE POLICY RESEARCHER, GS-0301-5/7/9, your typical work assignments may include 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

    Occasional travel - Less than 5% anually.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • Selective Service registration is required if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
    • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
    • New employees to the Executive Office of the President will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
    • May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period.
    • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final Top Secret security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
    • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
    • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
    • This position is a 2 Year Term Appointment which is Not-To-Exceed 2 years. There is a possibility of an extension, but there is no guarantee.

    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.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

    You may qualify at the GS-05 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: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
    possess a Bachelor's degree in a related field
    OR
    a combination of education and general experience.

    You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: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 in a related field
    OR
    a combination of the experience as described and the graduate education which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: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 in a related field OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field; OR a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
    OR
    a combination of the experience as described and the graduate education which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.


    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

    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://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    **Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.**

    A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements.

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    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.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & 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 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

    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

    Non-competitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on non-competitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

    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

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

    When the application process is complete, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following competencies:

    Oral Communication, Problem Solving, Research, and Written Communication

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    All eligibility, qualifications, and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service.
    • College transcript(s) only if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable.
    • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable.
    • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    A COMPLETE RESUME IS REQUIRED. Your resume must show relevant experience (cover letter optional) where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, please ensure you provide the pay plan, series and grade level i.e. GS-0201-09.
    Note: If you upload more than one resume, the last resume received will be the one utilized for consideration.

    YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS. You are strongly encouraged to upload any applicable documents with your application package.

    ARE YOU QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION or A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE? You must provide sufficient documentation of your education in your resume. You must provide a copy of transcripts or degrees in your application package if you are utilizing education as your p[art of your qualification or if the position has a positive education requirement. It is also acceptable to document your applicable course listing in your resume (course number, credits earned, etc...). 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    ARE YOU CLAIMING SOLE SURVIVORSHIP PREFERENCE OR 5-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE? You are required to provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).

    Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the parents of a veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference must provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting documents as noted on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). To obtain a copy of SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

    Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).

    Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application.

    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.

    http://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 or e-mail. All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.

    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10661803.

    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.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/

    Next steps

    When the application process is complete, you will receive a confirmation notification by email and your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements for which you requested consideration. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements. After the qualification determinations are complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

    Only Best Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The hiring manager may choose to conduct interviews. Once the selection is made, a tentative job offer will be sent to the selectee. A security background investigation and drug screening will be conducted at that time. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate. Application statuses will be updated once a formal job offer has been extended.

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/560849400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.