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This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, U.S. Trade Representative within various offices. The incumbent works under the direction of the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative to carry out administrative support for the agency mission.
This is a temporary student trainee position not to exceed 90 days. This appointment may be extended.
As a STUDENT TRAINEE (ADMIN SUPPORT), GS-0399-05, your typical work assignments may include the following:
- Responsible for variations from prescribed policies and procedures in the solution of problems encountered involving office administrative matters.
- Prepares a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and information.
- Assists in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conferences for division/office staff and supervisors.
- Provides research, analysis, statistics and legislative markups.
- Assists in day-to-day operations through performing a mixture of routine and sometimes complex tasks.
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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 trial period.
- You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance. 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.
- Must sign a Pathways Program Agreement.
- This is virtual student trainee position. Note: Trainees selected in the National Capital Region (DC/Maryland/Virginia) are subject to return to office requirement as directed.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the Pathways Program Requirements listed below:
Student Trainee: To be eligible, applicants must be:
- A student that is accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree diploma, certificate, etc. in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled). A copy of an official transcript must be submitted with your application to verify your qualifications.
- At the time of appointment and upon request, students must demonstrate an overall Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale as recorded on the official transcript. Transcripts must be submitted.
Enrolled in a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree;
Note: An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.
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.
To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. You must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services at the time of application. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.**
Student trainee assignments will be in the following offices: Africa, Agriculture, Europe & Middle East, Front Office, General Counsel, ICTIME, Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Affairs, Public Engagement, Southeast Asia and Pacific - SEAP and Western Hemisphere.
As a Student Trainee, the following applies:
You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Program.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
You are required to show proof of enrollment in a qualified degree/diploma program by the closing of this announcement.
Failure to provide adequate scholastic documentation within the specified time frame will disqualify you from further consideration.
A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements.
Student Trainees and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which outlines expectations for the student program prior to entrance on duty.
Student Trainees appointed for less than 90 days in duration are generally not eligible for benefits.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm
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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.
When the application process is complete, we will review your resume and supporting documents 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:
Education and Training
The Category Rating process gives Veterans' preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent to be listed in the highest quality category.
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.
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
- 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.
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 part 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/11211908.
Agency contact information
AddressOffice of the United State Trade Representative
725 17th Street
Washington, DC 20503
Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President (EOP). The EOP is comprised of offices, agencies and councils that directly support the President. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency within the EOP established to develop and coordinate U.S. international trade policy. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member, who serves as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
Make a difference in the world! Consider a career at USTR today! Our staff develop and implement trade policies which promote world growth and create new opportunities for American businesses, workers and agricultural producers. Come and join us to create a better tomorrow.
Fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace is one of our top priorities. At USTR, we celebrate our diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The unique contributions each employee brings to the table make us a stronger, more resilient and more effective team. We welcome and encourage all interested applicants to apply.
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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.
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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.
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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/611700300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.