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Job Title:International Trade Specialist (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-MAC-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full Time, Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
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All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# ITA-MAC-2013-0012.


Are you interested in assisting U.S. businesses compete globally? The International Trade Administration 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 position is located in the Office of China and Mongolia (OCM), in the Market Access and compliance unit in the International Trade Administration.  The incumbent will serve as an International Trade Specialist working on trade and investment issues affecting U.S. market access in China. Chinese language skills are required.

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


  • Must be a United States Citizen; Must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a secret clearance.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (


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The incumbent is responsible for: (a) researching and analyzing trade and investment issues affecting U.S. industry's market access in China; (b) responding to requests from the business community for information on ways to expand its market access, remove market barriers, and benefit from trade agreements; (c) developing strategies to address market access and compliance concerns through consolations with U.S. industry and other U.S. Government agencies; (d) preparing Departmental briefing papers, speeches, and reports on assigned areas; (e) representing the Office of China and Mongolia in interagency and industry meetings; and (f) participating in bilateral negotiations with Chinese Government officials on market access concerns and compliance with trade agreements.  Chinese language speaking and reading skills are required.


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Applicants must be able to speak and read Chinese.  Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

To qualify for the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience with Chinese trade policies and practices; experience drafting reports, papers, memos, and other documents on international trade issues; and experience working or interacting with teams or groups of individuals.

To qualify for the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience with Chinese trade policies and practices; experience in drafting reports, papers, memos and other documents on international trade issues; and experience working or interacting with senior managers or officials.  

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification Standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: 

For GS-09 level: a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

For GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Graduate Education: Major study must be in 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.

If you wish to substitute education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college or graduate school transcript (official or unofficial) from an accredited education institution for verification.

Note: If using education to qualify for this position, we must receive a LEGIBLE COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS DEMONSTRATING YOUR QUALIFYING EDUCATION by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59 EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement.


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 self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates 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-Knowledge of Chinese trade policies and practices.

2-Skill in analyzing foreign macroeconomic and trade investment policies and their impact on commercial relations and/or U.S. business.

3-Skill drafting reports and briefing papers (or equivalent in order to communicate clearly your analysis on international trade issues.

4-Strong writing skills. 

5-Strong communication and problem solving skills.

6-Skill in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations on business-related information.

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ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - 2. VEOA - 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - 4. Persons with disabilities - 5. CTAP - 6. ICTAP -


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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 To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom 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 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 or by 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: Sherry Cox, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-4278 or email at


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 should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  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: •Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information). Writing Sample. 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 - 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.


Sherry Cox
Phone: 202-482-4278
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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 and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." 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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