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Job Title:Recent Graduate Trainee (International Trade Specialist)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-TPFCS-2013-0016

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1140-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Excepted Service: Pathways Recent Graduate Internship - Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Recent Graduates Program Eligibles (See Other Information)

JOB SUMMARY:

Interested in assisting U.S. businesses compete globally? The International Trade Administration (ITA) is instrumental in assisting businesses compete in the global economy. Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting trade, opening foreign markets to ensure compliance with trade laws and agreements.

This vacancy is for a Program Analyst position in SelectUSA of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS), an agency within the International Trade Administration. This position is located at ITA’s headquarters in Washington DC.


Established under Executive Order in June 2011, SelectUSA is the first U.S. Government-wide initiative to attract and retain business investment in the United States.  SelectUSA continues to work actively to increase quality investment projects into the United States while taking steps at the federal level to ensure the United States is the premier destination for investment. SelectUSA promotes and supports foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, contributing to U.S. job creation, innovation, and competitiveness.  SelectUSA is a program of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, within the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Foreign direct investment plays a major role in the United States economy, both as a key driver of the economy and an important source of innovation, exports and jobs. The United States has always provided foreign investors a stable and welcoming market.  SelectUSA facilitates investment through a number a core services.


Ombudsman


Working across the federal government on a case-by-case basis and through the Interagency Investment Working Group, SelectUSA addresses investor concerns and issues in cases where a Federal rule or regulation impedes or prevents a legitimate greenfield investment, expansion, or retention.


Information Assistance to Investors


SelectUSA serves as a resource for potential investors, providing information on: how to establish and operate a business in the United States; the benefits of establishing operations in the United States; Federal standards, rules, and regulations; and Federal resources like grants, loans and other programs.


Investment Advocacy


When appropriate, SelectUSA can act as an advocate to promote the U.S. business climate to a potential investor in an ongoing project that may be at risk or where a U.S. location faces international competition. SelectUSA may also act as an advocate when federal-level engagement can convey the appropriate support for a potential investment project.


EDO Counseling


SelectUSA shares best practices with U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) on how to improve their own foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction efforts and create and implement an investment strategy. SelectUSA counsels EDOs on FDI trends, effective outreach methods tailored for specific international locations, and marketing strategies to promote their location to foreign investors.


- A one-year probationary/trial period may be required. 

- Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

- This is a non-bargaining unit position. 

- If you are found to be qualified and your name is forwarded to the hiring manager, you may be contacted for an interview and you should be prepared and available for an interview within 3-4 weeks from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.
  • Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
  • before the selectee can be placed in the position.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Under direct supervison of a senior specialist, perform research and analysis of trade and investment data and information on a specific topic or issue within a larger project or assignment.
  • Disseminate investment information and materials on government products/services to U.S. businesses and associations, foreign investors, and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs); attend meetings and engage in other activities for developmental purposes.
  • Assist senior specialist in coordination and support of investment cases, programs and events.
  • Assist in the organization of seminars, meetings, conferences, or other events that involve a broad variety of participants.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be eligible for the Recent Graduate Program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

a.  Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate with at least 2.8 GPA from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years; OR

b.  Released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for his/her degree or certificate. 

This position has an education requirement.  To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:

 

Grade 07 EDUCATION:  Completion of all requirements for a bachelors or equivalent degree in a field of global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study with a GPA or class standing that meets the requirements of the Superior Academic Achievement provisions;

 

OR

 

One year of graduate level education in a field of international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study is qualifying for the GS-7 level.

 

GRADE 07 EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work experience that demonstrated the application of knowledge of 

international economic and political factors influencing the flow foreign investment between countries; the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; or of problems and techniques relating to Foreign Investment in world markets.

 

Grade 09 Education

 

Completion of all requirements for a master's degree or equivalent 

in a field of international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study is qualifying for the GS-7 level.

 

Grade 09 Experience:  You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work experience that demonstrated the application of knowledge of international economic and political factors influencing the flow foreign investment between countries; the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; or of problems and techniques relating to Foreign Investment in world markets.

 


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This position requires a security clearance.

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold,” “silver,” and “bronze.” However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

 

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  1. Ability to research, analyze and apply knowledge of economic, market, political and other factors, conditions, and issues which influence and affect U.S. and foreign direct investment objectives and positions
  2. Ability to communicate information effectively in person, verbally and in writing on various topics for both internal and external stakeholders in a clear, concise, and succinct manner.
  3. Ability to effectively build relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders through quality customer service, client/stakeholder management, and outreach.
  4. Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and/or manage projects and events while meeting immovable deadlines.  

For more information on category rating, please go to:

http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf



To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The International Trade Administration, Trade Promotion and Foreign Commercial Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/resourcecenter/index/interactive/benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The Pathways Internship Program integrates classroom study with paid work experience, with the objective of preparing the student for responsible placement into the agency's permanent workforce. The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between the agency and the student. This announcement is aimed at students in high schools, colleges, trade schools, and other qualifying educational institutions, which upon graduation will provide the academic background, knowledge, and skills required for the target position. (Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation.)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be at least 16 years old.
- U.S. citizens and non-citizens may apply. Non-citizens must meet applicable requirements which will be determined by the Agency.
- Must sign a Participant Agreement that identifies expectations for the internship. Trainees will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as required.
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

 

EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Legal_and_Regulatory_Guidance

Veterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Sean Crump at 202.482.1424 or SCrump@doc.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your educational and work experience including the following information for each employment listed: job title; duties and accomplishments; employer’s name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates formatted in month/day/year; hours worked per week; salary; if the employment was federal: title, series, and grade/pay band.  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  • Education. This position requires proof of an earned degree/qualifying certificate, you must submit an unofficial transcript that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 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 - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Sean Crump
Phone: 202-482-1424
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: Scrump@doc.gov
Agency Information:
INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Application Status." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).


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Job Announcement Number:

ITA-TPFCS-2013-0016

Control Number:

334493800