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Job Title:  Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013
This is a Full-Time position in the Senior Executive Service (SES). - This is a Permanent SES Career position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
Applications will be accepted from All Qualified Individuals (U.S. Citizens Only)


The Department of Commerce's mission is to enhance economic opportunity for the American people and to meet the ever-changing demands of the global economy. The International Trade Administration (ITA) is instrumental in DOC's mission by assisting businesses compete in the global economy through strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.

The Under Secretary for International Trade, plans, determines, and coordinates policy, directs the programs, and is responsible for all activities of the International Trade Administration (ITA).  The Under Secretary coordinates all issues concerning trade promotion, commercial policy, market access, trade agreements, administration of U.S. trade laws, and domestic and international competitiveness. The Under Secretary represents ITA on various trade related White House committees including the National Economic Council and the National Security Council; represents ITA on the interagency Trade Policy Review Group; and oversees the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) Secretariat.

This position is located in the ITA, Office of the Under Secretary, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary. The Deputy Under Secretary (DUS) for International Trade is the principal assistant to the Under Secretary, performs such duties as the Under Secretary may assign, and performs the functions of the Under Secretary in the latter's absence or disability or in the event of a vacancy in that office.  The DUS for International Trade oversees the daily operations of ITA, participates in the development of U.S. trade policy, identifies and resolves market access and compliance issues, promotes American competitiveness and the stregnth of U.S. companies in the global economy, administers U.S. trade laws, and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.


  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) within 30 days is required.
  • Position may involve some travel. Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Mobility agreements are required for members of the SES.


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The Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade:

Provides support and counsel to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, the Administration, and external officials on mission-related projects.

Ensures effective development and implementation of policy initiatives in accordance with direction from the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary.

The DUS for International Trade is responsible for the day-to-day management of ITA and for oversight of the subordinate units in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary.  The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary includes:

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration (CFO/DoA) which oversees the agency's budget, financial requirements and human capital resources; oversees employee engagement and organizational excellence activities; manages operational programs; and measures program performance to ensure ITA's success in achieving its strategic goals.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) provides centralized strategic and operational management of information technology (IT) resources; maximizes information control and IT security on a global basis; and oversees platform standardization, training and life cycle management.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications indicating the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but must address all mandatory PTQs.


All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. You will be evaluated on the following: ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision) ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building) ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility) ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management) ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


PTQ 1 -  Demonstrated senior level experience and knowledge, gained through academic, commercial, governmental, or international policy-making, managerial, or professional activities, in the development and application of U.S. international trade and economic policy and programs.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in securing the cooperation of senior level industry executives, foreign counterparts, and/or officials within and outside Government.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience in leading and managing a large and complex organization within a dynamic team management environment and in planning strategically.

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Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical- sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility. Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after their appointment, and then annually thereafter. Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one year probationary period. Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the Department of Commerce. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position. Any application submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement. Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Please allow adequate time to complete your application. If you encounter technical difficulties during the process, please call 1-877-662-7730 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (excluding Federal holidays) for assistance. A complete application package consists of the following: 1. Resume (created during the registration process) and responses to the online job questions submitted via this website. Your resume must include the following information: a. Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers. b. Paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: (1) Job title (2) Duties and accomplishments (3) Employers' name and address (4) Supervisor's name and phone number (5) Starting and ending dates (month and year) (6) Hours per week (7) Salary (8) If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band c. Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received. d. Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc., applicable to the position. 2. A narrative statement for each mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualification. Failure to respond or address any of the mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualifications marks an application as incomplete and incomplete applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 for current and former Federal employees. The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Ronda Holbrook, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 202-482-5243. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case- by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS. It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement. We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.


In addition to your online application and responses to the ECQs and PTQs, the following documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement: For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility: Your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES. For current Federal employees: Your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level. For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: Your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation. You may be directed to FAX specific documentation to verify information about your civil service status, your education, and/or other information. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensure your document is processed correctly. FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/ 1. Log into MYUSAJOBS 2. Click on "Applications" 3. Locate the vacancy you applied to 4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information" 5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue" Failure to provide requested documents may result in lost consideration. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application.


Ronda Holbrook
Phone: 202-482-5243
Fax: 202-482-1903
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7419
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-482-1903


The Office of Executive Resources Operations will notify applicants once their application is received and all phases that follow up to the point of selection/non-selection. Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing USAJOBS website. Select "My USAJOBS" and enter your ID and password. Click the link titled "Applications" and select the link under "Application Status" next to the name of the announcement. Your status will be updated as change occur. If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone listed in the announcement.

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